Do I waste too much time working on and marketing my blog, or do I just suck at managing my time?
This is a question arising frequently for me over the past several weeks. There are a handful of articles that imply that blogging can be a “time suck,” particularly when it comes to the social media and marketing aspect of it. Of course, if you want to be a blogger or a writer, social media is crucial. There’s no other way to gain followers or get to know other writers and bloggers. But where should the line be drawn, and how much time should you spend on these aspects of your website?
Since I started blogging, I’ve noticed a remarkable increase in my self-control when it comes to actually sitting my butt down and writing. Instead of picking up the pen sporadically, whenever the impulse strikes, I’ve begun writing posts at the same intervals each week. The dedication and consistency of it has been a shock to me, but it’s something that I’m proud of. It’s something I feel could be translated to writing outside of blog posts, if I had the time to pursue such a thing.
But there’s the problem, Setting aside all of this time for blogging has taken a significant chunk out of the time I’m able to spend actually writing fiction. In my perfect world, I’d be able to do both, read a lot, spend time with my loved ones, and dedicate 2+ hours to the gym daily. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a world with quite so much flexibility. Having a full-time job, and blogging as a sort of part-time one, leaves little time for much else. Add in sleep, adult responsibilities, and trying to give the people I like attention once in a while, and I’m spent.
Possibly, this is an easy problem to fix. Just stop blogging, or cut it down to once a week, and start banging out stories on the keyboard. But I’ve come to love blogging as a hobby, and it’s a pursuit I’m genuinely passionate about. Plus, there are people out there doing it all: the writing, the blogging, the reading. It’s astonishing to see how productive a handful of the members of this community are.
It’s also possible that I sleep too much, waste too much downtime, and stall my writing because a novel is an overwhelming project. After doing all of that, it’s easy to turn around and blame the 20 other things I have to do, instead of owning up to the fact that I’m the problem. After all, time on the clock has mysteriously disappeared on multiple occasions – leaving behind nothing to account for it. Maybe if I was more on top of my time, I’d be able to keep up.
So I’d like to pose a question to all you writers and bloggers out there. Do you set limits on how much time you spend on your blog weekly? And if not, what practices do you have in place to ensure that you’re able to spend enough time on all of your interests? I’d love to hear other bloggers’ thoughts on this, and I’d be even happier to gather some tips.