There is so much noise!
Social media and emails and pop up ads.
Everyone is vying for my attention. Everyone has solutions to problems I didn’t even know I had and every other blogger out there seemingly has the secret to building a successful blog.
Who do I listen to???!!! Or should I even pay attention at all?
As a midlife woman, I’m pretty solid in what I want my life to look like now and in the next 10 years.
But as a midlife blogger, that vision gets awfully murky when I’m constantly bombarded by messages from younger bloggers.
And they are oh so good at it.
Mommy bloggers. Finance bloggers. Fashion bloggers. You can’t help but see this huge group of millennial bloggers everywhere you tune in.
I find myself thinking…
I should do that. I can do that. I’m better at that.
And off I go…trying to mimic what everyone else is doing.
It takes real strength on my part to say, “STOP! THINK! Am I staying true to my own personal goals?!”
Honestly, I am in awe of younger bloggers. I think they are fantastic. I really do. They are building impressive empires.
But it’s not what I want to do. At all.
And I have to keep reminding myself of that.
I’ve worked real hard my entire life. Since I’ve been 15, I’ve worked at least 2 jobs at any one time. I’m done. D.O.N.E.
Don’t get me wrong, I love blogging. It keeps me stimulated and engaged. But the idea of working it full time, building a team and promoting it 24/7? Not for me.
I think it’s really important to get real clear on what you want for your life and then get your blog in alignment. If you don’t, you will constantly find yourself going off on a tangent, spending money on courses you don’t need and taking your blog in a direction that leads you to burn out and frustration. Which inevitably leads to abandonment.
Because seriously, I don’t want you to quit!
Every voice is important.
Everyone has a message to share.
And everyone has the opportunity to help other people through their blog.
Blogging has enhanced my life exponentially. I’ve met and connected with people all around the world. I am proud to refer to some of them as best friends and kindred souls. Some even let me impose on them in person by letting me stay in their homes! I’d return the favour anytime.
And of course, blogging has also given me the financial bounty that allows me to travel a month at a time without ravaging my bank account. I get paid even when I am not working! Now that is awesome!
I love my blog…most days.
I’d like to believe I have a healthy relationship with my blog. It doesn’t run me. I run it.
So if you feel like you are getting stressed and burnt out, re-examine the goals you have for your blog and see if they fit into your life goals. If they don’t, it may be time to adjust them.
Above all, be true to yourself as a midlife woman. You deserve to enjoy your life. You earned it.