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Are You A Blog Addict ?

Are you a blog addict 2On Saturday mornings I used to enjoy a cup of coffee while having a nice “catch up” chat with my kids or partner. Life is usually very busy during the week so the week-end is the ideal time to catch up on everything. But now, as soon as I wake up, all I want to do is work on my blog! I wake up earlier, grab my coffee and sneak into my office in the hope of avoiding any morning chats. I can’t wait to get to my computer and start working on my blog. So many posts I want to work on. Did I get any page views or comments since the last time I checked. Will I have time to read a few blogs before anybody notices I have been in my office for a while? OMG, what is happening to me? Have I become a blog addict?

Does this sound familiar? Are you a blog addict too?

Here are a few signs you may have become a blog addict:

  1. You check google analytics every day if not several times a day.
  2. You go into a deep existential crisis when you don’t get any comment on a post.
  3. The thought of not having access to social media or your blog for any period of time brings up anxiety.
  4. You tell your friends and family you have work to do and deadlines to meet but, in reality, you just want to blog.
  5. You can’t wait to get time to yourself so you can work on your blog.
  6. When you don’t get feedback on a comment you posted, you feel rejected!
  7. You want to throw a party every time you reach a page view or subscriber’s milestone.
  8. One of your dreams is to have a post go viral.
  9. You can’t stop thinking on how to write a post out of every possible daily activities or conversations.
  10. You have a notepad or phone ready, day and night, so you can write down any new blog post idea.
  11. Moving up in Alexa ranking gets you more excited than a promotion at work.
  12. You lock yourself in the bathroom, with your laptop, so your family doesn’t know you are blogging… again!
  13. You buy an excessive amount of products on how to increase blogging traffic and make money at it.
  14. Your stress level goes up when you are late on your posting schedule.
  15. You secretly hope to be featured on Rockstar Finance.
  16. Going on vacation is stressing you out because you may not be able to spend as much time blogging.
  17. You binge read other people’s blog when you are not working on your own.
  18. You change your post to maximize SEO
  19. Except for the blogging community, nobody else understands you anymore.
  20. You narrate your life in your head.
  21. When your spouse brings up next year’s family vacation, you are thinking FinCon
  22. You take vacation days to work on your blog.
  23. You day dream about what it would be like to have 100,000 page views per day
  24. It feels like a “break up” every time a reader unsubscribe
  25. You keep wondering what is wrong with you when your “returning visitor” count is low.

Does this sound like you? Are you a blog addict too? If you think you may be one, join BAA (Blog Addict Anonymous) by subscribing to my blog:) (Can’t blame a girl for trying).

I am a blog addict, now what?

If you have allowed blogging to take over your life, it may be time to take a step back and adjust things a little. Full time bloggers are different, this is how they make a living and can work on their blog during regular working hours. But for the rest of us, who still have full time jobs elsewhere, blogging can sometimes suck the life out of you! Here is what you can do to try to maintain a reasonable balance in your life:

  • Limit your blog time. Have a schedule and stick to it! Schedule a time to respond to comments, to read other blogs and to work on your post.  There will always be one more blog to catch up on!
  • Sleep well. Don’t stay up all night because you are behind on a post. So your post will be late! Readers will get over it, but you may not. Being tired will affect how you behave with your family and friends, at work and eventually the quality of your posts.
  • Make time for your friends and family regularly. Give yourself one blog-free day per week. What is the worst thing that can happen?
  • Find a hobby outside the house you may enjoy as much as blogging and schedule it weekly. Even better if it is something you can do with your spouse and/or your kids. Maybe you can get together with other bloggers who live in your area.
  • Stop checking your page views or analytics daily. Start by checking them every two days instead and slowly increase to once a week. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, you don’t know what their life is like, focus on your own.
  • Try not to let bad comments or no feedback affect you personally. Just keep at it and stay true to yourself.
  • Keep it fun!

Blogging should be fun so don’t let it take over your life. Your blog doesn’t define who you are, it is a tool to help you connect and share experiences with like-minded bloggers and readers.

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Blog Addict Anonymous

Hi, my name is Caroline and I am a blog addict. How about you?

28 thoughts on “Are You A Blog Addict ?

  1. This is a relief, and you pretty much cover all of what I’m going through – even though I only recently started blogging seriously. Hi, my name is gofi and I too am a blog addict.

  2. Haha! So true! It’s terrible. I now remember why I sold my original blog in 2012. IT TAKES UP SO MUCH TIME! I think sticking to a schedule and limiting the time on the blog is a good idea. Or doing tasks related to the blog. It’s really hard not to check the page views every day hahahah….I’m not ready to change that yet. I’m in the pre-contemplative stage of blogging change.

  3. This is a great post. My blog is new so it’s still fun and interesting . I have mostly check marks on your list so I am blog addict. I will have to Join BAA !!

  4. This is hilarious, I can relate to almost all 25 points you made. Blogging can be a seriously addicting hobby, but I find it’s usually a good thing! I learn so much from both writing blog articles and reading other work by other bloggers. I might also be addicted to blogging but I’d like to think it’s a healthy addiction haha

  5. Caroline, I went through the 25 signs and counted 8 that apply to me. Not sure what that means, but I get it. Blogging can be a bit addictive. From looking at your archives, looks like both of us started our blogs in September. I look forward to reading more. Hopefully I won’t experience sign number 6 after leaving this comment. 🙂 Tom

  6. Rectorical question right?! xD I’ve almost all of them!! Especially skipping outings to blog. Sad thing is… it’s not even a popular blog or website so it sounds even worst. “Hi I’m ditching you to hang out with 4 internet people who will read this.”

  7. I read this post because, even as a beginning blogger, I am shocked at how addictive it is. I thought blogging would just be a fun hobby that might be informative or even drive some business my way. Well…yes, but…I’m pretty sure my ROI, especially on my time, is like -500% so far…and I STILL want to do it. Yikes. I am generally amazed by the great quality of writing, creativity, humor and information I’ve discovered in the blogging world. But I’m also pretty sure that (in my short time) I’ve already witnessed a couple of blogger interventions, where the blogger’s family has probably said PUT THE PHONE DOWN AND STEP AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER and the blogger ceased, cold-turkey. Being totally honest, I don’t think I ever could have accomplished what I did in real estate investing if I was blogging at the time…or, for that matter, if I ever could have kept the fridge stocked, cleaned the bathrooms, gone to the gym..all mundane stuff that still has to get done to keep life chugging along. Anyway, I recently read an article that suggested that some of the Silicon Valley creators of addictive social media platforms were expressing doubts about whether their intentional designs to hook people with Likes and cycling feedback were beneficial to society. As I’m typing away here while my husband eats breakfast alone in the other room I’m thinking the remorseful techies may have a point! 🙂

  8. On #1 – You check google analytics every day if not several times a day – it updates more than once a day? I had it in my head it only updated once a day. I guess I’m used to the Amazon Affiliate page.

    1. Maybe it depends which reports you look at, I am not an expert in google analytics but there are a few pages that have real time data. I have put all affiliate programs on hold for now so not sure what it shows.

  9. Hi Caroline,

    nice post somehow that sounds familiar, but you are right blogging should be fun and not stressing you. But at the same time it is an exciting feeling when you can increase your page views or you get more comments on your articles.

    Keep up the good work!

    Cheers

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