Is Running A Blog Consuming My Life?

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Is Running A Blog Consuming My Life? A question I keep asking myself lately. Posting four times a week is no easy task. Especially if you have a full-time job and blogging is only a hobby for you. Let’s face it blogging in South Africa is not recognised and there’s no way you can supplement your income by blogging.

Blogging is my happy place, the only hobby I have and for the first time in my life I have something I am passionate about.

Still enjoy blogging after more then 4 years?

Blogging is a passion of mine, it’s basically the only hobby I have and it makes me happy. However, it is very time consuming and I find myself having to wake up earlier in the morning and basically spending every free time I have working on my blog. I always think to myself is it really worth it? Most days I feel at a lost, that maybe people don’t like my content.

I love what I do, for the first time in my life I actually found something I enjoy doing. I sadly don’t have many if any friends, I am usually that awkward girl. Blogging has provided me the opportunity to be able to talk to many other women around the world that love what I do and have similar interests as mine.

At times yes, blogging can be a pain and my fiancé gets mad at me when I am always on my laptop working on content or scheduling social media posts. The fact is that I love it and I don’t mind putting in the effort because I love it. I don’t agree that my blog should be consuming every waking second of my life. The last thing I want is for it to come in the way of me spending time with my family.

I have found that scheduling my content way in advance has helped me so much, I find that I have more time with my family. I don’t have to be in a panic about posts.

Is your blog consuming your life? Let me know in the comments below, will love to know if I’m not the only one.

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  1. July 19, 2018 / 9:13 am

    This is my first time reading a post about this topic and I’m so glad you wrote it! Currently I’ve been trying to work more on my social media and blog content after a 6 month hiatus. I’ve actually been losing sleep over all the things I feel need to get done before university starts for the second semester. It’s so nice to hear that I’m not the only one who wants my passion to succeed to the point where it can sometimes be the centre of my free time.

    • July 19, 2018 / 9:17 am

      Ah thank you! It’s great to know I’m not the only one too! Unless you a blogger people don’t release how much work it actually takes! You literally have no life…

  2. Anika May
    July 19, 2018 / 12:13 pm

    I think sometimes running a blog does sometimes completely take over your life but it’s really all about balance! Once you have a good routine, and start to worry less, it definitely gets easier 🙂 Lovely post!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • July 19, 2018 / 12:23 pm

      Thanks Anika! Will try and find a balance that works for me! But yeah I find that having a schedule helps so much

  3. July 19, 2018 / 3:44 pm

    Hi there! I came across your post on twitter. I started blogging in 2012 and let it fade out around 2016 because I have a full time job and there isn’t much for SA bloggers to do besides go to events and sit and make our posts. I decided to focus on what I’m really passionate about, writing fiction.

    I have a suggestion for you, and obviously you can take it or leave it, but consider courting international brands. It’s the local PR and magazines that hold our blog community back, but if you break into the international sphere, then you may actually get somewhere. Consider trying IGTV, video is huge right now.

    Your blog is already amazing and you’re doing an awesome job! Keep it up!

    • July 19, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      Hey love! I really appreciate the advise and definitely try! Isn’t breaking into international market difficult?

  4. July 19, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    Yes, sometimes I feel my blog is consuming my life, and I only post twice a week. That being said, I truly enjoy it and it is a great outlet for me. I always love reading your blog, keep up the good work!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  5. July 19, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I’ve taken a week break from my blog and I’ve decided to write less. Instead of four posts per week, I write one or two. And I also schedule posts. I’ve been on Insta Stories a lot now.

    • July 19, 2018 / 7:19 pm

      That’s great that you found a schedule you happy with!

    • July 19, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Yeah finding balance is important but yeah for all the work we put in sometimes just so disheartening that we aren’t being recognised.

  6. July 19, 2018 / 6:52 pm

    I love blogging a lot as well. yes it takes a lot of time and sometimes you feel tired of it, not real to push more but I strongly believe if you love it you should push forward!

  7. July 19, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    great post! its so true it does totally consume your life, I totally feel like when its not then I’m not doing enough of it and end up only posting like twice a month during busy life periods!!

  8. July 20, 2018 / 8:52 am

    I’ve been feeling that way for the last few months. I’m struggling to find a balance working on the blog without neglecting my family or feeling like it’s becoming a job instead of being a hobby. You need to tell me how to get out this blogging slump lol

    • July 20, 2018 / 8:54 am

      Haha! Usually a break helps! Gives you perspective and I find that scheduling helps so much

  9. Pam
    July 20, 2018 / 11:03 am

    I dont let it consume my life, if I have to choose between living and blogging, life always comes first, hence the many breaks I’ve taken over the years. No regrets 🙂
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  10. July 21, 2018 / 8:16 am

    I feel like it takes over my life too but I love it some much and if I wasn’t blogging I would probably just watch tv. I also don’t have a lot of friends. Please dont quit I love your blog
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • July 21, 2018 / 10:02 am

      Hehe true I would probably be watching an unhealthy amount of tv or YouTube.

  11. Jasmine
    December 4, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    It definitely takes up a lot of my spare time but I don’t post as frequently as I used to which definitely helps me juggle things! Also, because I do really love it, it doesn’t feel like ‘work’ to write posts on a weeknight

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • December 4, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks Jasmine! Yeah I find that creating a schedule that works for you can do wonders.

  12. Jasmine
    July 21, 2018 / 3:41 pm

    It definitely takes up a lot of my spare time but I don’t post as frequently as I used to which definitely helps me juggle things! Also, because I do really love it, it doesn’t feel like ‘work’ to write posts on a weeknight

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • July 22, 2018 / 7:42 am

      Thanks Jasmine! Yeah I find that creating a schedule that works for you can do wonders.

  13. December 4, 2018 / 6:18 pm

    Blogging is definitely one time consuming hobby but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love being productive and it’s not one of those hobbies where I feel like I’m wasting my time because it makes me so happy.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • December 4, 2018 / 9:44 pm

      Yeah, it also makes me feel like I am at least accomplishing something!

  14. July 22, 2018 / 12:33 am

    Blogging is definitely one time consuming hobby but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love being productive and it’s not one of those hobbies where I feel like I’m wasting my time because it makes me so happy.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com

    • July 22, 2018 / 7:44 am

      Yeah, it also makes me feel like I am at least accomplishing something!

  15. July 25, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Personally , I stopped frequently blogging years ago now and this is my first time checking my subscriptions in months
    Although like you, I found blogging to be an amazing outlet, I probably spent far too much time on it whilst at school!
    With that said, I found it hard to blog once I moved to university, I always seemed to be with someone and just didn’t have the time to create content I could be proud of.
    Five years later I’m a teacher, so doubt I’ll be making my return anytime soon!
    Blogging was an amazing way to build my confidence, but it was important not to let it get in the way of ‘real life’ – to me honest, I’m not sure I could have gained a law degree, pgce and teaching job in the past five years along side it.
    As long as you’ve got the work balance it’s lovely, although I do secretly hope one day I’ll be able to return X

  16. July 30, 2018 / 3:31 am

    You are definitely not alone! I spend my entire weekend, lunch breaks, and before/after work on my content. It can definitely get overwhelming, but remembering the why gets me through it!

    Amanda

    • July 30, 2018 / 7:04 am

      I guess I am still finding a balance hahah! But I do really loving blogging

  17. December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    This is my first time reading a post about this topic and I’m so glad you wrote it! Currently I’ve been trying to work more on my social media and blog content after a 6 month hiatus. I’ve actually been losing sleep over all the things I feel need to get done before university starts for the second semester. It’s so nice to hear that I’m not the only one who wants my passion to succeed to the point where it can sometimes be the centre of my free time.

    • December 4, 2018 / 6:33 pm

      Ah thank you! It’s great to know I’m not the only one too! Unless you a blogger people don’t release how much work it actually takes! You literally have no life…

  18. December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Hi there! I came across your post on twitter. I started blogging in 2012 and let it fade out around 2016 because I have a full time job and there isn’t much for SA bloggers to do besides go to events and sit and make our posts. I decided to focus on what I’m really passionate about, writing fiction.

    I have a suggestion for you, and obviously you can take it or leave it, but consider courting international brands. It’s the local PR and magazines that hold our blog community back, but if you break into the international sphere, then you may actually get somewhere. Consider trying IGTV, video is huge right now.

    Your blog is already amazing and you’re doing an awesome job! Keep it up!

    • December 5, 2018 / 4:48 am

      Hey love! I really appreciate the advise and definitely try! Isn’t breaking into international market difficult?

  19. December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    I’ve taken a week break from my blog and I’ve decided to write less. Instead of four posts per week, I write one or two. And I also schedule posts. I’ve been on Insta Stories a lot now.

    • December 5, 2018 / 4:48 am

      That’s great that you found a schedule you happy with!

  20. Anika May
    December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    I think sometimes running a blog does sometimes completely take over your life but it’s really all about balance! Once you have a good routine, and start to worry less, it definitely gets easier 🙂 Lovely post!

    Anika | anikamay.co.uk

    • December 5, 2018 / 4:48 am

      Thanks Anika! Will try and find a balance that works for me! But yeah I find that having a schedule helps so much

  21. Pam
    December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    I dont let it consume my life, if I have to choose between living and blogging, life always comes first, hence the many breaks I’ve taken over the years. No regrets 🙂
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  22. December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    I love blogging a lot as well. yes it takes a lot of time and sometimes you feel tired of it, not real to push more but I strongly believe if you love it you should push forward!

  23. December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    Yes, sometimes I feel my blog is consuming my life, and I only post twice a week. That being said, I truly enjoy it and it is a great outlet for me. I always love reading your blog, keep up the good work!

    xx, Elise
    http://www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

  24. December 4, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    great post! its so true it does totally consume your life, I totally feel like when its not then I’m not doing enough of it and end up only posting like twice a month during busy life periods!!

  25. December 4, 2018 / 9:17 pm

    I feel like it takes over my life too but I love it some much and if I wasn’t blogging I would probably just watch tv. I also don’t have a lot of friends. Please dont quit I love your blog
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

    • December 4, 2018 / 9:37 pm

      Yeah finding balance is important but yeah for all the work we put in sometimes just so disheartening that we aren’t being recognised.

  26. December 5, 2018 / 4:48 am

    I’ve been feeling that way for the last few months. I’m struggling to find a balance working on the blog without neglecting my family or feeling like it’s becoming a job instead of being a hobby. You need to tell me how to get out this blogging slump lol

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