There is something you should know about me. I love my sleep. As in really, really love my sleep. I am not a morning person and getting up in the morning is torture for me. It takes me at least two cups of coffee and a busy commute to the office to finally feel half-awake. I also hate going to bed late. I must get at least 8 hours of sleep every night; this is my bare minimum to feel content. Ideally, it should be 10. If I don’t get enough sleep, my day is wasted. I will be tired, grumpy, sleepy, and I will be struggling so much during the day that I will be in bed by 9pm the very same evening.
Apart from my sleep pattern, I also like to exercise. Whether it’s a 20-minute DVD workout or jogging in the park, I need this time to feel better. I have to admit I have been pretty lazy lately, but I am trying to get back to my daily workout routine.
My latest passion is cooking. While this is not something I would do every day, I like to spend a couple of hours over the weekend to experiment and try out a new recipe (so stay tuned for more Frugal Feast posts).
I also love catching up with my friends, attend work events to network with other people in the industry, go to the cinema and so much more.
I will also start offering my private tutoring services fairly soon and I could not be more excited to start teaching again.
Why am I telling you all this? Well, if you have been blogging for a little while, you will know that this little hobby takes a good chunk of your time. I’d say that when I first started blogging, I used to spend at least 3 hours every day on average working on my blog posts, blog design, replying to comments, commenting on other blogs, etc. Weekends were even busier, and I remember a couple of Saturdays spent in my pyjamas in front of my laptop.
There were days when I was going to bed after midnight and getting up for work early the following morning. I began to feel the obligation to spend a lot of time blogging and to be honest I was not enjoying that feeling. I realised that I had less time to do other things; things that I enjoy and miss doing so much. I will admit it: sometimes I want to come home from work and spend the next few hours reading a book. Not blogging.
Lately, I have been thinking a lot whether I am willing to put so much time into blogging because let’s be honest, it will only get busier, and I have to make sure this is something that I want to invest my time into. I have come to realise that while I am enjoying blogging a lot, I see it as a hobby. Period.
I started this blog with the intention to document my journey to debt freedom. This was my only intention and this will not change. Not in the near future at least. There will be days when I am not around because I have other things to do, and I won’t feel bad about it. There will be days when I have no time to comment on my favourite blogs, and I won’t feel bad about it either.
I will not stop blogging. Not in the next year or so. I will not stop interacting with my readers and other bloggers. I just want to do it in my own time. I want to enjoy it and not feel obliged or guilty. I hope you understand.
How many hours a day do you spend blogging? Do you feel guilty when you don’t spend enough time blogging?