Work Hours

As a blogger and a reader I don’t realise how much time I devote to getting my posts up, reading other blogs and engaging in social media related blog activity. It only becomes apparent when I have other demands on my time. So I decided to keep track over the last week or so. My blogging, although time consuming, is definitely not simply nine to five.

I found I spent between 4-6 hours a day writing posts, reading review request emails, organising my book review list and reading other blogs. The majority of this time is spent reading other blogs. Particularly time consuming are blog awards where you need to pass on the honours to numerous fellow bloggers, but I believe these awards are at the heart of the spirit of blogging.

I have no set hours so this time could be spent any time of the day, and more usually the night, online. There are days when I have spent around ten hours reading other blogs. I also do not cease blogging at weekends or holidays. So I spend about 28-42 hours a week blogging. It’s certainly not all I do, but it is an ersatz occupation, which is what I have made it into to be productive on my own terms. I’m not a huge fan of watching TV and I needed something to focus on and work at when I discovered blogging.

This does not include the time I spend reading books to review for my blog, nor the time I spend looking for books on various social media platforms to read and review. I use my social media mainly to find other book lovers and bloggers and connect with them. I am certain my propensity for routine and the familiar is responsible for my compulsive blogging.

After realising just how much time I devote to this blog I took Sunday and Monday off to go do other things: watch the film Deadpool and inadvertently ending up in bookshops looking for more books to review. Since the start of 2016, I have made a point of going out weekly to the cinema and or brunch to make sure I don’t find myself in the familiar depression of having not left my home for days on end.

I am sure I didn’t spend this sort of time blogging three years ago and have put more and more time into this blog and posted more regularly as time has passed. As much as I enjoy blogging and reading, I am torn between my compulsion to do both and also do things outside my home for the sake of my own mental clarity and wellbeing.

With my wellbeing in mind I think I need to spend more time doing other things, but I’m so used to having a book in front of me or my tablet glued to my hands I am not easily persuaded to leave either in the pursuit of other activities. So I have decided I need one or two blog and book free days a week.

I’m not sure I can successfully stay away from blogging or reading without feeling at a loss, however, I feel it necessary to have days off to maintain my enjoyment of and enthusiasm for both.

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22 thoughts on “Work Hours

  1. Taking little breaks always makes me happier to come back. I find it necessary in order not to put all of my energy on a single activity for a few weeks and see the motivation wear off after some time. I’m sure you’ll find nice things to do on your days off and I hope you’ll keep it going, it can only be good for you, and for your blog 🙂

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  2. Really interesting and inspiring post! In order to become good at anything you need to practise it and it’s essential I think to have a routine, as you do. My problem is time management and I’ve also been getting used to the idea of spending a certain amount of time in solitude, in order to truly commit to writing, something I’ve resisted for years. There never seem to be enough hours in the day though!

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    • Time is such a precious commodity and there’s always temptation to cut into time I need to rest and sleep, which has a detrimental effect overall. I think for me the hardest adjustment is between the time I spend in solitude reading and blogging and then the time I have with my husband when my priorities have to change. It seems like a simple thing but it causes me much internal conflict.

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  3. Don’t forget to give yourself a little break from all of this blogging. I think that it is important to keep you interested in blogging further and reading others post. In the meanwhile, enjoy your free time! 🙂

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  4. I loved this post because I could completely relate. Mine is such a dilemma because I read and do not have the time to review as much as I would like. Most often because I have oodles to do with my children. I find blogging therapeutic, and when I can’t talk about a book I love, I feel I have no outlet. So many books have come and gone and I haven’t said a word. I wish I could balance it all but my priority is my time with the kids. Having said that, I read everyday, some books take weeks, when previously, I would be done in a day or two or three the most. If I have one day to catch up with blogs, like I’m doing today, all day, I have no time to write. So now I try dividing my time, trying to keep up with my community and finding time to write, then helping with homework and driving here, there and everywhere. There aren’t enough hours in a day.

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  5. I have approached blogging as a job so I really do spend about 40 hours a week on it. I am always amazed at how little of that time is actually spent blogging and how much time is spent maintaining social media, correspondence and the like. When I take days off I always feel guilty, but then it clears my head a bit and I come at “work” again fresh. So yes! Take some time for yourself. You won’t regret it.

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  6. I had no idea how time consuming (and addictive) book blogging would be when I started out. Now, I write most of my content on Mondays and schedule what I can for the rest of the week. I often do bits and pieces on other days in the evenings, but never on weekends. I think it’s important to have that switch off time.

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  7. Thank you for your honesty.
    I find myself spending much of my time thinking about and planning for my new blog. It is a lot more time consuming than I expected and sometimes I sometimes I feel disappointed that despite all my hard work, I’m not getting as many hits as I would expected.
    You works very hard and it has paid off. I couldn’t even imagine what it must be like to have over 5000 followers.

    Keep doing what you love but make time for yourself. Yes, keep doing that. Your readership trusts you now and will understand if you can’t post every day.

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    • Thank you. It takes time. I remember being ecstatic when my blog got more than ten hits a day. We all have to start somewhere and its about being consistent and persistent while you find your voice.

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      • I appreciate your advice. I’m slowly working on finding my groove and my voice. I plan to post Monday through Friday and also on Sunday. Review will be up on Tuesday and Friday with other bookish posts in between. I find this is the best strategy for me. I just have to stick with it and be consistent, like you said.

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      • LOL, and please excuse all my typos from that first post. I was typing very quickly and didn’t bother to edit. How embarrassing. But that’s what I get for sneaking in some blogging time during work!

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  8. Good for you!! I can relate to how you feel. My IPAD is always close by and I’m constantly on it connecting with other bloggers or reading posts. While I love it, I sometimes feel that it isolates me. I have to push myself to get out, and I try to make it a point to do that for my own sake too. All the best to you. ( :

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