December 4, 2008 7:00 am
It’s probably no surprise to you, but I read and comment on a lot of blogs. My Google Reader currently contains ninety-three blogs. I know, DAMN DUDE. A few weeks back, I shaved that number down to seventy-something but somehow it’s back up in the nineties since I keep finding new peeps to love. I don’t know exactly how many you guys frequent but I know that some of you are all over the place like me since I see you in the comments when I’m making my rounds (you know who you are). Having so many blogs in my life has become somewhat problematic.
Surprisingly enough, I do actually have a life outside of blogging so I’m working to find some balance. I miss my family. I don’t want blogging to feel like a chore to me, it was meant to be an outlet to release my inner crazy. I’m trying to work out some sort of schedule so I don’t spend EVERY SINGLE NIGHT writing and responding to comments. My current routine is to play with the kids all day and the second their tiny heads hit the pillow (ok, they don’t really have pillows since I’m afraid they’ll suffocate), I run to the computer and start catching up on my reader. I currently write several posts at a time once or twice a week and then set the blog to autopilot. This way, I’m free to spend any spare time catching up on you guys or actually hanging out with Jamie!
I’ve always been one to respond to comments in email since I want people to read my response. I’ve noticed that most people respond in the comments themselves though. How do you like it? That process seems way easier than responding to every single email like I currently do. But honestly, I know I miss out on a lot of responses since I never remember to go back to yesterday’s posts to see if that person responded what I said. This is lazy and forgetful on my part but I’m being honest here, I simply don’t have time to check and recheck other people’s comments for comments to my comments. Refer to the part about me missing my family and not having enough time in the day.
Now for the geeky part: I’ve been scouring the intraweb for a very specific WordPress plugin that up until recently, I couldn’t find. Last week, I found my answer. My webmaster Jamie (thanks pookie-face) has installed said plugin and it’s now fully functional. I now have the ability to respond to your comments within the comments and it’ll shoot you an email to let you know I did. Isn’t that cool? You can also respond to other people’s comments if you want, respond away. I think this method is going to be a timesaver in the long run, don’t you?
So what’s your deal with blogging? Do you write daily or stock up on posts like I’ve been doing? Are you overwhelmed with keeping up and neglecting your offline family or is it a piece of cake to you? I’ve been trying so hard to keep up with the cool kids that I’ve let blogging turn into a job that I’m not happy with. Got any secrets you can share to help balance the time better? Sick of my whining yet?
One more thing.. I have a declaration to make. I will be taking weekends off from blogging from now on. I’ll try to stop by and check on you guys but expect silence from my end. So there.