Juggling a Blog

by Mandy Weger on February 17, 2014

In the year and four months since I started working at Campbell, my blogging dropped like a rock.

There is the primary reason, being that I just don’t have the same amount of time that I used to (you know, when I didn’t have a job) to write. There’s also the fact that I live on my computer until 6-7pm at work, and coming home and writing after working and cooking dinner seems daunting.

An event at work where I got to teach people what Pinterest was & how to use it.An event at work where I taught people what Pinterest was & how to use it.

And there’s also this nagging feeling inside of me where I shouldn’t blog about my silly life, that if I want to blog, I should blog about something useful and work-related to help others in my industry and to use it as a platform to further career and connections.

But at the end of the day, I miss blogging. I miss writing down my thoughts, I miss being able to scroll through the previous year to see all that we’ve done. I miss the connection that blogging gives to myself, where I’m a little more self-aware and reflective of the way I spend my time.

Also, having a blog encourages me to do cool things that I would later want to write about.

But the questions still remain: Where on Earth do I find the time? How do I recommit myself to this practice? Should I marathon-blog on the weekends when I have a little more time? Should I carve out the time in the evenings after dinner? I know that the time exists for me to continue blogging, but it’s about maintaining a realistic schedule. (How the hell do people with kids live??)

Is anyone still out there? If you’re still blogging, what is your schedule like and how do you fit it in? Do you have a routine?

  • http://www.allieseverydayadventures.blogspot.com/ Allie

    Welcome back! I still blog, but I am also self-employed and work from home, so I don’t have the commute or the late nights (unless I want to). I’m holding steady at about 3 posts a week, but only if I have something worth saying. I’m not willing to post just for the sake of posting, and that’s about all I can handle without losing my sanity. I don’t think it’s necessary to hold yourself to a schedule if you’re short on time; just post when you want to!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Thanks, Allie! I think that’s good advice, to post what I believe is worth posting. I think the pressure of just posting regularly itself is daunting to me – like if I don’t post 3 times a week, is it even worth having a blog? I should just get over that and post because I want to, or because I have something to say. Thanks!

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    Allie Reply:

    Every time I start to feel like “Aaaah I need to be posting more often!” I think of Allie Brosh, who writes Hyperbole and a Half. Her posting is incredibly sporadic, even six months to a year between posts. But that’s okay, because people stick around to hear what she has to say, even if it takes a long time to get there!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Ha! That’s very true. Maybe I should start making awesome cartoons? I am rather lucky that I pressed publish on this post and I got any response at all. I was really expecting crickets!!

  • Kristie W

    Hello! It’s good to see a post from you.

    I have a (mostly) craft related blog and struggled for years on how often/when to post. Now I do it for me and post when I have time. My ultimate goal is to have a post a day just to prove to myself I can do it. I don’t struggle too much with having the content to post but it’s the replying to comments/visiting other blogs that I struggle with finding time for. Yesterday was a holiday and I created all day and banged out 3 posts while watching TV with my husband. I don’t expect to get that far ahead all the time but it’s nice when you can do it. I hope you are able to find a routine that works for you!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Thanks, Kristie! A post a day is so ambitious! I admire your resolve. I agree that I am not very good at catching up with others’ blogs anymore like I used to be as well, so I feel even guilty for assuming that people should take time out of their day to read my little blog. I’ll try to get better at “giving back” and giving love to other bloggers because I know how hard it can be.

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  • http://latteloveblog.com/ LatteLove

    I’m totally in the same boat! I work in social media and spend so much time and energy writing creatively that even if I did find the time, I don’t have the mental capacity!

    When I do blog I find that I get ideas throughout the workday, so I will start a blog post with a working title and two or three sentences. Then about once every week or every other I will check in on my drafts and see if I feel motivated to continue or finish what I’ve started. That being said I’m only blogging about 1/3 as often as I did last year and I guess that’s just my new normal.

    Glad to see you back and hope to see you back a little more!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Yes! I blog at work, I tweet at work, and when I get home, I’m SO done with it! I started a little note on my phone for blog post ideas and once the juices started flowing, I had so many ideas! I’m surprised even at myself for holding them all in for so long. It’s just taking the time required to sit down and get to it!

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  • Ayesha King

    I totally know what you’re saying! I commented to E yesterday that I hadn’t touched my laptop in a week. I want to write, but then, I find myself staring at a blank page, and thinking my time would be better spent watching “House of Cards.” I write book reviews, so that keeps me from writing on a regular basis because I have to wait to finish reading. I would like to post once a week, and I usually write on Sundays. I’ve kind of been failing, with one post every two weeks, but I’m hoping with Spring coming, I’ll have renewed energy. At the end of the day, i blog for me. And if I’m not happy, then I won’t do it.

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    Mandy Reply:

    Haha I LOVE House of Cards, so I definitely relate. I have a book review in my draft queue, actually! I’m not sure how often I could do it because, like you, I have to finish my books! I’m a reader, but maybe a couple of books a month, so not frequent enough. I will blog for me too. I always enjoy looking back, so that’s good enough! I just know that once time stretches on, it’s daunting to get back into.

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  • Sandie

    Welcome back! You could always just do a monthly blog post…and hey, I sure could use a lesson on what Pinterest is and how to use it! ;-) And….you never wrote about your trip to Turkey!

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    Mandy Reply:

    Ah, Sandie, you’re right! I do have a blog post in my queue on Turkey that I’ve been working on. I HATE photo editing since its so time consuming, so that’s usually what holds me back. I also need to blog about Iceland (we went this past Sept). Head’s up on the blog tomorrow–I’ll be revealing our next trip. Hopefully this time, I’ll actually follow up with a recap. ;)

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