I was trying to grow my blog, keep up with my 9 to 5 and the rest of my life, but one day it happened. I got totally overwhelmed. Do you know this feeling? You need to write a new post, finally change this annoying side bar, post more pictures, prepare 5 new Pins for your posts, write an email to your subscribers and answer some emails from your readers. And you only have half an hour to do that.
If you ever experience Blogging Overwhelm you are in the right place. In this Monthly Income Report I’ll tell exactly you what happened to me and how did it influence the results of FinAttitudes.com. You will also learn why I’m still writing and how can you deal with Blogging Overwhelm, so keep reading!
1. How I got Blogging Overwhelmed
The answer is not that hard.
You are reading this post, so you are probably blogging too. Have you ever written the hours spend on your blog down?
Well, I did. I don’t really know the exact number, but believe me, it’s a lot.
What matters is not only the time, but rather the cost of time. I’m talking alternative costs. Not only money.
You should realize that every hour you spend on your blog is an hour you don’t spend with your family or friends. It is also an hour you don’t spend jogging, or in gym. It’s an hour you don’t spend reading your favorite books, but it’s also an hours you did not spend on developing your career (9 to 5 career).
2. What Can You Do?
Know your Worst-Case Scenario
That tip is soooo universal and works really well for me. Sit, take a pen and write a worst-case scenario for your situation. I started to think what would be the worst case if I stoped blogging (temporary, or permanently)
- If I don’t continue to develop this blog I might never start a serious business online
- I’ll have to publish a Monthly Blogging Income Report that will show how much hard I failed (yes, it’s this one…) so all my readers will know
- I might give up on yet another idea of mine (I already gave up a lot of them, which is not necessarily a bad thing)
Those were my worst-case scenarios. Hope you already have yours. Let’s go further.
Take a Deep Breath and Analyse Your Scenarios
You might want to take a minute or an hour off before you read further. Go ahead, make yourself a coffee, take a walk. Whatever you need.
Once you gained some “distance” let’s get back to the scenarios and lets answer them:
- Even if I’ll never make any serious money online, I’m still working and making money… Even though it would be sad not to use this crazy business opportunity called “the internet”, I’m still healthy, I’m still working, I’m still earning money and I’ll do just fine.
- Admitting the failure. Yes, being ambitious person that has no other option then to admit that they are failing at something is a pain in the ass! But let’s think about it. Ah, oh, it’s like the 9899984 time I’m failing at something. Admit it. Deal with it. Learn. Re-perform.
- That’s the most confusing point of my journey with blogging – I can’t really decide if it’s already another bad idea of mine, or should I just persevere and it will be just fine. I have no idea, really. In the worst case after potentially giving up, I may always try another idea out (yes, I still have thousands of those)
Try to do a similar analysis on your worst-case scenarios. Do they still look so scary?
Prepare a List
Once your worst fears are a little bit rationalized, let’s get down to actions. What you can do is to prepare a list of things you need to do on your blog. You can divide it to some categories, for example: minimal survival category (just to keep it going), development category (where you want to be).
If you’re feeling overwhelmed set yourself a couple of mini-goals from survival category only.
Have you heard of highly automated online businesses that provide the owner with high “passive income”? Well, I hope it’s true! But I’m not there yet and I guess it will take much more time than I originally thought. There is so much more to learn!
See the paragraph above? It’s a copy-paste from my previous reports. If you are reading all of my reports, you have already noticed. I know it may suck a little bit to read pasted parts from time to time, but I have to cut on time and efforts, otherwise I will simply not be able to continue blogging.
I’m not the only one doing that. This blogger, who earns more that 1 Mio USD per year from her blog does just the same. For her it’s working, so why wouldn’t you want to try the same.
(Never?) Give up
Giving up is the most radical solution. Before you do this, try to make a pause.
Take a break
This was the solution I have chosen. I just felt I needed time. Moreover, you have to ask yourself a question: why are you doing this? Most of us start side-hustles because they want to try something new, share their experiences, make some money, but at the end of the day what we want is to gain more freedom.
It’s my blog, so I decide. If I feel that it’s overwhelming and that’s taking some freedom instead of giving more of it, I’ll just take a break, I thought. And so I did.
During January I did … well… almost nothing.
Do I regret it? No! I got my sh*t back together.
Did I evade the consequences? Not at all! The damages are MASSIVE.
You will see that ma traffic and revenues topped in October 2017 and they have been decreasing ever since due to my inability to grow or sustain my Blog during busy times, but January is just a disaster…
Let’s take a look on the numbers.
January: 439 sessions
Compared to November: 2,198 sessions.
It is a 80% (!!!) decrease month to month.
Let’s take a look at historical data:
January turned out to be a relatively bad month – no affiliate sales. I only managed to generate some revenue via Ads.
My total blogging income in January was 8.18 USD
It’s a decrease in income compared to November.
Let’s also look at the historical results:
Well, I don’t think I have to comment on this that much. I did nothing, literally nothing, I did not even program tailwind to pin for me. You can clearly see the disastrous results of that:
6. Changes on the website
I told you I’ve done nothing in January, didn’t I?
7. Goals for February
I’d definitely like to get better at automating pinning and find out some clever ways to same time writing articles. I’d also love to provide you with some new financial tips, as this has been neglected in the last weeks.
I hope you like this blogging income report and you gathered some knowledge. If you are curious how the story on FinAttitudes.com goes further, do not forget to subscribe.