Friend Friday: Blogger Commitment

see the toll my blogging takes on my poor kitty? LOL

1. How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number changed since you started blogging?
That depends on what you mean. If I’m actually writing a post, taking and editing pictures then probably about 3 hours. If add in the logistics like keeping up with my inbox and approving and responding to comments, then it’s probably closer to 6-8 hours total a day. I’ve always been really serious about my blog and I’ve been lucky enough to run it full time. Sometimes I work more than that, sometimes less, but that’s a pretty good indication of how much time I spend keeping ChiqueChic running.

2. There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on… how do you limit your time spent on these tasks?
Once I start working for the day I don’t really take breaks. I’m constantly keeping myself busy and once my boyfriend comes home I finally take a break. Then I get back to work for maybe 2 more hours and then I’m done for the night. Once I decide I’m done, then I’m done. It’s really challenging but I have to force myself not to even open my inbox on my iPhone so I won’t be tempted.

3. Have you experienced Blogger burnout yet? How have you dealt with that?
I think everyone does. Blogging is a lot harder than we get credit for. Whenever I’m starting to feel burned out then I force myself to stay away from the internet. I’ll go watch TV, read a magazine, organize my clothes, anything to focus on something else for a while. I’ve found that if you just sort of forget about it for a day then you start to feel better. Although recently I’ve found that collaborating is the best way out. Find a company to review, do a guest post, etc. Any of those things has proven to pull me out of my funk right away as long as I’m really excited about the project.

4. This time of the year is always a lot busier than any other time. Will your blogging change as a result?
It is hard to find the balance this time of the year. The good thing about life being busy for bloggers during the holidays is that readers are busy, too.

5. Could you foresee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore? How would you identify that it’s time to walk away?
Wow! I really don’t see that happening because it’s become such an acceptable thing to continue blogging even after you’ve branched out into the industry. I think a lot of people have a lot of different reasons for walking away. I think the most popular is the time and energy it takes. Luckily the pros outweigh the cons for me. I really love my blog and I can’t imagine giving it up!

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