Friday, December 3, 2010

Friend Friday: Blog Burnout? or Turning Up the Heat?


As I’ve cut back on some of my blogging so that I can actually pay attention to the live people in my life, this FF topic was really timely for me.  Katy at Modly Chic, mentioned that Fashion Butter has closed her blog and that’s the inspiration behind these questions.  So, here are my answers and I’m REALLY curious to read everyone else’s.

1. How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number
changed since you started blogging?

Now, I probably spend about 12 hours a week blogging and reading blogs.  I think that actually, that number has probably come down.  I find myself really reading a ton of blogs, which in turn sometimes makes me be over critical of mine. 

2. There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on... how do
you limit your time spent on these tasks?

Well, that’s been an issue.  Sometimes when my Sweet Baby comes in and says, “Okay schnoogie boo, time to put the computer away”  I would love to comment on more, but I just don’t have time to do it all and I want to be sincere in my commenting, not just using comments to promote myself.

3. Have you experienced Blogger burnout yet? How have you dealt with

Actually, it’s starting to feel it now a bit.  I love the people I’ve met and I’m inspired by blogs I’ve seen.  But I’ve found myself being too critical of myself.  Sometimes I’m stressing over what I’m going to wear because I know I’m going to take a picture.  Also, I really don’t want to live my life for my blog…..I want to make sure I’m just using the blog to document how I live my life.  I think it’s the difference between a cheesy Olan Mills staged shot and a candid snapshot.  The candid snapshots always look better!

4. This time of the year is always a lot busier than any other time.
Will your blogging change as a result?

Probably, when my oldest sons come home from college to visit, I’ll want to spend more time with them.

5. Could you forsee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore?
How would you you identify that it's time to walk away?

I think like many, you start out with the purest of intentions, but then something that was started for fun, begins to be a stress.  I’m not looking for more responsibilities in my life.  I’m adding fun and joy.  So I think that answers the second part of this, when it becomes more of a chore and feels like a responsibility rather than a hobby, I’ll walk away.  A great thing though, is that while on day I may walk away from the blogging, I don’t have to walk away from the friends I’ve made! 


  1. Serene, in just the six months that I have been blogging, I have experienced all of these emotions you express here. I have almost quit three times. This has become therapy for me to get away from the stresses of my day, but I can see where I tend to get caught up in it. I think balance in anything is always the answer! Have a great weekend!

  2. Hi Serene, First off congrats on your first links a la mode article! It's a wonderful feeling isn't it?

    I have felt a lot of the same emotions you have written about, lately I have felt like blogging has been more work than fun so I stepped back for a bit. But I think it is something I will enjoy so I'll stick around :)

    ~Em K

  3. Well, gf, I'll be visiting you personally if you stop blogging! That would be good too!
    Congrats on the A La mode! we'll talk later....

  4. I love your answers to number 2! We've had the same conversation at our house, only the name isn't "snoogie boo." (I think I may know what your fella may have on his mind!)

    I began to feel pressure to turn up the heat after the notice from Forbes. That's part of why I joined Kendi's challenge--to have an excuse to avoid the pressure! And that only produced a different kind of pressure!

  5. I consider the time spent reading other people's blogs as part of the whole process, which I think is the part of blogging that is now taking up the most time. Seeing others, getting inspiration and learning for others is always time consuming but rewarding. - Katy

  6. "Also, I really don’t want to live my life for my blog…..I want to make sure I’m just using the blog to document how I live my life."
    I think that is a great attitude to have! Know what you mean about looking at other blogs and suddenly becoming over critical of your own but I think if you're a busy person a blog should be something that fits into your life and not the other way around. Thanks so much for the visit and comment on my blog.


Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment! ~Serene