As a blogger of almost six years, there have definitely been some ups and downs. I’ve suffered burn outs where I didn’t even want to type my domain name in to my browser, much less try to write a blog post. At those times, I typically take a 24-48 hour break from my computer. On the flip side, there have been moments where I am bursting with ideas and I can’t decide what to write about first…and all I want to do is blog!
For me, the hardest thing about blogging isn’t the technical stuff, coming up with new post ideas, or promotion of my content. Rather, it is the time management and organization of it all! If I had the time, I could seriously spend 50 hours a week on my blogs (or blog-related things). Doing that would mean never seeing my kiddo – let alone feeding, changing, or playing with him when he’s home with me all day, Monday-Friday – so it’s important that I manage my time wisely.
Working less yet getting more done is a huge 2013 blogging goal of mine, yet I still find myself struggling at the third week into the new year. I am taking on less reviews, giveaways, and other opportunities, so that definitely cuts down on the work I am required to do. Still, I have been way too lenient on myself about the time I spend at the computer…doing too many things that are not productive and allowing myself to procrastinate.
Luckily, I received my handy dandy Blogging Planner [review coming soon!] in the mail this week, which I am filling with my deadlines, projects, and other ideas. I am holding myself to daily ‘to do’ lists so that I’m not aimlessly wondering around Facebook or Pinterest when I should be doing more productive things. I am also going to use this weekend’s Biannual Blogathon to schedule lots of posts, come up with more ideas, and do a lot of the blog organization/clean up I’ve been wanting to do since the beginning of the year.
What the hardest thing about blogging for you?
I am linking up this week with Because Prompts are Fun…be sure to join in if you are a blogger!