I love my work as a blogger, there aren’t too many who can say they actually love their job. Don’t get me wrong, there are times when I want to tear my hair out, but for the most part, being a content creator is a really cool profession!
The major advantage is the freedom and flexibility to work when you want. Yes, just like everyone else, I also have deadlines to work to and for those I try my absolute best. However no-one can ever factor in moments when you need to step away from your desk, such as recently when Liv had her wrist fractured at school and required several hospital visits. Knowing I can simply step away and then continue with work at a later time without feeling I have missed too much… or for not being made to feel guilty for prioritising my daughter over work is absolutely priceless!
However, there are times when being freelance and staring at your laptop screen for more hours on a daily basis than is healthy, has a downside or two… mainly, the lack of company. How do you fill the silence that comes from not working in a busy office? It appears this post has come too late really as Loneliness Awareness Week was 17th June – 21st June, however I hope some of the tips help those who blog beyond that week! The tips really can relate to anyone working in a freelance/ self employed capacity!
Tips on How To Combat Blogger Loneliness
Get out and about –
I am fortunate that one of my best friends is a dog walker, who also enjoys company on her daily dog walking rounds. For me this is great as I have company, can have a gossip with a friend, get to cuddle lots of gorgeous (and sometimes downright bonkers) dogs and more importantly, I get outdoors. Fantastic for clearing away the cobwebs, both mentally and physically! In fact, it was a recent trip out with her that spurred me to write this post! Work will always be there upon my return, but those moments, out in the sun won’t be. If you do not have any dog walking friends, just get out for a walk anyway, even if it is just around the block. There are so many positives to simply getting out for a breather in the fresh air and you will return back to work with a renewed sense of vigour! Plus, doggie cuddles are the best!
Arrange blogger meet ups –
Whilst bloggers are dotted all around, you would be surprised at how many are local to you… in some cases, very local! Jenny, a local blogger who isn’t just a ‘work colleague’ anyone, over the years she has become a great friend… and only lives 2 minutes away from me! If it wasn’t for blogging, our paths may never have crossed, so I do owe a lot to the work that I do! We have regular work meet ups where we blog, drink lot’s of coffee and more importantly… chat! The world has been put to rights many time in Jen’s kitchen (and had many fashion shows!), if only those walls had ears! I always come away with a boost and find I am more productive whilst working with her! Jane is another local blogger friend who I meet with for coffee and chats, alongside family meet up’s during the holidays for geocaching adventures. You may not be as lucky to have a fellow blogger who lives so close, though it’s well worth finding out if you do!
Speak to people –
I’m a Northerner, we will speak to absolutely ANYONE! Living in London was an eye opener to me, as I soon realised that no-one actually speaks! You may make someone’s day with a simple hello and smile and it costs nothing to give but can be everything to the person who receives it. Whether it be your neighbour, a fellow mum in the playground, the cashier at your local grocery shop, someone you simply pass in the street, a quick hello will give you both a boost!
Join in with the blogging community –
There are so many blogging groups on Facebook that are a really great resource to be part of – not only that, there are so many bloggers to chat to and befriend. If you aren’t sure about simply ‘putting yourself out there’, you can always send me a message over on the Sim’s Life Facebook page, I would be more than happy to have an online chin wag with you!
You never need to feel alone as a blogger, there will be hundreds who have the same questions as yourself; who may have lost the mojo; who may just want to chat about a TV show; who may want to chat about anything other than blogging etc… don’t ever feel you are the only one! The blogging community is great to be part of and who knows, you may find a bunch of new mates just like myself, all it takes is a simple hello!