Blogging and being a professional nerd are two things in this life that I enjoy very much. When they complement each other, life is good. Staying on the bleeding edge of technology allows me to connect with more people, through more avenues. While writing gives me a creative outlet for the weird things that roll around in my head.
But when the worlds interfere with each other, at least one world suffers. Unfortunately, over the past weeks, blogging has been the casualty. During my time off, I've learned a few things, some of which I'd like to share.
Blogging is Hard Work
This is really nothing new, earth-shattering, or even something I was unaware of. However, my definition of blogging has most definitely changed. I used to think that blogging just involved me writing witty things about parenting, and while that in itself is hard work, it's the tip of the iceberg. Not only do you have to write (and write decently well), if you want your blog to grow you have to build relationships, submit comments on other blogs, maintain contacts with PR firms, and genuinely take an interest in the blogging community. These things take time... and in my experience they take about twice as long as actually writing a post. As my offline life has become more busy, my on-line life has suffered.
Blogging Friends are Real Friends
If you genuinely take an interest in the blogging community, you will start to build friendships, and begin to know more about some of your fellow blogger's than you do about your real life 'friends.' When 'real' life gets in the way of blogging, those relationships suffer, just as any relationship would. I felt I was beginning to form some friendships with some of my fellow parenting blogger's, so PJ, Keith, Eric, Chris, and Jason (just to name a few), whether or not you know it, you guys have had an impact on my life in some way. I'm bummed that I've allowed business to get in the way of supporting you and your blogs.
Don't Burn Yourself Out
For the past couple years my days looked like this:
- 4:30am - Wake up and shower
- 5:20am - Leave to catch bus
- 6:00am - Hop on bus and hope something crazy happens so I can tweet about it
- 6:31am - Catch train to work
- 7:00am-4:30ish pm - Work
- 4:45pm - Catch train
- 5:23pm - Get ride home from the train station
- 5:50pm-8pm - Eat, spend time with the kids and wife
- 8pm-10:30pm - Hang with the wife
- 10:30-12 - Blog... if there's any energy left.
To me that seems like a full day. Over the past few weeks when time became even tighter, the easiest things to cut were either at the beginning, or end of the day. My wife preferred that I continue to shower, so blogging got the cut. In hindsight, if I would have spread my blogging time throughout the day, I don't think I would have burned out so fast.
Things Keep Rolling
Thankfully, things in my little blogging world have kept on rolling to some extent. As a result, to kick of my first full week back in a while, next week will include a couple opportunities to help kids get into reading more. First, I will be giving away 2 signed book copies from the 39 Clues series, as well as an opportunity and review of some of the online reading programs from headsprout. So stay tuned!