The Start of a New Blogging Journey.

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If you are an avid reader of Brianna Stryker Writes, you might have noticed that my website looks a little different. Nevertheless, this is still Brianna Stryker Writes and I am still me, Brianna Stryker. This will still be the same content you are used to reading from me- well, sort of.

Maybe you recall my blogging hiatus. Last summer, I was burnt out. I took a step back from my website and social media in general. In December, I decided to delete my blog entirely. Although my plan was expiring, I could not see myself returning to blogging anytime soon and I did not want to renew it for another year if I would not be using it- financially, it did not make sense. While I still do not regret that decision, I quickly found myself itching to blog again. This came as a surprise to me because for a while, I wanted nothing to do with the world I had created in Brianna Stryker Writes.

As I was attempting to pinpoint why I fell out of love with blogging, I came to the conclusion that the pressure started to eat at me. I began blogging a few years ago and I started with a free platform. I truly loved having that personal space on the internet and being a content creator. Before long, I was putting a ton of time and energy into what I was creating so I started to wonder if it was worth it. Meanwhile, I encountered some bloggers online who were managing to earn an income from their work. Looking at their success, I felt inspired to give that a try. While blogging stems from my love for writing, making money from it sounded appealing as well.

I had no idea how much work goes into monetizing a blog. Although I would have been thrilled to be as successful as possible, I remained realistic and tried to start off small, by turning my blog into a side hustle. This process involved me constantly promoting myself, maintaining a regular social media presence, learning about skills such as SEO (which I never managed to get the hang of), creating new content all the time, and exhausting myself with worrying about my statistics. I was lucky to have a wonderful blog launch and I was reaching milestones rapidly, including gathering a tremendous Twitter following for it, full of thousands of people. Having that spotlight on me increased the pressure I was dealing with though and I ended up quitting when I could not handle it anymore.

Well, to recap, blogging as a hobby bored me and made me feel like I was wasting my time, but monetizing my blog into something larger burnt me out. I have tried both worlds and I have learned that having a hobby is not a waste of time. So many people have multiple streams of income nowadays and this hustle is admirable, but it is not for everyone. Therefore, I am returning to my original method of blogging, while bringing my new discoveries with me so I can make a blog that is even better suited for me. This way, I can reignite my love for blogging and writing by embarking on this new journey.

Thank you for reading! I am excited about this new chapter and I hope you enjoy following along with me.

20 thoughts on “The Start of a New Blogging Journey.”

  1. Yay!! So excited you’re back and doing what’s best for you, Bri! My blog isn’t monetized either. I think the pressure we face in our society to monetize and profit from everything we’re good at sometimes does more harm than good. It’s definitely more than fine to have hobbies and outlets that don’t bring in income!

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    1. Thank you, Vic! I appreciate that. Hearing that your blog is not monetized either is a relief to me because I am glad I am not the only one. I admire your blog a lot so it is nice to know that you see where I am coming from. Thank you for reading!

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  2. I had the same issue with blogging years ago, and now I decided to get serious about it and make something meaningful and hopefully get successful in blogging one day. Glad to know someone that had a similar experience like mine❤️Good luck with everything, Brianna! Waiting for new blog posts from you.

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    1. Wow, that is so lovely to hear! Best of luck to you. It is nice to know that we had similar experiences so you understand how I have been feeling. Good luck to you too and thank you for reading!

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  3. This is such an open and honest account of your experience, I’m really glad to know I’m not the only one going through this process! Sending lots of love! xx

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  4. excited for you and this fresh start of a blogging journey! i can totally relate – i myself have no interest in monetizing & making money from blogging at this time. i prefer blogging as an escape & would rather try other career ventures. hard to say, if i will change my mind in the future. but for now, i’d much rather write for fun & work a regular day job like i’m doing now or even go back for grad school.

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    1. Thank you! Exactly, blogging started off as a fun escape for me, until I fell into a bit of a rabbit hole of comparison. That is a fair point about how we can always change our minds but for now, we seem to be on the right path. Thank you for reading!

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  5. Wooooh!! Bri is back! So so glad to see you back here as well, Bri. What my experience has taught me that when you turn up your hobby into profession then somehow it generates pressure and to meet up the expectations we get burn out. So I believe, the best way to keep both the things separate. Honestly, your content always makes me feel good whenever I read. Welcome back again!!

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    1. I am back! I appreciate the warm welcome during my return. I agree with you, as I had to learn that the hard way with my last blog. Nevertheless, I am hoping this journey will be much more fulfilling for me and I am taking the lessons from the past with me so I can do what I love to do without getting burnt out again. Thank you for reading!

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