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Sunday, 4 November 2018

Thoughts on Blogging: The Dark Side of Consistency




It’s likely that if you are a blogger, interested in blogging or social media in general, you have come across the phrase ‘consistency is key’. Consistency is the building block that leads to more views, success and recognition. Consistent creators build trust of their audiences, this trust may manifest in returning readers or high levels of affiliate sales. While success can determine whether creators are doing well in their work, I wonder whether strict consistency is worth it. In this post, I will be discussing my thoughts on blogging and consistency.

Thoughts on blogging: The dark side of consistency 



Take care of your mental health


The mental health epidemic has swept the nation in the last millennia. More and more people are plagued by negative thoughts and problems. Part of the increasing mental health conditions could be due to improvements in diagnostic procedures, however, another contributing factor may be unrealistic expectations given to oneself. Consistency involves planning your life around a tight schedule. Imagine constantly forcing yourself to be consistent because you must be consistent – not because you want to be. Would that lead to happiness?


The balance between quality and consistency


Consistently uploading a set number of blog posts a week requires efficiency, however obsessing over consistency is detrimental to work quality. How well something is written should be more important than how often someone writes. It is possible for quality and consistency to be balanced, but I think that the balance comes with experience. There is a difference between uploading consistently good and consistently bad posts. Half-baked posts may lack creativity and deeper meaning.

Life is difficult to predict


It’s difficult to be consistent regularly because life is unpredictable. Life gets in the way, it’s difficult to have a perfectly organised schedule where everything falls into pieces whenever we want. Stress may also arise from other areas of life such as relationships, work (if you are not a full-time blogger), studies, etc. When life gets difficult to handle, the first thing that a blogger should do is take care of themselves – not stare at their computer screen, trying to write blog posts. 


Bloggers are individuals


Another key issue of consistency is individual style of working. Bloggers should be aware that everyone has their own writing pace. Rules exist, proclaiming that the more posts are published per week – the better. Forcing these rules on yourself is not wise if your writing pace is slower than another blogger’s that you are comparing yourself to. Every blogger should post as much as their abilities and personal circumstances allow

Competition and consistency pressures


I think the key reason for pushing to be consistent is competition. As creators, we need to be heard. For some bloggers, their writing is what helps them to survive, pay the bills and of course do the things that make them happy. Others who do not have the full-time blogger status yet, are pressured to be consistent. Consistency is relevancy. Nevertheless, tough competition takes the fun out of blogging itself.

Final Thoughts  


Consistency is a funny one. Being consistent takes a lot of patience and determination – jumping through hoops in life and sticking to a tight schedule without losing your sanity. Finding the right balance between publishing content that represents the best of your abilities and posting on consistent days  - that’s tough. I know that there are so many posts about “how to be consistent” and “why you need to be consistent”. But please, don’t ruin blogging for yourself. If you don’t feel like writing – don’t. If you feel like taking a break – take a break. After all, your mental health comes first. Recharge your batteries!


Anyways, here are my thoughts on consistency in blogging. What do you think? Should bloggers keep pushing towards perfect consistency – do the positive effects of consistency outweigh the negatives?

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24 comments :

  1. This is such a great post. There can be so much pressure to blog regularly so you can be 'up there' with the best bloggers although that's great to aim for, it's so important to look after ourselves and blog because we want to blog. If we end up blogging for the sake of it and not getting any enjoyment out of it then that's when you need to stop, take a break and think about why you began blogging in the first place. Great post, thank you for sharing!

    Chloe xx
    www.chloechats.com

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    1. You are very welcome, thank you for sharing your thoughts x

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  2. These are certainly some great points to keep in mind! It can be a challenge once in a while to keep up with everything blogging demands from us and it's probably wise to take a step back and consider some of these points from time to time!

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    1. Exactly! Why feel bad about lack of consistency when life gets crazy :)

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  3. I so agree about the mental health aspect especially! When I'm having days where I just want to lie in bed, there's nothing worse than arguing with myself in my head about consistency and how I'm undoing my hard work and letting people down by not posting on certain days! I'm trying to get better at pre-writing content on days when I'm feeling productive so I can kind of have it both ways!

    Rhianna x
    www.tsundokugirl.com

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    1. It's always useful to do as much as you can on days when your motivation and creativity is super high :)

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  4. It's important to remember that running a successful blog is 80% based on marketing and networking and only 20% on content creation... if you're struggling to meet a schedule you've set yourself, and not getting out there and interacting with people through social media then you might end up shooting yourself in the foot!
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  5. This is such a great post! I'm definitely struggling with this right now. Planning on consistency is what's difficult for me. Having the blog posts scheduled and thought out is one thing but writing them is different. It's hard to find joy in something you are "required" to do. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You are very welcome, make sure you reward yourself for hard work!

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  6. This blog post couldn't be truer. Seriously, success only matters if you're healthy enough to enjoy it. That's my opinion.

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  7. You've covered so many great points when it comes to consistency. I think it's different for every individual. You have to find what works best for you.

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  8. You made a very good point. I’ve been finding it difficult to be 100% consistent all the time but I’m just going with the flow!

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    1. That's the best thing! You are doing really well x

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  9. Consistency definitely is key to growing a blog and an audience - I learnt that after 4 years of NOT blogging consistently and as soon as I did, the numbers soured. But there's definitely ways to make it more managable and make it work for you and there's defintiely no right or wrong way to be consistent!

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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    1. You manage yourself so well, not sure how you don't go crazy :)

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  10. Such a great post! Yeah consistency is so important, I find it hard sometimes balancing a job, my life and blog. Thank you for sharing!
    Lauren | www.bournemouthgirl.com

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    1. No worries, it's okay to not manage to do everything in a day. Set realistic goals x and take care of yourself :)

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  11. Life is absolutely too unpredictable for me to even try being 100% up to schedule. However I am always so happy when I nail it! Love, Iga www.igaberry.com

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    1. And you should be happy!!! :) It doesn't matter that consistency doesn't happen all the time :)

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  12. This post is spot on - it can be so easy to forget to take care of yourself when you pile on the pressure to always be "on". I try to schedule ahead as it takes off some of the pressure but even then you still need to find the time to get everything done ahead of time.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

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