I sobbed uncontrollably at the thought of ending my blog. I debated in my mind if it was worth it. The long hours, the hard work, all the tasks that remain undone. The guilt of spending too much time on the computer, the fear of saying good-bye to something I truly love, the skepticism about balancing priorities. I wondered, is it so wrong to want it all?
To put this into context you should know I was having a bad day. A long, long day at work filled with meetings and reports, conference calls and a “to-do” list that just keeps growing. School bus arriving in only a few hours, dinner not prepared, homework to be done and all those after school activities. A blog post that still sits in draft, family and friends that need and deserve return phone calls, a husband with his own hectic schedule, a birthday party to plan, kids with sniffles, laundry piling up, a floor that needs desperate mopping, a refrigerator that needs constant replenishment. A report due to my boss in 2 hours. I don’t think I need to continue. I know you get it.
I seriously debated turning the lights out on my blog. Something needs to give.
I wondered who would notice. On Jan 18 many blogs and websites went dark in protest of SOPA/PIPA. I admit to enjoying this day off. Lord knows, I got lots of laundry done that day.
I understand better now why they say most blogs fail. I understand now why most blogs fail after only a few months. This is extremely hard work and time consuming.
But I love it. I absolutely love it.
I quickly decided that I will not fail. That’s simply not my style. Not to mention, I don’t want to say goodbye. That would not be fair to you. That would not be fair to me. I was just having a bad day.
What I decided was that I need to look at things differently and impose some guidelines and rules for myself. Here is a short list of what I came up with. I’m hoping you will offer some additional new suggestions.
#1 – I will better regulate my posting schedule
I’ve heard many bloggers say that it’s wise to post blogs same day each week. This way your readers know what to expect from you. I’m going to think about this and come up with a plan that works for me (and hopefully works for you too).
#2 – Finding “me” time to write
I need to do a better job to allocate dedicated time to write. Period.
#3 – Automating my tweets
Tweeting is a huge part of how I stay connected with my readers. Many bloggers think that automating your tweets is not a wise move that it takes the human factor out of blogging and sharing. I disagree. If I am not tweeting then I lose the opportunity to reach many new readers. By automating my tweets I can still circulate my content and have that circulate at hours I can’t sit in front of twitter (which is generally 9-5 Monday – Friday). I have selected Hootsuite as my platform.
#4 – I will stop being so darn hard on myself
Yes, there are many things I want to change about my blog. I’m going to instead make a list of priorities and balance them out over the year 2012 so that I can feel accomplished and that I’m tackling things one step at a time. From following many other blogs out there, there is a continuous stream of new knowledge. I tend to be too impulsive in my implementation of many new features. Instead, I promise to write them down and prioritize.
#5 – Social Networking
I have decided it’s time to be selective. There are just so many social networking sites out there that I love. However, my sidebar is getting too crowded. Kludgy Mom recently warned about this in one her recent blog posts that I really appreciated. I will be more selective about which I spend most of my cycles with and determine in six months if a change is warranted. I realize this may come with an impact. I’m willing to accept that.
My hope is that by implementing a few minor changes it will enable me to continue to do all the things I love to do.
Do you have any other suggestions? I sure hope to hear from you!