Over the past few days, three things happened that made me question: Am I wasting my time blogging?
1. I read an article by the Blog Tyrant titled “Why Blogging is a Waste of Your Time.”
2. One of my newest visitors, Whitt, left a very thought-provoking comment on being addicted to blogging, after reading about my self-imposed, four-day social media ban.
3. I came across the Freshly Pressed post “Revenge of the Ping” by cheerful.egg about the weapons of mass distraction that we need to learn how to say “NO!” to.
Were the Greater Powers That Be staging an intervention?
Why would blogging be a waste of time?
Most people would say it’s because blogging takes time away from doing other things — meaning other, more productive things.
To me, blogging is productive in many ways and fulfills a creative need that I can’t always get elsewhere. But sometimes I’m not entirely sure if I’m starting to cross the line again.
It’s a good thing to check in with yourself on this every so often. And if you do feel like you might be wasting a lot of time on blogging, here’s some ideas on how you can keep up your blog without sacrificing all of your precious time:
1. Post on the bus. I’ve spent many a bus and subway ride typing up blog post drafts in my BlackBerry notes app (if I wasn’t doing that, I’d be passed out in my seat).
Email myself the note, copy and paste it into WordPress, and with some minor edits I have a new blog post ready to go, and don’t have to spend time creating a whole new work of art right there on the spot.
This goes for any other time you might be sitting around killing time — like for a doctor’s appointment or when you’re waiting for that significant other who is always late.
2. Post less often. Some people like to post something new once a day, sometimes multiple times a day. If you have time for it and that’s what you want to do, carry on. But if you’re finding that it’s taking up way too much of your time, schedule a post for every two, three, or even four days.
There’s another plus side to this strategy. Writing less often means there’s a better chance that more of your readers will get to read each newly-published post. As much as I love my blogroll, there’s no way I can keep up anymore with reading every single post that each blogger writes, especially if they post every single day.
3. Recruit a guest blogger. I don’t recommend doing it all the time, because at the end of the day your followers are following YOU and want to read what YOU have to say. But if you know someone who has something interesting to contribute to your blog, and is willing to keep up with replying to comments, it can provide a nice little break for you.
4. Simplify some of your posts. Take a photo of something interesting and just write one compelling paragraph about it. Sometimes people would rather look at intriguing images than take the time to read a whole lot of text.
I’ll try to take my own advice on this and not say so much all the time … after this post ;)
5. Do something just to blog about it. I know it sounds kind of weird, but go out and do something you might not normally do just for the sake of blogging about it. If you can’t pry yourself away from crafting your next post, at least make it a point to get out there and experience something new, interesting, or exciting that you can tell all your readers about.
Make blogging the motivation to do “real” stuff, rather than let it hinder you from experiencing those things. That way, you won’t feel guilty about wasting your time, and you’ll probably have a kick-ass post to blog about as a result!
– Janice (a.k.a. Cafe) <3
Do you feel like blogging is taking up too much of your time? What are your tips for balancing your blog life with real life?