7 Deadly Sins Of Blogging

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My husband pointed something out to me recently – he noted that I get ‘obsessive’ about something when I love it. A few years ago, it was making jewelry. I dragged him into countless stores while on vacation in Australia, looking at tools, clasps, colored leather, and semi-precious stones. In a 6-month period, I cranked out over 100 pieces.

Then I had a baby. And you know how that goes.

Nearly 2 years ago, I started blogging. As with most of my obsessions, I went into it full force, spending countless hours writing, reading, commenting, social media-ing (I can see you nodding). The difference with blogging is, I haven’t stopped. I’m not sick of it yet. I haven’t lost interest.

I’m still so into it, I have actually committed all 7 deadly sins. Bloggy style.

7 Deadly Sins of Blogging

Lust

As a newbie blogger, I lusted. I lusted after gorgeous blog designs, comments, likes, follows, validation. The desire was so strong, I did nothing else but get wrapped up in my blog.

Gluttony

Traditionally defined as being excessive with food, I was excessive with everything blogging. I joined link ups, writing workshops, blog hops, followed everyone who followed me on Twitter, jumped on every single social media bandwagon (remember Klout? I was obsessed with raising my Klout score, so much so, I initiated a #TweetChallenge – excess much?), and went all out (and in).

Greed

Once the numbers started going up slowly, I wanted more. 100, then ooh, 200, and why not, 500? Come on, come on, go up! It was never enough. There was always the next goal. The more followers/ likes I got, the more I wanted.

Sloth

All this over-blogging, obsessiveness and jumping-headfirst-into-stuff? It’s exhausting. Physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting. When I hit the 6-month mark, I was burned out. I got lazy. I cut down posting daily (OMG) to 5 times a week, to 4 times a week, 3, and now 2. All those wonderful link ups and writing workshops – nope. Too much work. I got slothful – I did just enough to stay in people’s radar, but not over-the-top like before.

Wrath

I’ve raged against my blog. I’ve raged against social media. When I was on Blogger and it shut down for the day, I got so mad, I moved to WordPress within two weeks. When Facebook meddled with its algorithm making it harder for posts to be seen, I raged against them too. When Klout got stupid and ridiculous, I tried to delete my account, and couldn’t find the ‘delete’ button. Yup, more wrath. Fortunately, none of this anger lasted. Too tiring. Sloth, remember?

Envy

Oh, this sin. I struggle against it daily. I am always genuinely happy for blogging friends who do well – freelance writing gigs, making thousands of bucks a month, scoring book deals, travelling the world on a brand’s coin, attending fabulous blog conferences and meeting people I want to meet. Happy. Yes. Also, envious. BUT, I like to direct this sin’s energy into something productive. Instead of stewing, I get active. I make things happen for myself. I work harder.

Pride

I am proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I know I can do more, and I know I will. But I let myself bask in some pride here and there, or envy might drag me down. Not so much though, to forget friends who’ve been there with me from day one of my blogging journey. Temper pride, and it will work for you. Let it get into your head, and you may lose credibility, goodwill and friends.

The key thing for me? I’ve learned to try and turn sins around into good things. There’s so much that blogging has given me, I want to always remember that, and give back. For all the lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride I have felt (and still feel) – I also try to practice kindness, generosity and honesty.

Have you committed any blogging sins?

Alison
I am a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother to two boys, born December 2009 and May 2012. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world's biggest sports brands, I traded in launch parties, product launches, and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Aside from this blog, I am a contributing writer at Everyday Family. My writing has also been featured on Mamalode, Families In the Loop, andThe Huffington Post. I am the founder of Little Love Media, a social media consultancy.
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  • January 30, 2013 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Wow, this was a really, really good way of looking at blogging! I admit I’ve committed all the sins myself! (Don’t we all at various stages?) I still wrestle with envy and right now I’m most definitely in a slothful phase! Balance. It’s what I’m still trying to find 2 years later.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Ah, the elusive Balance. Let me know when you find it. :)

  • January 30, 2013 Ice Scream Mama

    so so true. you hit it on the head. i’ve gone thru all those steps!! and then there’s the worst sin, because i’m no good at blind faith, so i start… questioning… why am i doing this and what am trying to accomplish? and that drives me crazy!

    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I question myself often too – most of the time, it’s about my content. Whether my writing is good enough, if people really enjoy what they read blah blah blah.

      Then I just fold into myself and get slothful. :)

      • February 22, 2013 Susan Hemingway

        Good writing is where I get bogged down. Is my writing consistently decent or am I succumbing to dumbing down just to get readers. I worry all the time if I’m getting better, more concise or am I falling behind just to get a post out 4-5 times a week. Most of all I want to be a good writer and I thought blogging would help my goals but I too got caught up in all the sins and missed the point entirely. I”m trying to come back to that but the easy way out sure is…, the easy way out and frees up a huge chunk of my time. My god daughter says, “Perfect practice makes perfect playing”. It’s a shame that she remembers that when I worry I’m not getting my Downton Abbey fix in.

  • January 30, 2013 Sue

    This is fabulous Alison. Bloggy-style. Heh. I especially like that you approve of Pride. In small doses, of course. xo
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Heh. Sometimes, I manage a good play on words. Total fluke. Oh yes, Pride has to be in small doses. Wouldn’t want to get ahead of myself. ;)

  • January 30, 2013 Mama Melch

    All of the above, sadly…I’m so new I don’t think I even realized some of them were sins…oops. A little reflection is good for the blogger soul too I suppose. Excellent post.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I had no idea I was committing those sins while I was in the midst of them! Reflection is good, I tend to do this every few months, bring myself back to why I blog. Better than despairing or getting a big head. :) Enjoy blogging!

  • January 30, 2013 adrienne

    Haha! All of them! It’s funny. I used to scrapbook all.the.time. Just like your jewelry I obsessed over embellishments, paper, designs, you name it. I spent thousands on supplies and would scrap into the wee hours of the morning. Then, I started homeschooling. Good bye scrapbook.

    I have NO desire to do the scrapbooks, but this blogging thing? I hope it never goes away. I love it too much. I fell into by accident looking for a coupon. Almost 3 years later…I’m still sinning! :)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Keep on keeping on, my friend. :)

  • January 30, 2013 Laura

    This was a really really good post. I probably have been through all 7 of those. I am still working on my balance too.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Laura!
      Balance is hard, and it ebbs and flows. When you think you’ve got it, something throws a wrench into the works. I’ve learned to just roll with it.

  • This was a REALLY good one. I might be cycling through greed and envy right now. I know I’m supposed to play it cool, but this Circle of Moms contest is driving me nuts. I think the only one I’m safe from is sloth . . . because we’ve only EVER posted twice per week. :) Ellen
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I cannot wait for the Circle of Moms contest to end. :) Posting twice a week is a GOOD and smart strategy to start off with!

  • January 30, 2013 Alexa

    yes hon, I have committed all seven of these deadly sins… today!!! :-) Just kidding, but yes, I think it’s part of the blogging process. Great post as usual! :-)

    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      It definitely IS part of the process, I’m pretty sure every blogger has gone through these, more than once, and probably repeatedly :) Thank you!

  • January 30, 2013 Leigh Ann

    Yes times 7! I think I remember that #tweetchallenge. And I also remember when I first jumped into the community about the same time, how it seemed everyone was publishing 5 times a week! I got caught up in it too. How in the world?
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      It did seem that way, didn’t it? That everyone around us were publishing posts like mad, and tweeting like mad, and obsessing over Klout (and whatnot)?

  • January 30, 2013 Elaine A.

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, and yes. That about covers it, right? ;-)

    xo
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Haha, yes!

  • January 30, 2013 Laura at Mommy Miracles

    Hells yes, Lady! I think I struggle with Envy most of all. And yup to the obsessed thing too! :) I think I made the obsession a little more understandable when I started approaching blogging as a job. Thanks for the chuckle!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Hah, you’re welcome!
      I think Envy is nature’s way of making us buck up. :)

  • January 30, 2013 Kerrie

    Love this post -it could have been written about me! Pretty sure I’ve committed each and every one of these !
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I think it’s a blogger’s thing, completely inevitable and unavoidable. :)

  • January 30, 2013 Rachel

    I’m at the beginning of this blogging journey, so thanks for the warning!

    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      :) You’re welcome!

  • I’m glad I am not the only newbie blogger that is gluttonous in the way you have described! I told my husband not to let me join ANYTHING anymore. I need to be focused on things I have already committed to :)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      It is always good to have someone rein us in!

  • January 30, 2013 Kristin

    Well, if I were a lesser person, I might actually have content ENVY over this post. ;) LOVED this, Alison! What a fantastic angle to take on the old blogging challenges schtick – and so true, too! I’m guilty of each of these sins myself. And now, more two years later, as I sit in a good place with my blog – comfortable (and proud) of what its become and confident in my own voice – I just look back at the blogging me of two years ago an laugh.

    And what you said about pride is so, so important. Too many “big” bloggers seem to let their Internet fame go to their head – and then they lose their authenticity and became totally unrelatable. It’s a huge turn-off.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Gosh, Kristin, I can’t even bear to read stuff I wrote way back then!

      Yes, it’s unfortunate that some bloggers let fame get to them (and reviews over take their blogs), and they start writing for anyone but themselves and their true audience. Sigh.

  • January 30, 2013 tracy

    Do you know how fun hell is going to be with all of these bloggers down there with me! WOOT! xoxo
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    • January 30, 2013 Rusti

      WOOT WOOT!! can I hitch a ride?? ;)

    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Anywhere with you, Tracy, would be an awesome time. xo

  • January 30, 2013 my inner chick

    The key thing for me? I’ve learned to try and turn sins around into good things.***

    Brilliant. Fantastic! Identifiable!

    I SO MUCH loved this, Alison Lee.

    Xxxx Many kisses
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      You are so awesome, Kim!! xoxo

  • January 30, 2013 Leslie

    This is a doozy, Alison! So true and relatable, every word of it! I’m just biding my time until a lightning bolt strikes me in the head.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I think your beard will save you from the lightning bolt.
      I have no idea why I just typed that.

  • January 30, 2013 Kim

    I have been blogging less than a year, but YES to pretty much all of them! It is such a growing process, this bloggy thing, isn’t it? :)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      It is absolutely! And you will find that you will commit the same sin over and over. :)

  • January 30, 2013 Julie

    Haha, ok, like, all of them. I’m currently wallowing in sloth. And sort of enjoying it. :)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Dude, I’m kinda jealous. :)
      (enjoy it!)

  • January 30, 2013 Martine

    Mea culpa! (That’s Latin for, “I’m at fault!”)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Hah! You are not alone!

  • January 30, 2013 Ado

    Loved this, I could relate to every point. It’s funny though I really admire your bloggy self and I hope you do too – do not put yourself down for getting into a topic like you do, whether it be jewelry, babies, or blogging! It is a very good thing to follow your interest and to be gung-ho about it.
    I know what you mean about the envy of other bloggers – for me it’s the ones who I think are average to crappy but who get book deals. I can’t begin to control my envy and consternation at what I dramatically perceive as the “unfairness” of that.
    Have you read the book The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron? She has a wonderful depiction of “what envy means” – when you feel yourself coveting something someone else has or does…don’t put yourself down for being envious (she says, I put myself down!) – instead, see your envy as a guide post for your heart telling you where you want to go – ie., “I want to do what she’s doing.” blathering…off now!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I can’t understand it either, how people get book deals, while others, who are clearly talented, don’t. Connections? Timing?

      Julia Cameron has the right of it!

  • January 30, 2013 sarah

    spot on Alison. Guilty as charged here! I like the part about taking all that energy and redirecting it in a positive direction. I have no doubt even bigger, grander bloggy things await you! You rock :)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thanks Sarah!

  • January 30, 2013 Rusti

    ummm… SLOTH FOR SURE. and definitely lust & envy, but in a good way too – very happy for my fellow pals who are doing well and have gorgeous blogs :)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Yes, me too! I love when bloggy pals land gigs, get deals etc, because they worked for it and totally deserve the opportunities.

  • January 30, 2013 Cynthia Meents

    Wow! You have just codified the stages of blogging! I’ve committed every one of those. Right now I’m being pretty slothful. Mainly because I’m making jewelry. Are we related?
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Hah!! We must be. Jewelry making is very consuming. And satisfying. I totally get it.

  • January 30, 2013 Greta

    Uh, yes. All of these. You know it!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I think you’re doing good, my friend! And aren’t we all, some or all of these, at some point?

  • January 31, 2013 keely

    Oh, sister- you are always so spot on. Seriously. I need to have this printed out to put on my computer, my fridge, my mirrors…
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Hah! Don’t worry, I think you’re doing good. :)

  • January 31, 2013 Christine

    Oh yes!! I’ve committed all 7 of those deadly sins. I think that my husband is waiting for the obsession phase to pass but clearly it hasn’t yet and I kind of hope that it doesn’t. I kind of love it. I feel like I’ve moved past the first 4 sins but am still kind of stuck in the last three. I struggle with envy daily as well. I’m so so so happy for my blogging friends but I have to admit I’m kind of envious too. But then again, it’s not like I’ve put any effort into finding freelance gigs, etc. which is really where I need to focus my energy.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I channeled my envy into making things happen for me, as opposed to waiting for something to happen. Good luck, Christina, I think you’re doing really well!

  • January 31, 2013 Theta Mom

    As a blogger who has been around these parts, I’ve seen and done all you described.
    I think we experience this as we continue to understand the bloggy universe, especially when we’re just starting out.

    You’ve created your own name & voice in this space- and I suppose that’s what we all want as bloggers, that and to feel like we make a difference when someone reads. Or that what we write matters, to someone. You’re there my friend, keep going.

    We’ll be here reading.
    xoxo
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Thank you so much, Heather, for taking the time to read and comment. And for your kind words. I’ll just keep on keeping on. :)

  • January 31, 2013 Kim

    I think the question is: Is there anyone who hasn’t? :-(

    You make a great point to take those sins and funnel the energy into something useful instead. Being angry and envious not only makes me not much fun to be around, but it also keeps me from focusing on my bloggy mission of helping moms ultimately build stronger and more satisfying relationships through the encouragement of faith, the practice of gratitude and the discovery of joy.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Kim, I think you’re doing a good job!

  • January 31, 2013 AnnMarie

    Love this and yes, every single one of them in every way you described. :)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      :) Thank you!

  • January 31, 2013 John (Daddy Runs a Lot)

    I still struggle with Envy & Sloth . . . and Gluttony. Though, in the blogging world, Gluttony and Sloth seem to be at odds with one another. I envy everyone — people who post more than I do, people who get more comments than I do, people who have an actual strategy for their posts.

    Sloth, well, I don’t post enough . . . I go long periods of time without a post. And when I do post? They’re gluttonous posts. I need to remember that more words more better.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I guess when one hasn’t posted for a while, there naturally will be more words, yes? Gluttony in words, I feel, is okay. Well, as long as it’s not over 1,000 words. :)

  • January 31, 2013 Carolyn

    Oh my. I LOVED this. Too funny. I ended up cancelling Klout a few months ago. Did you ever find the delete button? It’s pretty well hidden…. I can’t remember where right now.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I had the hardest time finding the delete button for Klout! It was ages ago, so they might have changed things up. I think it was at the bottom of the settings page.

  • January 31, 2013 Lady Jennie

    This only partially responds to your post, but you know what I’ve been thinking about lately? I feel like I don’t have a blogging community. I have a few friends (like you – SO grateful for you) who will respond to my posts, but not that many. And I tried to respond wherever I can. So it makes me feel lonely. Like – am I boring or something? I wonder why I don’t have more connection with a larger number of people …

    Anyway. Spot on as usual for this post. :-)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Jennie, you are SO NOT BORING!
      Building a community is a hard graft, you have to keep doing it. Keep reading and commenting on blogs, find new ones, participate in community events (linkys, tweet parties etc), be active on social media. It takes time.
      Let’s talk soon, okay? I have some ideas. :)

  • January 31, 2013 Elizabeth Kane

    Yes! I’m guilty of many of these! Blogging can be tough, but it definitely has its benefits.

    And if we’re getting into blog theory, from what most blogging gods say, quality posts and quality social media followers are always better than quantity. And I think the posts you write, comments you get, and followers you have definitely reflect that. :)

    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Aw, thank you so much, Elizabeth!

  • January 31, 2013 Rachel

    all 7!! Over and over. Thanks for making me remember that I’m not the only one.

    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Rachel, you are far from being alone!

  • January 31, 2013 Christie

    Yes to all of these! I especially struggle with the greed, wrath, and envy. My blog has improved a lot in the 11 months that I’ve been doing this, but I want more. I am proud of the fact that I’ve become a regular contributor to Huffington Post, but I want more. I’m happy that I finally made it over 100 followers, but again, I want more! Which ties in closely to the envy part too. I see other blogs with thousands of followers and I wonder “how the heck did they do that?!?!” with a mix of curiosity and jealousy.

    I hate Twitter so that that’s where my wrath comes in.

    It’s refreshing to know that a blogger as successful as you has these same thoughts.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Christine, I don’t think of myself as successful at all. :)
      I do think that YOU are – less than a year blogging and you have a regular gig with Huffington Post? That’s where my envy comes in! :)

      • February 5, 2013 Christie

        Oh, my. I am humbled by your kind words. I guess that just goes to show how often the way others see us is different than the way we see ourselves.
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  • January 31, 2013 Poppy

    Of all the stages, I got stuck in sloth a little too long. I’m trying to dig out with a little help from my friends. I think every blogger can relate to this post!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Thanks Poppy! It is really important to have friends in this blogging world.

  • January 31, 2013 Natalie

    I love this. I have such a love/hate relationship with my blog. And right now? I can’t figure out it I want to focus more on writing or photography. And that drives me crazy!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Natalie, I think you can do both!

  • January 31, 2013 Leslie

    Oh, who hasn’t committed most (if not all) of these? It seems like some people either burn out and stop or figure out a way to fit it into their lifestyle. So glad you did the latter! (BTW, I totally get you on the obsession thing. The husband has often joked that you can tell what’s going on in my life by the shows I watch. Getting married or going to a wedding? You’d see tons of “Say Yes to the Dress”. Having a baby? “Bringing Home Baby” would steal the show. The rest of the time it’s nearly any HGTV home renovating/decorating show!)
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I totally thought I’d burn out and just quit. Turns out leaving this blog here and all my buddies? No can do. :)

  • January 31, 2013 Roxanne

    I’m committed them all.
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    • January 31, 2013 Roxanne

      That should’ve been “I’ve”. Sigh.
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Love that you made a correction. :)

      • February 5, 2013 Roxanne

        I’m a professional editor. It would have bugged me to no end if I’d let it be. ;)
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  • January 31, 2013 Angela Christopher

    I am finishing up my first year blogging, and like you, surprisingly enough I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. i have committed all sins, and still do, but your post has helped me acknowledge them and I am ready to add a little balance to my blogging!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Balance, so elusive, yes? Good luck and happy blogging!

  • January 31, 2013 Princess

    The spin that you put on this article is amaze-balls! ….and I admittedly commit these sins at least 3-4 days a week. Two years of blogging and I’m still navigating these blogging waters. Hopefully soon enough I’ll be able to say I’ve mastered my technique.

    I ‘m glad to have found your blog!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      I love the word amaze-balls!!
      Thank you, glad you ended up here too :)

  • January 31, 2013 Alma

    I can say for me I haven’t gone to extremes about numbers or continuously working on my blog every day. When I do I take a long break and then feel guilty “oh no its been a week since my last post”… and sulk. I have come to the conclusion that I am still new at this SAHM and part of my depression stems from having no control over my day but having all this time. Its crazy. This is what I deal with: I need to take creative breaks or I lose my mind, I get to the blog when I can, respond to my favorites like you when I can and often, work on my new shop, knit some more… get overwhelmed and the cycle stars again. Creatively I deal with the Envy part because I see so many lovely things and think there is no place for me. Its a tricky balance you know.
    Loved this post, sorry i ramble
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Alma, there is a place for you. There is a place for all of us – it’s a big bloggy world out there!! :)

  • January 31, 2013 Asianmommy

    Haha! I’ve been overblogging and underblogging and everything in between, but it’s been a fun ride!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      That’s the beauty of blogging!

  • January 31, 2013 Denise Rayala

    Guilty as charged! :D
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Hah, welcome to the club! :)

  • January 31, 2013 The Dose of Reality

    Oh, yes..all of them. Right now I’m in a sloth phase with a touch of greed.
    Great post. Good to know I’m not alone with these! whew!!
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    • February 4, 2013 Alison

      Oh you’re never alone in the blogging world. :)

  • January 31, 2013 Katie

    Very cute and well written and I can honestly say you’re not alone. There are many times where I struggle with these.
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      I think no blogger can say they haven’t been through each and everyone of these emotions!

  • February 1, 2013 Ronni

    I always get the envy one. And definitely lust. Like right now. I am lusting after your gorgeous design. And your 23879847493394 comments. :)

    When my blog had a hiccup last week, I was pretty sure that no one read it anyway and I was going to just let it die. But a bunch of people begged me not to. So, I guess I get readers, but only one or two comments a week. I remember the days when I got 30+ comments on every entry. Ah well. I keep writing anyway.
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      Aw, Ronni, don’t give up! There’s an ebb and flow that goes with blogging. Things will be where they’re supposed to be before you know it.

  • February 1, 2013 Doctor G

    LOVE this! Maybe I haven’t, umm… nope, OK I guess I’ve committed all these!

    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      You’re not alone, Dr G!

  • February 1, 2013 Alison

    You did that thing, namesake! I need to do penance from all of these blogging sins. Thanks for a humorous spin on what can sometimes be a serious issue. May we all recognize our blogging sins and, like you said, turn them into good things!
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      Yay, another Alison with one L!
      Any negative can be turned into a positive. That’s my life mantra. :)

  • February 1, 2013 Charlotte

    Oh, I have really missed you, my sweet one. So great to be back in your space again today :)

    I understand this post intimately, and am not so proud to report that I have committed all of these sins myself. I think it’s natural. The fact that you feel so strongly about something shows passion, and that will always make this a huge success for you. Regardless of the numbers, followers, impressions, yada yada, blogging makes a difference to YOU and your words will always touch those around you. Thank you for being part of this community. XOXO
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      I’ve missed you too, sweet Charlotte!
      Totally natural, blogging is like life, only that so much of it is up to us how we want to make of it, and what we want to get out of it. The sins are just part of that journey!

  • February 1, 2013 Jamie H

    Guilty of all 7! Working on it though…
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      It’s definitely a work-in-progress for me too!

  • February 1, 2013 KalleyC

    Yup, I’ve done it all. Sadly. Guess its good to know that we’re committing them.
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      Self-awareness is the first step to recovery. :)

  • February 1, 2013 Hip-Baby Mama

    Ooof…I have blog envy so badly! I’ve finally decided to go “all in” and grow my blog’s audience and it’s been quite challenging. I look at others’ numbers and I’m insanely jealous.
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      It’s hard, isn’t it? Take that envy and turn it into motivation!

  • February 1, 2013 TOI

    you are such a great preacher. amen, amen! I am glad I am not the only sinner. I am nodding like as if saved by the light. i’ve sinned and keep sinning committing all the seven deadly blogging sins.

    just like you when i set my heart on something i become an obsessive devotee.

    in fact i would like to repost it. in fact i am going to retweet it
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      Thank you for sharing!
      Obsessive devotee – I like that.

  • February 1, 2013 Hope

    I’ve committed them all. I’ve only been blogging for one year and love it. Great post
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    • February 5, 2013 Alison

      Glad you love it, this blogging thing is awesome!

  • February 1, 2013 Robin

    Right there with ya, babe. I’m envious of you every day. ;)
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Oh please don’t be! YOU have so much going for you!

  • February 1, 2013 Abigail

    I’ve definitely guilty committed all these sins.. more than once… on several different blogs. At least I think I’m doing alright at the moment, for the most part.
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      That’s great, Abigail!

  • All of them.
    Envy, of course. Lust, Oh yes! I cannot visit some peoples blog and not lust after that gorgeous design and then I remember that those are professional bloggers and I’m just a bumbling amateur.

    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      You’re not an amateur! :)

  • February 1, 2013 Arnebya

    I am currently deeply entrenched in sloth (but envy pops her head up like hiya, still here every now and again.) I want to say that all of these are normal feelings to have, as long as we don’t give in and let it take over (or, in some instances, believe it at all.)

    I didn’t know we have the same one word for 2013: do.
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Yes, definitely don’t let them take over – unless it’s to motivate :)
      Hey, same one word! How are you doing with it so far?

  • February 2, 2013 lisacng

    What an honest post about yourself, but also about me. The jealousy, envy, yep, same here. But then I remember that I blog for me and it’s great if so and so is doing better than me. Just like in real life, someone’s going to have a bigger/better house, nicer car, nicer figure, but I can’t let that take away from all I have!
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      You’re right – someone else’s success shouldn’t take away our own, wise words!

  • February 2, 2013 Tammy

    Yep, all of these. What does “wasting ridiculous amounts of time trying to figure out how to do stuff or getting caught reading people’s blogs” fall under? Stupidity? Disorganization? Distractedness? Maybe that type of thing didn’t exist in biblical times…
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Haha!! I think people were smarter in those days because they had less distractions :)

  • February 2, 2013 Joi

    *Slowly raises hand*:) Newbie on the blog scene so I’m right there where you were, totally consumed with this blog world. I love this post! There are so many warnings and good things to keep in the back of my mind. I’m visiting from the SITS sharefest. Ok, now I’m going to take a look around! Happy Sharing!
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for visiting, Joi!
      It can be easy to get caught up in it, but you will know when to step back when the time comes. Happy blogging!

  • February 2, 2013 Alexandra

    Wonderful post, because of its honesty.

    There are so many “sins” to this blogging thing–and so much to LOVE about this blogging thing. I love blogging. The place to write, the people I”ve met, how I am no longer lonely in my days. I love it. But, some times, pulling back because you have a family that you love is right there along with you, and not INTO this thing like you are: that can result in misinterpretation.

    Because of having to do what you have to do when you feel the imbalance start to happen.

    We pull back, to take a deep breath and NOT forget our dream is what is only five feet away from us: our husband and children and a happy home.

    And that can be seen by some as “she’s gotten to big for her britches.”

    We do what we can and I never want to make the mistake of losing the blessedness of what is right in front of me: my children (thank god still sleeping upstairs.)

    You write with honesty–and that takes swallowing back a huge chunk of pride. A very hard thing for many, many to do.

    You are in a thriving community on your blog, because you bring something different. That is a voice that’s seldom seen.

    I appreciate you. And your work in the social media world is never unnoticed. Your quiet support, your being there without screaming you ‘re there… I wonder how many people know o f your behind the scenes love for others?

    Thank you.
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Oh my friend. You made me all teary with your words. Again.
      I don’t know how I’ll survive in this blogging world without you, and friends like you.
      Love you. xo

  • February 2, 2013 Carrie from Carrie This Home

    I had to giggle at every one of these sins since I’ve committed all of them, too! Blogging is really fun for me but it can easily get out of hand. Thanks for this great advice and I’m planning on reading this multiple times to help keep my priorities straight!
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Glad you liked it, Carrie! Blogging is totally fun, and absolutely easy to get too caught up in it all. Have a steady hand hold you back, be it your family, or well, the angel on your shoulder. :)

  • February 2, 2013 Johanna

    What a great post and not only did I giggle but I identified with each of your deadly sins :)
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Heh, glad you enjoyed the post, Johanna!

  • February 3, 2013 Kristen

    Wow! I never realized it, but I’ve been through (and…uhhh… maybe am still going through) the 7 deadly sins of blogging! Lust? Check. Sloth? Check. Envy? Check, check and more check! I’m definitely working on turning these sins into motivation!
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      I’ve been at this nearly 2 years, and I still sin. :)

  • February 3, 2013 Tamsin Howse

    Yes, yes, yes and yes!!! I’ve done all of those!! Currently I think I’m stuck in Sloth. ;)
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      We’ve all been there! :)

  • February 3, 2013 Robyn (Mrs D)

    Oh my gosh, I LOVE this post!! I think I might love you!! Ha! – that’s just my obsessive part coming out!! I have most definitely committed every single one of those and still am! Well done on your achievement though – you have a wonderful blog xx

    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Robyn, you’re most definitely not alone in this!
      And thank you, so much.

  • February 4, 2013 Katie

    Oh my heavens, yes. I have committed all of these and then some that I am afraid to admit. Thankfully I started out clueless to the world of blogging, and after falling in it, getting hurt, and crawling back out of the pit, I am now pretty happy with where I am.

    Ok, I still lust and envy.

    And maybe I am prideful.

    And then there’s the gluttony.

    Nevermind. I am still a bloggy sinner! :)
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Bloggy sinners unite!

  • February 4, 2013 Bev

    Yep, definitely am guilty of at least a few of these. Great post!
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Thank you, Bev!

  • February 4, 2013 just JENNIFER

    Fantastic twist and so clever! I’ve probably felt all of these too, except I’ve only ever obsessed over the numbers, like, out of the corner of my eye. They’re there, I’m aware, I check them, but they are what they are.
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      That’s the thing about numbers – I really don’t want to know, but I do. You know what I mean?

  • February 4, 2013 Galit Breen

    Absolutely love this. LOVE. xo
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Hee! Thank you, lovely.

  • February 4, 2013 Kristi

    Loved this post! I have committed all of these sins more than once! The funny thing is I have only been blogging about a month lol.
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      The first month? It’s the worst. :) Happy blogging!

  • February 4, 2013 Jessica

    I’m sure I’ve committed all of these sins plus some that I don’t even know about.
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      You and me both, my friend.

  • February 5, 2013 Tammy

    Hilarious and so true! I’m in the Lust/Gluttony pangs of blogging sin now! Be glad to move into the “pride” stage.
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    • February 6, 2013 Alison

      Thank you Tammy! Oh, pride. A double-edge thing. :)

  • February 5, 2013 Amanda Jillian

    Pretty sure I’ve committed them too. Although I will say I taught myself to edit my blog design when I got to envious.
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  • February 8, 2013 Kir

    oh yes, i am always committing one of them at one time or another. I love writing, blogging…not so much. I want to write , and sometimes those words come so easily , those posts just flow, and other times I can’t write to save my life.
    You know what I hate? When something happens in my life and I think “that would make a great post” but I don’t do it, because I don’t want to appear like a “know it all” or “this is how I do it” by other people. Then 2 days later, someone else writes about it and everyone loves it.

    I have such a hard time with thinking anything I write is worthwhile being read…then I read other people and think, I could have written that 2 years ago, but does anyone really care about MY Life?

    I still don’t know. ;)

    but I do love how you package this for us,. how you are so good at sharing your journey through blogging. It’s inspiring.
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    • February 8, 2013 Alison

      Honey, you are a fabulous writer. You have a great and unique perspective on so many things, you should just go ahead and write it, what anyone thinks be damned. Seriously.

      Love you. xo

  • February 14, 2013 Julia's Math

    Bless me Father,
    For I have sinned…

    Great piece. I struggle also with the 8th. Guilt: I should be blogging/Facebook/tweeting more. Also: I’m spending too much time blogging/Facebook/tweeting I should be spending more time with my family.

    I’m Catholic so I’m great at Guilt
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    • February 15, 2013 Alison

      I wrote about Guilt in my 10 truths about parenting post. In fact, it was #1 on the list. We are so good at Guilt, aren’t we?

  • February 21, 2013 Observacious

    Oh, envy is a bad one for me followed by greed. Why don’t I get as many pageviews/comments/likes/+1s as so-and-so? And when a post does fairly well I always want more. My mindset got skewed when I got one blockbuster post that got 1000 times more hits than most of my writing. Ever since that post I always expect to be able to do it again. Nothing ever comes close, so nothing is ever good enough. I need to absolve myself of these sins and go back to enjoying what I do.
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    • February 21, 2013 Alison

      Yes, you do!
      Many of us have had one of those posts – and then, nothing. No book deal, no TV contract, just another day. I know how it feels. But we must move on! Good luck, you can do it!

  • February 22, 2013 Ambyr Henninger

    Well put! I am only four months into this blogging adventure and I can totally relate. Especially to lust and envy. I want instant gratification. RIGHT NOW! This is something I am constantly working on within myself.
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    • February 22, 2013 Alison

      You’ll get there, eventually!

  • February 23, 2013 melissa

    When it comes down to it I have a happy go lucky attitude about my blog. I enjoy only posting twice a week, I appreciate that I have 3 followers, I like knowing I will only follow your blog if I genuinely like your blog.

    My store on the other hand…oh now that is where I commit just about every one of those. Sometimes I just look at my website/store and say “why won’t people buy my friggin stuff??”

    • February 23, 2013 Alison

      I know how you feel, because I feel the same way about my social media consulting business. I have had clients, but it’s slow going and I just wish I had clients pouring out of my ears! It can be hard. Stick with it, and best of luck to you!

  • February 23, 2013 Whitney

    (Raises hand) I’m afraid I’m guilty of all at one time in the past year since I’ve started my blog. I even did the same exact thing with making jewelry, except I didn’t go to Australia! I love blogging, I took the first year to just write and build my following. I did invest on a nice blog design last year and I still love it. Now I’m getting into monitizing my blog, I am a contributor for a site and enjoying every minute of it.
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    • February 23, 2013 Alison

      Sounds like you’re well on your way to bloggy greatness!

  • February 23, 2013 Tonya

    Such a smart post. And yes, I am guilty of each and every one of these blogging sins. Sadly.
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    • February 23, 2013 Alison

      That’s okay, Tonya, we all have!

  • February 23, 2013 lisa thomson

    Great post, Alison. I just found you on Blog Her. I just posted a commentary on my true feelings today about social media and blogging LOL. I’m a sinner for sure. Probably committed all of those deadly sins you mention. SO , this is a great reminder.
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    • February 23, 2013 Alison

      Thanks for reading, Lisa! I think as bloggers, these sins are inevitable. And we will keep committing one or the other, no matter how far along we are on this blogging path.

  • February 23, 2013 Alex

    I think that all of the seven deadly sins, when tempered, are assets. Like sloth can be taking a needed rest or not being so obsessive, but it can also be as you aptly described, well, SLOTH. It sounds like you found that with each of them.
    I probably go in and out of all of them on any given week in blogging and life. I guess that’s why they are so universal?
    Congrats on the BlogHer shoutout.
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    • February 24, 2013 Alison

      You’re right, all these can be turned into good things. Although for me, sloth is mostly, just sloth. :) And thank you!

  • February 25, 2013 Christopher Mathews

    I have committed all of these, and I probably will continue to commit a few. The first few hit baby bloggers the hardest. We want results. Most things come with some sort of instant gratification and blogging takes work, a lot of it. Which is why I get so angry when someone says, “Oh, you blog.” as if it’s a bad thing.

    It’s quite the journey, blogging, but it’s well worth the work. And battling the 7 deadly sins.
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    • February 25, 2013 Alison

      I know, some people still view blogging as a ‘bad’ thing, what’s up with that?
      But it definitely is a worthwhile journey!

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