When Dr. John Robinson was a guest on the Dr. Phil show he created a firestorm of comments when he said (not a direct quote)
… women have 30-40 hours of LEISURE time each week
But after interviewing a handful of mothers with young children, it was quite evident, Dr. Robinson would lose this argument.
After all, how can you argue with a mom who is up before the crack of dawn, carries a child on her hip as she does laundry, cooks, cleans, dusts and vacuums. Add to that the time she spends shuttling children from one activity to another, helps with their homework, tends to other family needs, maybe even holds down a full time job, plus tries to stay connected to friends and family. For her, leisure time seems elusive.
Her words resonated with me.
Every blogger CHOOSES to blog.
Let face it, no one had a gun to our head saying, “you must blog”.
Something in each of us drove us to put ourselves ‘out there”. Something inspired us to pick and learn a blogging platform, choose a topic(s) to write about, and continue to come back to our keyboards day after day, writing and hitting “publish”.
We make the choice whether to answer comments or not, visit other blogs or not, learn SEO (search engine optimization), or not, join social networks, or not. Plus much more.
But…every choice has a price.
Just like a mom who realizes by choosing to have babies, she’s giving up other aspects of her life, as bloggers we are choosing to give up “something”, too.
For me, other hobbies I’ve enjoyed in the past are now on the back burner. Reading a real book or just vegging on the couch are activities I don’t practice often. I find I cook and clean less, as well.
I sleep less, spend less time on gardening, go less, and talk on the phone less.
But you know what?
I have no regrets.
To blog was one of the best choices I’ve made in a long time.
What about you?
When you chose to start a blog, what did you give up?
Do you regret it?
Care to share?
P.S. Dr. Robinson stated men also have the same amount of leisure time each week, however it appeared to come down to how each of us defines “leisure time”.