There is a lot of noise in my life that detracts from the joy of blogging. Each new person I follow on Twitter or Instagram, each blog that I add to my reader, deflects my attention from what is already there. We live in a society where more is better. Where more subscribers makes you a more successful blogger and more Facebook fans makes you more influential.
But we know the numbers are not the whole truth - even if the social media marketers and brand sponsors try to convince us otherwise.
I often find myself falling into the trap of spending more time promoting my content, than actually working on my content.. and often that is to the detriment of my family. In the struggle to make myself heard, I am spending time away from the things I should be focusing on.
I have begun to find that my blog is defining me. I look at the world though the lens of my blog.. "Wow! That would be a great project for the blog" or "This recipe is really good, I wonder if I should blog about it.." I see something cool and immediately take a photo for instagram, or tweet about it. People are now immediately associating me with my blog. My friends and family are constantly giving me ideas, and I love to share my successes with them.
But when is it all too much? When do you start losing who you are and start being nothing but "that blogger"? That is a hard line to define sometimes, which is why I am in awe of Heather Lynne and her ability to pull the plug and step away. I feel like if I did that, I would be missing an actual piece of myself. But I do think I need to work on my moderation. I know like I am constantly saying that (and have been since 2010) but I still haven't gotten a handle on it.
Which leads me to:
I want to tell you that I am using some social media scheduling apps to make this a lot easier on myself. I do go through and manually check all my notifications so if you do respond or ask me a question, send me a PM or email I will eventually get back to you. But understand how I am not always immediately available, even if it seems like I'm tweeting, posting or pinning!
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|E: Dec 2009|
|J: Nov 2009|
|Baby J: Jun 2013|