7 Habits of the Obsessive Blogger

If you’re reading this, chances are you are a blogger. But are you an obsessive blogger? Someone who has an obsession is someone who is preoccupied with something. So, if you are an obsessive blogger, then by definition, you are constantly thinking about blogging and everything that it entails. I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with being obsessed with blogging. If you are a blogger, and if you do it well, then you should definitely spend a considerable amount of time at this craft. You should absolutely think about future blog posts, how to market your blog, and how to increase your subscriber base. But sometimes, as with anything, doing too much of something can turn into an obsession. So, in this article, I’ve compiled a list of 7 habits of the obsessive blogger. Go through the list and let me know in the comments below how many of these habits you managed to tick off.

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7 Habits of the Obsessive Blogger

You check your blog stats every five minutes

Admit it, if you are a blogger — new and old to your craft — then you’ve most likely done this. I know I have. I know I sometimes sit in front of my computer checking my WordPress.com stats to see how many views and comments I’ve gotten on my most recently published post. It can feel disappointing not to mention frustrating to see that little bar refuse to budge, and then when it finally does, it can feel equivalent to watching the first man on the moon or getting the top score on your SATs or winning the lottery. While you should check your blog stats, simply checking every five minutes will not bring forth the magic to increase your viewership. I wish it could though.

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You change your blog’s theme more times than you care to admit

If you’ve changed your blog’s theme more times than you care to admit, then you might be a tad obsessed. When I was first starting out blogging, I would constantly change my blog’s theme. On WordPress.com at least, there are a wealth of blog themes available that you can use. I used to spend hours upon hours just scrolling through the endless possibilities. I would choose one, test it out, and then shake my head in frustration because it wasn’t good enough for my blog. I would wish that I could take one or two elements from one theme, and then another few elements from another theme, and then put them together. I would also spend hours just daydreaming of how I wanted my blog to ultimately look. Needless to say, over the years I’ve probably spent more time thinking about my blog’s theme than I have about the actual content. To justify this relentless obsession, I’ll just say that the blog’s theme is extremely important because it is the first thing that your readers will see.

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You carry a notebook everywhere you go just in case inspiration strikes

If you’ve carried a notebook everywhere you go (even to the bathroom!) just in case an idea for a blog post came to you, then you might be obsessed. If you feel the need to write down that idea no matter where you are or what you are doing, then it is possible that you spend quite a bit of time thinking about blogging. Of course, this isn’t a bad thing. Inspiration can — and should — come from your daily life and it can come to you at any time. So, it does pay to be prepared because nothing is worse than being stuck somewhere without something to write with otherwise you risk forgetting your idea.

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You randomly start talking about a blog post that you’ve written or read during dinner

Dinner is for conversation with family and friends. But when you start randomly talking about a blog post that you’ve written or even read during dinner, then you may just be slightly obsessive. Especially if you talk about something that leaves your dinner companions with raised eyebrows and befuddled, even amused, expressions. And then, you realize that they don’t know what you are talking about and it would take too long to explain the context, so you reluctantly settle for a change of topic.

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You spend the entire day writing blog post after blog post

If you’ve spent the entire day writing blog post after blog post without any meals and then looking up to see that the day is nearly over, then you are probably an obsessive blogger. It’s easy to let yourself get absorbed in the words that you are putting onto the page that you just write, and write, and write without any thought of your essential needs.

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You put blogging over everything else in your life

If you’ve declined party invitations or night out with friends more times than you care to admit because you wanted to stay home and blog, then you are probably a bit obsessed with blogging. If you’ve put other things on hold just so you can finish writing that last sentence or word then you might be obsessed.

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You have dreams about blogging

Bloggers spend the day blogging, but when you start to have dreams about blogging while sleeping, then it might be possible that you are obsessed. If the blogging starts creeping into your subconscious life that it appears before you while sleeping, then you are definitely thinking too much about blogging.

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What would you add to this list?

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17 thoughts on “7 Habits of the Obsessive Blogger

  1. LOVE this, Helen! The only one I am guilty of is dreaming about blogging. I begin formulating my blogs as I drift off to sleep, though, so it really is not like an “obsessive” dream; just what my mind was about when I began to sleep.
    I had to quit following the friend’s blog who is posting now 30 or MORE blogs per day!! Some of them were pretty good, but he just doesn’t realize nobody can keep up with that many.
    One per week ties me up for several times each week, unless I do this every now and then! πŸ˜‚ :

    Just a thought

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  2. Great post Helen!! I am guilty of the stats one and the theme one (I just look at themes but I do not try them out). Another sign of being obsessed is going on WordPress first thing in the morning!!

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  3. I’ve never dreamed about blogging but… I did go through a phase when I became overly obsessed with my blog stats. I feel like it’s unhealthy now looking back.

    I really started to notice my stats increase when I stopped paying so close attention. I currently will view my states once a week and always a week from a new post. I don’t let the numbers get to me. All that matters is that I am reaching some and I can judge this based on the engagement I receive from my readers on my posts and on social media.

    I still to this day keep a journal with me to write down inspiration and notes as they come.

    Thank you so much for this great post!

    xo Erica

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    1. Hey Erica,
      thanks so much for reading! I agree that being so focused on your blog stats can be unhealthy. At the end of the day they are just numbers. And not an accurate representation of your engagement or activity level. It can’t distinguish forever the difference between people hitting refresh multiple times and different people making genuine impressions on your blog. What you mentioned is more effective at judging the engagement level.

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  4. I loved all of these, and feel validated that I’m not an obsessed blogger. Granted, I feel like it sometimes, but according to this list, I am not.

    There’s nothing wrong with being obsessed with something you want to be good at, but as in all life, balance is key πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m not obsessed I guess. I used to check out my stats in every 5 minutes and also change my blog’s theme when I was new to the community but I don’t do that much now. And writing a post in notebook is really not my thing, I can’t do that. But I talk about my blog quite a lot with my family. And I really don’t spend the whole day writing blog posts, 9 pm is very suitable for me to write posts so I write until I get sleepy. These days I’m working a lot on my blog and also reading lots of posts. And I think I do have dreams about blogging, I mean I really want my blog to grow!

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    1. That’s awesome!! I was the same way too. I used to always check the stats but have been *trying* to check less frequently though its hard to resist the temptation sometimes lol!
      Gladthat you are working hard at blogging. Loving your recent posts! ❀

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  6. Hahahah dreaming about blogging? I’m glad to say I’ve never gotten to that extent, but I have been guilty of the other points. Checking stats is such a normal part of my daily routine nowadays… I think it’s the first thing I do when I wake up πŸ˜… Needless to say, more often than not, I always get disappointed. Not being in lockdown anymore has helped with this obsession though πŸ˜‚

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