A Little Confession about Blogging

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?

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  1. I can relate. I put a lot of pressure on myself back in the spring when I switched to self-hosting and started to take blogging more seriously. I would have troubles falling asleep because I either couldn’t step away from the computer, or my mind would be racing with post ideas.

    I’m not sure what changed, but I don’t stress out over my blog nearly as much as I used to. I wonder if it’s because I’ve built up my presence and reader-base to a level that I am comfortable and happy with? Or maybe it’s because I’ve found other areas of my life to focus on that also makes me happy and feel accomplished.

    I do still feel guilty that my posts are fewer and further between now, but on the other hand, I feel like what I do write is a lot better now (for the most part – haha). I am spending less time reading other people’s blogs, and I sometimes feel guilty about that…
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    1. It’s hard for me to lose sleep as I’ve mentioned how much I love my sleep, but I know where you are coming from! 😛 I think I am on the same page as you at the moment: I am happy with my blog the way it is and I’m so glad I have it to post my debt repayment updates, my goals and plans for the future. I am not ready just yet for it to become my second job, I am busy as it is plus I have so many other interests that I also want to dedicate my time to 😛 Finding the right balance is key.
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  2. I do put a lot of time in, however, I do monetize and want to make this a valid side business..it not eventually my whole business. I felt guilty while I was at fincon that I didn’t read or comment on other blogs or write anything new. But I do love doing it. I know where you are coming from. You have to do what is right for you!
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    1. I wouldn’t feel bad if I were away at FinCon unable to comment, after all you were doing your job since it’s blog related! I love blogging too, I love the community and I love reading other people’s blogs; it’s just I love doing other things too that are not blog related and I’d like to take things here one step at a time.
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  3. I do get tempted when I read about other bloggers making so much money and having so many followers to grow my own blog. But like you, it was never my intention and I’m not ready for that kind of commitment and pressure. It’s important to do what makes you happy and what you love.
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    1. I know what you mean, Michelle. I think this is great that people are able to make money blogging. It does take a lot of work though. I have been contemplating freelance writing but then again, I’ve never done it so I have no idea whether I like it or not. This is why I decided to take a less risky approach and get back into private tutoring as I can earn decent money on the side AND I love teaching. It doesn’t even feel like a job to me, because I actually love doing it! 😛
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  4. Sometimes it can take over your life a bit. If you haven’t made a decent post in a few days and you are worried about other things in life, it can seem like the website is a hassle.

    However, in the long-term, there are always more moments of positivity than there are these moments.

    Its so important to have a plan for you blog. It seems you do and to document your own story of getting out of debt, you don’t need to be commenting 12 hours a day on other people’s sites!

    Now, get back to that book….!!
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    1. I agree, Graham! Blogging has definitely been a positive experience so far and I want to keep it this way. It’s okay not to post for a couple of days if I am busy doing something else, I don’t have to post 3 or more times a week! I just felt the need to let my readers know about it! 😛

      Ahh, it’s a personal finance book, so not completely irrelevant! 😛
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  5. I’m glad to hear you aren’t giving up on blogging, as yours is one I genuinely enjoy! I was pretty gung-ho about blogging in the beginning (both writing and reading others), but have mellowed out since I agree it can be time-consuming if you make it so. I think it’s finding that balance, and it sounds like you’re seeking and trying to achieve that. So take care of yourself and do what makes you happiest. 🙂
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  6. I feel the same way Eva!

    Lately, I was going through a bit of an uninspiried/don’t feel like working on the blog phase, but I’ve come out of it and have a bunch of ideas I can’t wait to get out.

    It’s cyclical. The passion seems to come and go.

    But I definitely have wondered how much I would ultimately commit to working on this and I’m not sure I know the answer, but I think it leans more towards not a crazy amount because there is just so much else to do in life as well!
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    1. I know where you are coming from, Steve. I wouldn’t say I am uninspired or I don’t feel passionate about my blog anymore. This is not the case. But there are times when I have to stay behind in the office, or an event to attend, or meet up with friends. A couple of days of not posting anything or commenting, and I start to feel bad. I am glad I got it out of my chest. I can relax now! 😛
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  7. I am often amazed at how much time blogging well can take! I do have some business related plans for it and that affects the way that I approach blogging. I do have some types of posts that I like to put up on days when I’m tired. It helps me from burning out.

  8. I used to dedicate hours (and hours) to blogging, but somewhere along the way I slowed down. I just do it for fun now. Having two blogs also became too overwhelming and I’m in the process of going down to one….this one :0)

    You’re making the right decision for you – that’s the most important thing.
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  9. Good for you Eva for realising where you want to take your blog – I totally understand, blogging takes a lot of time up and I too have spent hours where I should be sleeping working on my blog. I feel like blogging is more than a hobby to me, I can’t explain why I like it so much but I just do!

    I’m so glad you’re not giving up just yet as I do love reading your blog. I hope you manage to claim some time back for yourself and don’t worry about commenting on other people’s blogs too much, just do what you feel happy with!
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  10. When I first started blogging, I was spending about 25+ hours a week on it. I STILL spend at least that amount of time, usually more on it because I use it as a side hustle to help pay off my debt faster. J spends even more time on his blog so it’s nice for me to have mine to work on too so I don’t feel so neglected by my fiance! 😛 That’s awesome that you are nipping this “obligation” in the bud now because if you didn’t then you would have felt blogger burn out. Keep having fun with it Eva, your blog truly is a gem 🙂
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  11. I totally get where you’re coming from. My boyfriend is finally in town after a month of being on tour and he leaves again next week so I spent the whole morning with him rather than promoting my post and commenting on blogs. I felt SOOO guilty.

    I think I do want my blogging to grow into something more- haven’t decided if it will be consulting or just freelance writing, but the time commitment is truly HUGE.
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  12. Blogging is Hard, hard and time consuming work…it seems almost never ending, there are more posts to write, more comments to respond to, more networking to do…just more of everything.
    Its also personal…one is under no obligation to do anything…its your blog, you can do literally whatever you want with it. For you in addition, its a hobby…you do it for the fun and when the fun stops and it starts feeling like work…its certainly time to change tact.
    For others its a business, a side hustle, a source of income and for those I’d recommend hiring help if you feel overwhelmed 🙂
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  13. Great article and well written! I couldn’t agree more on this. For me, make money through blogging techniques are forever changing. The most basic steps are always to write better content, increase traffic and slowly, money will come by itself. Only with a good number of web traffic before you can actually make money online.

  14. I’ve been spending more time on my blog lately, but there are days I don’t write, don’t comment and don’t even log on to the computer. I feel guilty, but until I start making money, it’s still just a hobby. I’d like it to be a side hustle, but I’m not there yet, and that’s ok. I have lots of other interests and I don’t want to spend my whole life on the computer.
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