I’ll admit it, I’ve been really struggling for content lately. It’s not that I don’t have ideas, that’s not the issue. It’s that I haven’t had the time, or energy, and I don’t have a photographer which makes taking photos 100000x harder.
I don’t live in London. I don’t have a million gazillion blogger hotspots on my doorstep. I don’t have amazing photoshop skills. I don’t have the technique to make myself look like I’m flying in my photos.
But I’ve realised that this ‘I don’t have’ attitude is not healthy for me, or my blog, or my content output.
And, I’ve realised this ‘I don’t have’ attitude stems from one very simple fact;
I feel guilty when I don’t have content
I don’t know why. It’s not like there’s thousands of people begging me to put content out. It’s not like anyone notices (or even cares) when I don’t post for a few days. But, still, the guilt is there. And, it makes me feel inadequate, it makes me feel like I’m not good enough, and, to be honest, it makes me want to give up.
But, there is absolutely no reason for this guilt.
Let’s be real. I am a student, full time. And, for the last 4 weeks, I’ve spent pretty much every day studying. I’ve been doing like 8 hour days with minimal breaks, and studying has taken over my Christmas too!
On top of that I have 3 jobs (admittedly all 0 hour contracts, but I gotta work if I wanna earn!) so my guilt, really, is quite unjustified.
Of course I’m obviously not going to be able to put out the same as people who do this as a full time job (no disrespect to you guys, you’re killing it) because I’m trying to juggle everything.
And, to be honest, I bet that this is a feeling that we have all felt in this ever-growing blogging sphere.
The feeling that we should be giving more.
Because this blogging world is so active!! We’re expected to always be online, always be grafting, always be posting, always be working away. And this expectation is ludicrous.
Even if you do do this for your full time job, I’m sure you’ve still got other things going on! You deserve rest days and breaks too, we all do. The ‘always online’ mantra is not one that we should be living by, it’s not healthy to.
So, what we really need to do is say goodbye completely to the guilty content conscience.
We don’t need to apologise for taking a break, or having a day off, or not posting for a while, or not being online for a few days, or for having nothing scheduled, or for going on holiday, or for not having WiFi, we simply don’t need to!
Not being online is something that I find myself apologising for a lot, but most of the time, the time spent not online is the time that I am happiest!
In this last week alone, I spent over 24 hours on my phone. And 85% of that time was on social media. That’s over a day!!!
And, no, I don’t want you to feel guilty about it if your screen time is similar. It’s not something you need to feel guilty about. We all get to choose how we spend our lives and if that’s how you choose to spend yours, that’s completely fine, me too!
I’m not ashamed of spending that much time on my phone in the slightest! Because, I’m not just scrolling. I’m networking, making friends, working, producing, editing, chatting to my fiancé on the other side of the world, laughing, taking photos, sharing, and there’s nothing wrong with that!
I am not saying we should feel guilty for the time that we do spend, I’m saying that we shouldn’t feel guilty for the time that we don’t.
Spending time with family, seeing friends, being with your partner, having a lazy day, wanting to read a book instead, being unable to face the world, none of those things need to come with a grovelling apology attached.
May your conscience be clear, your mind be free, and your screen time be whatever the hell you want it to be. But, don’t let yourself apologise for not having any ‘content’, live your life however you like.
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