This article is an invitation to think deeply about what you have given up in order to blog. A list of the top ten 10 activities I gave up over the last decade for the love of blogging is below. What have you given up for the love of blogging?
Blogging is a wonderful hobby, but becoming a blogger can be akin to falling down a rabbit hole. During your first year you may experience blogging as a lonely occupation of your time that doesn’t meet your expectations. You may start out believing your time will be primarily devoted to content creation, but then find that finding blogs with similar content, and attracting a target audience is not an easy feat.
As you progress you may even become sidelined, behaving like a spectator rather than as a performer. Instead of undertaking the steps to gain the traffic your blog needs to thrive, you may wake up and find you have perched on a toadstool like Alice’s hookah-smoking caterpillar, blowing smoke rings while obsessively playing the counting numbers game (followers, likes and page view stats).
In your following years you may discover that blog promotion and other community building activities are so time consuming that you are free falling faster and deeper down the hole to nowhere, without publishing frequently enough to hold reader attention.
Without doubt, we are all busy people who have time management issues and adding blogging to the mix can be challenging. The results of numerous studies are a wake up call causing increasing concern among the psychiatric community around the world. They demonstrate people who suffer from internet addiction have fewer, or impaired, dopamine receptors interrupting their enjoyment of real life, and that 66% of the mobile users suffer from nomophobia.
While it’s true that my own baby-boomer generation AKA silver surfers have been computer users for decades, we aren’t connected 24/7 as we do not want to be. In a nutshell, we are vibrant people who prefer face to face contact. Our offline lives are full of face to face activities with friends and family, so we limit our electronic communications to the bare minimum.
I’ve said it before in Blog Abandonment is not your only Choice, and will say it again here:
What’s needed to become a long term blogger in any niche is the 5 P’s: Passion, Purpose, Productivity, People skills, and Persistence.
Creating the time to blog requires sacrifices. The top ten sacrifices I have made for the love of blogging are:
- Group activities and one on one time with family and friends.
- Yoga workshops and meditation retreats.
- Singing in choirs.
- Painting (mostly acrylic abstracts but also watercolors and oil pastels).
- Creating mixed media collages.
- Writing poetry (mostly Haiku).
- Writing flash fiction and short stories.
- Paper craft and calligraphy.
- Fabric arts.
What have you given up to make the time to blog?
I’m preparing to enjoy the upcoming phase of my life as as senior citizen. I have health issues, and I’m going to cut back my contracted work, but that extra time will not be devoted to blogging. I intend to rearrange my time management scheduling, so as to include some activities I’ve dropped for the love of blogging, and to accommodate some new hobbies as well.
Are you planning on making any similar life-balance adjustments?