Bloggers, Stop Apologising

One thing I see time and time again with so many bloggers is the word ‘sorry’, especially in regards to taking time away from writing, and its something that really bothers me.

Sometimes you need to step away from the keyboard for a little while, and this can be for many different reasons. Sometimes life gets in the way, sometimes inspiration just isn’t coming, but although it might seem like it, this doesn’t make you a bad blogger.

I get it, you love your readers, and you want to keep them happy and entertained, and that’s a really lovely thing, but by not posting, you aren’t failing them. Here’s the way I see it: unless people are paying to read your blog, you don’t owe them an apology. You should be blogging for you, as much as anyone else, and if you’re not happy then time away can be good for you.

I understand that for a lot of bloggers, your writing is a way of earning money, but that’s a different kettle of fish. Sure, if you can’t make deadlines for paid work then an apology might be necessary, but to the company you’re working with, not your followers. I bet 9 times out of 10 your readers will be supportive of you no matter what, and they wouldn’t expect an apology. I know that when I check my favourite blogs and find they’ve not been updated in a while, I don’t think ‘well, this isn’t very good’, I think ‘I really miss this person’s writing, but I hope they’re ok and I look forward to whenever they’ll post next’.

So next time you think about typing out the S-word, just stop and think about what you actually think you’re apologising for. Are you taking time out for yourself? Have you let life get on top of you a little? Writers block? Wifi down? I don’t know about you but I don’t see anything there that requires an apology.

Love yourself guys!

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5 thoughts on “Bloggers, Stop Apologising

  1. Oh I totally agree, I think it’s people seeing others do it and it kind of catches on. The thing is, unless you’re Zoella, or someone similar, your readers probably wouldn’t notice or even care that you’ve not posted for a couple of weeks. Like you say, you don’t owe them an apology, that’s not what it’s about.

    I never have taken a “break” from blogging, but life gets in the way. So does two dogs, a husband, a house, a full time job, a new business, blogging and the dogs instagram too….things get in the way and as much as I love blogging for the 6 years I’ve done it, other things need to come first some times xx
    Love Stephanie Dreams

  2. In my case social networks got in the way again and again over the past few years and I’m one of those people always apologising (in internet and real life) but very patient with other blogs and people. Like you said, always looking forward to the next blogpost with quality over quantity in mind.

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