Here’s What It Is Like Blogging With Anxiety

You have been writing this one article for so long and yet you are still in the process of convincing yourself that it is good enough. Some blog their way as a means to momentarily ignore their anxiety, yet the effect on you is the other way around. You’re always worrying, overthinking, and worse, questioning yourself. There are days where you just want to give up while rethinking every decision and strategy you’ve made.

And that is just a percentage of what it feels like blogging with anxiety.

 

Blogging anonymously is the first option

Blogging with your face and name for the whole world to see is definitely too much for a person with anxiety. You want to pour your unfiltered thoughts out and yet you are scared that people you know will read everything about things you do not even share with themno matter how close they are to you. You are scared people will judge you for your appearance and dissect each of your insecurities with just a single photo. And yes, that is a real feeling.

So now, you just have to hope that you will attract and keep an audience that is contented in only hearing what you have to say with only an alias given and a faceless photo.

 

You overthink. A lot.

You already overthink about mundane things in your daily life, so how is it like adding blogging to the list? Blogging with anxiety is overthinking about the simplest tasks and striving to reach utmost perfectionas if that is a thing. It is also dreading to look at your analytics and unconsciously putting pressure on yourself when the results are not good enough. It is your mind telling you that everything still needs more and more improvement when in reality it does not.

Blogging with anxiety is having to procrastinate and do other things than blogging because you want to delay your duty for as long as possible and distract your mind from whatever negative thoughts it is about to come up with.

 

It gets tiring and overwhelming

Sometimes, just like canceling plans, you cancel blogging entirely for a day or two as well. The main reason is you are mentally tired and you just need a reboot. But isn’t it that when you cancel plans, you feel guilty and overthink that you will somehow lose people important to you in the long run? That is no different from blogging. Overthinking about blogging is tiring. Remembering that you have goals and dreams to achieve through blogging is overwhelming.  Blogging with anxiety is being in a rut and holding off on writing (something that you love) a day or two convincing yourself that you need the rest but as the day reaches its end, you will mentally punish yourself for lazing the day away.

 

Blogger friends?

To most people, making friends online is a whole lot easier than making friends in real life. To people with anxiety, making friends online is as hard as making friends in real life. You will still have to go through all the anxiety-inducing process: Introduce yourself, make sure you do not say anything wrong, check if your grammar is correct, double-check your words to make sure you do not offend anyone, and go over through your introduction some more. And when you have finally posted and reached out? You have to do the scariest of them allwait for them to reply, or if they will reply at all. One minute in and you can already feel your heart losing its control. You will ask yourself, “Why haven’t they replied yet?”. And the worst case scenario? You delete everything after 5 minutes in.  

 

Marketing is hard

If blogging is your business, then you will not go anywhere without marketing yourself and your brand. For a blogger with anxiety, that sounds like a deathly task itself. Blogging with anxiety is making new social media accounts wherein you cannot add any of your friends or people you know, or else they will get a clue that it is you behind it. You will basically have to start from scratch and hope that people will miraculously find you.

Blogging with anxiety is knowing you need to put yourself out there and yet you do not know where to begin or if you even want to start.

 

It makes you better

Blogging with anxiety is having to make decisions by yourself and for yourselfthere really is no other way. Blogging with anxiety is taking small, sure steps outside of your comfort zone to reach your goal. It will push you to reach out to your audience and fellow bloggers and you will realize that there really is nothing to worry about.

Blog however you are comfortable with. If you need to blog anonymously, then do so. The blogging community is actually very welcoming and they won’t pressure you to reveal yourself. The same goes to your audience. Once you reach and gain their trust, they will forget that they are reading a faceless person’s thoughts. As long as you stay true to your words, they will continue to listen. Blogging with anxiety will push and challenge you to fight and be better.

Blogging with anxiety is just another challenge that you will conquer.

 

Our thoughts are our biggest enemy. Anxiety is living with a voice saying you can’t, and yet you survive each and every day. It is hearing all these voices inside your head and you just let it rave and rant. However, you know you will not let it consume you. It’s either we let ourselves be eaten up and swallowed whole or we try to fight with what we can.

 

Anxiety is not beautiful in any way but it will make you stronger.

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Krisy started Kronicles with the aim to inspire and empower. If she is not motivating people through her written words, she's either pretending she doesn't have social anxiety, petting random dogs, or watching the sunset.

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31 Comments
  • Britney
    May 29, 2019

    I can totally relate with you on this. Somedays my anxiety makes life so crippling and it can be hard to market!

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      We are strong for getting through it everyday!

  • Stephanie Stebbins
    May 29, 2019

    This is definitely true. It took me awhile to get into sharing and marketing my blog as it really just started out as a place to get all of the brain vomit out of my head, lol. Once I became a published author, however, marketing and such became a MUST and I was hiding under my couch from it! I’ve come around since but I definitely hit all of the things mentioned here and blogging has helped me immensely!

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      Thank you for sharing your story, Stephanie! Blogging has really been an escape and a learning experience at the same time 🙂

  • Cityrocka Perry
    May 30, 2019

    This is a very real thing. Thanks so much for shedding light on the trials of being a blogger. I’m sure it will help others 🙂

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      Thank you so much for reading!

  • Chad
    May 30, 2019

    That is awesome and very realistic. Thanks a lot. Your tips are spot on. My biggest take away, i need to put myself out there.

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      You can do it!

  • Michael
    May 30, 2019

    Well, I sometimes feel this too but once you overcome it even ones, the feeling becomes less and less.

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      Right? We really need to be comfortable with discomfort at times 🙂

  • Patricia Martin
    May 30, 2019

    Girl, I feel like you are talking to me, all those feelings you expressed are a description of my feelings and thoughts. Thanks for putting yourself out there.

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      Thank you so much for reading, Patricia. More power to us!

  • goodfoodprettyplaces
    May 30, 2019

    Wow, this so so right sometimes. But it has advantages, like the urge to double check everything before you post it or before you send a message to someone. Actually it is kind of a gift, I think it makes your blog better 🙂

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      I agree with the advantages! And I appreciate how you call it a gift 🙂

  • Jennifer
    May 30, 2019

    I can totally relate to this post, I’ve really learned how to handle my anxiety. But sometimes when I’m blogging I tend to get overwhelmed and that’s when I take a deep breath and take a little break. Since I’ve started blogging I’ve definitely been pushed out of my comfort zone, but I think that’s a great thing. Thank you for sharing something so personal it isn’t always easy expressing how your anxiety can affect you.

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      Thank you for sharing a little bit of your story as well, Jennifer! Blogging can definitely push you out of your comfort zone!

  • Petite Style Beauty
    May 30, 2019

    Yes, it definitely is a struggle. But we have to overcome our fears and just get out there. We will be listened and read and people will appreciate us. If we don’t try we’d never know.

    • Krisy
      May 30, 2019

      I agree with this 100%

  • Nelly Kungu
    May 30, 2019

    you could not have said it any better. It is hard but once you learn what helps you cope, it gets manageable.

  • Gervin Khan
    May 30, 2019

    Such a reality and I am glad that you found something that will help you manage your anxiety. I am so proud of you, girl!

  • Crystal Carder
    May 30, 2019

    I feel you! I sometimes find myself feeling like this and it’s a horrible feeling. Just have to keep pushing and tell myself I can do it!

  • Erika Tiara
    May 30, 2019

    Working while anxiety stiring up your mind is hard for sure, but it makes you work carefully and pay attention to many aspects though it will consume all your time.

  • Sue-Tanya Mchorgh
    May 30, 2019

    I used to be like this they used to be very anxious where it came to my blog. I would overthink, I would criticize, I would postpone. eventually I decided that if I’m really serious about blogging then I would have to face my fears. for those persons who are currently anxious where their blog is concerned does understand that is something that you have to overcome and get comfortable with.

  • Kalyan Panja
    May 30, 2019

    Thanks for sharing these useful blogging tips and overcome anxiety.

  • Lyosha
    May 30, 2019

    You are so brave to write it! Anxiety is horror, I am forever thankful I do not suffer from it. Thanks for sharing your experience, it is very important.

  • Claire Lee
    May 30, 2019

    Oh no 🙁 I mean at first I was scared to share my blog even though I wrote several posts. But once I started sharing to the world more and more people enjoyed my posts and I gained confidence.

  • Mavs Escala
    May 30, 2019

    I know someone who is suffering from anxiety and she’s having a hard time blogging because of it. 🙁

  • twinspirationalparties
    May 31, 2019

    I can totally relate to this.. Anxiety is really a problem to anyone who have it. You are so brave to share this.

  • Jeannette (Jay Joy)
    June 1, 2019

    I wonder where anxiety starts from. I come from a long line of traumatized but really strong women. My daughter started having major anxiety and I don’t quite know how to react.

  • Kathy Kenny Ngo
    June 1, 2019

    Kudos for pushing through. Blogging is hard enough and doing it with anxiety must double the trouble.

  • Danielle
    June 1, 2019

    I absolutely understand everything that you are saying here. I too have anxiety when it comes to my blogging and I think that at times it makes it hard because I am afraid of what other people will think about my posts.

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