I was going to title this post 'Blogging is a run away freight train' but the analogy doesn't quite gel for me.
Kinda harsh, Google!
In short, I am at a point where I get overwhelmed very easily with blogging.
I like to be really good at stuff I do (don't we all) and that of course includes blogging. I want to have 5000 GFC friends, and be on the top search results of blog/interesting related things. Not prison related things.
And God love the internet, I have a short list of 90 things I can do to get to where I want to be. And I wanted to be there yesterday.
Write 'Pinnable' posts
Post more often
Start a series
Participate in link ups
Start a link up
Be more active on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest
Figure out how to engage the audience
Organize a big giveaway
Comment on more blogs
Foster relationships with bigger bloggers
Advertise on other blogs more
Advertise in some other way
Read some books on blogging
Take better pictures
Get a better camera
Learn better HTML skills
Figure out blog design
Move to Wordpress maybe?
Write 'shareable' content
Submit articles to other websites
Do more stuff so you have things to write about
Find my niche
Make a blog mission statement
Read a pro-blogger (etc.) article every day
Write an e-book (about what?! lol)
Be less controversial
and it goes on and on...
I feel like I could work on this list 24 hours a day and never be complete. There are always more posts to read, new ideas to be brainstormed, friends to reach out to, content to write, etc. Which is exactly why my mind goes 90 miles a minute and it is easier to just unplug for a bit rather than figure what should be tackled next. Because of the nature of blogging is so perpetual, I can't even fathom a day where I could be a the blogger that plans 5 posts a week ahead of time and is super organized about it all - like a real business. Yet that is what I hope this space can become. Quite the conundrum.
I am trying to get into a mental space of just letting things happen in their own good time, but it is hard. I feel like if I could take a few weeks off from my life responsibilities I could totally crush it and knock a lot off that daunting list and find a routine I am happy with. But I don't have that luxury, so I need to be fine if it takes me a year of blogging before I break the 1000 subscribers mark, or find the time to master blogging photography. As it stands, I have an email box full of comments that I haven't replied to, a giveaway I was trying to organize from 2 months ago that needs finishing up, and about 135 blog posts from my faves that I need to go read. But I will get to it all, no doubt. I mean, I have a lot of other stuff going on that will always trump blogging, like spending time with Aaron, achieving my career goals and watching a lot of TV(obvs.). Priorities, y'all.
How do you deal with balancing it all?
And how would you fill in the blank - Blogging is a ?