There are going to be a few changes around here.
I mentioned in my post 10 things I’ve learnt in my first month of blogging that I was spending every spare moment blogging and staying up late every night. 2 1/2 months later I can report that this hasn’t changed. But a conversation with my husband this week has reminded me that some things are more important than blogging. My marriage, for example. S misses his wife, he misses spending time together, going to bed at the same time. And so do I.
There are so many blogs out there that will explain how to make money blogging or grow your blog. It’s fantastic to get tips like this from pro-bloggers and I really admire the dedication and hard work that must have gone into developing their blogs and growing their followers. However, these posts only seem to feed my obsession with stats and growing my blog.
For a completely different approach I absolutely love reading Discovering Work-Life Harmony. Helen doesn’t post very regularly and her focus is on striking a balance between blogging, work and life, rather than having amazing stats or making a living from blogging. It makes for really refreshing reading.
So it’s time for me to re-examine my blog-life balance.
I’m going to be cutting back on how often I post. I’ve found myself becoming a slave to a self-imposed schedule. It adds pressure that I don’t really need for something that’s supposed to be enjoyable.
My weekly round-ups will be going as they were taking too much time. I’ll be doing monthly ones instead.
I will no longer be posting recipes every week (to be fair, I’d kind of stopped this anyway), but on an ad hoc basis instead.
I’ll aim to post 3 times a week, but if I only manage two posts, oh well sh*t happens.
I’ll try to join in linkies where possible but only when I really have time. I will be prioritising my favourites, but can’t promise to link up every week/month:
- Me and Mine- Dear Beautiful
- Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sundays- A Moment with Franca
- The Ordinary Moments- Mummy Daddy Me
- Cool Mum Club- Mum Muddling Through
- What My Kid Did- Belle Du Brighton
- Kids Love to Read- Laura’s Lovely Blog/Days in Bed
I’m going to try not to obsess/cry over my stats any more, and instead appreciate my wonderful select group of readers (including my lovely S who reads every post).
And, most importantly of all, I’ll be going to bed at the same time as my husband every evening.
How do you manage to strike a good blog-life balance? Do you have any tips? I’d love to hear them.