Blogging can eat up a lot of time.
When I first started blogging, most of my time was spent on researching, writing and publishing.
Being technologically challenged, the rest of my free time was spent learning “blogging language”, techniques, and behind the scenes maintenance (e.g. adding/removing plugins, html, ads, etc…).
When I added statistical programs, more time was spent watching my numbers (hopefully grow), and analyzing how the statistical data could help me get found.
I submitted several posts to blogging carnivals, and added my blogs to directories.
It didn’t help that I changes themes often, trying to find my “fit” in blogosphere.
I read that submitting articles to Digg would help my traffic counts, so I engaged in that option too.
Answering my comments, reading and then commenting on other’s blog posts soon became a favorite pastime.
Although I had joined StumbleUpon, I didn’t participate in social networking, but did use the SU toolbar to stumble through varies articles and photos. Later, I got caught up in the Stumble craze, but quickly found it to be addictive and extremely time consuming.
Although I’ve read articles how joining additional social media sites, can gain a blog popularity (and traffic), due to time restraints, I’ve chosen to refrain from signing up.
With a full-time job, family, friends and other activities I enjoy, blogging quickly began to eat into life’s activities which were important to me. What started out to be a part-time “hobby”, soon became a full-time activity that was competing for my attention.
I continually walk a fine line with regard to the time issue, constantly reminding myself to stay grounded and not get caught up in looking at blogging as a means to an end.
Lesson Five Blogging can easily become addictive. It can eat into time that could be better spent focusing attention on job, family, health, and “physical” social networking. Blogging can isolate you, and hinder your development as a person. Sitting at your computer blogging and/or social networking can make you lazy and unmotivated, resulting is weight gain and/or a lack of desire to interact with people.
Although blogging is a new found passion for me, I don’t make a living blogging and learned my blogs are not a replacement for living life.
How do you balance blogging with life’s activities?
Do you find blogging becomes addictive?
Does blogging result in isolation for you?
Do you do less social networking (physical) since you started blogging?
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