Blogging is rewarding. Blogging is fun. Blogging is time consuming. Blogging is tiring.
If the latter out weigh the positives then maybe blogging isn’t for you. That’s fine, blogging isn’t for everyone.
If you’re worried about spending too much time using technology, then schedule the amount of time you blog around your day to day life. Blog in the evenings. Blog when the little one is at nursery. Blog when your little one is napping.
I love blogging, and find every spare moment I have to write, but I don’t neglect my child. Yes, I use my phone a lot to promote my blog over social media, but at no point do I ignore my child. I have just learned to juggle the two. He shouts ‘mummy’ I answer ‘yes darling?’ and put down my phone.
This post was inspired by a fellow blogger, who yesterday decided to close down her blog due to spending too much time using technology. To be a successful blogger, yes, you need to spend a lot of time in front of a screen. It has to become a full time job, but not all blogs are for profit. A lot of bloggers write because they want to document their lives and experiences. Whether that be parenting, beauty, fashion or anything else you are passionate about, they write for themselves and no one else. If they build a following, great, but blogging should be rewarding, not a burden.
I really feel for the blogger who felt the need to close their blog. Literally 24 hours before I was reading her 2015 blogging plans, the suddenly she gives up. I really hope there wasn’t more to why she quit, and it was purely because she wanted to spend less time in front of a screen.
I have to be honest and say I don’t like it when people write posts about spending too much time using technology and feel they are neglecting their child/husband. As well as blogging, I work 3 days a week as a fashion designer, does that mean I’m neglecting my child when I walk out of the front door to go to work?
Yes, technology has taken over our lives. You rarely see a man/woman/child without some form of electronic device in their hands, but that’s the world we live in. As technology evolves, we have to evolve with it. We have to adapt our lives and create schedules that work for both ourselves and our families. Because I’m a mum does that mean I’m not entitled to time to myself doing something I love? Do we have to give up everything to concentrate on our children? No!
Don’t sacrifice everything you love to do because you feel like you’re neglecting your family. Just re-jig your timetable to suit everyone. And, you know what, you can’t always please everyone, but remember you’re not breaking a parenting law if every now and then you are a little ‘selfish’ and choose to please yourself.
And remember, if you decide blogging is taking up too much of your time, and you want to give up, that’s fine. Why not buy yourself a diary and write an entry each night before you go to bed? But don’t blame yourself for neglecting your family, that’s a little harsh. Think of all of the thousand of bloggers our there that have managed to balance their time between blogging and family time.
I wish the blogger who inspired this post the best of luck, and hope one day she finds time to write again.
P.S this blog post was written and published while little lamb was napping.