In the last year and a half of blogging I’ve seen a lot of blogs come and go. The ones that always amaze me are the bloggers who literally explode onto the scene. Within months they’re buddy-buddy with a couple of “big” bloggers, they’ve got tons of followers, and they seem to know all the lingo and shit that it took me a year to figure out. But sometimes just as quickly, they burn out. And I’m always puzzled…why?
The thing about blogging is this: it takes time. Time out of your day that you might otherwise be spending with friends, family, or doing something others might deem more productive. If I added up all of the time I’ve spent writing nearly 400 blog posts at say one hour per post, well I’ve spent nearly a full 15 days of my life blogging. It really makes you think: What are you giving up to be a blogger?
My work hours are very conducive to blogging. I get up at 7:30am with N and he’s out the door and by 8am me and Archie are chillin on the couch enjoying some DVR’ed goodness and blogging. I don’t have to be to work til 11am but I get up early to see N off and then write my feelings/thoughts/opinions on the interwebs for the world to see. Actually now that I put it that way, I sound crazy. Maybe I should be taking advantage of my amazing work schedule and sleep in. But I don’t, because I get more out of blogging than I do out of sleeping in those extra two hours.
When I do have days or even weeks where I have morning commitments and have to blog at night, I never want to. I would rather hang out with N than blog. I would rather tell Archie that he is cute 400 times while playing fetch than blog. I’d rather talk to Kaylin on the phone, cook a mediocre-at-best dinner for me and N, and even some days go to the gym, than blog. Why? It’s just a blog. It isn’t my life. It isn’t my #1 or even my #5 priority. It is absolutely something I love and will continue to do (and attempt to do well!) but it will never be something I prioritize in a major way. It’s a hobby. I take it seriously, but I think many times we all need to step back and remember what’s important. After all, if you aren’t living your life, what on earth are you going to blog about?
This post was inspired by a conversation I had with Lisette as we were working through my Blogger to WordPress transfer. She told me, “I can’t believe how laid-back you are about this whole thing. I could hug you.” Well since that’s pretty much the only time I’ve ever been called laid-back, it thrilled me to tears. But I also gave myself a little pat on the back. Because my very first thought to respond to her was this: It’s just a blog. If my blog went down for a whole day, week, or month, what would happen? Nothing.
Blogs can influence opinions, help you figure out what products to buy, teach you cool stuff, they can help you feel more normal (everyone else is crazy too!?), cope with where you are in your life (the mid-twenties are awkward, people), and a whole bunch of other wonderful things. We aren’t curing cancer here (I’d know, because if you did you would put me out of a job, which I’d really love), we aren’t changing the world in a major way, and blogs aren’t all that important, in the grande scheme of things.
I don’t mean to downplay our role in each others lives. We are strangely important to each other. But blogging cannot replace the good stuff in life. It’s a place to share the good stuff. That’s blogging as I see it.