We all have things we are addicted to in life. But one thing us bloggers have in common is that we are all probably addicted blogging. Whether we realise it or not. Well, hate to say it folks, you probably are! Don’t worry though, this is a safe space for you to admit it. We’re all here for you! The first step to overcoming it is to admit it!
Blogging addiction is real and very present in alot of bloggers lives. Now there are worse things to be addicted to [obviously] but that doesn’t mean its a good addiction to have. If its interrupting your life and having more of a negative impact on your mood then its time I’d say to re-evaluate what you’re doing.
For todays post as the title says, we will be going through 7 for sure signs that you’re addicted to blogging. Let me know in the comments if you tick off any of these signs!
YOU’RE A SERIAL STATS CHECKER
Do you find yourself constantly refreshing your stats page in hopes it goes up by 1 or 2 views and likes? Because SAME. Guilty as charged. I used to be one of these people and still am sometimes. We [for some reason] have it in our minds that numbers are everything and you’re only doing well if you have high numbers. This leads to the addiction of always having to check if people are interacting with your content.
If this is you, I’d suggest turning off your notifications on the blogging app you use. I did this a few weeks ago and it allows me to forget about my blog and enjoy what’s actually going on in-front of me. Out of sight out of mind!
BLOGGING IS ALWAYS ON YOUR MIND
I always seem to get my content inspiration in the shower or just before I’m about to drop off to sleep. WHY?! Is there science behind this? Why can’t I get these bursts of inspiration at a more suitable time? Ugh, so annoying. This point links in nicely with the serial stats checker point I made too. I often find myself wondering how my posts are doing or if anybody has commented on it when I shouldn’t even be thinking of blogging.
YOU READ YOUR BLOG LIKE ITS THE MORNING PAPER
The sound of your alarm echos into your silent room, you slowly roll over to turn it off. You pick up your phone and open your blogging app, and there it begins. How many times have you started your day off by checking how your blog did overnight and what new comments you have to respond to? I will be honest and say its one of the first things I do every morning.
I flick through my reader and my notifications like its my morning paper. My day doesn’t feel right if I miss this step. It’s part of my routine.
YOU BLOG EVERYWHERE
On a plane, on a train, in a car or even in bed. You are probably blogging. I know alot of people even blog on vacation too. I guess the flip side to this, is that sometimes those times are the only time people have to themselves, which would then make sense as to why you choose to blog in those places.
I’m guilty of blogging in various places, one being late a night in bed. Like I said earlier, alot of my ideas come to me at night whilst I’m trying to sleep. So why not make use of the time!
YOU CHECK OUT YOUR WEBSITE …ALOT
When I say check your website I don’t mean checking statistics and reading comments. I mean googling your own site to make sure everything looks okay. I probably spend an unhealthy amount of time doing this! My main reason for it [and probably yours too] is to make sure that everything looks the way its mean to look. I love to see how things look from the readers perspective.
I would actually suggest to do this, because you don’t want to miss anything about your site and have it make you look bad. There is a fine line between checking and though and over checking. Which means that probably puts us into two groups I guess, the ones with OCD and the ones without!
RANDOM CONVERSATIONS TURN INTO BLOG POSTS
This has happened to me sooo many times! I’ve been having random conversations with fellow bloggers or friends and family. And instantly it’s like a light bulb turns on in my brain and I’m like ‘this would make a great blog post idea!’. I’m sure this is quite a common thing though, as bloggers were always trying to come up with fresh, new content!
IF ITS NOT YOUR BLOG ITS SOMEONE ELSES
If you’re anything like me, when I’m not stressing over my own blog I am enjoying other peoples content. The reader on WordPress is such a great thing to have as it makes finding other bloggers so much easier. I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is a bad thing to be ‘addicted’ to. Helping and supporting other bloggers is needed in this space.
I really love finding new bloggers to be friends with. It really makes me happy. The more in my blogging circle the better!
How many out of the 7 signs did you tick off?
Do you think you’re addicted to blogging?
Do you think being addicted is a good or bad thing?
An interesting topic and something to ponder on! I for sure have some level of addiction to blogging, but I think its more the addiction to success and wanting to do well than the act itself!