Ok, I will just come right out and say it. I have a problem. I suffer from “shiny object syndrome.” For the most part, I’ve been able to control myself. But lately, I have fallen deeper. So today I want to share how I’m suffering from this horrid habit.
So, what is “shiny object syndrome”? To me is when you are easily distracted or in my case attracted to everything and anything. That is BAD. Even more so when you are a blogger because it can make your blogging life pretty darn overwhelming. Although there are many ways shinny object syndrome can affect your life, today I want to share how it has been affecting my blogging life.
How it all started?
For me, it started a couple of years ago when I started blogging. At first, I blogged mostly about Scentsy and being a mom. Then I was inspired to add my “monster chronicle” series to help me manage my debt and also encourage others in a way. Which is why I love my tagline: “Mommyhood, scented wax and conquering monsters.” It just fits well with what I wanted. Not such a bad thing. Not too much to handle. Right?
Wanting to do what everyone is doing!
If you are a blogger, you know just writing isn’t enough. You have to network. One of the ways you to that is by visiting and commenting on other blogs. This part is fun because you get to see what other bloggers are doing. My issue was I would see what they were doing, and I wanted to do it too.
It started to get a bit out of hands. Everyone seem to know what they were doing. I was new to the blogging game and didn’t have a “niche” (I still don’t). A lot of the blogs I was reading had a lot to do with product reviews. Free sh**t for my opinion? Count me in. Only, it’s not really “free.” You still have to put in the time and effort to write the review and promote it. A lot of you will understand when I say “You are not done when you hit publish.” There’s so much more involved. And it can get pretty overwhelming.
So I added reviews on my blog. Not such a bad thing. Not too much to handle. Right?
Losing my focus!
With reviews being added to my blog, I started to read more and more blogs about reviews. I would join sites that I knew bloggers were using to get said “free” stuff. I think in the last three years of me blogging I have joined over 20 different sites. This number doesn’t even include the countless Facebook groups that I am in. The more I read, the more I joined. The more I joined, the less I wrote. I was getting too “busy” looking for products to review. I would go weeks without writing. Always “busy” looking at the shininess.
I guess this blog post doesn’t really have a purpose other than to reveal my struggle with you. I secretly wish someone will read this and be able to relate. I refuse to believe this is just me! Lol, Maybe you’ve been through this and can offer me some tips on how to overcome this syndrome. Will I ever find a niche? I doubt it. But I’m hoping that in the next few months I will have a clear understanding as to which direction I want to take my blogging. Hope you will stick around and follow me in my journey.
That’s it for now. I know there was something I was supposed to be doing but… hey shiny!
Don’t forget to subscribe to my blog to see what new and shiny thing I get myself into.