I’ve been getting a bit overwhelmed with blogging recently.
It’s no secret among bloggers that it pretty much takes over your life. Until you seriously begin blogging, you have no idea of the work involved. There’s post writing, image taking, heaps of editing, and scheduling. Then of course there are all the social media channels to maintain and update multiple times a day. You have blog post promotion to do. Oh, and let’s not forget guest post writing, learning, reading other blog posts, commenting and joining threads. The list goes on.
Blogging truly is never-ending
Which is why I’ve been stumbling lately. Sometimes I’m super-duper on it and can almost keep up with the crazy list of to-dos (trust me, there will never be a moment when it’s all completed). But then I have days or weeks like right now where I think of all the millions of things I need to do, get completely overwhelmed and go eat or nap instead. So nothing gets done. And I feel like I’ve failed.
My lovely little blog is 5 months old now, and I am so proud of where it is already. I look at the top bloggers earning their stripes with awards and accolades and I still have optimism that it could be me one day. I’m no-where near ready to give up. But sometimes I’m just a little exhausted by the relentlessness of it and wonder if I’ll ever find a balance.
So in the spirit of being completely honest with myself, here are the 7 things I could actually do with my life if I hadn’t been bitten by the blogging bug:
Keep my house clean and tidy
I’ve often had to prioritise post-writing or blog commenting over tidying up and cleaning, and although I’m not usually a domestic goddess anyway, the house has certainly suffered. Throw in a 6 month old baby and you can imagine how little time I actually get to sort anything out – meaning often things can get a little grubby before I have a cleaning meltdown and attack the whole house.
Become supermodel slim
It could happen – you can do anything you put your mind to, right? Except it won’t happen because my mind needs to be focused on writing and my backside needs to be in a chair. If I didn’t blog, I’d join a gym and actually spend some time thinking up meals and cooking properly. At least, I think I would. I do try and workout or go to a gym (pay-as-you-go love) but fitting it around everything else is a real pain.
A lot of people start blogs to make money, but let me tell you, it can be pretty expensive. If you want to do it right of course. There’s web hosting, premium blog themes, social media scheduling tools, logos, stock photos and in my case, office supplies to purchase. Many of these also have free options which I use where I can, but ultimately, some expenditure is going to occur. And although I’ve made a little money, it’s no-where near recovering the cost just yet! Technically, this isn’t great while on maternity leave, but I’m happy to part with my money for my passion.
This is an activity that I started off doing when I went on maternity leave. Fast-forward to the day I set up my blog, and I have to sneak in a single episode of my favourite shows when the responsible me isn’t looking. Binge-watching is a thing of the past when there’s work to be done.
Play with my baby
OK, I don’t spend the day ignoring my daughter, but I do find myself frequently checking emails and social media during playtime. It’s an auto-pilot thing every time my phone vibrates. I’ve taken to leaving it upstairs while we play so that I’m not distracted. The minute she naps, it’s straight back out to catch up on what I’ve missed. Down-time is a luxury.
Go on amazing days out
In my head, if I wasn’t blogging, I’d be free everyday to go gallivanting around with Moo to all sorts of exciting places. If I didn’t have to knuckle down and sort out my life every time she napped, we’d be off on adventures daily. The truth is, I do spend most of my week out of the house – but with family in the local area. We actually do plenty of exciting things, I’m just too busy writing blog posts in my head to realise it.
I seem to still manage this one accidentally. But it comes with a whole heap of blog-guilt. I should have been working on posts or scheduling some tweets. Napping freely, in peace, whenever my daughter fancies joining me would be the ultimate maternity leave goal, but there is simply no time. There are barely enough hours in the day as it is, sleeping at random intervals does not help this in any way.
But of course, there are some wonderful flip-sides to this slightly bleak outlook on my life without blogging.
If I didn’t have Muffin top mummy, I wouldn’t:
Have found a passion that I absolutely love
Be able to not feel bored and lonely when I can’t get out of the house
Have the confidence to break into freelance writing
Meet amazing people – both the blogging community and readers (hi you lovely lot!)
Discover and read lots of fantastic content on other blogs
Have learnt a completely new set of skills
Earn a few lovely little bonuses through product reviews and sponsored content
So there’s the balance. Like everything in life, blogging is a little bit of give and a little bit of take. And although I’m certainly finding that it’s taking a lot more than I ever thought possible right now, I’m hoping that the give will be extraordinary when it finally all starts paying off.
How do you balance life and blogging (or whatever it is that you’re into)? Please give me any hints and tips you have in the comments below!