Last week, the author of one of the blogs I regularly read announced that she’s basically quitting blogging to pursue other writing endeavors — hopefully paying, I assume. I get that if it were a choice between blogging for free and being paid for writing, the paying gig is going to win out. However, the only obstacle would be time.
That is where I get confused. And I know it’s probably just me because this seems to be an issue with a lot of people. And maybe it’s the way I blog: I do not return comments to every person who comments my blog. A few months ago, when I was featured by WordPress and the SITS site, it just wasn’t feasible for me to visit the blogs of every person who commented. I honestly tried, and got to quite a few and even found a few I wanted to continue following. But the bottom line is, the majority of time I spend on my blog is specifically in the writing of my posts.
And that doesn’t take much time.
“But, Renee, you’ve gone from blogging every day to three times a week,” you all must be thinking. This is true. But I didn’t reduce my posting because of time. I reduced it because of a lack of ideas and not wanting to post every day for a month and then nothing for a month.
Maybe it’s my background. When I was a copy editor, we put out two newspapers a week. My job consisted of reading every single word that appeared in print twice (once pre-layout and again once it was on a demo page). I also did page layout — the entire newspaper if the managing editor was out for some reason and at least half of it if he was in the office. On top of that, I wrote articles, sometimes up to six per issue. There were weeks where I was finishing up interviews the night before the article had to go on the page, so I was writing three or four articles, proofing and doing layout in a single day of work. And I wrote a bi-weekly column.
OK, I need to catch my breath now! Even I can’t believe I did all of that.
I guess my point is that I use my blog as a supplement to other writing, in addition to a full-time job and some semblance of a life. I don’t see this as an either/or situation. If the ideas flowed more freely on a regular basis, I could write two to three weeks’ worth of posts, including adding photos, in an hour or two or possibly even less.
Am I alone? Do other writers not work as fast? Or is the time savings in not reading so many other blogs?