Check Yourself for These 7 Symptoms of the Blogger’s Curse

Are you burdened by the blogger’s curse?

Many a blogger is hindered with a trait that damages productivity and constrains their ultimate potential.

See if you recognize any of these seven symptoms in yourself:

  1. You start writing, stop half way and hit delete
  2. You often feel like you are your own worst critic
  3. You never feel like you’ve done the best you could
  4. You second-guess your ideas, even when you know better
  5. Other bloggers make you feel inadequate
  6. There’s always something more to learn
  7. Writing would be so much more enjoyable if you could just relax

Thankfully, if you do recognize any of the above symptoms, you are definitely not alone. In fact, I would say each and every blogger I’ve met has felt the same at least once (and likely more often then they’d like to admit).

So relax, this curse doesn’t have to be permanent and is simple to treat. It even has a name.

Perfectionism: The Blogger’s Curse

The first thing to realize is that writing requires two different modes.

Your main mode is what we usually identify with, which is the writing process itself. This is putting words down on the page.

In the second mode you go from writer to editor. This is where you clean, edit, critique, format, and ultimately decide when you are done.

Who’s in charge?

Our perfectionism problem starts when we confuse the two modes. As we put words on paper, the editor starts butting in, critiquing as we go along. Rather than allow the words to flow, we keep stopping and starting, and worrying.

It’s no wonder we find it so hard to get to the end of a page when we have two personalities battling for control of the keyboard!

Edit but don’t agonize

As I mentioned, the editor part of us also gets to decide when we’re finished. The problem is, our internal editor loves to edit and is frankly a little lacking in the self-esteem department. Given a free reign and no deadline, your internal editor would keep editing long after the ice caps have melted.

In fact, in most cases our editor need not worry so much, given an opportunity to relax and let the writing flow, our first attempts are generally better than we think. Of course it’s good to edit, but I never do it right away.

Come back to your writing with even a small break in between and it’s far easier to be objective.

No blogger is an island

Finally, don’t feel as if you’re all alone in the process. Perfectionism affects nearly everyone, especially when they reach a certain level.

When you develop taste, so to speak, which is the ability to discern between good and bad, and even recognize great.

It’s then that you realize there’s quite the gap between what you realize is great work and what you yourself are doing.

Now, the only thing to do about this gap is to work hard. That’s it. Don’t stress about it, don’t worry about it, don’t wish it away. It’s not going away. It’s an internal voice that tells you to keep going.

You’re not there yet.

Want to know a secret?

No one ever is. That’s why we keep writing.


Are you too hard on yourself? How do you manage your internal editor? Let me know in the comments section below.

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25 thoughts on “Check Yourself for These 7 Symptoms of the Blogger’s Curse

  1. I do not compare my writing to anyone else’s. I have my own voice and they have theirs. I compare my newer writing to my older stuff, and as long as I’m happy there is still a trajectory of improvement, that’s enough. I’m nowhere near where I want to be yet. Little steps. One day I will have a book published.

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  2. “How do you manage your internal editor?”

    By not forcefully repressing it… a “good enough” paragraph satisfies it, and allows me to move on… later I come back for revising and editing…

    The fact is, i don’t usually write in free-flowing mode because what I’m writing now are built on what I said before, and what I said before must already be in a “good enough” quality before I can build on it…

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  3. Awesome post. I love your blog. Perfectionism is huge for so many of us, but we really need to acknowledge and push through it. Perfection isn’t attainable. If we let it, the fear of messing up will result in procrastination, anxiety, and depression. I know that too well. We should keep blogging, albeit imperfectly. 😃💝

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  4. Great post, Cristian! I don’t feel like I’m being hard on myself because I use my time to write as a destresser and it feels so good. The area where I do push myself is making sure I write daily to create discipline. My internal editor knows when to stop. I think it’s important to respect and listen to your internal genius because when you don’t you will continue to second-guess yourself. I allow myself to write freely and stop when I’m done. Thanks again.

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  5. Thank God….. I actually thoughts I am the only one going through this…… The best way I try to overcome this struggle or should I call it a curse is to take a break that helps to calm me down…. I really appreciate this….. thanks👍👍

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  6. This is quite an interesting post, as I don’t think many bloggers are aware of this phenomena that might be happening to them which ultimately causes them to quit in between of the journey. I totally agree that blogging and content writing is an art that requires persistence and patience as well. Lots of people – as mentioned in the post – try to imitate the successful bloggers during start time seeing their success, which leaves them with only frustration when they don’t see any result. Like this post suggest, the only way to break the curse is to keep writing and improving without going too hard on ourselves. Thanks for the post.

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  7. Well I have just started writing. Seeing someone empathize with my our predicament is giving me strength to conitune. Frankly I don’t see myself anywhere neat as far as writing of greats like Marquez is concerned and feel dwarfed when I compare. But post is encouraging and asking me to continue with my effort.

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  8. I appreciate this post, I’m a beginner also and I find myself sometimes comparing myself to others that have much more experience. I’m not going to let it stop me though, It’s enough readers for everyone. I shall continue on.

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