One of the most important things about blogging is, I think, doing things in moderation. Sometimes you can get sucked into doing fifty different things at once, get overwhelmed, and then those fifty things you were doing end up mediocre instead of amazing. What I’d recommend doing is focusing first on blogging: write posts, keep up with comments, visit other bloggers and leave comments on their blogs, and work on making great content for your blog posts. And read books, of course! Then, when you’ve got that down, head over to Twitter, Ning, Facebook, etc. Meet people, start projects (but not too many at once), and join in on memes, challenges, and so on.
Social media in particular is fun, but if you don’t pay attention it can suck up all your time and energy– time and energy that could be going into reading more books or writing more blog posts. I’m speaking from experience, here! It’s way too easy to get overwhelmed with all the different things bloggers have access to nowadays, and if you don’t watch yourself all your time could get sucked into refreshing your Tumblr dashboard “just one more time,” which is a shame.
Eventually, though, you’ll work out how much time is necessary to spend on each thing to get the maximum benefits. Then you can multi-task to your heart’s content! Just be sure to also pay attention to what’s happening in the real world. Sometimes you just can’t do a thing online when you’ve got a super important thing happening offline– or not without help, at least! But that’s another tip for a different day.
Have you ever spread yourself too thin? How do you keep from getting ensnared in time-wasting activities? How do you balance real life with blogging life?
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