Jan 30 2008
Being a blogger can be a time consuming job.
- approve comments
- respond to comments
- check statistics
- check trackbacks
- comment on trackbacks
- maintain social profiles
- maintain social networking
- maintain blogroll
- tweak blog
- read feeds
- comment on other blogs
- check for responses on other blogs
- research for posts
- link out
- write posts
And I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few things. But it’s exhausting even thinking about it. If you are polyblogging (i.e. writing for more than one blog), you can pretty much rinse and repeat half of the list, particularly if you maintain different social profiles.
Gavin asks the question “How do they do it“?
There are some bloggers that continuously amaze me with their content, thinking and energy. Just when I think that I cannot write anything more or spend any more time writing (most of my blogging is done late at night), I will find some piece of inspiration that gets my brain ticking over and my fingers tap, tap tapping.
Frankly, I don’t know that it IS possible to do it all. Not effectively, anyway. Unless of course it is your full time job.
There are just so many hours in a day, and without neglecting the people who should be (and are) the most important in one’s life, it becomes necessary to rationalise.
But sometimes blogging can become a chore. A monkey on your back. Something you HAVE to do to get the comments, the ratings, the stumbles….
The worst night came when I realised that Boo, accustomed to pulling all night dance raves in his room, was asleep hours ago and I was still up. Reading and researching.
I think she’s absolutely right.
How much time and energy can you afford to put into a hobby? And Why? It’s absolutely healthy to have a hobby. Something that is just for “us”. But what about when that hobby becomes a distraction to the things we should do, or worse an obsession or an addiction?
I hesitate to use the word “addiction”, because to me nothing positive comes from an addiction. I’d like to think that the act of blogging provides some information, entertainment, amusement or insight to someone, somewhere.
Let’s look at the Wikipedia definition of “addiction”:
Nowadays, however, the term addiction is used to describe a recurring compulsion by an individual to engage in some specific activity, despite harmful consequences to the individual’s health, mental state or social life.
Hmm, perhaps it does fit – recurring compulsion – specific activity – harmful consequences.
Obviously it’s not a physical addiction, but a psychological one (dependency).
Psychological dependence does not have to be limited only to substances; even activities and behavioral patterns can be considered addictions, if they become uncontrollable, e.g. gambling, Internet addiction, computer addiction, sexual addiction / pornography addiction, Reading, eating, self-harm, vandalism or work addiction.
And blogging. And associated activities.
Maybe it’s time to back up. Rationalise. Ask some really honest questions. Perhaps a good place to start is – “why am I blogging?”
- To earn money?
- For a good cause?
- To help others?
- To let off steam?
- To learn new skills?
- Because everyone else is doing it?!
- For business reasons?
- For ego?
- For self satisfaction?
At the end of the day you have to wonder if you can “justify” the time commitment of your online existence.
It’s hard to strike a balance, especially if you are an “all or nothing” type person.
We often joke about being addicted to blogging. I’m sure most of you have seen the little badges around stating”I’m 75% addicted to blogging” (or whatever nominal percentage). But what about when it goes beyond a joke and becomes a reality? How many ways can we
justify it to lie to ourselves?
Do you suspect you might be spending too much time blogging? Can you justify it? How do you find balance?
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