8 Ways to be a happy blogger

HAPPY-BLOGGER-petite-wordsI started this blog to make myself happy.  My blog is my little nook in the big wide web, my room, my space. I can put up flamingo fairy lights and paint the walls with glittery paint, I can drink tea in bed and eat cake for breakfast… My blog, my rules. No.1 rule on my blog is….BE HAPPY!

I may not be a rich blogger or have a million visits a day, but I am a regular and happy blogger, who LOVES blogging. And I think that is something to celebrate, because let’s face it with our insanely busy lives sometimes we just loose our blogging mojo and sometimes, shock horror, we give up! So here’s to happy blogging, my top tips for being a HAPPY blogger:

-Don’t do it for money, do it for love. It can be easy to fall in love with the idea of living off your blog and making a real success of it, because so many bloggers have. But most of us will never make any money and if you push to hard for money, it’s like selling fake flowers to the bees, it just doesn’t work.

-Don’t force the writing, let it flow. I’m dyslexic which means sometimes writing just doesn’t come. I could have a spare hour to blog but the words just hide in my mind, like a very stubborn hideous game of hide and seek. So I learnt a priceless lesson: forcing writing= bad posts.

-Go in whole heartedly. As Confucius once wrote “wherever you go, go with all your heart”.

-Don’t push for sponsorship, let it come to you. Don’t be easy, don’t be cheap. You are building a mini world of thoughts, that one day everyone might be interested in, so don’t sell yourself short and never beg for handouts.

-Don’t try to replicate other bloggers. Of course this is a life lesson, copying anyone always ends badly and with blogging, it’s just the same. Be you, because that’s the best person you can be!

-Integrate blogging in your everyday life. Recipes, life lessons, reviews of products you really wanted to try. My blog is my personal ideas diary and it’s more authentic because of that.

-Make Blogger Buddies. Say hello to other bloggers, be it with linkups, sharing ideas, it doesn’t just benefit your blog, nothing makes a blogger happier than making bloggy friends!

-Always remember blogging is a choice. Sometimes you’ll be exhausted but if the want is there, blog. Don’t ever resent the time it takes you.

So that’s my tips, but stay tuned this month, I’ve got a real treat for you! Top blogging advice from my absolute fav mummy bloggers, who really know what it’s all about!

 

 

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76 thoughts on “8 Ways to be a happy blogger

  1. Ah gorgeous tips! I think it’s really important not to force it, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed with linkies and things to remember that it’s ok to take a step back. You won’t suddenly lose every reader if you have a quiet week or two! It should be something you love doing and never a chore, you’re so right. #bigpinklink

  2. Great advice here… yes, being a blogger can really take your time and stress you out, don’t force the writing let it flow is a lovely way to lift the pressure and be happy. That’s what I’m doing at the moment, I’m not bothered whether I publish a post a week or not, I’m actually more happier now doing this way rather than pushing myself to write and blogging ends up being a chore. Thanks for sharing these tips! #mg

  3. Love this and agree with all. The moment I get fed up with blogging I will stop as ultimately it’s a hobby. I have had some lovely ops and this makes it worthwhile, alongside the lovely people I have met xx #marvmondays

  4. Yes!! I love this, all great advice. I agree that blogging should be fun and for yourself. It took me a while to realise that but now I have I feel much happier with my blog.

  5. Absolutely, all of these things!! I blog because I love to write, and even if nobody was reading I would write anyway. If I have nothing to say, I say nothing, I don’t force it or sell myself out simply to meet a post quota, and I’m really happy with how things are going. Such great tips, thank you. #twinklytuesday

  6. Loved your pointers and they so resonate with my blogging philosophy. Blogging is my happy thing. No point making it into a stressful chore. There are some days when I think about ranking and how I should do it more frequently but then I hate to force myself to write. And it never does come out right!

  7. Great tips! I love being a happy blogger and it can be hard sometimes but I would always rather just do it for me and then if other people enjoy, awesome. #TwinklyTuesday

  8. Some very wise words and ones that very much resonate with me having recently taken a change of direction in my blogging and brought it back to what I really want to write about and enjoy doing :) Glad I made the right decision! #TwinklyTuesday

  9. Some really wonderful tips here and I really agree with them all. I think some bloggers can easily get drawn by the ‘making money’ side of it and forget why they started blogging and how to enjoy it. At present I find writing therapeutic and blogging has turned into a wonderful hobby for me where I have made some amazing friends. Thank you for sharing these great tips and linking to #bigpinklink x

  10. I love these tips. You’re so right. I know some people use their blog to make money and I hope they do well. But my blog isn’t my career so I don’t want it to become a point of stress. It’s easy to try and compete with the pros but really, to what end? Holding true to the reason you blog is vital.

    Thank-you so much for sharing.

    #TwinklyTuesday

  11. Great advice and tips to keep in mind! It’s so easy to get swept up in some of the technicalities and chasing stats which can take way some of the fun and the reason that we started to blog in the first place. Oh and anywhere that offers cake for breakfast sounds like my kind of place to hang out! :) Thanks for sharing with #fartglitter x

  12. This is great, there is definitely no point blogging if it’s making you unhappy. I’m a much happier blogger now I’m no longer looking at stats or comparing myself to others. I’ve gone back to why I starter blogging originally and that’s because I love writing, if I get sent opportunities and gain followers as well then that’s just a bonus xx #bigpinklink

  13. Great tips! I love blogging too, and it’s important to make it your own as you suggest. You have a great blogging vibe going and it’s comforting to read. I have made some fantastic blogger friends in the mean time. #BloggerClubUK Janet

  14. Lovely post. I love how happy I am writing little posts. Everyone always asks me how I find the time. But it feels like an easy and stress free thing to do! So lovely coming across your happy blog as part of the #dreamteam X Sunita

  15. I love this post. Blogging for the love of it is one of the best reasons to blog. I used to get hung up about stats and things like that and letting go of all of that and just embracing blogging for the love of it is incredibly liberating and much more fun. Love the reminder to “be you because that’s the best person you can be” – so very true! #ablogginggoodtime

  16. Great advice. Its really easy to get hung up on stats, blogger envy, and the overall time suck that blogging is. Its good to go back and remember why you started every once in a while #fridayfrolics

  17. Yes, yes and yes. You really do have to do it for the love of it… otherwise there’s just no point, is there? Brilliant tips and gorgeous site, by the way – seriously lovely. #FridayFrolics

  18. I love this – such wonderful advice. We shouldn’t push the writing – it will come and we mustn’t copy others – we have our own voice and we must never sell ourselves short – your so so right lovely xx #ablogginggoodtime

  19. Totally agree! I’ve just recently made a little money from blogging, which is exciting, but I have no illusions I’m going to provide a second income for our family from it any time soon. I’ve also noticed that if I make myself write posts, it’s usually not to my liking upon re-reading it, like you said. Great tips and thanks for sharing on the #FabFridayPost linky!

  20. This is exactly what I needed to read this week! Blogging can pull you along rather quickly and it’s important to stay in control and continually re-evaluate what you want, and most importantly, whether it’s still making you happy. Thanks for writing this. #ablogginggoodtime

  21. Some great advice. I have to remember why I started blogging because I enjoy writing. I would really love to make money doing it, but I know that many people don’t. Forcing things for me only shuts down my ideas and gives me writers block.

  22. Great advice. I started my blog as a way of processing things in my life and it’s evolved since then. I love writing about it and it means I can look back on it later. It’s great to see what other bloggers write too, as often it can make you feel better or help you out.

  23. I love this – it’s so true and sometimes when you see others around you making money, you feel that’s what you should be pursuing too. Thank you for writing this, I’ve been feeling the pressure to up my game recently and it’s nice to just remember why I started my blog in the first place. Thanks for linking up to #dreamteam xx

  24. I completely agree. I write mine because I really enjoy doing it. It would be nice to earn money, but I do get the odd perks when we get to review a day out. I try and just write abut things that I enjoy and post regularly. You’re doing great. Sarah #FabFridayPost

  25. I’ve already commented with another linky but just to add you’re absolutely right, if you blog just because you love it then it all falls into place. I got offered my first sponsored post last week and turned it down because I didn’t think they were paying enough – think we have to believe in ourselves and say no when necessary! Great post #KCACOLS

  26. As a new blogger, this is lovely to read, I kinda want to print it out and keep it to remind myself why I’m doing this, writing keeps me sane and will probably never make me any money but who can put a price on sanity!! Thanks for sharing! #bloggerclubuk

  27. Really liked this and can relate so much! My blog is a big different and I was told by a “big blogger” that even though they themselves loved my work, I wouldn’t get any PR opps as I didn’t come across as a happy parent. I am very happy parenting wise, I just write about the ups and downs in a funny way that may come across negative sometimes. It made me sad for a while but you’re right, blogging for me is more important then blogging for money! KCACOLS

  28. Such a lovely, positive tips. I think I’ve lost some of the joy in it lately, just from trying to force things and getting stressed about what to write. I think I’ve become afraid of just being myself because I’m a prefectionist. I need to just ‘write’ and see what comes out. Thanks so much for sharing. #DreamTeam

  29. I love this 8 points and all are so very true. I am also dyslexic and reading this is very refreshing. Sometimes I get to wrapped up in wanting to make money from it but then I realised I blog for myself. Finding ones own voice is hard enough – so this little post is just a great reminder of why bloggers blog in the first place. Thank you so much for linking with #FabFridayPost x

  30. These are such great tips. There have been times since I started blogging when I have felt myself getting so stressed out. I have to stop and remind myself why I started blogging in the first place- not to get famous or make money- but instead to have a medium to write out my thoughts and experiences. I need to remind myself to go with the flow. You want to be a happy blogger too! Thanks for sharing. #marvmondays

  31. Simple tips but fabulous tips! I sometimes forget that I started the blog because I enjoy it and no to try and make money. The blogging community is fab though! #KCACOLS

  32. Those are great tips. Very important not to force it, I agree – as you say, that just leads to posts you’re not really happy with.

    Thank you so much for joining us on #FridayFrolics. Hope to see you next time

  33. Great advice you gave there. You are so right. I find myself sitting in front of the laptop a lot lately and nothing comes to mind I can blog about it. I want to be consistent and trying to blog everyday but maybe it’s just too much. I am bad at promoting my posts though.

  34. great round up and so true. I was having a “whats the point” moment yesterday and then my husband reminded me of why I was blogging. and now I feel better :) it def needs to be something that makes you happy :) #stayclassymama

  35. Great post – remember why you started , it’s easy for it to become a chore – but no need , no one is making you do this ! It’s so hard not to compare yourself to others but totally the right thing to do ! #stayclassymAma

  36. Yes yes yes yes yes! I could not agree more with this post. To blog it needs to be something that makes you happy, that you would do even if you never earned a penny as otherwise during the slow months or the bad days you wouldn’t keep going and it really does show if your heart isn’t in it.

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  37. Great advice indeed. I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to catch up to other bloggers so I can start ‘working’ my blog, but it made me sad and stressed. Now I’ve chilled out and enjoyed the summer with my family, and I feel much more enthused and have lots more happy stuff to share, whether companies want to sponsor me or not! #TheList

  38. I like the quote “wherever you go, go with all your heart.” Can I please get this tattooed on my face? Haha Another lovely post from you this week! I think we tend to get lost in all of the promotion of the blog and forget its core purpose, to make you happy! Wonderful message. Thanks for sharing with #StayClassyMama!

  39. Some fab tips here. Sometimes it’s easy to forget whats important when it comes to blogging and it can feel like a chore. That’s when a step back is needed and some perspective gained. #anythinggoes

  40. Great post and I wholeheartedly agree with all of these! I’ve definitely experienced or thought about some of these things along my journey and particularly liked your point about not resenting the time it takes you to blog. After all it is a choice that we make and no one forces us to spend that time blogging. Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  41. Like you, I blog because it makes me happy but also because I have so much I want to say! This is a great post with great tips. Sometimes it’s easy to get lost – but being reminded of the true meaning behind our blogging is priceless! Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

  42. Oh lovely this post made me smile – such true words, it is so easy to let the blogging world get on top of you. I am going to pin this on my fridge to remember what its all about! #dreamteam

  43. This is great!! I definately lost my mojo on the run up to the Sumner holidays and I think it was because I was bejurdging the self promotion work on FB threads ! It takes forever and keeps me away from writing. I much prefer linkys and once I stopped I felt much better! Just what I needed xx #MarvMondays

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