Is Blogging Bad for Me?

I'm Lyd, a lifestyle and beauty blogger and Etsy seller. When I'm not creating in some way I'm either eating cake or playing with my cat, Monkey! You can find me at www.whatlyddid.com and www.etsy.com/WhatLydDid.
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blogging and anxiety

For those of you with anxiety, you'll know that it can creep into every area of your life and ruin even the happiest moments. For a long time, blogging actually helped to ease my anxiety. Being invited to events and knowing that people valued what I wrote boosted my confidence, and it was one area of my life where I felt safe and strong. 

I never got to a point where I could attend events on my own, but I was able to visit new places and meet new people so long as I had someone with me, which in itself is a huge step and something that I'm immensely grateful to blogging for bringing my way. 

Sadly, the poison has spread to my blog. The validation I got hooked on dropped, and when my emails, comments, and likes dwindled, so did my confidence. At one point I was thinking about branching out into helping local businesses with their social media and finding freelance writing work, whereas now I feel totally overwhelmed by every aspect. All around me I see bloggers who are killing it and turning their passion into paychecks, but rather than feeling inspired I feel incapable. 

It's a bitter pill to swallow, knowing that I've lost the engagement and perhaps my way a little, but ultimately I know that the problem comes from my brain, not my blog, and I can only do my best to change both. I looked back at the core value of my blog, which is to celebrate the small things and record my memories, and I remembered that I blog for me. I also took time to count my blessings and be grateful for the opportunities I've had, not sad about the ones I haven't. 

It was also valuable to reassess the content I was seeing and using. Just a minute on Twitter or Instagram can show you 50+ pieces of information, so it's no wonder I was feeling overwhelmed. I chose to delete them so I was absorbing less content but it was also two areas where I didn't have to stress about my own. In the tap of a button I no longer had to worry about the perfect theme, and by no longer promoting my content on those platforms, I can't be sad when people don't click onto it. 

I've taken it old school and turned to Facebook, where I can use my page for random thoughts, videos, and promoting blog posts and shop products. It's a very hard platform to grow, but I feel like the people who engage with my page care more. The Blog And Beyond and Official UK Bloggers groups share that caring community feel, and they're a really great way for me to learn information in smaller pieces, or give and receive help when needed. 

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