This week's Fashion Beauty Friend Friday topic deals with blogger burn-out, blogging habits during holidays and recognizing when it's time to stop blogging.
1. How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number changed since you started blogging?
How much time I spend blogging usually depends on two factors:
? Text vs. photos/video post: Putting together a mainly text-based post takes a lot more time than those focusing on photos or video. Writing and editing are hardly a piece of cake!
? How much time I actually have: if I'm in a hurry, I'll spend much less time writing a post than if all the hours in the world are at my disposal.
However, actually blogging (i.e. putting together a post) is only a small part of the blogging experience. In my case, the bigger part consists of reading other blogs, forums, books and sometimes magazines, which is how I get ideas and inspiration for my work. I like to call this creative process "blogging even when I'm not." :)
2. There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on... how do you limit your time spent on these tasks?
I only subscribe to about 10 blogs in my RSS reader. I visit other blogs I'm interested in (mostly those without fixed posting schedule) about 1-2 times a week. Leaving comments is something I used to do every day, but now I find that spending a lot of time on it distracts me from working on my posts. I've decided to leave comments only when I really feel like I have something to say.
3. Have you experienced blogger burnout yet? How have you dealt with that?
I've never experienced a blogger burnout per se, but sometimes I don't feel well and cannot concentrate on writing. These times I'll skip a post and get myself together until the next.
I much prefer skipping a post to publishing filler content (e.g. "inspiration" photos) because I don't think such posts really do anything for your readers. Killer content > filler content!
4. This time of the year is always a lot busier than any other time. Will your blogging change as a result?
Holidays are never very busy for me. I'll prepare a post or two in advance in case any last-minute unexpected obligations get in the way, but I don't think my blogging flow will change.
I'm going to Milan sometime between Christmas and New Year and if I'll have internet access, I'd even like to do a post from there. Blogging is high on my priority list because I enjoy it, holidays or not.
5. Could you foresee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore? How would you you identify that it's time to walk away?
Right now I cannot foresee that moment. Even if I landed the super demanding and exciting job-slash-life(style) of my dreams and didn't have time to update my blog 3 times a week any more, I think I'd still post, just less frequently. If these people can do it, why would I be an exception, especially as blogging is where I come from anyway? I think blog will stay the medium that fits my personality best for quite some time.