Friday, November 30, 2012

Let’s Talk: Blogging and time management


Let’s Talk is a fun new meme to discuss an little bit of this & a little bit of that (not always bookish) hosted by Smash Attack Reads and A Book Obsession.

How much time do you think you spend on blogging each week, including commenting on other blogs, participating in events, Twitter/Facebook blog talk, etc? Do you have a time management system that works well for you? We’d love to know!

When I first started blogging, I spent several hours a day reading and commenting on blogs. These days I would say an hour a day. I was starting to burn out so I take a few days off from the computer now and it helps keep this whole blogging thing fresh.

Now Twitter is a whole different story! I‘m on Twitter the entire day, checking as often as possible. I just love the immediacy of it and how you can end up discussing all kinds of topics all at once. (As I’m writing this post – I’m in the middle of convo’s about sex & violence in YA, music, naming my favorite heroines, playdates for my dogs lol)

I have a Facebook page but I rarely if ever go there. Looking at my wall gives me a headache lol
I have zero time management skills. I’m a fly by the seat of my pants kind of girl so I just blog when I have the time and I don’t worry about it anymore. Some days it could be 4-5 hours writing posts, commenting etc – other days 1/2 hour.

My phone is my “system” I guess. It allows me to keep up on email/post links/Twitter all day so I’m not swamped when I get home. I hate commenting on blogs using my phone though so it’s mostly just visiting.


17 comments:

  1. I schedule blog tours/bloghops on my phone. Other than that I just do what I feel like. I blogged five days a week for a while, and it sucked. My blog started to suck. I got tired of it, and we both suffered.

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    1. I agree. Once you start "trying" to blog it changes your blog. I just go with what I feel like doing now and I've been so much happier.

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  2. I spend a lot of time ;) But I try to be quick. I post a blog when I get home from work, and later in the evening I check blogs while watching tv and I also try to comment a bit before work

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    1. I really should comment more from my iPad. I could do it while I'm watching TV.

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  3. I'm in the middle of a mid-life blog crisis? I've stopped being on Twitter because it was sucking so much time and I'm going to cut back the hours I spend on the blog every day because it's just too much. So...working on balance here. Two weeks ago it was a full-time job with reading/writing worked in. Facebook is auto-updates and nothing else. *shudder* I hate Facebook. lol

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    1. Oh no!! That was me a few months ago. I was ready to quit. I just stepped away for several weeks and then slowly dipped my toe back in.

      I don't worry about blogging 5 -7 days a week anymore. Or even reading. If I don't feel like reading I don't.

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  4. I soooo agree with the Twitter time suck. On my phone.. and yes commenting is such a pain on here.

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    1. I wonder how much of my life was wasted on Twitter lol


      I can't seem to step away though.

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  5. Twitter is a huge time suck. I do try to spend a lot of time commenting and visiting blogs. I think eventually I will have to back off a bit on that. I have noticed it really retracts from my reading time and how many books I can read a month.

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    1. It's so weird. Once you start reviewing books and blogging - you don't have time to read anymore! Totally defeats the purpose lol

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  6. Interesting post, its scary how much time we actually spend on these various sites. I'm trying to resist the lure of Twitter as between blogging and FB I spend enough time online.

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  7. Lol, your system sounds a lot like mine. I try to keep up with Twitter and email at work or between work (I'm a piano teacher). Then I give myself a two-hr window to do blogs, comments, etc... on days I can handle it. Sometimes I also take a few days off. I just don't think we're meant for this much computering. (I make up words sometimes) But I still love it!

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    1. I know! Wasn't this supposed to make life easier?? Instead ally his computering (great word!) takes up my whole day!!

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  8. I'm a fly by the seat of my pants gal too, I just blog when I blog. I've tried to use a schedule of sorts but it didn't take ;)

    Found you on FB and Twitter and I'm stalking you both places now!

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  9. I don't do twitter much anymore - used to. I wonder how many people actually look at if twitter is beneficial or not for blogging - or maybe it's the interactions - not sure. I do try to comment a lot though - so between blogging, commenting & reading - and having a life outside of this - twitter & facebook are sort of at the wayside.

    Tanya Patrice
    Girlxoxo.com

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  10. I miss Twitter like crazy now that I'm working! So out of touch...

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  11. I'm a phone girl too. I've learned not to worry about IT in general. It's FUN when it is FUN, when it is work it isn't.

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