Friend Friday ~ Balance & Blogging

Friday, March 11, 2011

From a snowshoeing trip in the mountains
*Winner of Brideblu giveaway = Ashley from Smile Steady!

This weeks Friend Friday topic is one that I've seen being discussed in the blog world lately (can someone please come up with another name for a blog besides "blog"??).  Blogging is easy to love, it feels good to get feedback, validation and encouragement. It's good to exercise our voices. And the best part is - we make good friends.  But, what happens when we feel frustration that we can't balance it all? There are comments to respond to, post ideas to come up with, layout issues, blogs to visit, tweets to tweet, a FB page to update, followers to follow, networking to do, guest posts to write, pictures to take and the "next best thing" to think up! Did that not just make your head spin? And it never ends. There seems to always be something that you could be doing. Oh yes, and then our real lives to live. NBD!

When I started this blog a little over a year ago (i've been blogging for awhile), I never thought that I'd gain so much satisfaction from it. When one moves to a new country and is not working it makes for a great filler and a great way to stay sane - and a taste of what its like to run your own little business.  But things can easily start to feel off balance when it starts taking up more time than you are comfortable with. I know that a lot of us can relate to this topic which is why I thought I'd share my two cents in this weeks Friend Friday.

1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall? 
Blogging is probably up there in my top 5 as it has quickly become one of my favorite hobbies. Instead of relaxing with magazines, it's easy to relax while reading your blogs and learning different design programs so I can change my header ever. day. (jk).  But - it doesn't prevail over spontaneous day trips with friends, nights out, watching Scrubs with Mark, and most importantly...exercise. 

2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible? 
Ok, so I don't always follow this, but in an ideal world my idea of productive is not checking my FB or Twitter a million times per day. I try to keep my excitement about those platforms down because I think they can be a huge time waster - so I tend to pop in only when I have something to say or tweet a post I think people might like. (And seriously...you do NOT want to hear every thought that runs through my head) Also, I have certain steps that I complete each day that ensures that I stay on top of things like for example - check out new followers, respond to emails, etc. 

3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient?
Yes! Google Reader folders are my best friends forever, I want to marry them.  I have all kinds of folders that ensure I'm not wasting time. For example, loyal readers and friends are in a folder and I'm sure to visit their blogs first and I know that I will be commenting/supporting them whereas those bloggers that don't return comments or care about connecting...get scanned in reader and I don't have to worry about visiting them =) And there's more to ensure that the blogs I spend my time on are worth it.
OH...and it's my personal mission to abolish word verification, thus making blogging easier and more time efficient for everyone. I don't even want to think about how much time you or I have spent entering letters in to word verifications, getting them wrong..repeating. It's the bane of my existence and mostly unnecessary. FACT: I find blogs I like and want to visit again, however, if they have word ver - I'm like...50% likely to not return - depends on my mood! (I do keep it on for posts over 4 days old as those are the ones that get spam comments)

4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead?
I kind of informally write down in my calendar posts I definitely want to get to in a month- mostly regarding sponsors.  Other than that I'm super spontaneous because it's hard for me to plan even 2 days ahead - I might not be feeling the item/art, etc then so it wouldn't feel right posting it! So no, I don't really plan ahead.
5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now? 
If time weren't an issue I would personally email my loyal "readers"/blog friends to thank them more often. I know who they are! I think that's why sending a newsletter appeals to me - I can write more candidly than I usually do on the blog and maybe start new conversations that way with people who want to be connected in that way. (Sign up to the left!) I think I'd also be more active in networking sites like IFB, 20sb, BlogHer...but, dude, I couldn't begin to fit anymore user names in my brain.  
I think that the one most important thing, though, that I use to maintain balance - is time away from the blog and blog world. I think I learned this when I was in the US for Christmas and was unable to read blogs and respond to comments - I put up a few posts but ultimately, it was a 3 week break. And guess what, the blog didn't crumble, I didn't lose readers and the time away put blogging and it's importance in a new perspective.  Each week I'm sure to take days away from the self-imposed pressure to respond to every single comment and visit every single blog that I follow.  I hope you do too! 





115 comments:

Katie said...

No one EVER has anything good to say about word verification. Why is it still around?!

Kristina said...

love your post (and just enabled my word verification - just for you :) haha)!
Having my little space where I share my pictures and work is my little baby, but it is only there just for fun. So I try not to get stressed about what to post and when, I normally post 2-3 times per week. But it makes me think about what I could photograph and share and that is a good thing, because I force myself to go out and find subjects (and get practice)!
About all the blogs I love, I have about 15 blogs that are in my reader and that I follow daily. The rest I have in my bookmarks and follow when I have time!
So, I try to keep it low and simple and just do what I like and enjoy :)
xox, Kristina

a woman's right to shoes said...

I could not agree more with you. It is actally difficult to balance everything as there so much happening all the time. You don't have the time to sit in front of your laptop all day long every day, even though you sometimes feel like you should. But I think it is important to just have fun and take your time with everything. I really like your blog and I check it everyday. Yoou do a great job, my friend =)

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Yep abolished (though still moderate comments to keep spammers out).

I like that you're both semi planned and spontaneous with blogging. I've become more organized about a posting schedule so I balance out fashion, decor, etc. and that has helped me a bit.

Kavery said...

A lot of bloggers may not realise word verification is on by default. I didn't realise it was on till I wrote my first comment on my blog.

MyFavouriteThings said...

What thougtful answers! And I'm going to disable word verification ASAP!

Collette Osuna said...

I hear ya sister...and I couldnt agree more about the word verification....totally slows you down...we all get some amount of spam, just deal with it, lol...HappyFriday:)

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Buckeroomama said...

Great post!

I used to pressure myself into posting every day, then I cut back to only weekdays... now I post for sure every Sun. Tue, Wed and Fri. The rest of the week, if I have something to post, I will, but I don't feel so guilty about not posting every day anymore. :)

Diana Mieczan said...

I like this post a lot and I totally agree that its all about keeping the balance. Because I work from home I tend to set up my day in a way that I have breaks in between blogging and work for a lunch out or coffee with a friend or just cooking, swimming and watch telly. Btw: I think we are having spring here today:) Its beautiful and so warm..yay! Have a great day, sweetie

onagracenote said...

Excellent post! It would be great if there was time to post every day but I agree there has to be balance. As you say friends are important (as well as exercise!) Have a great weekend.

Francie. said...

hahaha. geez, that's a tough one. another word for blog... what about virtal life?

ellie said...

Great little secrets about blogging.

ivy's closet said...

Nice. I'll have check into those reader folders. Have a great weekend.

lucy and sarah said...

This was so cool. I'm afraid I live to blog..sometimes. But then again, I have an outlet to write.

Thanks for the suggestions.

Girl in Oslo. said...

Hi girl...
First of all the Tweet button does not work:)

I think you just said everything I would!
Great writing, the main thing I do for balance is visit the gym as often as I can.

It is the only thing that works for me...

Have a great day.

Rach said...

Thanks! I needed to read this!

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover said...

:) I'm so glad you wrote about this! As you know, I recently kept writing about time management, too, so seeing what others think and do when it comes to their blog and other's is really helpful and just nice to know. Sometimes people say "hmm.. maybe I should start a blog" and then wonder why they get no comments and such, but they don't realize it's a ton of work!

I recently made somewhat of a schedule for myself and life seems so much easier. I get up and go to sleep much earlier and I usually try to write most of my posts by a certain time in the day, but when I don't get it at exactly that time, I don't freak out. I find that I'm much more relaxed in the evenings and not as overwhelmed. I get behind on writing comments on blogs all the time, but I know that if I write them a day or two late, it's no big deal... I hope they realize I'm still there and checking what they write.

Oh, gosh... I could write so much more, but I just wanted to thank you for this post. You're such a fantastic person and I'm still so, so glad I found your blog. It feels like it was a long while ago, but it was just about two months!

P.S. THANK YOU for not having the captcha... I think it's distorting my vocabulary, haha!

Hollie said...

I love this! and I hate word verification too. haha. I hope you have a good weekend! Is it warm enough for patioing there yet?!

LifestyleBohemia said...

Congrats to the lucky winner!
This is a great post! I share your love of blogging and am also frustrated at times that I seem to not have enough time to read every blog I like or to post certain things on my own blog. I have to keep reminding myself that blogging is fun, so I can't get frustrated.
Have a lovely weekend Krystal!
xx
Joanna

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Well said, balance. It's SO easy to get caught up in it. I don't tweet and I only check FB about once a week. I don't know about folders but now am totally going to check them out. I also have finally starting letting go of feeling like I need to visit and comment on every blog I've followed and stick with the ones where we seem to have "connected". THANK YOU for talking about word verification. I am in total agreement with you on that one :) I also don't like when I open a blog and I'm blasted with their music and I can't find the place to turn it off, I usually just leave.

'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

blogging is surely addictive
and you are so right: great to get comments and so important to leave comments for others; which is why i passed by today! so pertinent post.
thanks for stopping by chez moi recently and for your generous comments cheerio for now;
linda

Stacey said...

Well said! I hate word verification too especially when i really don't have time and tried to make time to read that blog, only to be blasted with these weird letters that i never get right!

modanista junkie said...

I dislike the word verification. Loving this post, and am so glad you shared with us.

xoxo,
melrod

Daniela said...

Is there a way to reply to comment on someone's blog through google reader? I tried reader but then I would still have to click into the person's blog to comment, so I just skipped reader and went straight to the blog. Help me out with this one.

Noodles and Waffles said...

Great post. It's nice to read other bloggers thoughts on the subject.

Also, thanks for you comment today. It's nice when blogs can be used to educate and inform.

PursuitOfLLT said...

i totally agree with all your answers! and we MUST get rid of word verification. sometimes if i see it, i'm like eh, no comment!

and i also have blogs i'll skim and then blogs where i love reading everyday and hope to comment! :)

Jamie said...

This topic has been on my mind lately, so it was great to see your thoughts.

I am 1000% with you on word verification - I despise it. I need to try your folder solution - it would be helpful. For now, I "follow" blogs I know I'll be commenting on and subscribe to those I know I won't. That separates them into two groups. Not as efficient as folders, but it's a start.

Smile Steady said...

First of all- THANK YOU for the opportunity to win the giveaway! You're right- it absolutely made me smile!

And I totally agree with you on just about all of this. We have to prioritize or else we could get lost in this lovely blog world.

KristiMcMurry said...

SO much wisdom in this post :) Thanks for all the great tips on staying balanced. I totally agree about word verification, too. yeesh!

Teenage Bride said...

some days blogging feels like such a burden. But I just love being able to connect with so many people.

Have a great weekend!

Brittany H. said...

I am with you on the word verification. I absolutely hate it. I disable that feature on mine from day one. I think I agree with everything that you've said in this questionaire. Blogging is a wonderful outlet for me as well. It's a stress reliever, and I am absolutely stunned at how downright sweet everyone has been. It really brightens my day.

Happy Day to ya!
X,
www.brittanyhavican.blogspot.com

Mrs. Parker said...

Love your post -- but love that you used "NBD" more. No one else I know uses that :) Here's to finding balance!
xo anna

Leia said...

I really loved reading this post Krystal! You should write long posts more often. Your answers ring so true for me: I'm not working at the moment so blogging is a good way to feel connected and productive, and you KNOW I hate word verification! I think Blogger should remove it as the default commenting option - I feel that many newbie bloggers just leave it on there because they don't know any better. But it totally makes me want to NOT visit a blog.

Hope you have a fab weekend, gorgeous!

Leia

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

great article! and just so you know, you are one of the bloggers that i really respect! you never seem to be trying to hard and you are always so encouraging. love your posts - always quality and inspiring. so thank you for being such a good example to me :)

Gina said...

Krystal, this is an excellent post. i love the way you write! I agree with all of your main points. It can get totally stressful trying to "keep up", hence why i haven't been blogging and commenting as much. Everytime i click into the bloggie world it makes me smile & gives me and instant happy boost. I need to follow some of your advice and start balancing things in my "new" life. :)

I hope you have a beautiful Friday!

Love Gina

Veronica said...

Nice blog!!:)
Follow me? I'd be very happy if you do it! Thank you so much!
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Renée said...

I hate word verification too!! And thank you for sharing this, I loved reading it!! Have a great weekend!

Audrey Allure said...

I agree about the word verification! It does take quite a bit longer to respond to everyone's posts when I have to type all those letters in!

And it seems as though blogging can become like a "second job"; despite all the work that is put into it, I think it's worth it from the satisfaction & new connections we all get from it :)

Marissa said...

I'm a huge fan of Google Reader folders, too! And you'll be glad to know you're in my "Favorites" folder.

Kelle Dame said...

This was a great post!! I'm so glad you put it out there for everyone!! I do really find it rewarding to blog and I try to use it as a platform for encouraging women, as well as myself.
I just do it when I do it. I try to live by what Dr. Suess said, "those who matter won't mind, and those who mind, won't matter."
You always have great posts and they feel very genuine to me.
Thanks for always being you!
Have a great weekend
Kelle
xx

Sunny & Star said...

As soon as I have a free moment I'm going to have to sit down and figure google reader out.

Oh and I think I disabled word verification on my blog a couple weeks ago (or at least I tried) if I didn't you notice please let me know. I hate word verification.

Valerie said...

AMEN to your comments about word verification! It takes SO much extra time and is completely unnecessary (in my opinion, anyway). If we get spam, we can always just delete it! I love reading your honest answers about this. I feel like it's sometimes hard to keep everything balanced, but I try to "shut down" every night and leave all electronics out of reach (except the tv, I should probably work on that one too though). Have a great weekend!

Pop Champagne said...

honestly I spend an hour blogging and an hour responding to comments everyday, not because I feel obligated but I enjoy reading blogs and keeping up with people who I love the blogs (like yours!) but it is very exhausting to keep up!

and then when I get exhausted I watch snake in the boob videos, HAHAHA don't tell me you did not enjoy that LOL

FRANKIE HEARTS FASHION said...

I'm with you on word verification...definitely slows you down! xx

Heidi said...

You just explained what I was feeling about the balance issue, kids, hubby, dog, moose, homework, housework,shopping.....your just a lovely read in the midst of my chaos!!
and those dresses...lovely!

Dancing Branflake said...

This is so wonderful. First off... I really need to figure out folders. Secondly, how the heck do I get word verification for only older posts? That would be amazing!

Catita said...

I laughed when you wrote watching scrub with Mark! ahahaha but where is Bama in the top 5?!!
xoxo
Catita

Catita said...

and great job about making a few girls disable their word verification! it is so ANNOYING

E said...

Ditto about word verification, so time consuming and difficult. Plus, as blog administrator you can always approve comments or delete them later.

I'm with you on the planning for blogs posts. I don't really plan ahead much. There are a few "themed" posts I try to do every week, but otherwise life dictates what I'm posting.

And you should definitely come visit my neck of the woods sometime soon, even if it forever away from your current locations. :)

(Sorry for the essay...don't know how it happened.)

Diana said...

WORD UP to abolishing that terrible word verification! I hate it so much I could just smash it! I once got it wrong 4 times in a row, and really my comment was probably something like "wow! how pretty!" or some equally mindless drivel. Thank you so much for mentioning it! I hope lots of people turn it off now! (Really, how much spam would someone get on their blog?)

Totally my hero of the day. (I didn't realize I was so passionate on this subject!) Hey! We can call it "Word Verification Prohibition" because it sort of sounds fun.
Should we make a button?

(Everything else you said was great too!)

naomemandeflores said...

Great post! I also wish I didn't spend so many hours of my day checking FB and Twitter. It's so addictive, right?


Camila F.

Isabel said...

i loved reading your answers :) word verification is not my friend. lol

Josie said...

I love reading about how other people feel about blogging... Your answers are great, doll!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

..R May A.. said...

I love this personal post - thanks for sharing!! x

shade of whim said...

love this post! I have recently had to take a little break from blogging - it was impossible to balance life and all that comes with maintaining a blog (as enjoyable and satisfying as it is). I'm noticing how much I have to catch up on now though :O
great post! have a lovely weekend
xx

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Bff, I adore you and loved this post and am so happy you too posted your version of the great blogging debate. And I did just get rid of my word verification for you! Ya da! Question; how do you change the word verfication for older posts? I didn't do that was possible. Have a lovely weekend girl. Catch up with you soon!! XOXO

Melisande said...

love this! and agree with much of it! have a wonderful weekend!

Stephany said...

Ah yes! Google Reader has been my saving grace with blogging! (I also have a folder for No Commentators, tehehe.) It just makes everything so much easier. :)

Oh to Be a Muse said...

so i absolutely LOVED this post. i feel pretty much the same way you do. there is never enough time in the day to get all my blogging done, including commenting, finding new blogs, tweeting! especially when you also have a job outside of blogging. but you have some great insight here and i love that.

we should all now own sites and not blogs...just sites, without word verification.

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Great post K! I live the advice you give and I also agree with you about the WV- kudos to saying that it makes you less likely to come back- I feel the same way! It's just a frustrating time waste- I find that my blog friend list is alway evolving and not everyone sticks to it as enthusiastically as they first were- but it is good advice to maintain the sites you want to visit daily-

Charlotte said...

Thanks for the perspective... it's interesting to hear from someone (you) who has so many followers! I like blogging as a hobby, but wouldn't like it to become anything more.

Chelsea Lane said...

such a good post Krystal! yes that first paragraph definitely sent my head spinning...haha :)

xoxo

Simply Me said...

Quite a few agree with abolishing the word verification , it really is not required I agree ...
and fabulous insights as always ..have a great weekend ..xoxo

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

I loved reading this Krystal! Just hearing you have the same struggles is reassuring...and you're right, no one goes anywhere if you miss a post!

XO
Lenore

Nikki said...

I should make folders in my google reader. You are a genius. And although I think you have header ADD I do enjoy seeing what you come up with ;)

ag. said...

Love this post!
I never feel like I have enough time for blogging and I think it is because I truly enjoy it that I find I can't fit in enough time to do all that I want, on top of working full-time, enjoying time with my husband and friends, exercising and just not being in front of the computer. I find the balance one of the toughest parts about blogging. There are some days I find myself wishing I never started a blog and other days where I wish it was all that I did!

Love your openness and honesty...blogs like yours are the ones I love because they are so real!

ag. said...

PS When I saw 'Ashley' and 'Winner' in the same sentence, I got so excited...if only it was me!!! Congrats to the other Ashley! :)

Jennifer said...

great article! word verification is the bane of my existence! ugh! im most likely to bolt when I see it!

xoXOxo
Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Elisa said...

yay, so I'm not the only one that at times feels overwhelmed with blogging. I began blogging for the same reason as you ( I was living in a foreign country and didn't have a job) but now that I'm back to the States, I got hooked on blogging and I enjoy reading but at the same time I wonder if those following my blog have a different feeling about my blog now that I don't live in Croatia (not that I think my life will be boring in the States, but you know what I mean right?)that being said, I don't think I will be giving up on blogging anytime soon.
Like you said it's about keeping a balance!

Fashion Cappuccino said...

I can relate to everything you said in this post! Blogging can be a lot of work and takes up a lot of time in your day. I have a non-fashion related full time job during the day and then I take online classes and I'm overwhelmed with homework and also of course my blog. I usually stay up late until 2:00PM everyday and only sleep in during the weekends. I respond to every comment on my blog and the only times I didn't respond are when the reader didn't leave their link. Still I send them an email to say thank you. Yep, I don't have social life. xoxxoxoo

Style, She Wrote said...

Great post! I totally think it's hard to balance hobbies with one's social life. My bf gets so annoyed when were "hanging out" and I'm responding to comments, etc. but it's so much fun to blog and interact with other bloggers! xo style, she wrote

style'n said...

Krystal-this is really good. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts about balancing blogging with life and as you know that was kind of my topic today (well sort of). I am working on time management b/c sometimes it really is hard to prioritize and do everything in a 24 hr day. It's nice to know other bloggers have some of the same issues. What I love most about your blog is that I can head over and know that your post is short, sweet, creative, and to the point.(and I love the trianges too!) I really appreciate that. I should try organizing my google reader. These days I just try and respond back and interact with those who are leaving comments on mine. With work, family, working out etc..it's so hard to keep up. Thanks for tips-I will definitely prioritize my reader like you do.

this is me. said...

love it! one thing that annoys me is the blog stress people keep ranting over and over on their blogs. it's like, if you can't blog, you can't. then they keep posting over and over how they can gain more readers or topics, etc. etc.

Angelica Ng said...

Wow, blogging has really become huge in the past few years. And I also think blogging has a certain relaxation factor. Nice answers!

http://red-soledfashionista.blogspot.com/

Coco Coterie said...

My blog is a creative outlet for sure. I'm a poet, so it helps sharpen my writing skills, as I'm forced to be as creative as possible in a small amount of space. I don't FB, Twitter, or anything else of that nature. I do well keeping computer time limted; I have to as my teaching load is heavy. Have a great evening ~ xox Alexandra

and flowers pick themselves said...

fabulous! i took a lengthy blogging break earlier this year and was so happy to do so. i came back refreshed + excited and quickly remembered why it's one of my favorite hobbies as well.

xo Alison

Bad Taste Toast said...

I really liked reading this and I agree with you in many points. It's really important (especially for the younger bloggers) to not forget that everyone has a real life outside of the www.
However I don't agree with you concerning the word verification. But I'm flattered that you still comment on my posts although I have it :)

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Krystal I just LOVE this post! You captured my feelings exactly!!! I need to be able to create a better balance. I feel like I'm kind of getting there but it's definitely not where it needs to be. I dedicate a TON of time to blogging but I do get so much back in return. It's incredibly rewarding but I still need to balance it better.

Hope you're feeling all better by now and that you're out enjoying the weekend! xoxo

Viv said...

very interesting post, i've been blogging for about a year and this definitely gave me some more insight to it.. thought in the past year i haven't changed much about the way i blog ;)



myblissisthisway.blogspot.com

Kimia Kline said...
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Kimia Kline said...

i totally agree with you! word verification IS SO ANNOYING. i'm really glad i got over the fear of spam (and realized it never actually happens) and removed the verification from mine.

Punctuation Mark said...

my biggest problem is that if i don't get it done i feel somewhat guilty that I'm not taking care of it... and when i don't read other blogs i feel like i'mo not taking care of my online friends... besides that i pretty much love it!... have a great weekend!!!

Kristin said...

This is terrible...but I'm not even sure if we still have word verification...Hmmmmmm.

{av} said...

what an incredible perspective on blogging...it truly is a labor of love in my opinion. I'm so happy to have "met" friends in this way...because it's helping me to discover that I can and will thrive wherever we move in the future :) I'm so happy we've stumbled on one another! have a fabulous weekend, Krystal! xoxo {av}

p.s. I loathe word verification too ;)

Girl in Oslo. said...

Hi girl...
Have you noticed that the Tweet button does not show of the correct amount of tweets for a post.
I just tried on your blog...because it does not work properly on mine...I have been working on it for many hours, but getting frustrated....:)

I just pushed yours, and it still only shows 21 Tweets...
Hmmm something is wrong:)

Have a great night.

Bella @Bellgetsreal said...

I wish there was a way to comment while in google reader rather than going to each blogs page. Maybe you can and I am missing a step?/?

Great tips. Lately I have felt the same about balancing it all out and have limited my blogs and comments. I still try to read all of my regulars I am just not commenting on each one anymore.

And So I Whisper said...

I am so happy to read this. I feel the same way about my blog. I love posting on it and showing the world what I do, what we do in Bolivia, places I go and find interesting for others... but again, sometimes it is impossible to keep up and we have our priorities like family, friends, exercise and so on.
Have a wonderful weekend!

LyddieGal said...

It always seems like there is never enough time to keep up with readers and check out new blogs, and I can't even fathom how people with followers in the thousands can ever manage!

but blogging has become such a huge hobby and I always look forward to the time spend on it each day.

Chic on the Cheap

Bridget said...

i liked this post - and as someone who changed her header about 837 times in the last two weeks, i liked the first answer :)

*Simply Colette* said...

This is great! Very true... it's overwhelming. I think my brain has stopped working a little from social media overdrive. In fact I had to re-prioritize this week, and say ok, I'm not getting paid to do the blog. I've put WAY more hours into it than Photography Getaways, so now I should at least spend as much time on the other... (Shh that's a secret!)

Ann said...

Such a nice and real post...
straight from the heart if I may say ♥

I take time off from blogging every now and then... but then I miss it too much to go away for good...

Have a nice week ahead!

Tracey said...

Finding that balance is a tricky thing to do ... I tend to get frustrated that I can't spend more time blogging, even though I seem to find the time to get distracted by facebook and twitter, and online shops of course! ;)

I love your google reader organisation tips, I need to spend some time making some folders of my own.

I also like your reasoning for having a newsletter ... again that's something I need to give some thought to.

Great post!
:)

Comewhinewithme said...

Thank you for this very important, great post! As you are one of my blogging icons I got a bit relieved seeing that you're facing the same problems,probably in a much bigger scale, as bloggers like me. It takes a lot of time and it really should be worth it in order to keep it up. You've made som excellent points; I've found myself prioritizing blogging over so many things in my life which just made me feel bad. It is a "business" as you call it and usually there's only one person running it: you! We all need breaks with some time off. After all; we're just human. Thanks again Krystal! You're awesome!

Missy Cheeks said...

I have the same opinion about her 1st answer.
I am anxious to see your Carnival pictures.
kisses have a nice day.

the chirpy bird said...

Thank you gorg!
This was totally informative and I too am taking down word verf. It is a total time waster and a pain in the butt!

I have so much to learn still about this whole blogging world and you always manage to throw little tips my way which I have never really thanked you for {cataloging my recipes and making banners for them etc}.. I will get to all of that! Sigh!

Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my blogging community! You are much appreciated
x t

chaoskontrolowany said...

So great post, dear ;-)

anaanabanana said...

inspirational, every single blogger should (need) to read these words. you are actually one of my favorite bloggers,the only thing i can say is that its all about passion and satisfaction, while you enjoy its ok, but you cant let it control your life. :)
Have a nice sunday!
Thanks for visiting my blog!

ps. new post!

Jessi said...

great post Krystal!! I also hate word verification and just realized I could take it off my blog and did :)

I've found Blog Lovin' really helpful for being able to comment & keep up with other blogs.

I use my google reader to follow smaller blogs (like mine lol) because I find they can get lost in the sea of post from bigger blogs, and don't want to miss commenting on them!

NARDIVILE said...

Ahhh balance...wouldn't that be nice.
Somehow i dont think it will ever exist in my world (i do try tho).
Blogging doesnt rate to highly on my to do list but it is probably the one thing that gives me the most pleasure and i get frustrated when i don't have time to go check up on my favourite blogs or return comments...i will admit it does take up a good sized chunk of my brain.
I need two extra days in my week!
Its such an interesting topic.
Rx

Jess said...

I enjoyed reading the little interview and definitely agree - it's hard to balance life and blogging. It was nice to read about someone else having the same feelings. Love your new blog layout too...

mienkintoshfairie said...

This is a great post and interview. I truly appreciate you stopping in on my blog, even though you're busy ^_^. People need to realize that bloggers have lives. I have to tell people: i'm a designer and creator first, not a blogger.

marissa said...

when i moved to italy without any job prospects blogging was what i considered my "job" and it feels that way still (though the fruits are purely intangible) and i find myself needing to look at it like a job: planning posts, managing time, cutting out (like you said) the useless fb checking and whatnot.
something i found REALLY helpful were the biz ladies' series on design sponge! they have frequent posts about blogging for your business and how to keep everything in check. have you seen it?
thanks for this!!!!
xoxo

Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

What a great posts. You probably said the things we all think of. It is definitely time consuming and rewarding at the same time. I wish I could have more time to write... now I only write about three times a week... but need to visit the Art to write about... and treasure:) as well.
I also I wish I could visit blogs like yours more often.
Have a lovely day!
- Kristin

Carly said...

I love love love this post.
I disabled my word verification a few weeks ago...mostly becuase I hated it on other blogs...and I don't really think it serves a purpose..I was so scared about SPAM...but really have had no issues with that...knock on wood.
It is DEFINITELY hard to find a balance and it is so funny that you say you find it relaxing to blog..I feel the same way..I rarely read magazines anymore..I just scan the photos and get back to the computer...the only time I really READ a mag is pedicure time baby!
I also concur...I always comment on my fav blogs (they are on my side bar as links) so that I can easily just go there without thinking about url's or anything.

Content is hard...especially if you want it to be meaningful and fresh. I do outfit posts one or twice a week, and then a new designer or things i am loving list once a week....but if I don't have something to post, I just DON"T post...I would rather my followers wait for something good. I wish I had more hours in the day...but with hubby, baby and part time work...it is sometimes hard to carve out time.
OK..that is my rant. Love this post and love your blog lady!!!!
C

Lynn {hearted girl} said...

krystal, this is my day to play catch up on reading/commenting and seeing this article has me wanting to high five you so bad right now! awesome share & contemplative revelations. i loved this total as blogging is in my top 5 too.

i've almost totally lost touch with facebook since starting and haven't posted any photos there in months. the fellow bloggers and this whole world within has me od-ing on glee most of the time so it's where the extra energy gets filtered. the connections made have been stellar, it's something i didn't expect actually but was the happiest of surprises!!!

oh and word verification can suck the big biscuit! i turned mine off after reading another girls post about it's difficulty and then reviewing how many times i would get the word wrong too. it's a nasty bugger : (

this post deserves a standing O and thanks for your insights lades, they rock! ♥

styleonthecouch said...

Krystal I really liked reading this post. I stepped up my blogging because of moving to another country, having free time etc, but I think I've felt a pressure to almost "perform" more which takes the love away.... you gave some really excellent words of advice.

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Signe said...

Such a great post :)

When I started to feel bad about not having time to blog every day was when I needed to slow down a bit! Now I try to do it for fun only, but it does get you hooked. Maybe especially reading blogs!

Hugs,
Signe

Emma Whyte said...

I love this post - agree on so many points - Blogging is my hobby & so much more - living away from home I feel in a big City with not so many friends - it has allowed me to tap into a lovely little network of blogging buddies (yourself included ;) ) - but I do find from time to time I may spend too much time doing it & sometimes not spending as much time with my boyfriend - but I am trying very hard to right that wrong! As you said the blog does not crumble ;) anyway my new motto is people who really enjoy your blog will return - also HATE word verification - so much time wasting. & thanks so much for your thoughts means alot x

rebecca said...

i love this post krystal. i have been looking forward to getting an ipad so that i can get bloggy stuff done while i'm waiting for the bus, at the doctor's office, etc. i'm hoping this will help me balance a bit better.

Claudz said...

What an interesting post - so nice to get a glimpse into how you work and think.
I agree about those silly word verifications.
Good for you for striking the balance

shopgirl said...

What an AWESOME post! I'm new to your blog and I really enjoyed what you have to say. I used to post several times a week, but now once is generally enough, unless I have something important I want to say.

I look forward to reading more!
Cheers! Rambles with Reese

Des said...

What an excellent, well-written post. Blogging is so authentic. I feel like it's a place where I can express myself in a way that I can't on FaceBook. There are no rules and that feels really liberating. I agree that it's difficult to find balance but I feel like I've gotten way more out of my blog experience than I have put into it.

Be one with the Fro said...

great post!!!

and I definitely appreciate when you comment on posts :)

THANKS KRYSTAL!

heather yalin said...

Oh krystal this is wonderful! I obviously have zero balance right now and I miss blogging and my friends there dearly. It's 4am here and I'm just about to finish up nursing the wee one. And writing to you from my phone... Than goodness for your newsletter! Hope this finds u well with springings of spring. Back to sleep for me. XO

Chuzai Living said...

Very well put! I read it all! I go through the same challenges on daily basis. You're very organized. I started using Google reader since you recommended it to me, but I'm not good with using files. I need to get my act together and start making files. Thanks for the wake-up post about blogging. I agree with many points. I hear you about word verification, too. It's not user friendly...

 

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