I don’t actually party that much. So let’s cross out ‘
Partaay’ and put in the word ‘blog’. To be honest, I just wanted to be cool for at least the amount of time it took you to read that title. That’s about it.
I promise this post has a point. And here it is. Right below. Keep reading. Really…
Let’s dive right in with my dilemma:
gotta should I fight for my right to party blog? Or should I just let it go and focus on family, work, and school? Here, let me explain.
As anyone with a blog can tell you, running one of these things can be really rewarding but also really time-consuming. This has been my life for the past six months.
There’s been an almost creepy bond between my blog and I since I started it back in February. I feel that if my blog was even slightly more like a complex carbon-based life form, it would have filed a restraining order against me by now.
My family has noticed some changes in my behaviour in the last little while.
My child and husband feel like blog orphans.
Even the dog has suffered from blog neglect.
There’s another byproduct of my blogging adventures – I learn lots of things. Sometimes my husband does not appreciate the wisdom that I have gathered from my online community and wishes it were a little bit less present in his every day life.
I keep remembering that I have to have a life outside of blogging but it just doesn’t seem that important while I’m in the middle of it. Lately the complaint department that handles incoming concerns about how I spend my time has become overwhelmed. And by complaint department, I mean the tiny 0.02% of my brain that registers the ‘I’ve been abandoned’ grousing I get from my family and friends. And by family and friends, I mean my child. (For the most part, anyway).
In all fairness, they may have a point.
Also, this will only become more complicated when I start school in a few weeks. Between work, blog, and school – I imagine that my amazing powers of absence with my family will only increase. It’s like a crappy super power.
In case you were wondering, the ‘A’ stands for Absentia. At least I have a cool superhero name to go with my crappy super power.
So is it time to throw in the blogging towel? I’m not sure I’m going to be able to juggle all these balls at one time. Before I make any decisions about the blog, I need to evaluate how I’m using my time across all areas of my life. What am I doing with the 168 hours of my week?
Right now, I am writing down a list of all the tasks I do in a week and categorizing them under work/blog/family/school/and home. What I’m hoping to do is break down all the tasks and assess them on an individual basis. I’ll be looking at them in terms of “keep” and “not keep” and then evaluating how I do them. For instance, can I automate some of the things I do with the blog? Should I fan out some of the work to a virtual assistant? Do I need to keep up with four social media sites or should I cut down to two?
So what do you think I should do, readers? Do you have any tips for how I can make blogging less time-consuming?
* Blog post title inspiration comes to us from Beastie Boys’ hit single (Gotta) Fight for your right (to party). The band blessed us with it’s cheezy awesomeness in 1986. If you were born in 1990 or after, please ignore the reference and continue being precious. And 12. Just remember that mommy loves you.