Today is the last Blogging Myth I have for you! I'll be back next week with a wrap up and some blogging resources.
Myth #10: Blogging is Never a Distraction
Starting up a blog will be easy. I'll post a few times a week, gain a bunch of readers, and make some advertising money without disrupting my family's schedule.
After a few months of blogging, it occurred to me that there was a whole world of fun reads and inspiration in the blogosphere beyond my little corner of the web. Watching other more experienced bloggers taught me that the best way to find loyal readers was to take the time to interact with the folks who stopped by my blog, whether they clicked over from a blog party, or if they saw my link on someone's Blog Roll. It wasn't too long before bloggers started hosting more blog parties, creating Facebook and Twitter pages, etc. I felt like maybe I should be a part of it all, especially if I wanted to expand my audience.
Networking, social media promotion, ad campaigns...and let's not forget the actual blog--writing posts, editing, taking photos, adding links, etc.--It can easily consume your day if you let it. And for the sake of being completely real, there are most certainly days that I have let it consume me.
One of the first blogging myths I covered was Blogging is An Easy Money Maker. We can pretty much all agree that in order to grow your blog and/or make money from it, you have to put in some effort.
One of the hardest things about being a new blogger is trying to grow your blog while balancing work, family time, household chores, and commitments.
One of the hardest things about being a seasoned (or even successful) blogger is trying to grow your blog while balancing work, family time, household chores, and commitments.
Wait...did I just repeat myself?
Getting your blog out there while trying to keep your focus on family priorities is something that all bloggers struggle with! Anyone can fall prey to the lure of spending too much time online. I'd wager that you could ask just about any experienced blogger that you come across, and he/she will tell you that it is still a challenge to balance blogging with personal life. Every person I have interviewed for my Blogging and Beyond interview series has mentioned that achieving the perfect harmony between work and family life is a daily battle. It's certainly not a new issue for me...I wrote about it last year in my Eighty Three Percent post.
No one seems to have the perfect answer to balancing life and blogging!
It is so, so easy to tell yourself "I'll just check out a few more links on my Pinterest page and then I'll fold that laundry." A few more links turns into a half an hour of Pinning and "oh wait I haven't updated my Facebook page or Tweeted today's blog post link". Before
I've been considering using HootSuite to schedule promotion of my links each day, but I also don't want my social media interactions to start looking like some robot took over my accounts. If possible, I'd like to limit scheduled Tweets and Facebook posts to mentioning whatever blog post is live that day.
- Time to Network
- Look for ways to Simplify
At home this will mean working on meal planning, saving money, and spending more time with my family!
- Just say "No"
- Know that you can't "fit it all in"
You'll have nothing to blog about if your time is spent staring at a computer screen 80% of the day. If you want to share your life with your readers, you have to get out there and live it!
How do you balance your personal life with blogging?