This is a post I am writing from experience. I sometimes feel like my blogging is taking over my real life.
I find myself checking my e mails for comments, checking my stats, and checking for new followers way too often.I put many hours into photographing projects, writing posts, and participating in link parties and guest pots.
Aside from the small amount of money I have earned from Blog Her and a few sponsored posts, my blog is mainly a hobby but also serves as an online portfolio. The money I have made from it is a part time job at best. I have met some great people since starting it, had some good opportunities come my way, and best of all, it has helped me to grow as a creative person. Learning photography, challenging myself in blog challenges and competitions, and figuring out how with this internet works has been very mind expanding....
I started my blog as a way to document our families' lifestyle change from living in fast paced Santa Monica, a busy area in Los Angeles County near the beach, to moving to an old country house in the middle of what I considered nowhere. We were an hour plus from LA, in the orange groves, and wanted to try homesteading practices. Blogging has been a great venue for promoting handmade living and maybe inspiring others to try it.
But there is a downside to blogging. And after blogging for over two years, I feel I may have some advice to give on some things to watch out for when blogging and a few things to avoid.
Are you comparing yourself to other bloggers and being hard on yourself? Do you wonder why some other blogs have thousands of followers and you have to work your butt off linking to parties just to get a few comments? Many of us crafty bloggers are full time mothers, and comparing ourselves to other bloggers, we are just putting more stress on ourselves. The last thing we need, right?
Comparing ourselves to others instead of just enjoying the process is just throwing a stick in the wheel of the whole purpose of blogging. I know, it's easier said than done. I don't only do it with blogging, I do it all the time. At the gym wondering why I can't get rid of those last 5 pounds, out shopping wishing I was younger and thinner, even at church. It's an affliction of being female, I think. Insecurity.
Instead of trusting in God that we are just where we need to be in our lives and thanking Him for all of the riches He has reaped upon us we want more. How lucky are we to live in a world were we even have a computer much less the free time to even write a blog?
Just because a blog has thousands of followers doesn't mean they are any more talented and fabulous than you are.
Don't get caught in that trap. We all have something to offer. If you are a mother and or wife, is your family starting to feel like they are playing second fiddle to your blog? Do you tell your kids, "I'll be done with this on a little while".... just a little too often?
The truth is, those mega bloggers with thousands of followers take a huge amount of effort to get where they are. That, or they started blogging six years ago when no one else was doing it. Growing a big blog is hard work. Something has to give, because the truth is, WE CAN'T HAVE IT ALL.
Do you find yourself reading your i pad in bed instead of chatting and spending time with your significant other? Do you check your e mails several times a day for comments? Do you check the computer several times a day to see what your page views are and if you have new followers?
I have been guilty of all of these things at times and they are all signs that it may be time to re-prioritize my life.
Here is what I am going to do for now. It's just something little but maybe it will be a good thing.
I am going to turn off my computer on Sundays. That will be my day to focus only on my family. We will have a nice breakfast, go to church, and I won't check a single e mail much less visit my bog, or kill time on Pinterest.
Now go read some other blogs!