They say too much of anything is bad. It’s so easy to get caught up in this virtual world of people who share the same interests as me. There’s always a new post to read, a tweet to favorite, a recipe to pin. I’m positive I wouldn’t utilize social media as much as I do now if I weren’t a blogger. It’s actually becoming quite stressful, because I fear I’ll just slip away and disappear forever if I’m not tweeting, posting, commenting, etc. I see so many posts along the lines of: “how to grow your blog,” “get more followers with these 5 easy steps,” and “765 ways to be a popular blogger!” Agh.
Before I had my own blog, I could count on one hand the number of blogs I followed. I never missed a post, I paid close attention to every word and seriously considered everything they wrote about. I decided to start this blog so I could share my own experiences with healthy living. It’s not a well-known blog, but it’s my baby, and I love it. I can’t dedicate as much time as I’d like, since it’s a hobby, and not a money maker like other blogs out there.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want more readers and opportunities. It’s hard not to compare myself to other bloggers and feel jealous sometimes. But here’s the thing…they do this full-time. They aren’t blogging on top of 40 hours a week at another job, so they have plenty of time to do all the things I wish I could.
I try to stay involved with the blogging community, but how much is too much? The past few days I didn’t have time to read blogs or catch up on social media, and it was lovely. Like finding balance with healthy eating, I need to find balance with my involvement online. How can I live my life if I’m constantly checking what others are doing? It’s almost as if blogging has backfired on me. I’m trying to share all these experiences, but I’m wasting valuable time that could be used to experience more.