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Question: How does blogging effect your *real* life? Are friends and family supportive? Do you find that blogging cuts into family time? How do you strike a balance between the two?
It consumes my real life. Or at least it did. I spent way too many hours on my blog and not participating in real life for the past few years. As soon as I woke up I would start going through posts and commenting for an hour while I ate breakfast, do errands/work, then come home write reviews & format (the real time drainer!) posts and then do another round of commenting & tweeting. Then after dinner I would squeeze in reading.
I went through a horrible reading/blogging slump last year where I forced myself to take time off. It was really hard to step away from the computer but I realized that I stopped participating in any non blogging/reading hobbies for almost two years. I wasn’t watching TV, going to movies or gardening – which I loved even more than reading at one time. I didn’t have time damn it! Had to get that book read, that post written, comment so I wouldn't’ lose all my friends…. It was a big wake up call to me and made me jump off the blogging merry-go-round. I’m much more laid back about it now and manage both real life and blogging quite easily. I even planted a flower garden already this year.
As for family and friends being supportive – my husband is not only supportive but he’s an enabler! He’s happy that I found something I enjoy doing so much and is always finding places to buy autographed books, sales, signings etc. He has my plane & hotel tickets for next years BEA pretty much a week after I get home from the current one. AND he loves going to BEA and bookish events. It brings out the hunter/gatherer in him. I tell him the books/authors I like and off he goes lol He also helps with html code, and sometimes edits my reviews for me. He’s awesome.
I try not to tell anyone else about my blog. A few people know but I didn’t tell them. (The aforementioned awesome hubby outed me) I feel like it’s my own little space and it makes me self conscious to know my friends and family are reading it. Especially with some of the books I read O_O
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