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SOC Sunday: Blogging Dilemmas

I finished NaBloPoMo and decided to take a short break. Then I had a few other issues at home, and decided to take another break.  Well, my break lasted almost two weeks.  And I feel….ok about that. Blogging is getting stressful…



I’ve been blogging for about 4 years now on and off at different blogs and about 3 years at this one.  I love blogging. But lately, blogging has seemed like a chore.  A BIG chore.  I’m always worried about when can I blog, when  can I find time to blog, what should I blog abou, how I can get more followers,commenting on blogs,  ect etc etc etc. So much so that I think it was beginning to interfere with my home life. It was taking away time from my family. From C-Dub and Pookah.  I need a schedule I think, or a need a way to find time to blog without interfering with the rest of my life.  Blogging is beginning to feel like a chore, like a job.  But the question is: do I want it to be a job? Do I want to put the time into it that is required to make it a job? Do I want to work with  brands? Do I want to write elsewhere other than my blog? And if so, where do I find the time to do all of this? Dilemmas.  I loved blogging when it was more for fun, not when I started trying to build my “brand.” Then, it began to feel more job like.  And unfortunately, I already have a job. A full time one. That requires me to work nights.  Sooo, I’m rambling. But really, I guess the choice is what do I want to blog for? Who do I want to blog for? Do I want to “build my brand?” Or do I want to just focus on building relationships through my blog and leave it at that? What about you guys? How do you balance everything? Are you trying to build your brand? Or are you like me and struggling to decide?

This was my 5 minute Stream of Consciousness Sunday post. It’s five minutes of your time and a brain dump. Want to try it? Here are the rules…

  • Set a timer and write for 5 minutes only.
  • Write an intro to the post if you want but don’t edit the post. No proofreading or spellchecking. This is writing in the raw.
  • Publish it somewhere. Anywhere. The back door to your blog if you want. But make it accessible.
  • Add the Stream of Consciousness Sunday badge to your post.
  • Link up your post below.
  • Visit your fellow bloggers and show some love.



Sunday 18th of December 2011

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Thursday 15th of December 2011

My blog is called Nightlight Journeys because the time I carve out for myself to write usually falls after my hubby & my Munchkin have fallen asleep - late at night. It's not a job for me but it is a release & an outlet to express myself - and to work on improving my writing. We all have slumps now & then but do what make you happy - if it's creating more stress in your life than it's relieving then a break might be a good thing. I wish you luck figuring it all out. Stopping over from #SOCSunday.


Monday 12th of December 2011

When I first started blogging, I wanted to start it off as a brand, but now, I just want to have fun with it. That's where I'm at right now. Blogging can be a lot of work, and I do try to keep myself up to a regular posting schedule, but you can't account for the strange turns and twists that happens in life.

I know it's time to unplug when it feels like job and no longer fun. Have to find a way to fall back in love with it anyway that I can.


Monday 12th of December 2011

This is such a great topic! One I have been struggling with lately, myself. I have decided to just post whatever and whenever I want - the only requirement is to be myself, because that is the easiest thing to do. Also, those are the blogs I like best. I think your writing style attracts "loyal" followers so if you take a break, most of us will be here whenever you return...


Sunday 11th of December 2011

I struggle with blogging as well. I sometimes feel as if no one is listening, I sometimes feel as if I am just babbling away and yes, it is a chore. I have stepped back and felt guilty about not posting, worried I'll lose readers but it has to be fun or it won't be worth anything.

I'm on the fence with the brand/tribe/niche thing. I think I should be able to just be me and people will come. That works most days. I say have fun, relax and enjoy. -r