Ingesting content by other bloggers on a consistent basis can lead to feelings of inadequacy and overwhelm. It can be so overwhelming at times that self-doubt creeps in and you start thinking every post you write is trash. I’ve been there many times before and it’s not a good space to be in. So in this post, I’m going to discuss a few go-to methods I use when I’m feeling overwhelmed by the internet.
Limit your blog reading
This one seems like a common sense tip, but considering that many of us spend an inordinate amount of time on the internet, it’s easy to get caught up in trying to read every blog post that we spot in our social media feeds. To avoid that, limit your blog reading to a specific time of day. Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour per day (e.g. at night before bed, during your morning commute or on your lunch break) to read blogs. This way, you’re not reading blogs for hours at a time.
Designate a day to binge-read
Instead of reading blogs every single day, you could designate one day out of the week to read blog posts. This way you can binge-read articles from your favorite blogs. You can also spend time commenting and sharing the posts on your social media channels. I tend to do this on a Saturday or Sunday because I usually don’t have anything else going on and very few bloggers publish content on weekends.
Create a hierarchy
There are some blogs that I prefer to read everyday and others that I don’t. The best way I’ve found to deal with this is to create a hierarchy in my browser’s bookmarks folder based on how frequently I check the sites. For example, blogs like For Harriet and Fashion Bomb Daily are at the top of my bookmarks because I visit their sites on a daily basis because they have new content just about every day. Blogs that are updated infrequently are pushed toward the bottom of the bookmarks and usually get checked during my designated day to binge-read blogs. The cool thing about this method is you can create a hierarchy based however you want. You could do it by categories (e.g. beauty blogs on Tuesday, food blogs on Thursday and lifestyle blogs on Friday) or even days (e.g. on Mondays, you read ABC Blog and 123 Blog and on Tuesdays, you read BGB Blog and 456 Blog).
Only read blogs that you enjoy
One of the worst things you can do is read blogs out of a sense of obligation. If a blogger’s content isn’t appealing to you, don’t waste your time reading it. Forget about how popular the blogger is and how much other people are sharing and praising their content and only spend time reading blogs that you’re truly entertained or inspired by. Blog reading should be an enjoyable experience, not a chore.
Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the internet/blogs? What steps do you take to deal with overwhelm? Leave a comment below.