As I hinted at yesterday, this week’s Friend Friday is highly relevant to my current situation of just.not.having.any.time.for.anything. It’s about bloggers taking a break, posting less often, or giving up altogether, when things get a bit much (see also this post on blogger burnout on IFB). It’s something I struggle with periodically, and just now, so it’s quite a topical topic (ha!).
1. How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number
changed since you started blogging?
I usually spend a full day at the weekend, scheduling my posts for the following week, plus sometimes a bit on the second weekend day too (though i try not to) and probably about 1-2 hours on the weekdays commenting, taking and editing photos, polishing schedules posts etc. It’s quite a lot really! I still always wish I could do more reading and commenting though!
2. There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on… how do
you limit your time spent on these tasks?
I live my life I guess! I have work I need to go to, and sometimes need to stay late at, a boyfriend to kiss, friends to keep in touch with, exercise to be done, a wedding to be planned, etsy orders to knit, book group books to read and so on. I just do what I can and then leave it at that.
This is not to say I’ve got it sorted though! I do feel guilty for not commenting and interacting more, and not having time to do really well prepared posts all the time (like yesterday!). I think a big part of the pressure comes from me getting sucked into this mindset where it’s all about growing my blog’s readership and improving my stats. A couple of weeks ago, I lost two followers in a day and it upset me a little. Which is stupid, because I just unsubscribed from like ten blogs just the other day to make my reader more manageable. It doesn’t mean I don’t like those blogs!
So I just try my hardest to remind myself that I am not in blogging to be mega successful. I don’t want to be professional, I don’t want lots of sponsors, so why am I putting this pressure on myself?
3. Have you experienced Blogger burnout yet? How have you dealt with
I do sometimes get very stressed out about everything I need to do and think I should just give up loads of things. Blogging is part of that general stressedness, but not a particularly big part. If I wasn’t a blogger I would do, and get stressed about, something else. Plus, I know that not having projects makes me depressed. I really envy people who are super chilled and just sit there with a cat on their lap relaxing, but I just can’t do it. I get itchy and think that I’m wasting my life. I like being busy, I just have to keep the busyness on the manageable side.
Luckily, haven’t really reached a stage yet where I’ve become uninspired and don’t know what to post. There’s always a million ideas in my head, just no time to work them all through into proper posts!
4. This time of the year is always a lot busier than any other time.
Will your blogging change as a result?
I’m going to take a break between the 18th of December, when I go home to Luxembourg and New Year when I will not be blogging. I am scheduling some posts though, which of course need to be prepared!
5. Could you forsee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore?
How would you you identify that it’s time to walk away?
Yes, absolutely. I am starting study again in the New Year. It’s an Open University course and it’s the first time I’ll be studying while also working full time (work are paying for it which is why I’m doing it and why I’m doing it now while there is still some money left). One of the main reasons I knew I could commit to it is because I know I have this reserve of time currently taken up by the blog. I am hoping to just scale the blogging back, maybe going every second day, but if that doesn’t work, I would consider taking a break for the duration of the course, which would effectively mean shutting it down, because noone is going to wait 8 months!
The other things is having kids. Basically, Dave and I plan to try for a baby after we get married in September next year, provided we both still have jobs. And I seriously have no idea what life will be like as a parent, but everyone who has done it says that it changes everything completely in a way you can’t describe. And I am fully prepared for that complete change to involve giving up the blog if I have to.
If you’re a blogger, how do you feel about this? If not, what do you think of bloggers who go away for a bit?
See ModlyChic for the roundup of this week’s posts.
Photo via here.