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I wanted a forum where we could talk about bookish subjects from swoon-worthy covers to the price of eBooks. I hope to share my thoughts on a different subject each month. So that we can all chat and share opinions. In the process, I hope we get to know each other a little better. Grab a cup of coffee or tea and lets dish!
Balancing Reading, Blogging, and Life- Oh MY!
I love my blog, the blogging community, books and most of all chatting with the friends I have made since I began blogging. What started out as a hobby has quickly morphed into something I am passionate about and Ok maybe an obsession. *giggles* Sometimes though juggling my passion and the rest of my life isn’t easy. I sometimes get so wrapped up with the blog, Twitter, Facebook, and trolling the sphere, that the rest of the world slips away….
I wasn’t getting the laundry done, or reading that book I wanted to start. Dinner? Oops was I suppose to make dinner? Which got me thinking, “how much time am I spending on all things bloggy and how can I better organize my time?” So I mapped out what I did all week..and ooh baby *faints* was I spending way to much time surfing the web and tweaking things that don’t really affect viewers.
I spend roughly three and half hours on Sunday visiting back and responding to comments on the Sunday Post. Seriously! I use to comment on everyone’s post that linked up, but I quickly realized I needed to cut back somewhere. I am very organized on the review end. I prep posts for the month by completing the top portion of posts two weeks worth a time. I am currently 2-3 weeks out on posts scheduled but with the move that gap closed a little. I spend the most time socializing and researching ideas- all of which I love. If left unchecked I could lose myself for 4-6 hrs on the computer daily…LOL I had no idea I was spending this much time, well maybe the dust should have been an indicator..but I love blogging *shrugs*
Seriously I could get lost in the blogosphere! *my butt has fallen asleep and I can’t get up* So I decided I needed a plan! Since I am anal/OCD..this wasn’t very hard. I have banned myself from all things bloggy at certain times during the day. That means no computer, no checking emails, no Twitter, Facebook, and widget shopping! I tried this before but my smartphone notified me of comments, tweets, facebook chats and I ended up right back in front of the computer. So this time, no means no! Guess what..I still manage to visit my favorite blogs, respond to comments and get bloggy things done. By setting time limits I have found I am much more focused and not caught up or sucked into shiny things on the web. *I love just browsing Amazon and Goodreads…I mean look at all those shiny covers* I hear peeps say they are “burnt out” that “blogging has become a chore” and I don’t want to ever feel that way. So I am taking action, setting aside no blog days and organizing my time better.
This has made me a much happier, less stressed blogger!
So my question to you is…Do you get lost in the blogosphere? Feel burnt out? Have trouble balancing reading, blogging, and life? Have you been sucked in by the internet? Gotten lost in the cloud? It’s pretty there isn’t it? What steps have you do you take to keep things fresh and exciting?
~confessions of a blogging addict