Around this time last year, I was in a little bit of a blogging funk. I was unmotivated and uninspired, and I had way fewer scheduled posts than I normally do. Fast forward to this year, and again I feel like I'm falling behind in my blogging. This time, though, it's not because of feeling burned out. Now, my biggest issue is time.
There is so much that goes into blogging, and lately I never feel like I have enough time to do it all. I'm not sure why that is - even though I started a new job, my schedule is still the same. I have my husband and house to take care of, but that's not new, either! I think a lot of it comes down to priorities and how much time each individual task takes to do:
- Blog hopping - I feel like this is a super-important part of being a member of the book blogging community. I follow well over 100 blogs (is this normal? how many do you follow?) so everyday there are dozens of new posts to look at. I try to comment on as many as I can, and I think this is what's taking up the biggest part of my blogging time.
- Prepping my own blog posts - This is where I seem to be struggling a bit. I need to be spending more time working on my own blog, but I tend to blog-hop first, and then whatever time I have left, I work on my own. Inevitably, I run out of time and keep putting things off.
- Replying to comments on my own blog - I feel bad that this is a lower priority, because I really do love and appreciate all your comments! It might take a couple days, but eventually I do respond to all of them.
- Reading - If I don't read, then I have nothing to blog about, so I definitely have to make time for that! Since I've been doing more mini-reviews, it feels like I need to read even more, because I usually put two of those into one review post.
So, fellow bloggers, how do you do it all? How do you allocate and manage your blogging time? What is your top priority when blogging? And how many blogs do you follow?