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Blogging: Passion or Obsession?

The mirror of blogging

I’ve been reading too many stories of bloggers dropping in exhaustion, suffering from serious eye-strain, or blogging all hours of the day and night.

Doesn’t that sound more like obsession than passion?

“Passion” is a frequently used word in the blogosphere. It dots the bios of untold numbers of bloggers.  The pros strongly encourage passion. They say passion magnetizes new readers and sets your blog apart.

All well and good, but what happens when passion blossoms into obsession and begins to intrude into other areas of your life?

Katie Tallo shares the impact of passionate blogging gone wild on her life:

“I am done with being hooked up to my laptop like it’s life support. I am done with getting the slow drip of injections from my social network feeds and riding the euphoric waves of rising feedburner counts. That’s not breathing fully and being alive. That’s actually me gasping for breath because I’ve jumped on some virtual bandwagon that’s headed somewhere I don’t want to go.”

Do you ever feel that way?  Keep reading, help is on the way.

The Fine Line Between Passion and Obsession

The New Oxford American Dictionary is a good starting point for distinguishing between passion and obsession.

Passion: “An intense desire or enthusiasm for something.”

Obsession: “The state of being obsessed with someone or something. An idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind [to a troubling extent].

Obsess: Origin: “late Middle English (in the sense ‘haunt or possess’, referring to an evil spirit): from Latin obsess; ‘besieged.'”

Do you sometimes feel overly preoccupied with or besieged by blogging?  Or, even haunted or possessed by a blogging demon?  Here’s a little quiz to elucidate the the possibilities along the obsession spectrum:

  1. Is your blog the first thought that arises in your mind when you wake?
  2. Is blogging the last thought as you retire for the night?
  3. Do you dream of blogging?
  4. Is your mind so active with blogging ideas and fantastic plans you have trouble falling asleep?
  5. Do you wake in the night with a blog puzzle to solve?
  6. Has the time you spend on blogging doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled in size?
  7. Do you work on your blog and its related activities each and every day of the week?
  8. Does blogging take time away time from your family or friends?
  9. Are you cutting short your exercise, relaxation, and fun to meet your blog deadlines?
  10. Do you blog in the evening? On weekends?
  11. Do you read blogs or about blogging while eating your meals?
  12. Is blogging all you talk about?
  13. Are you setting your schedule or is the blogging phantom calling the shots?

Blogging is like a mirror.  It shows you precisely where you need to work on your own personal development. If you tend to be obsessive, it will show you obsession. If your style is to be a perfectionist, it will mirror that back. If you have trouble staying in-balance, that’s the picture you’ll see.

What’s blogging showing to you?

I love blogging. I could blog endlessly. But I know that’s not necessarily good. I need balance in my life. How about you?

I don’t like the way blogging sneakily intrudes into every nook and cranny of your life just like The Blob from outer space. First, you innocently fall in love with blogging. Then, the honeymoon’s over and there’s blog promotion, social media, tutorials, networking, commenting, article marketing, writing every day, reading widely, guest posting, blogging clubs, webinars, podcasts, and the list goes on.

Ah, the lure of obsession truly abounds!  You can easily become overwhelmed – frazzled, fried, and fit to be tied.  But all this doing too much and striving to do even more just leads to constant stimulation, which is so very bad for you.

Another danger is thinking too much. Blogging is like a full-time thought-promulgator.  That’s why blogging pros recommend carrying a small notebook with you at all times to capture all those marvelous post ideas constantly popping in your head.

But personally, I don’t like endless thoughts about blogging – or anything else – cluttering the clear space of my mind.  Too  much thinking disconnects you from so many of the simple joys that surround you in life.

The Solution:  Creating Boundaries and Letting Go

The solution is to create boundaries and then let go. Boundaries can be determined by quantity or time.  For example, set a a limit on:

  • The number of posts you write each week.
  • The word count for each post.
  • The amount of time you give to writing, editing, and preparing a post.
  • The amount of total time you blog each week.
  • The days that you blog.  Sunday or weekends off, for example.
  • The amount of time you spend on social media.
  • The number of guest posts you write. 

Use your imagination to create any type of boundary that will serve you best.  Just try one boundary at a time and see how it goes.  When it’s well established, add another.

Of course, once you establish  boundaries, you have to be willing to respect them and let go. Yes, that means standing firm and refusing to do more.  Something only you can do.

I Love Blogging, I Don’t Love Obsession

In recent months, I’ve weathered periods when I’ve felt compelled – almost driven – to blog beyond my limits.  There’s no obvious reason for this as I’m not dependent on blogging for a livelihood.  I can resist.  It’s simply old pesky obsessive habits trying to get the best of me.

Gradually, I am learning to set healthy limits in blogging and all areas of my life.  Smart boundaries preserve the joy of blogging and will save your own health and sanity too.

I’ve now settled into a comfortable rhythm of posting twice a week.  I try to give my all in each post, focusing on quality rather than numbers for numbers’ sake.  I love blogging because it allows me to share, serve, connect, and express.  But, I especially love blogging in a balanced way that leaves ample time for other important and special activities – meditation, nature, gardening, reading, gentle exercise and the great guy in my life.

Has blogging intruded into other areas of your life? How have you set limits?

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44 Comments

  1. Morning, Sandra.

    I can relate. On your list of 13 things that point to obsession I can say “yes” to 7 of them. It is something that can take over if you let it. Personally, I have stopped guest blogging. That was an extra burden I wasn’t willing to continue. But, grabbing the laptop at all hours to check for comments, mail, Twitter mentions…you’ve nailed it.

    One thing I won’t do is stop reading your great posts and occasionally leaving a comment. That isn’t an obsession, it is therapy.

    • Morning Bob,

      You’ve said it well ~ “It’s something that can take over if you let it.” So many people say that blogging is addictive. We are not alone! Thanks for sharing your experience. It really helps when we see that we are not alone. I’ve learned so many lessons from blogging and how to set healthy boundaries is one of them. I’m grateful for that!

      I really appreciate the connections I’ve made with wonderful people like you via blogging. I’m not going to stop blogging or connecting or commenting by any means. I’m just going to do my best to do it in a sane way.

  2. Great post.
    I just had a break because I was too busy to blog. Boy, how good it felt to be back in real life. 🙂
    I noticed how much time I spent reading, commenting, posting etc.

    In the future I’ll do posts ready advance. I don’t comment blogs which post daily, only a couple of times a week is enough. I’m a loyal reader. Before the break I felt guilty if not commenting every post – now I don’t have that feeling anymore.
    Less is more.
    Life is good.
    Happy new year!

    • Hi, Thank you! And thanks for your comment. It really helps to hear your experience and your approach. I’m a loyal reader too. Isn’t it funny how guilt pops into our mind? It seems like the break has given you a fresh perspective and ideas to carry into the New Year.

  3. Hi Sandra,

    I needed this! 🙂 I’d have to say, I’m a little obsessed, but I’m working on it. I can relate to 6 of the questions that you ask from your list. I have made a schedule for the New Year and I’m sticking to it no matter what.

    I blog/write in the mornings and then that’s it. I plan to keep it that way. But I will post more frequently in the coming New Year. The weekends will definitely be my time to separate from the laptop…I have to admit, it’s hard to do.

    This post couldn’t have come at a better time. Thanks for this reminder! 2011 will be different and I will stick to my plan.

    Take care,

    Evelyn

    • Hi Evelyn,
      Congratulations on creating a blogging schedule and making a vow to stick to it for the New Year. It sounds like a good plan. I think it is possible to find ways to post more, but still preserve space of time – like the weekends – for yourself. You are clearly not alone with becoming “a little obsessed”! I think this challenge pops up for many bloggers along the way. It’s great that you are taking the bull by the horns. I know you will be victorious. I wish you the best.

  4. Hi Sandra,

    When obsessed with blogging an attachment is formed. Forming an attachment to anything diminishes the experience for without it you feel incomplete.

    I’ve been obsessed in the past. Now I post once per week. I stop by other blogs for an hour or so a day and most importantly I schedule hours of downtime to meditate, affirm, and do my mental science.

    Thanks for sharing your insight.

    RB

    • Hi Ryan,

      Attachment is truly the source of all sorrow! Very well articulated. You seem so prolific, it’s interesting to read your current approach. I really appreciate your dedication to your “mental science.” Thanks for your comment.

  5. Hmm…I guess I’m not obsessed! My poor blog gets updated when (and only when) I feel fired up about something, which is once or twice a week. At best. I’m not a social person in real life, so I’m not a very social blogger, either. I’m sure it would help my readership if I were, but I just can’t be bothered.

    • Hi Jennifer,
      You often come to mind as someone who is not obsessed with blogging. Writing when you are fired up is one of the best ways to approach blogging. It makes your writing meaningful and that itself is what brings readers to your blog. I really value your blog posts.

  6. When I first discovered blogging a few years ago, my fingers were flying across the keyboard as I posted daily, 7 days a week. There was no shortage of topics nor my opinions about them. Then I started a second and a third blog, and began to slow down a bit. I reached my limit.

    Now I have just one blog again and over the last few months I hit a wall. Instead of being obsessed about blogging, I’ve felt guilty about not blogging consistently. With other activities clamoring for my attention, blogging got pushed to the bottom of the list, but not out of my mind.

    I’ve set schedules, have half-started posts, but seem to have gotten stuck in some kind of block. I think it stems from reading too many articles and sites on creating superior blogs and worrying about captivating headlines, etc. I still enjoy writing, so I know that I’ll pull out of this funk and get back into the swing.

    As you suggest, I’m going to abandon the demand on myself to write daily, and aim for 3 times a week. Also, I going to set a limit on word count.

    Thanks for this encouragement to bring blogging into a realistic perspective.

    • Hi Flora,

      Your story is fascinating. It’s so interesting to see the different facets that blogging can bring forth! You clearly have phenomenal capacity, but life tends to go in cycles it seems. I think you are right – this funk will pass, it’s just a matter of flowing with the current tide till it shifts.

      I think posting 3x a week is fine is this day and age of information overload. I don’t know who made the rule that bloggers should post everyday, but I bet they write short posts! 🙂

      Thanks for sharing your perspective and your plans for making blogging work for you.

  7. Simply beautiful post. I love how you redefine what is really important in your life through an understanding of the difference between obsession and passion. I’m glad we’ve met, Sandra and that you’ve found a way to blog that you can sustain with a sense of passion. It shines through.

    I would have “passed” your obsession quiz with flying colours just a few weeks ago (all 13 were me), but I’ve slowly learned to readjust, set boundaries, say no, rethink why I’m doing what I’m doing and let go. All of which has brought me to this peaceful place of remembering and reflection.

    The new year will be entirely new for me when it comes to blogging. Less will definitely be more. Life will come first. Passion will be rekindled. I’m on a bit of a digital break now for the holidays and have been doing much reflecting – despite that break, I had to leave a comment here because this article has contributed greatly to my reflections. Thank you.

    • Katie,

      You have such a unique writing style. Your blog is truly unique. I appreciate how much you have learned through diving in full force and how you have the courage to share your learning with us. I’m so happy you are re-finding balance in your life.

      I look forward to seeing how this period of reflection manifest and your new year unfolds. I wish you all the best in achieving your goals of life first less is more, and all with passion. Can’t wait!

  8. Hi Sandra .. my blog is my support in life! Positive. Well it gives a positive perspective when I hit the outside world .. being with my mother in her ?last months .. nearly 4 years now ..

    However I’m lucky I seem to have hit a good theme with my blog and am so grateful “everyone” comes over to comment as and when .. but I am aiming to post only twice a week .. not enough for my creative spirit .. and I do want to do other net things, while I’m tied down to being here with my mother .. once my wings are free – who knows!

    I do spend a lot of time – but I take it as a learning curve, my outlet, my positive, my education actually! I am looking to ‘tidy my blogging life up’ .. so that side will get easier and then I can look to continue learning .. lots of plans – just hours and energy …

    All I can say is thank goodness we’re past the winter solstice .. snow at the beginning of the year, and now more snow (well it’s gone) .. just thick mist .. I love the lighter hours etc ..

    It is a passion, but really isn’t an obsession .. I just do a lot of it = it is my work & that always ties up the hours in the day, and often is an area in the real world (work that is!) that people don’t understand ..

    Thanks .. I’ll be interested to come back to read others’ comments .. cheers Hilary

    • Hilary,

      Your blog is such a positive inspiration and eclectic indeed. I’m happy you’ve found this wonderul passion and engaging creative outlet. I love my blog too and I really appreciate the incredible people I have met.

      I don’t think everyone who blogs is obsessed by any means! If it’s bringing you such enormous pleasure, more power to you. It’s very refreshing to hear your perspective.

      I so agree about being past the Winter Solstice though I can hardly complain since I live in a tropical climate!

  9. I use my blog as my creative outlet. I must admit that it has become somewhat obsessive.

    • Hi Bob,

      Blogging is a terrific creative outlet. A little obsession is not always bad! I find it’s just good to be conscious about it and to be able to pull the plug when I want to. Thanks for your thoughts.

  10. Sandra Lee,
    Your post in very insightful and comprehensive. All of your posts are and that’s why I’m a regular reader of your inspiring and thoughtful blog.

    Although a new blog is created every 9 seconds another one dies every 6 seconds. I’ve been a blogger for 6 years and have witnessed many bloggers “burn out”. When I began there were very few monetized blogs. Those determined to found blogs solely for the purpose of flogging products, and services had yet to enter the blogosphere.

    Today we are faced with a commercialized blogosphere. However, longing for the good old days would be an exercise in futility and denial of reality — blogging has turned the corner and clearly those who blog for bucks are dominating social networks. Blog promotion has become a huge time suck. Tweets and “likes” are replacing backlinks, as bloggers are focusing on increasing their readership by increasing their broadcast range.

    For me blogging is and has always been a means of connecting online to like-minded people who have similar interests. I also choose to publish twice weekly in both blogs but that’s not set in stone. Blogging is my passion, it’s not an obsession. My bottom line is that I love blogging and I don’t want to risk losing that feeling — ever.

    During these last 6 years I have experienced many personal blogging highs and lows, and have learned that it’s critical to keep my offline life as my first priority . The word balance implies equality or equal wight but I want to make it clear that’s not what I am aiming for. When it comes to time commitments, making a living, maintaining my home, and my offline relationships with family and friends are and will always be my top priorities.

    In the past I set blogging goals and worked hard to achieve them. This year I shall set no goal other than to have a great time blogging for my readers and for myself. Thanks to your excellent article I have chosen my power word for 2011. It is “creativity” as I intend to unleash my creativity in all aspects on my life.

    Thanks so much for blogging on this issue.

    Joy, peace and love,
    TiTi

    P.S. I published a humorous post on this topic that you and your readers may derive a laugh or two from. It contains a 12 Step Recovery Program For Blogging Addicts. http://onecoolsitebloggingtips.com/2008/04/28/are-you-ready-to-take-the-bloggers-pledge/

    • timethief ~ That is a fantastic post. It really makes all the same points from a humorous perspective. Life is best when we can laugh at ourselves and our obsessions a bit!

      You are so right about the changes that have occurred in blogging. I think this is what makes many new bloggers confused. The majority of blogging advice you see on social networks is oriented toward those who are blogging to make bucks. Everyone then tried to measure their blog by those standards. This can bring on obsession, stress, guilt, competitiveness, jealous, and all sorts of untoward emotions.

      I really appreciate the clarity you have about your priorities: “When it comes to time commitments, making a living, maintaining my home, and my offline relationships with family and friends are and will always be my top priorities.” That really says it all.

      Creativity is one of the qualities I treasure most in you. I look forward to seeing your creativity fully unleashed full in 2011! I’m sure it will be fun, fascinating, and uplifting.

  11. A great post again Sandra, thank you! When I started blogging a few months ago I read as much as I could about blogging and tried to figure out which approach would be the best one to take on. The result was I got more condused than clear. I also tried to follow as many blogs as possible daily which mostly made me stressed. Of course I found a few blogs with very good advices and some blogs I follow regularly (among them yours). Now I have slowed down and take on the blogging step by step and writes when I feel for it and try to use the blog to learn about and explore things that excites me.

    • Tom, You have really found a good, balanced approach to your blog. This sounds excellent! “Now I have slowed down and take on the blogging step by step and write when I feel for it and try to use the blog to learn about and explore things that excites me.” I’m glad you were able to take a step back and find the right approach for you. I appreciate hearing about your experience.

  12. Hi Sandra
    This is a blog that I’m going to read many many times. That fine line between passion and obsession needs to be understood and respected. Sometimes I get hold of something (obsessed) and I feel like a dog with a bone who isn’t going to let go. I want to pursue my passions and strong interests but maintain a healthy balance in my activities. Thanks for a very insightful post.

    Riley

    • Riley,

      I’m so glad this blog post resonated for you. I like your analogy of a dog with a bone. Just being aware of our tendencies can help us take a step back and regain our balance. I think you are on the right path! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

  13. Reading this made me feel good and solid in the knowledge that blogging is not an obsession for me. It is a part of my life…it is not my life.

    Any time I do start to feel stressed or anxious about it, I remind myself that it is supposed to be pleasureful. If it is not, something is not right in my approach at that moment.

    Thankfully I started completely ignorant of all the stats and numbers by which to evaluate “success.” I intentionally stay pretty much that way. Would add too much stress.

  14. Debbie,

    I’m so happy to hear about your healthy attitude toward blogging. It’s a great inspiration. I think it’s a brilliant idea to intentionally stay away from the stats and numbers. I have one friend that took a pledge not to check his stats for three months. That can be liberating indeed! Thanks for bring this healthy view to the conversation. I don’t think everyone gets obsessive about blogging ~ some of us just seem to drift in that direction more than others.

  15. Hi Sandra,
    I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. I feel as if you’ve been reading my mind! I’m writing about something very similar.

    I too feel as if blogging can run your life if you let it. I’ve decided not to let it run my life.

    I love all the questions you asked also. I think thinking too much is a definite problem. We need to give our over-used minds a rest from all this stimulation sometime. How else will feel refreshed enough to percolate new creative ideas if we’re so worn out because of such a regimented schedule?

    We also need to get really honest with ourselves about why we are blogging in the first place.

    Do you want to be a pro-blogger – which requires 24/7 commitment? Or, are you blogging to fulfill a personal need such as getting your message out, making new friends, and possibly attracting some new clients to your practice?

    You have to decide first – then think seriously about what is “enough” to meet that goal and still live a balance “real” life – before you burn yourself out.

    • It’s nice to be in sync with you, Angela! You are raising such an important point. So much of the information on blogging is oriented toward pro-bloggers and it’s so easy to start thinking, “I have to do all that too.” And then you just get swept away. I agree that being clear about why you are blogging is such an important starting point or an opportunity for re-evaluation mid-way.

      This is terrific advice: “You have to decide first – then think seriously about what is “enough” to meet that goal and still live a balance “real” life – before you burn yourself out.”

      I’m glad you are clear!

  16. Taking time to examine why we are doing what we are doing is always worthwhile and I enjoyed reading this, Sandra. Through random good fortune of being born earlier, I had already been through the process of deciding to keep my creative efforts separate from service-for-pay before the internet existed. I began blogging in a period of enforced boredom, but I just view it as thinking/writing practice (mainly) and trade in ideas (secondarily). It’s a spare-time activity. When I have more spare time, I do more blogging. I enjoy the relationships I have with others online, even though I believe it’s only feasible to have primary relationships in physical proximity. In this kind of space, we are “pen pals”.

    Most people spend most of their time in commerce, even if they choose to call it by euphemisms like government or art. It’s still business, still motivated, dominated and controlled by desires for material acquisition. Social networks exist first and foremost to facilitate trade, and always have no matter what beguiling masks they wear upon entering the room. Perhaps the best we can achieve is to be in it and not of it.

    • Mike,

      You are also someone I think of when I consider who I know who isn’t obsessed with blogging! I like the phrase “trading ideas.” “Thinking practice” is another interesting phrase. Blogging does help clarity one’s thoughts and can also help process emotions. You have without question a clear view of why you are blogging.

      This is a very interesting perspective on social networks. I can see how some of the confusion about blogging can arise from interacting on social networks when most people are focused on material acquisition, which is not my focus at all. It was really interesting to hear your take on this.

  17. I wouldn’t call blogging an obsession of mine by any means. Actually, I am writing a book, and that has definitely become an obsession.

    I believe a certain degree of obsession is beneficial. Super successful people (eg Richard Branson, Donald Trump, or Jimi Hendrix) are obsessed about there work, at least for a time. It may seem like that gets you out of balance, but getting out of balance is necessary for moving forward.

    For instance, when we walk, we must get out of balance and fall forward. We then catch ourselves with our legs and then repeat the process. Forward movement requires a certain degree of being out of balance.

    • Hi Joshua,

      I really love to hear a different perspective on the question at hand. Thanks for joining in the conversation. I think you are right that a healthy degree of passion can be very good. Is that the same as obsession? I’m not sure it is. I hope you don’t mind my being devil’s advocate! 🙂 Analogies from one dimension (like walking) don’t necessarily apply to another dimension (like blogging). Therefore, I can’t buy the conclusion that forward movement requires one to be out of balance.

      Congratulations on making such phenomenal progress with your book. It seems only natural to think quite a lot about a major project in one’s life. But – in my opinion – it’s also nice to not be enslaved by it! What that means can be entirely different for each person.

      Thanks for your comment.

  18. Hi Sandra-It scared me a bit to answer your 13 questions. I am in love with blogging-and although it is a pretty new endeavor, it is providing me with much more than I could have ever hoped for. As much as I love it, I know that breaks are a necessity. I am on a week long vacation right now-enjoying a lot of quality time with my family. In 2011 I am planning to set clear boundaries and goals-posting twice/week like you. Thank you so much for helping me reevaluate my bloggy life. @timetheif thank you for your insight. I really appreciate hearing from someone who has been blogging for 6 years. Happiest of New Year’s to all.

  19. Hi Lori,

    I love blogging too and I don’t think anyone should miss out on their passion and fulfillment by any means!!! To me it’s just a question of being clear as to when it starts to take over your life and ill-effects begin to occur. When blogging is part of your business or service, naturally it’s going to be a significant part of your life. We can overwork in any area, that’s for sure.

    I’m glad you are having a good break and that you have a clear blogging plan for 2011. I love the information you provide on your blog about green living.

    I find it’s interesting to hear from someone who has blogged for 6 years too. It’s quite amazing to have that consistency.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I always love to hear from you.

  20. Wonderful post.

    My goal in blogging, from the outset, has been to enjoy the journey and see where it leads. It’s been wonderful fun meeting people from around the globe and chatting with them on their blogs and on SLTW.

    I blog regularly, but often schedule posts ahead to enjoy heading out and about to enjoy the “real” world. After five days off, I’m ready to write again.

    Happy New Year!

    • I love your clarity. I like the idea of have a catch of posts and posting ahead while enjoy the “real” world. Thanks for this tip. A very Happy New Year to you too!

  21. HI Sweet Sandra,
    When I started blogging it was just an experiment. But then it became so much more…so so much more. Its taught me patience, persistence, fearlessness and most of all its connected me with beautiful souls like you….what more could I ask for?
    I think my passion fro blogging developed a few months after i actually started the blog…when I realized how many more people I was helping with my blog. It was such a satisfying feeling.
    I do blog on a weekly basis cause “living” gets in the way of my online adventures 🙂 But all the same…I plan I write I interact I connect I help with so much passion….and believe me …there is no better way to live than with passion 🙂
    And obsession has never really been my thing…When we believe in ourselves, our abilities and
    our life’s mission…there is no place for obsession..its all passion.
    The numbers, subscribers, stats..yes when up excite me….but not to a point of getting upset or sad when they dont. Ups and downs are part of life…online or offline. Might as well deal with them with a positive outlook 🙂
    My highlight of this year has been YOU! Thank you for being part of my beautiful online world. You truly add so many shades of happiness to my life.
    So Much Love,
    Z~

  22. Zeenat,

    There are so many positives we can see when we look in the blogging mirror too. I love the way you outline all the blessings and lessons you’ve received via blogging. I love seeing your healthy attitude toward blogging and, as always, your positive attitude! Your positivity is simply infectious in the best possible way. That’s why I love you and your blog so much. Thanks for your sweet words. I bet you talk to all the bloggers that way!!!!! 🙂 You truly love everyone.

  23. You obviously hit a nerve, Sandra!

    I think there is a distinction between blogging just for fun and blogging as a livlihood. Many hope to make money from their blogs, or more precisely, turn their blogs into a business, and to be successful at that, you most like will need to be obsessed for a couple of years.

    If, on the other hand, you blog because you simply enjoy it, your advice here could not be more apt. I see the same thing happening around the blogosphere. I tend to think obsessions work themselves out over time, but it would be a shame to turn something you love into an opponent that must be beaten.

    As for myself, as I dubbed 2011 The Year of Focus, I’m actually planning to cut my posts back to 1-2 per week instead of feeling obligated to do two every week. I’m looking forward to a little break.

    Happy new year!

    • Hi Jen,

      It is important to make this distinction between pro-blogging and blogging with another purpose in mind, whether it be fun or to be of service to others. It can get confusing when we pros, aspiring pros and everyone else is in the same twitter stream and you begin to think you need to follow all those blogging tips that are streaming your way 24-7. Almost everyone wants their blog to be read and successful to some degree even if they aren’t a professional!

      It’s an interesting idea that being successful automatically includes being obsessed. That might indeed be the case, but it would be nice if there were a version of success that included balance.

      I love your Focus for the year. I need to tune up my focus too. Good luck with that. Thanks so much for your comment.

  24. Big thanks! This is exactly what has been on my mind. I spent some time during my New Year’s Eve retreat at my cabin thinking about this precise issue. I’m starting this year by making some decisions about the boundaries that are right for me. So ironic that I blog about staying in my happy place, and that sometimes it is the blogging itself that takes me away from my happy place! Hmm, what’s wrong with this picture?! So my focus is going to be first on living in my happy place, practicing what I preach, so to speak. Thanks for the sobering questions. Can we say mirror?!

  25. Hi Galen,

    How nice that you were able to take time away for a retreat at your cabin.

    I think this happens for many of us and is precisely the crux of the issue —>”So ironic that I blog about staying in my happy place, and that sometimes it is the blogging itself that takes me away from my happy place!”

    I’m sure that for many of us this tendency comes – at least in part – from caring and wanting to share to be of service to others. But there’s only so much time in a day and choices need to be made. The great thing is that we can notice and readjust exactly as you are doing. It’s wonderful that you are making “living in my happy place” your first priority. This is an inspiration for all of us!

    Mirror is perfect! Thanks for checking in on this challenge.

  26. Hi Sandra,

    I like your style of writing. Very down to earth. This is a great blog that can touch many people and inspire reflection about how they manage their lives and how they prioritize their time…great time of year to reflect on this topic. We need to make conscious choices about our precious time and what we do with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    ~Terry

    • Hi Terry,

      Thanks for your supportive compliments. Time is precious indeed! Conscious choices make all the difference in the world in terms of our happiness. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate your perspective.

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