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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.