I started Along Comes Mary nearly one year ago (woo hoo! Cupcakes & gifts of Congrats will be welcome…j/k!) & really didn’t know where a blog of my own would take me; at the time it was more of a test for myself as I had not returned to school yet but wanted something that gave me a sense of deadlines, researching, writing. Mainly, an excuse to have to stay on top of & organizing a project of my own. I also am on-line alot of the time, anyway, & figured, why not do more than just Facebook stalk my friends & watch YouTube videos? I have had a passion for writing for as long as I can remember; I have written many poems over the years (still planning to publish them eventually) & was an avid journal-keeper for quite afew years.
Fast forward to now, I take my blog very seriously. I feel bad if I don’t get a post up at-least every other day (everyday being ideal), I tweet with potential artists/venues/brands that I would like to feature on ACM, I have begun to gather up all my contacts I had the pleasure of meeting with at ExpoWest to start getting in-touch with them, I think about the balance I want on my blog of personal posts that mean alot to me & regard my life (like this one), the recaps of fun adventures I have had or shows/galleries I have been to & then, the reviews of products I have been offered to try. I did launch this blog with an emphasis on Gluten Free Living, I just have so much more I love & want to share, that I have indeed expanded that niche.
So, that’s the balance I think about for ACM….but, what about balancing THIS blog with MY life? Not every single fun thing I do is necessarily going to be a feature, yet, I do find myself thinking with quite afew things I have done lately, “What a great blog post this can be!” There are also the times I just am too drained or needing to focus on other things in my life (work, school, family, health) that this needs to be put on the back burner, yet I feel bad when there are those times. Anyone with a passion knows that it’s not always your source of an income, you just cannot stay away from doing what you love.
For my blogger readers, what do you do to balance a blog & your life? A goal of mine is to ‘pile up’ more draft posts to have at the ready to publish, for when life gets crazy. How often do you feel is necessary to post for a good blog? Do you feel it hurts your readership if you do vanish for afew days? Is it better to post less & have your content be really good, or have those days that are more to just say you posted? Would love your thoughts:) xo