Blogging is a hobby by most definitions. That is, unless you are a problogger (a professional blogger who blogs for a living)
The further you get into blogging, the more you learn about social networks and how, by joining, they can help promote your blog, i.e. gain exposure.
Join all social networking sites which others say are important (to be a part of), and you’ll soon be spending many hours Stumbling, Digging, Twittering, plus updating your profiles, pictures, podcasts, and/or videos on Facebook, MySpace, MyBlogLog, Flikr and YouTube. That’s on top of responding to numerous emails, and answering comments on your blog.
Add this to your already busy schedule of work, kids, friends, telephone calls, cell phone calls, texting, instant messaging, personal emails and life, and your head will be spinning.
But, if you read a little further, it’s also suggested, to form a large community in blogosphere, you should start following what your cyberspace friends and online mentors are Stumbling, Digging, and/or Twittering. Soon, social networking is eating into the rest of your life. Your personal life begins to deteriorate, as does your health.
When you think back to those first days of blogging, it was actually fun.
Now your love of writing has gone by the wayside.
You’ve sold your soul to social networks, and your passion is dead.
It’s time to ask yourself if you really care what a cyberspace friend or A-list blogger is doing in their free time. Do you really need to read every post they Stumble or Digg? Is it really necessary to follow them on Twitter? How can you possibly read every post they suggest, plus rate it and/or review it?
Forming communities with other bloggers and doing a small amount of socializing is good. But if your blog is targeted to “the masses”, your audience may not even know what social networks are (let alone how they work). You have to ask yourself, are you wasting too much of your precious time? Have you lost sight of your true audience?
Would your time be better spent writing good content? Learning more about the mechanics of your blogging platform? Or visiting the blogs of your loyal commenters and sharing in the small community that has formed?
How much time do you spend on social networks?
Has social networking helped to gain exposure for your blog?
Are those that you follow, reciprocating and visiting and/or commenting on your blog?
Is it time to get back to that which you’re passionate about (writing)?
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