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August 22, 2016

Behind the Blog Week 2: The Struggle Is Real

behind the blog week 2

Most importantly, I would like thank you all for all the encouragement, shares, and positivity around the first week of this series. Honestly, I was a little nervous that no one would read the first post. So to my surprise, my little heart almost exploded with excitement and cannot wait to expand the series further.

Since I’ve been a space cadet lately, I apologize for my lack of BTB (Behind the Blog) post last week. So to make up for my lack of posting, I am doing TWO this week! And the first one I feel that many of us can relate to.

Drum roll please….

I will be writing about the internal struggles I have been facing when it comes to blogging. Essentially sharing the struggles and stresses I face on the reg with y’all. I mean, do any of you guys wake up at 2:00 am to only be haunted by emails, WordPress, and endless ideas? The struggle is real and hopefully I am not alone out there…

behind the blog week 2

Behind the Blog Week 2: The Struggle is Real…

Ohhh it is all too real. I don’t want to start out on the downside things. It’s just that lately, I’m not sure where TimeTravelBlonde is going. More realistically, where is Chloe going? Keeping up in the blogging world can be hard at times: social media, commenting, writing, promoting. Lately, I just feel like I want to throw in the towel…

I can’t throw in the towel now…I’ve come so far…

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This is a phrase that I’ve come all too familiar with lately. Sadly, it also keeps me up at night. With so much thought and attention focused on the blog, I think I burnt myself out quite a bit. Or maybe time management is to blame? I bet you’re all seeing what my problem is here… I honestly cannot even tame my own thoughts!

So what am I going to do about it?

Honestly, I think I am going to keep writing, traveling, exploring new areas of posting, such as fashion, food, and Denver living. I think I’ve placed too much pressure and it’s driven me away from why I started this blog in the first place.

Sure, I want to be successful..but I want to have fun doing it, too…

So much pressure is placed on bloggers to project a certain image, and quite frankly, it can be a struggle. Hence, why I titled this series post #struggleisreal. I frequently get DM’s on Instagram inquiring about my life, travels, and income (first off, that is totally offensive btw).

It seems as if I have to always be traveling to be a travel blogger.

No, this is not my life, nor is it realistic for me. I don’t have that kind of financial freedom. I travel when I can, both time wise and financially speaking. Some months it’s a lot, and some it’s not. It all depends on the ebbs and flows of my life.

I feel the struggle sometimes (who are we kidding, all the time), to constantly plan trips and things to do to showcase on the blog.

Don’t get me wrong, I already love these things… The problem lies with the pressure I put upon myself. The pressure that I put to create great content, take fantastic pictures and make my blog the best it can be. And the pressure can be hard.

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The struggle doesn’t have to be all that real…

I have thought long and hard about the future of TTB, I mean I am up at 2:00 am already thinking about it… So here is what I am trying to do to rid myself of any struggle burdens I have placed on myself..

  • Be better at time management. This is soooo hard for me. Combine that with ADD and it’s kinda a recipe for a disaster. Regardless, I have to work on it. Planning out my Insta/Twitter posts to focus on quality over quantity.
  • Spend time writing and creating content for the week ahead. I love the idea of a content bank and need to hop on the train ASAP. I hate inconsistencies and the fact that I have been on this blog attributes to the whole #struggleisreal thing.
  • Exploring and displaying other areas of my life other than travel. Sorry, but I don’t like the whole idea of being so “niche-y”. It’s great, but limiting, especially where I am at in this stage of my life. I want to start a family, buy a home, and settle roots here in Denver. A lot of adding new stuff to such a travel-heavy blog will be interesting and you know I’ll be sharing how that process goes of sharing something outside of your defined niche.
  • Stop placing so much damn pressure on myself. I have always been so hard on myself. It sucks but it’s in my DNA. I am wishing myself the best of luck to work on it. And to anyone out there who shares this characteristic…we’re in this together!

Conclusion

Guys in all reality… blogging doesn’t have to be a struggle. I just know that sometimes and some days,  that the struggle is more real than others.

So let me ask you this, what do you guys do when the struggle gets all too real? I would love to hear your thoughts and tips!

Xo,

Chloe

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  • Thank you for writing this, it’s really reassuring for me to see as a starting blogger that this is not just what I struggle with. When I feel like things get too much, I just stop blogging for a while. I know it’s not a solution if you want to grow your audience and perhaps that’s why I’m thinking about writing a lot when I’m in the mood and then schedule my posts to come out in intervals. In the other hand I have done so much travelling recently while not writing it down and now I feel like all these places are a blurry mix and I don’t really know where to start. I think it’s great that you want to incorporate more in your blog and I only see it as a good thing and another possible way to interest more people into reading what you have to say. I am already a fan!

    • Hey girl!

      Ya, you are definitely not alone! I’ve had so many up and down days lately and know I just got to stay positive.

      Don’t worry either! I’ve gone through phases where I didn’t write consistently and to me it was kind of necessary. Just write when your heart is up to it 🙂 It’ll come off more genuine and from the heart. You’ll be fine!!! And always reach out to me and we’ll keep eachother in line!! Haha!! Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate your comment 🙂 Xo Chloe

  • I can absolutely appreciate and sympathize with this struggle! Maybe it’s not blogging keeping me up at night, but the idea that there is pressure to portray a certain lifestyle or live up to some kind of unwritten expectation — it weighs on a person! I think it’s great that you’re spending time thinking about where you want to go with your blog. That’s what keeps things relevant and fresh! And honestly, it’s nice to read about others who are actually dealing with real feelings about life rather than just seeing an amazing and filtered lifestyle. I say, take a step back and prioritize what matters. Sometimes you just gotta do what makes you happy, nich or not.

    • Hi Kristen!!

      Thank you, I think you worded it better than I did! It’s so true that there is a lot of pressure to live up to the expectation. As a travel blogger just starting out not on the road 24/7, it can be difficult to “keep up” but I feel much better and focused on evolving and adding in more aspects of my life/passions 🙂 Thank you for coming by lady! I appreciate it so much!! Xo

  • Oh, how I can relate! I keep comparing myself to other bloggers that seem like they’re traveling 365 days out of the year and it gets stressful! I always try to discover local things. Luckily living in SoCal makes that really easy – everyone loves a good sunset/palm tree photo! Or good/fun eats that are grammable. BUT we also have each other so heeey 🙂 We’ll get through this! xo

    • I know!? Like living out of a suitcase! At the same time too, where I am at in life, I would be so lonely without my hubby or a friend with me! Speaking of… we need to get on these trips girlfriend!!!

  • I’m still pretty new with my blog so every day is a struggle haha! But it’s important I don’t keep comparing myself to other bloggers. It’s good to seek out other blogs & connect with other bloggers as we all build each other up and support each other – but it’s best not to compare too much. Just like in real life – we start comparing ourselves to other people and suddenly feel like we have nothing to offer. So take each milestone and goal as it comes and celebrate!

    • Ugh ya, comparing becomes the root of all evil haha. I agree with you completely, it’s good to find a community of other bloggers to bring each other, especially when we need a little pep talk. haha!! And I’l all about celebrations! It makes it so much fun! Xo

  • I find myself worrying about blogging stuff ALL THE TIME. It really does keep my awake some nights. There are so many things to do just to keep up with blogging & social media and it can be a lot to deal with. When I start to get stressed out, I just remind myself that I’m blogging because I enjoy it, and if it really stresses me out that much, I allow myself to take a break. I’ve transitioned to social media scheduling + I’ve built up a lot of blog posts for future use to help out when I do need a break, so I highly suggest giving that a try.

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