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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Balance

Balance
from SeeMidTN.com (aka Brent)

I want to blame my lack of blogging on Hurricane Isaac just pounding my city, but all I got was a little bit wet :( I sure hope everyone else gets off so easy.

I love blogging, I really do, but lately I’ve felt like it has been one epic fail for me. I knew the move would take all my time, but I really thought once I got settled down things would get right back on track and I would be blogging 5 times a week like normal. But it just hasn’t happened that way.

There are days when I don’t touch my key board, and when I do I want to be writing. So I’m going to go back in time about a year, when I was blogging not every day and only when I had time or something worthwhile to say (but that is debatable :)

I’m hoping this will ease a little of the “you must be superwoman” pressure I put on myself. I need to learn balance, so this is my attempt.

Now I want to know—How to you balance blogging with the rest of your life?

-Angie

P.S. I’m not going to lie, the whole “beware the pictures” thing has really hit me hard. I miss them L

24 comments:

Kyra Lennon said...

I think putting pressure on yourself with a blogging schedule is always tough. I only blog when I have something to say. If I had to stick to set blogging days, I'd be stretched to find enough interesting topics!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

I find having the one set day - my Motivational Mondays - helpful but then the rest of the week is more flexible and I use that for all sort of Interesting (I hope!) posts. I feel much less pressure that way. I hope your new "schedule" works better for you! :)

(Yeah, we just got a little wind and wet, too, from Isaac. Thank goodness!)

Suzi said...

I couldn't do it 5 days a week. I do 3, but only one is an interview (of sorts) with other writers and I only organize their answers. My 2nd is a set theme, my writing mistakes, which still are plentiful, but may dwindle. That only leaves me with my 3rd, which is writing about whatever.

I don't think I could just 'write' about whatever any more than one day a week. I don't know what I'd say.

So don't be hard on yourself if you cut back. Why force it if it isn't coming naturally. That's when it becomes a burden and isn't fun anymore.

Neurotic Workaholic said...

I miss pictures too; I really liked the ones that I had included in my blog posts, which is why I wish I hadn't had to remove them.
I think it's perfectly fine not to blog every day. I used to blog three times a week, but it got to be too time-consuming. Now I usually just blog once a week, and I've seen other bloggers who only post once a week too.

Rachel Schieffelbein said...

I post when I have time or something to say. Sometimes it's few and far between. (I don't think I've posted something new in over a week, but I'll be back tomorrow.) :) I could never handle five times a week!

ilima said...

I blog twice a week and that seems to line up with me having something to say. I don't know how people manage to do it every day. You are amazing for having done it so long!

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I miss pictures too :(
Truth be told, I've NEVER been a very good blogger. I post when the mood strikes. It's not professional, but it's kept the blog fun. I write about whatever, whenever I feel like it. I'd probably have more success the other way, but I also don't have the stress.

Emily R. King said...

I think the picture thing is lame, too.

And I agree that balance can be hard to find. What I can do changes daily, so I've decided to go with the flow. If I'm not having fun with it, why am I doing it?

Also, this article from WriteOnCon really helped me see I don't HAVE to have a blogging schedule. Man, did that relieve some pressure. Check it out, if you haven't already.

http://writeoncon.com/2012/08/blogging-basics-by-literary-agent-pamela-van-hycklama-vlieg/

Libby said...

I used to blog 5 times a week too. It can be taxing. I'm down to two times a week and I like it better. It's more manageable. Good luck!

Jessie Humphries said...

Yeah, I hate not being able to post whatever pictures I feel like! How can I truly be happy without posting pictures of half naked men on my blog???!!! :) Is life worth living?
Haha, well personally I would love if you posted everyday because I love your guts that much, but I will take what I can get.
I am glad to hear Isaac hasn't blown you away! I was worried about that.

Kim said...

Oh, Angie. Honestly, I struggle to post even once a week, and I don't know why. It seems there should be more time in a day, but...
Like many of the above commenters have said, I will take what I can get from you :) Your posts are also worthwhile to read. But don't feel pressure to post more than you can...life is stressful enough without blog-anxiety :)

Kim said...

Oh, Angie. Honestly, I struggle to post even once a week, and I don't know why. It seems there should be more time in a day, but...
Like many of the above commenters have said, I will take what I can get from you :) Your posts are also worthwhile to read. But don't feel pressure to post more than you can...life is stressful enough without blog-anxiety :)

Kim said...

Okay - I meant "always" instead of "also" :)

Kim said...

Okay - I meant "always" instead of "also" :)

JoLynne Lyon said...

I just use one rule: if real life is more important, do that instead.

Imogen Elvis said...

I've had this sort of problem myself recently. And I still haven't quite worked it out. At the moment I'm aiming to post just once a week, and not even on a specific day. It just seems like hard work to do it any more often at the moment, especially seeing as I don't always have a heap of ideas as to what to blog about.

I think your plan is a very sensible one, and I'm sure everyone will be happy with whatever you do.

Samantha May said...

Oh man I've SO been there before! I struggled with blogging three times per week last year right when I was starting college and I was thisclose to just quitting.

I reduced the number of times I posted per week and it made all the world of a difference.

Best of luck to you :)

AmyMak said...

I think you are wise. I keep trying to take the blog break. We shouldn't run faster than we have strength...right?

L said...

Initially I thought I would blog for one year after I retired to see which direction my life was taking. When the year was up, I found I missed it, so I started again giving the highlights of a month at a time. The daily stuff I post on Facebook.

Stacy Henrie said...

I think everyone has to find what works the best for them and their lives/family. So I commend you, Angie, for seeking that. For me, that's posting once a week.

Tara Tyler said...

after i got thru the first year of blogging every day, i dedicated more time to writing & less to blogging. we have priorities and have to limit ourselves. less blogging is fine. we all have so many to keep up with, i'm finding less is more - less of me talking gives me more time to vist and more comments...do whats best for you!

Sunny Smith said...

I try to blog once a week at least, because I do think I need some commitment. However, I don't beat myself up if I post a little bit later than usual.

jamieayres.com said...

I try to blog every Wednesday and sometimes even that is a lot for me, lol. I often feel like nobody cares what I have to say anyways . . . I don't get the loads of comments like others do but I have plenty of "followers" so I'm not sure why. I try to always comment back to anyone who leaves one on mine and for sure visit a lot on Wednesdays when I commit myself to it. P.S. I miss when we didn't need to worry about the blog pics too!

Livia said...

I've been blogging once or twice a week until I get more people reading my blog and commenting. Once the readership builds up, I'll blog more.

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