I hadn’t really given much thought to how much time I’m spending on blogging until my husband mentioned that I need to focus on my blog-life balance. It appears I have the blogging bug and may have become a little obsessed! I don’t think I really talk about blogging at home that much (though my husband may disagree), but I can often be found working on content, commenting on blogs, responding to comments on this blog and checking out my WordPress stats. It seems that a lot of my time outside of work and family time is spent with activities related to blogging, so I wondered if my husband has a bit of a point…
Blogging takes time
It’s only 6 weeks since I started this blog but already the hours I’ve stacked up working on and managing my blog is much more than I had initially anticipated. When I started this project, I naively thought it would be something I’d pick up every now and then, write content when I had a spare hour or so and share it with a few of my friends. Oh, how wrong I was! Blogging has turned out to be so much more.
I try to write content every few days, but it’s the other blogging related activities that take up most of my time. From checking Twitter and responding to tweets, joining link-ups, reading and commenting on other blogs, learning about Klout, Pinterest and StumbleUpon (all very much new territory for me), and reading and responding to comments on this blog, I can easily spend a few hours at a time locked into the blogging world.
Finding blog-life balance
I think my husband was only half-joking when he said I need to find blog-life balance. He probably sees me spending hours in front of my screen, after a day at work – spending hours in front of my screen. So yes, I probably do need less screen time. But it’s not that easy. In my previous post, ‘why blogging helps with my own work-life balance’, I reflect on the positive changes blogging has given me. I genuinely love writing, and blogging has allowed me to focus on this passion.
For me, balance is all about ensuring life is filled with things you love doing and following your passions. I know I’m incredibly lucky to have a wonderful family, fantastic friends and a job I love, but I needed something for me – something that allows me to focus on my own interests, that I love doing and that hopefully helps other people too. Over the last few years, I’ve spent a lot of time investing time on my family and work but not so much time on me and my passions. And this is where blogging fits.
Retaining the balance
Blogging is never a chore. I look forward to writing new content and connecting with other bloggers. And most of all, I feel that blogging has given me a real interest and passion that I never truly expected. So the hours I spend blogging is time that I really want to spend blogging. So is blogging really contributing to an unbalance? That would be a bit ironic given the focus of this blog!
But actually, I can see my husband’s point of view too. We actually have very little spare time with work, family life, a house in need of big DIY projects and trying to find time to relax too. I probably have been a little preoccupied with blogging because I love it. But I have to remember that there are other important things in my life too, like spending time with my husband.
That doesn’t mean that I’ll be spending less time blogging. I just need to learn to blog smarter. Now that I know how much time blogging really takes, I’m going to get more organised and plan my blogging activities around the other important parts of my life to make sure I retain some balance. I have a feeling that may be easier said than done!