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