I’ve been curiously quiet over the past two weeks, which has felt like an eternity in Blogging World. So when I saw this week’s Friend Friday questions, I realized I have to get back on the blogger wagon.
Before I dive in, I should explain why I’ve been silent lately. When I first started this blog as Beauty and the Recession on Blogspot, I wasn’t sure if it was going to last so even more of a surprise when three months in I was buying a domain. I’m no stranger to domains–I had a personal website for nearly 4 years and have been blogging since 2000. However, having a blog on such a specific topic (makeup, beauty, budgeting) was new to me. I wasn’t writing about me. In fact, I made a point not to talk about me. As a young person in a volatile job market, I always wonder what employers will see this blog and how much I should reveal publicly. My other blog is entirely friends only, so losing privacy was a new thing to me.
Part of me also fell out of love with my other blog while I poured my energy into this one. The pendulum swung the other way and for the past month I’ve been loving on my private blog. To be perfectly honest, I also got tired of the topics I was writing on. I got to the point where I didn’t care about makeup or lipstick or what I was wearing or my hair or my nails. So, with all that being said, I’m going to work to redirect the direction of this blog. Now onto the questions!
How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number changed since you started blogging?
For Those Graces lately, less than 5 hours a week, if that. And most of that is spent reading blogs. On my other blog I’ve been spending probably close to 7 hours a week including writing, reading, commenting, making video and photo posts. At the height of my blogging here, I was probably spending 10-15 hours a week on my blog.
There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on. How do you limit your time spent on these tasks?
I’ve always seen blogging as a community. If I was here by myself, I wouldn’t do it. I was going overboard for awhile and would add everyone’s blog to my RSS feed if someone commented on my blog. Week after week, my Google Reader would show 1000+ posts unread just because of the sheer volume of blogs I wanted to read. Over time, I’ve scaled back and my new rule of thumb is that I ask myself if I know the person’s name, if I can picture what their blog looks like and if I have enjoyed their blog in the past. If the answer to most of those questions is no, I remove the blog from my RSS feed. That has been one of my biggest challenges.
Have you experienced Blogger burnout yet? How have you dealt with that?
I think it’s pretty clear that’s what has happened to me currently! Since I bought my domain, I’ve thought about my ideal website, what I’d want on it and what I would want it to say about me. That’s why I picked a name that wasn’t entirely fashion and beauty focused. However, making that change inherently changed the direction of my mind and my focus. A big task for me in the next month will be to refocus and decide where I want this blog to go.
I think the fact that I started off so consumed by this blog was helpful, but it also burned me out a lot faster than if I started lazily.
This time of the year is always a lot busier than any other time. Will your blogging change as a result?
Well, it is busier and it isn’t busier. Though I’m out of school, I’m still on a university schedule and will have almost two weeks off for winter break. I imagine I’ll have more time to blog and my blogging with get better as a result.
Could you forsee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore? How would you you identify that it’s time to walk away?
Blogging here–yes, I definitely can see stopping eventually (hello! I just admitted to blogger burnout already!) However, my private blog, I could never give up. I’ve been blogging for 10 years (since I was 14) and can’t imagine a time in life when I won’t be blogging.