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Friend Friday: Stressed out bloggers

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.

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  • sacramento 3 December 2010, 2:17 pm

    I only post every 4 days and it takes some doing. I want to enjoy the path, the people (bloggers) like you, I am findding in my way; and the thrill of every post.
    So you are going home to Luxembourg????, how very European…hehehe.
    Un abrazo guapa.

  • The Elegant Bohemian 3 December 2010, 6:43 pm

    I like what you said about reminding yourself why you blog. I have to do the same thing…I'm blogging as an outlet for my creativity and because I have a passion for style. That's good enough so I can take the pressure off myself. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! ~Serene

  • Veshoevius 3 December 2010, 8:45 pm

    Great and openly honest post! So there might be an Oranges and Apples junior on the way? πŸ™‚ What amazes me is that I've found so many inspiring mother bloggers so it is clearly possible!

  • Lorena 3 December 2010, 9:18 pm

    Franca I always love your posts because they pick my brain and make me think πŸ™‚
    I see blogging as a hobby.
    Something I enjoy and am not forced to do.
    However as in everything if I commit, I do it.
    So, yes it's like "lorena you have to post!!! it's already noon and you have not posted ?!"
    I only schedule posts for weekends- well most of the time at least.
    SO I do push myself just a little.
    This morning I freaked a little as I realized that I had one less follower, it felt like I had gotten into an argument with a friend who was no longer speaking to me…. call me nuts but I felt like I was doing something wrong. It is still in my head πŸ™
    Actually like you, I also wish I had more time to read and interact on other blogs….
    Have a good weekend πŸ™‚

  • Alli XT 4 December 2010, 5:16 pm

    oh man Franca – I totally feel you on having no time for blogging. I didn't even get to do FBFF this week :(. But I love reading everybody's posts and knowing that we've all experienced the same thing. I like FBFF b/c I feel like it helps hold some of us who are de-motivated more accountable.

  • Sidewalk Chic 5 December 2010, 1:42 am

    I really liked reading this. I think it's something not too many bloggers talk about or want to admit, because the whole process can look so effortless but it's not.

    Kudos for addressing the interaction thing. I feel majorly guilty for not commenting/ responding more. I spend about 2-3 hours a day on my blog, and any more than that means it's cutting into the other things I love.

    Sidewalk Chic (formerly Sidewalk Chalk)

  • Andi B. Goode 6 December 2010, 5:25 am

    This is quite timely for me, actually! I think I need a blogger break. Thanks for this. It was really great!
    -Andi x

  • Shallow Mallow 6 December 2010, 7:50 pm

    Glad to read a few of this Friday's posts and realize the amount of time I spend blogging is pretty average (ok, the more time consuming half of average).

    I am the same way in that I am incapable of just relaxing. Before long I become antsy and quite intollerable πŸ˜€ so in a way blogging has calmed me down because it focuses me, keeps me busy without any real reprecussions when I don't make a deadline.

  • Anardana 12 December 2010, 1:13 am

    Thank you for blogging! πŸ™‚