Last October I started this blog with the help of “Complete Guide to Set Up a WordPress Blog and Make Money“. Several things precipitated my desire to start this blog. My freelance product design work had slowed down. I needed something to take my mind off my miscarriage. I wanted to write some product and book reviews but wanted more control over the output than is available with online retail review formats. I love learning and sharing my thoughts and ideas especially family related. My attempts at sharing this kind of content on Facebook were unfulfilling. I wanted a creative outlet. And honestly, I was intrigued by the idea of affiliate relationships and maybe, down the road, making a little side money!
Something happened – I did not expect to love it as much as I do! I feel like “Doodles and Jots” is my little universe or company or nonjudgmental paradise where I can experiment and explore and trust myself with all decisions. I honestly have never had something like that in my professional life! I also did not expect to learn as much as I have, actually be able to WRITE without embarrassing myself, “meet” so many interesting and talented fellow bloggers (especially through BlogHer and Nablopomo), develop REAL friendships, and discover such an incredible world of amazing content within the Blogosphere (check-out some of my favorites with my “Good Read” sidebar widget). I haven’t made any money and that is okay although it does mean I will have to take that big six month design project offered to me (and I know I am lucky to get the work). It also means I will have to significantly cut back on my blogging activities.
I do have somewhat of a strategy for how to do it all. It means cutting back on everything! I will have to visit other blogs less often. I am going to try to restrict my visiting to 2 times a week (or else I will get sucked right back in). I haven’t missed a day posting since I started and love the idea of continuing this but realize it is just too ambitious. I am going to cut back to 5 times per week and see how that goes. My posts do not tend to be long or elaborate now but I am going to have to simplify them even more during my project (which starts next week). My biggest goal for blogging during my big-work-project is to not LOSE ground and not LOSE touch.
Please share ways you have been able to keep up your blogging activities when work or life gets in the way. I could use some tips!
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