Jul 23, 2014

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Is Blogging Taking Over Your Life?

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Blogging has EXPLODED!  BOOM!

Is this You?

  • First thing in the morning:  You check your email, traffic, link backs or comments left on your post.
  • You check your traffic numbers several times a day. And your twitter account.  And your Facebook fan page.  And google analytics.  And…(you fill in the blanks).
  • A new comment or link to your post  can totally change your mood and make you feel important.
  • The higher your traffic number on a specified day, the better you feel about yourself (and some times your life).
  • You ruminate and obsess about your next post. Failing to come up with a good post idea can make you anxious and worried.
  • You spend hours online reading, commenting, writing posts, engaging in social media because you don’t want to “miss out” on what’s going on.  Or, because you want to increase your page views.
  • You take your lap top or iPad to the bathroom, to bed, to the park, everywhere.  You can’t stop thinking about your blog.
  • You fail to eat, shower, cook, work, manage home chores, or take care of your responsibilities because you’re spending a lot of time online.
  • You fall behind on your bills and other projects because you are solely focused on blogging.
  • You envision content for a new post in everything you do or happens in your life.

If Blogging Is Taking Over Your Life:

If you are spending way too much time either blogging or worrying about your blog, and this is reducing your ability to function optimally in other areas of your life, blogging could be taking over your life.  Watch out for signs of compulsive behaviors, anxiety or even addiction to blogging.

Here are some steps you might want to consider taking:

1.  Take a full day break from the computer. This does not mean 5 hours, or 10.  A day has 24 hours.  Turn off the computer, put it away, or give it to someone else to hide.  During this 24 hour period, take some time to assess what you’re feeling, and what you’re thinking about.  Are you worried that you’re missing out?  That your numbers will decrease because you’ve missed one day?  Conversely, take some time to “experience” life without blogging for a day.

2.  Reduce your social media engagement. Having multiple social media accounts can be quite stressful to manage and keep up.  It is best if you choose 1 or 2 platforms and really focus on those — instead of having 5 different things social media accounts and feeling anxious about managing all of them at the same time.

3.  Re-assess the value you place on comments and stats. Realize that, today, your readers are less likely to leave comments because there are other ways they can endorse your post.  They may “like it” or “share it” or “tweet” it.  So, don’t drive yourself crazy worrying about why you only had one comment on a post that you expected to resonate with your reader.

4.  Minimize the time you spend writing a post. Learn to write posts more efficiently and shorter.  One trick I find useful is to time myself.  If I only have 45 minutes to write a post, I use a timer.  I even play a “challenge” game — where I challenge myself to write the post within a specified period of time.

Remember, shorter posts are always best.  Blog readers are bombarded with posts every single day.  The shorter, the sweeter.

5.  If possible, do not check your email or blog stats in the morning. Unless blogging is the only job you, try not to look at your stats in the morning.  Instead, focus on your personal and work/professional tasks.  Make sure you have breakfast, do your exercise, take care of your home or work responsibilities before sitting down to immerse yourself in the blogosphere.

6. If you are experiencing the following, seek professional help.  Blogging can be addictive.

  • Spending a significant amount of time on the internet
  • Failing to meet your other responsibilities (work, home, family)
  • Mood and/or self-worth changes based on your blog stats
  • Increasingly worried, anxious, ruminating about your blog, or experiencing difficulties sleeping

How has blogging taken over your life?

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Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Angélica Pérez-Litwin

Dr. Perez-Litwin is the Founder & CEO of ELLA Leadership Institute, a multi-platform professional development organization designed to advance the careers and leadership of women. She's the creative force behind the LATINAS THINK BIG™ national tour, sponsored and live-streamed by Google.

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  1. This is very true with me, but I’m actually more addicted on the things I have to make to show on my blog. I keep very busy hand making things, I really need a day off!

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