I made it!
I hit my one-year mark for this blog. It’s not my first blog, but I’m not sure if it counts when my only faithful readers in the past were my parents. Ok, I’m exaggerating. But, this is the first blog, where I’ve really tried to reach an audience (rather than the “journaling” type of blogs that I’ve had before) and where I’ve ventured into a self-hosted site and monetizing this little piece of cyberspace.
A whole year of this brought in a lot of lessons learned. Blogging can be fun, but there are some pitfalls to watch out for. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, I ask you to heed these 2 warnings.
Don’t misuse your time
Blogging will take a lot of time. I mean, A LOT of time! If you want to go the self-hosted route, you’re going to have to learn all the techie stuff, fiddle with this font or that, try out different layouts, etc. etc.
And once your design is just perfect, you have to actually fill your space with some good and engaging content. That means you can’t just spit out whatever is in your head and hope that others will relate.
The time that you put in doesn’t just pour into your blog itself, but you have to be willing to check out other blogs, comment on their posts, and make some friends.
I think you get the point that blogging can really take over your life … if you let it. But don’t. Manage your time wisely. Schedule in a set time to write or comment on posts, so it doesn’t eat up other priorities in your life. For me, I squeeze in some blogging early in the morning, during the kids’ naptime, or after they go to bed at night. Sometimes it doesn’t happen at all, and that’s ok. Sometimes I have to totally step away from it, taking a week off, a month off, or even more.
It’s ok. The rest of the world will move on.
Don’t put blogging before family
Because of the obvious danger that blogging can take up all your time, it can have inevitable negative effects on those closest to you, like your family.
And if you have a mommy blog, can you, in good conscience, post about “10 Activities to Plan for Your Kids” after telling your child you can’t play tea with her because you have some important blog writing to do?
Like I said before, try not to blog when your family is needing your attention the most. If possible, perhaps you can work out a schedule with your spouse, where you can have some time to create while he hangs out with the kids.
Even if blogging becomes an income-earning, full-time gig, it’s not worth it if you neglect the most important people in your life.
Kevin DeYoung, author of Crazy Busy, shares his thoughts on how blogging unchecked can have negative effects on our relationships [affiliate link]. “We don’t want to disappoint hundreds or thousands of people we’ve never met, so we work all night and ruin the evening of the few people who depend on us every day.”
I’d like to know your thoughts.
If you’re a blogger, how do you balance blogging with the rest of your life?
If you’re thinking about starting a blog, what are some of your questions about it? (Maybe it can be a topic for a future post.)
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