Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blogging Guilt

Lately I feel like I'm only good at doing one thing at a time when it comes to my bookish interests. I can either comment on blogs, or write up my own posts, or get caught up in a book, or work on stuff for my writing group. But I can't seem to do enough of any of those lately.

I want to post more, and review more, and comment more, and read all these books I have checked out from the library, and revise my NaNo WIP.

But I don't know how to do all that. And the worst part is, I feel super guilty about it.

I know, I know, that's bad. I started all of this for fun. And it's still fun. I just feel like I have a lot more responsibility with it. It's not *just* fun anymore.

So, my bloggy friends, I ask: how do you keep balance? Do you devote certain days specifically to commenting/posting/whatever? Or do you post/comment/whatever whenever you can?

Do you ever feel guilty about your (lack of) attention to you blog? How do you handle it?

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  1. I can't do everything, so I do what I can. If that means mini-reviews or no reviews for a while, so be it. If I'm more interesting in reading and commenting than writing and reviewing, then I do that. My first love is reading, not blogging, so I'm always going to read the most. Sometimes that means I'm only using Goodreads for a quick rating/review so that I can move on to the next book. I have to be fine with whatever I can do at the time, so that I continue to love reading.

    You'll figure out what works for you. And whatever it is will be enough.

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    1. I totally agree that my first love is reading, not blogging. I was reading long before I started this thing. :)
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  2. I hear ya. I comment before I blog. Not sure it's the best policy but I like it that way. I always say I was a blog hopper before I was a blogger.

    Good luck finding your balance.

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    1. Thanks Juju! You really are an expert at commenting. :) But that's good advice to focus on the thing I identify with/like doing the most.

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    2. Thanks. And yes totally. Focus on the one you like the most. :)

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  3. It's hard and frustrating sometimes. But as I always say, it's better to have too much to do, than not enough. I enjoy the feeling of being involved in a lot of different things,even if they are all online and bookish. But I do hope you can keep it fun and not stress and not feel guilty especially. Just do what you can when you can. Decide what you are most into at the moment and go with that particular thing. Having certain days or hours of the day for certain things might work. I tend to just do whatever whenever, but maybe a routine would work better!

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    1. Thanks Suey. I usually like being busy best, too. Maybe I'll try out a routine for a little bit and see how it goes.

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  4. I do whatever I feel like. If I want to comment, I will. If I don't, I won't. Same with reading and other things. Never forget that it is YOUR blog, and the only expectations to fulfill are your own.

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  5. Yeah, guilt is a funny thing. Obviously I haven't been around much but I'm feeling more in the reading/blogging mood lately so I'm getting into it again. Sometimes you just can't do it all but I say when you want to do it, just do it and when you don't, don't. Aww but guilt. Good luck.

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    1. Thanks Jenny. Guilt is so weird. I don't even know who I think I'm letting down by not doing everything I'd like. It's not like you guys will disown me as a blogging friend if I'm around less. :)

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  6. When you figure out that balance let me know. I'm in the same boat you are right now, except that most of my guilt is stemming from working long hours and not feeling like being on the computer even one iota more than I have to be.

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    1. Oh man, that would be tough. I hate when work gets so busy & draining. If I find a magic balance I'll definitely let you know :)

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  7. I know exactly what you mean! I love blogging and wish I had more time to devote to it. At the same time, I sick of spending so much of my evening on it and still not getting to do all the things I want to do. I think scheduling time for different aspects of blogging could be a good idea, but I generally just do whatever is most urgent.

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    1. That's how I usually do things, too. It really is time consuming! Not that that's bad, just that there's always something I could be doing for blogging. I think I might give the schedule/routine idea a try.

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  8. Honestly you see this everywhere. All bloggers talk about it. One time I had a really popular post for about two weeks and it was tough keeping up with the comments, visiting blogs and still writing new things and reading new books. I do not go by a schedule. I find that to be more stressful. I just do what I feel. One thing I do is if this week say I have already have three posts and I have a 4th post I'll move that 4th post to the next week so that there is something on the blog that week. Really it's whatever is fun.

    Angie
    Angela's Anxious Life

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