Happy Saturday! Today, I’d like to talk to you about
Reading, Blogging and Time Management…
Just the other day I read a post by my Bloggy Friend Mary (The BookSwarm) who talked about how life is getting busy and that she finds it sometimes hard to find time for blogging. In addition, I feel like more and more bloggers I know and love either shut down their blog, or announce that they would take a step back from blogging.
- Melissa, I Swim For Oceans – stops Book Blogging
- Kate – Just sitting here and Read – stops Blogging
- Wendy – A Cupcake and A Latte – stops Blogging
- Natalie – Mindful Musings – takes a step back
- Missie – The Unread Reader – takes a step back
I am sure there are much more, sometimes I might not even realize it at first . Just after some time I realize that I’m missing blog Posts from some of my favorite bloggers. Most of the blogs above have been around since I started blogging or started around the same time nearly 3 years ago. Especially Missie and we started the same time…
So where does that leave us?
Has blogging a time frame after which it becomes too exhausting? Is blogging too demanding and takes up too much time? What can we do to try to avoid this for ourselves?
I must say I am so NOT fed up with blogging. On the contrary, I’m still excited and quite frankly, even more now than before. Last year has been horrible for me as I was finishing my PhD, but I started fresh this year and saw the results I put into the Bookworms pay off! More vistiors, more interactions, more comments, more awesome 🙂
But, I have a few advantages…
- no kids. I just have a husband who is happy I’m having such a dedicated hobby.
- I’m not in education anymore. Well, I am – but now I’m teaching. But, I do not have a busy students life. When I come home from work, I’m home and free!
- I have 2 of my freinds who blog with me! Together with Heather and Pushy I do not have to post every day, we share the work which of course makes it easier!
Blogging, Reading and Not getting overwhelmed?
I admit, I spend a lot if time blogging and generally being online. I get up every morning at 6, make a coffee and then sit down for 1 hour to read Blogs and catch up with News. I love this morning time. Which is why I realized that I am most actively commenting on blogs that post their post at midnight CST (which is my 6 am getting up time…).
In the evening when I get home between 5 and 7 pm I spend another 2-4 hours for the Blog. This is where I work on posts for the next day (like now, it’s 6.15pm and I write this post to get up Minight CST). Then, the rest of the time I read or take care of Blog Tours for the Blog Tour Company Kismet Book Touring I run with Pushy.
Writing a post takes not so much time now that I have this awesome plugin called “Templates” for WordPress. All I have to do is write the review and make the graphics. Clearly, making graphics for the blogs takes over a lot of time!!! But, this is just me being obesessed with my post looking good 🙂
Once I am too busy or too overwhelmed I step back from commenting. I still read my favorite blogs, but sometimes I just don’t have time to comment on every post I read. Also, I try to comment back when I get a comment on my post, but if times gets too busy, I just won’t have time. So its either write a post, or comment … But I know there will be times again when I have more time, so I think I can make up for a time when I didn’t comment as usual…
Soo many people ask me over and over: How do you have time to read so much and blog??
Easy? I just take this time and I LOVE taking time to blog and read. I am passionate about blogging and I love to read. It’s with all hobbies – once you have something you love, you will find the time! And sometimes, there is more time you have for your hobby or less.
But you know what?
No one expects you to do anything at all! If you can only read one book a month? Then, that’s FINE! And, if you only can post every 2nd day? Then, that’s totally fine too!!!!
If you feel overwhelmed by the pressure to blog every day. Get rid of it! There is no need to blog every day! It’s your own expectation you can’t meet, but not the ones from your readers – because they will be there. Be it today, tomorrow or next week!
Do you feel overwhelmed by blogging? What do you do against it? Do you think about stop blogging? What do you do if you are in the bad-blogging-mojo?
Bis hugs and … much LOVE!
And now : Enter The Fall Clearing