This week has been a whirlwind for me. If you keep up on my insta-stories you saw a large part of why! When blogging is such a large part of your real life it’s hard to stay blog and Instagram-focused when life gets in the way. I skipped a mid-day Instagram for the first time in I-don’t-even-know-how-long because I was so distracted working on a project at work and didn’t take a lunch. When I noticed, I panicked. I had been so consistent for so long, I didn’t know what to do when I got off! But, you know what? Nothing happened, it was totally fine! So things happen, life happens, and blogging is hard to keep up with, but I do have some things that I experienced this week that helped me continue.
What To Do When Life Gets In The Way
- It’s ok to have an off day/week/month. You are human, you’ll make mistakes, it happens, and your audience will forgive you!
- Be real with your audience. Don’t pretend you’re super happy if you aren’t.My situation affected my morning, but it didn’t have to change what I already had planned to post since they were mostly about the clothes. Had my caption been about the wonderful day I was having or the gorgeous weather? I would have changed it. Which brings me to #3.
- Stick to your obligations. If you had posts planned for companies, you still need to do them. At the very least, let them know that due to extenuating circumstances you will be delayed. Luckily I already had my collaboration posts written out and planned so all I had to do was copy, paste and post.
- Don’t tell your audience you are unmotivated. To be blunt, there is nothing that makes me want to stop reading than someone telling me they didn’t want to be writing. We all have off days/weeks/months, but your audience doesn’t have to know. Chances are, they won’t even notice. Yes, be honest, but you may not have to be THAT honest. Tell them what’s going on in your life, and they will understand any interruptions. (Side note, DTK Austin had shoulder surgery and blogged from bed, so you have no excuses!)
- Just do it, to quote Nike. In one of my favorite movies, Center Stage, the main character gets involved with a lot of boy drama/life drama, while trying to fulfill her lifelong dream of get into The American Ballet Theatre and becoming a professional ballet dancer. All of the drama is affecting her dancing. Then someone tells her to “Just dance it. Whatever you’re feeling, dance it.” That always stuck with me because whatever you’re feeling in your life, pour it into your passion. The result, will come and it will be better than you expect.
All of us, people, bloggers have a real life, and life gets in the way. Writing or talking about it makes you seem more real. We get lost in all of the perfect Instagrams. Over-exposed photos and cohesive feeds are great, but I’ll be the first to admit, that’s not real life. I don’t always look like I do in my photos, and I want people to know that.