I’ve always had a problem with perfectionism. Although I thought it was a good trait to have, I soon realized how it is also something that could have me spiralling. Blogging has become an important part of my life and as much as I enjoy it, more often than not I find myself needing to retreat. Being a blogger is more than writing pretty posts and screaming about books; behind the scenes, we are networking, reading, creating content, creating graphics, marketing and promoting. For many of us, we have to balance blogging, work, and personal life.
So, how can I cultivate a healthy mindset as a blogger?
In this post, I’m not going to talk about habits but about the intention we have when it comes to blogging. I want us to consider the way we approach our blogging work and the mindset we develop.
Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. Today’s theme is a love freebie!
Surround yourself with a healthy community
This doesn’t need saying. Surrounding yourself with an encouraging and supportive can make all the difference in your blogging experience. However, we mustn’t confuse this with blind positivity. Criticising a book or publication for harmful content is not negativity or malice. Be part of a community who helps uplift the vulnerable and isn’t afraid to call out harm.
Celebrate the small goals
It’s not crazy to celebrate your milestones. I find that it’s important to take the time out to acknowledge your achievements and the hard work you put into your blog. Whether it be getting a number of followers, receiving an ARC, or collaborating with another creator – these are all worthy of celebration.
Know what you can’t control
Sometimes our plans don’t work out, and that’s alright. You can set the goal and do the work but sometimes life gets in the way and muddles it. And you know what? That’s okay! Knowing what you can’t control makes you realize not to be hard on yourself.
Make time for your goals. If you’re one who likes to have a routine, set a time whether it be during the day or during the week where you dedicate yourself to your project. Commit to the work you are doing during that time and cut out all distractions.
Be clear with what is important
In this case, it is your well-being. Be clear on what your priorities are. Be compassionate to yourself. Set expectations that you know is good for your mental health.
What are some healthy blogging habits you’re working on?