I read a post recently called ‘Blogging, a Full Time Job’. It highlights just how much work you have to put in to achieve blogging success. But is it worth it?
That’s a question I have asked myself lately. I have been blogging seriously since January. I’ve posted three times a week, joined link-ups and commented on other blogs. My stats improved dramatically, as did my following, but I can’t keep it up.
I’m down to two posts a week now and I’m still joining link-ups, but I’m not commenting so much on other blogs. I haven’t got the time to spend checking all my social media sites, so once or twice a day is my max. This has meant my viewing figures have suffered.
So what does this say? Out of sight out of mind? I’ll read your blog but only if you read mine? I don’t know the answer. There are the truly dedicated bloggers out there who do this consistently and relentlessly, then there are others, like me, who do their best to keep up.
I love my blog and I love creating posts and engaging with readers. I won’t be giving up any time soon. I have to prioritise though. That means finding a balance between social media and work. Both are important but not in equal measures.
This is a valuable lesson for many of us. We all agree that we need to have a presence on social media channels. However, it is not easy to measure it’s true value. Is the World Wide Web saturated with people trying to make a point and be heard?
Over the last two weeks I spent my time trying to strike a balance between work and activities for my three children. Last week I booked them in to clubs, thinking that it would help me out. However, I used up a whole tank of petrol ferrying each of them backwards and forwards and spent more time in the car than I did at home working.
This week was quieter, with our time alternating between home and seeing a couple of friends. I’ve tried to manage our time so that the children don’t spend all day watching movies (because they would do that). It meant compromising some of my work time, but I felt it was worth it. I want to make sure that the children have some fun and make some memories during their school holiday.
Two and a half hours of fresh air exploring the grounds of Chartwell yesterday afternoon, were a worthy end to the week and just what we all needed. It’s fast becoming our ‘go to’ place of the holidays, but as we were dragging ourselves up the last slope, my five year old said to me:
‘Mummy I’ve got no legs left. These are my last ones.’
‘Oh, you mean you’re on your last legs, do you?’
‘Yes, that’s what I said. I’ve got no more left’.
I had to agree with him, as that’s exactly how I felt. Although the the smile that he put on my face through his words were enough to give me the boost I needed to get up that hill.
What do you get out of your blog?
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