Warnings for Bloggers-to-Be

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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

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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

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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.”

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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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17 thoughts on “Warnings for Bloggers-to-Be

  1. Great post! I can absolutely relate! It takes some time working out a schedule. I’ve had to dial back my phone time because I realized I’ve been missing important moments with the family. It’s so easy to get sucked in to social media. Now, I have a much better handle on things. Excellent advice!

    1. Yes, I totally agree. Very easy to get sucked in. It’s a good thing when we realize what we’ve been missing out on. Never too late to make some changes.

  2. So true! As the time goes by I have learned to chill a bit when it comes to blogging… I went a little crazy in the beginning but now I am way better at balancing it all out. Family first for sure.. if I miss a post or two.. no big deal

    1. I was the same way in the beginning. Posting almost everyday. Something was going to fall out of balance, and at the rate I was going, it was going to be my family. Cutting back on the posting definitely helped!

    1. I would do 4-5 posts when I first started this blog, but it sure took a toll. I’m down to about one a week too. I shoot for 2 posts, but sometimes there are other things that need to take priority.

  3. Oh so true and such valuable info. I struggled with the time balance and being able to squeeze it all in, and still do… And found myself ignoring my boys while I wrote about how much I loved them. That’s all wrong. So I’ve stopped that! It may cost me some sleep sometimes, but I’m committed as much as possible to not blogging or reading or whatevering when I should be parenting and enjoying my babies. Congrats on a year of this beautiful blog space you’ve created. I’m so honored to know you through it!

  4. First, congrats on your blog-iversary! That’s a huge milestone and definitely something to be proud of. I think the biggest thing I’ve learned is that I should only post if I’m inspired. I used to post occasionally even if I didn’t LOVE the topic and it was so grueling. But I always felt like I just needed to get SOMETHING up. But now I only post if I enjoy writing the post and feel strongly about it. I’d rather have nothing go up than something mediocre. After all, if I don’t have fun writing it, no one is going to have fun reading it!

    1. I agree! It’s wasted time and space when you post something without too much thought. And I feel like I’ve wasted other people’s time if they read through my nonsense that shouldn’t have been published.

  5. So true, I’m a flexi blogger, no schedules here. I blog when I want to, wether it’s during naptime or a quick raw post that takes me 10min to write whilst there having lunch or a snack. Some days I do nothing and often it will be a draft, you can always pause and save whilst reality continues

    1. Yeah, I’ve got a lot of drafts. Some never make it out! 🙂 There’s a lot of living to do outside of the blogosphere!

  6. Sarah@ TheOrthodoxMama.com
    Thanks for the post! I am just starting out and am working on a reasonable schedule. My kids are little, so I hope to do blog work after they go to bed. Congrats on the anniversary!

    1. Thank you for stopping by! Yes, it takes some time to work out the kinks in balancing blogging with other life priorities. Hope you figure out a routine that works for everyone!

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