Monday, April 1, 2013

Book Blogger Confessions: Balancing Life and Blogging (April 1, 2013)

Book Blogger Confessions is a meme that posts the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, where book bloggers "confess" and vent about blogging/bookish topics. Feel free to share, vent and offer solutions. It is hosted by Karen at For What It's Worth and Pam from Midnyte ReaderOne of the hosts will give us a question to respond to and a linky for sharing our responses and developing community.

This week's question is: How does blogging effect your *real* life? Are friends and family supportive? Do you find that blogging cuts into family time? How do you strike a balance between the two?

I am both lucky and unlucky in my family situation. I am unmarried and don't have a large extended family to take up my time. My closest family is my brother who is rather bewildered at the whole blogging thing but isn't negative about the time I spend doing it. I doubt the rest of my family even knows I blog. 

I am lucky that my friends are also bloggers or, at least, readers and understand my obsessions. Since I began blogging, I am doing a lot more book-related things. I attend as many author signings as I can fit into my schedule. I'm lucky to have a good friend who likes to go along on these "road trips" since authors never make appearances very close to where I live.

The only balance I need to maintain is between my blogging life and my working life. Since I am a school media specialist, the two lives overlap quite often. As I near retirement, I expect that the blogging will start tipping the balance more to its side. Right now there isn't conflict between my online and real lives.

What about you, how do you balance blogging and real life?


  1. I totally hear you on it being tough sometimes to balance the upkeep of a blog and everything else going on around you. It's difficult and I think different things work for different people, but with so many people out there that enjoy reading what you post every day, I hope you're able to strike a balance and find the time to keep it going :)

  2. That must be nice to have blogging overlap with your job.

    The only bookish people I have met are my blogger friends. I'm so thankful for them!

  3. I'm in that unlucky/lucky situation sort of too! I'm divorced and my daughter lives 1/2 time with dad. She blogged for awhile so get it, but not the pressure I used to put on myself. Sometimes it feels like a chore but others, a release. And I keep doing it for that.

    I'm also a media specialist. We have a library blog that I put some things on, but I really like my personal blog best. That's where I need to find a balance or a crossover.

  4. I think that people who are bewildered at the whole blogging thing are quite charming at times...they make the funniest comments and really don't get blogging.

    My job has ramped up lately so I'm not even able to get online during lunch and sometimes when I get home I'm not in the mood to get online. But I know it will calm down too and I'll be able to spend more time on it.

  5. It's great that you can fit blogging into your job as well! It sounds like you're happy with what you've got, so that's great!


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