Where I casually mention that blogging has taken over my entire life.
Hello friends, happy Wednesday! I hope your week was off to a great start. Today I’m back again with with feature I called Blogging Ways – meaning I’m here to rant and rave about everything blogging. Fun fact before starting: I had no idea what do write about this week. I’m still currently trying to work on some advice posts. I’m still currently trying to figure out this whole #SFATW business. I’m working full time and I’m trying to write a book. Basically, my brain is kind of fried – and well…BLOGGING TAKES TIME.
This is one of the things you’ve quickly noticed, whether you first started or are now an “old” blogger on the scene, blogging for months, year. Blogging takes a whole lot of your time, probably waaay more than you’ve ever imagined it would. Or at least, it does for me. I thought this whole business would be pretty easy, a fun, quick way for me to fangirl about books, and here I am, two years later, spending my weekends drafting blog posts because it takes oh so much time to do ALL OF THE THINGS.
So let’s break things down, get up close and personal -well, not too much there- and talk about what a book blogger really does. There is obviously the reading, the fangirling, the endless screams about the books we love to family, strangers, anyone, really. This takes way too much time to be listed, and it comes with overall being a bookworm. So there will be no talking about that. Instead, I’m going to break things down into a few key points. What do I really do when I am blogging – and just how long does it take? Let’s get started.
Please note that this does not reflect what each blogger does on their blogs, nor is it there to make you feel bad or good about your own blogging time. To each their own. JUST DO YOUR OWN THING AND LOVE IT, OKAY.
If you’re unaware of what that is, it’s very simple, it’s just paying a visit to other book blogs and leaving comments, sharing the love. I don’t know if this is weird that the first thing I’m thinking of when I blog, is blog-hopping. But, really, it’s not that weird because the community is my favorite thing about blogging, so blog-hopping is just as well, even if it can happen to be a chore, at times. Especially given the time I spend doing this…which is from about 1 to 2 hours depending on what I missed. Each evening most of the time. Meaning that I approximately spend 7 hours per week doing this.
Answering to comments
This one’s pretty self-explanatory, and the time I spend doing it really depends on many factors: how much blog-hopping I have done before (and if people answered to me and strike up a conversation), if I put up a blog post during the day, and so on…so this can either take me up to like, 10 minutes to 1 hour or more each evening – most of the time.
This should probably be the first thing I mention, but well. Brainstorming, finding ideas of new or old content, trying to think about this kind of post really depends on how I am feeling at the moment with blogging. There will be times where ideas are sparkling everywhere, and others where I’ll happen to feel a bit in a slump. Finding ideas for new blog posts take me from 5 minutes to like, a DAY or more. Oops.
Writing blog posts
This should be a blogger main’s activity, and the time-span I spend doing this kind of speaks for itself…or not (but more on that later). The actual WRITING of the blog post does not take that long, really, but when we’re talking about the formatting…it’s here that it gets tricky – and a bit CRAZY.
- A review approximately takes me about 15 minutes to write when I’m inspired, 30 when I really procrastinate about it.It takes me about 30 minutes to edit, format and schedule the whole thing.
- A blog post like this one takes me about 30 minutes.It takes me 30 minutes to do the rest until you see the post like you’re reading it right now.
- A book tag takes me about 30 minutes just as well – depending to the questions there are to answers. Here it gets crazy because it can take me up to one hour to have the right formatting for this post. BOOK TAGS ARE CRUEL – but we love them, right.
- The traveling blog posts take me about 30 minutes just as well. The formatting here takes me about an hour because WE NEED TO CHOOSE PICTURES.
Obviously, I procrastinate at times and I’m slow and take an hour to find the right GIF, so…I’d say scheduling one week of blogging from beginning to end takes me about 4 hours. Ooops. (Notice how it’s less than blog-hopping? Is something wrong here?!)
Taking pictures of books
Boy, I am SO happy I’m not on bookstagram, because I have no idea how I’d manage to do it. I take pictures for every blog post I do, except book tags where I do my own little graphics and I often procrastinate doing this because I have NO idea what pictures I could make…Fun fact: my sister and mom help me A LOT HERE, so, mom, sister, I love you and I’m sorry I’m such a panster when it comes to taking pictures of my books. This has to take me about 15-30 minutes approx.
Scheduling a couple tweets for the week days
Finally, I’m not promoting my blog on social media as much as I could, but it’s because I wouldn’t want to bother people too much about it – also I don’t have time or / and happen to be a bit lazy. But because Twitter is such a massive part of the blogging community and everyone will say what they want, including me, we all still care about people visiting our blog ; I schedule a couple tweets every week day, for my Twitter to still be “alive” while I am dying at work. This only takes me about 20 minutes so I guess that’s okay.
There are so many other things that could be taken into account here – the emails answering, though I don’t get that many at all, the ARCs quest on NetGalley, the Twitter chats when I happen not to forget them, and so on.
I think it’s safe to say that blogging certainly has taken over my whole life here. Or at least, my weekends. But despite this scary list and the crazy hours spent here, none of this feels like a chore – except when my brain refuses to produce ideas or when other life events make me feel depressed about everything. Like everything in life – except books -, we all need some kind of balance and I might not spend this WHOLE time EVERY WEEK on my blog, rest assured. Holidays, hiatus, evenings I spend working on my WIPs and ignoring blog hopping and commenting and doing other things are always here. But if you ever doubted that blogging takes time, well here it is. It does take an awful lot of time.
But I love every second of it, so no complains here.