Last Updated on: December 29th, 2016
Today’s true tale addresses the question: When do bloggers go on vacation? This is a great question, and one I attempted to answer one day, after having six posts scheduled, which is like having three weeks off, I suppose, considering I post twice a week.
I’ll admit that I started writing this post a while ago. I didn’t finish it until a couple of days ago, though.
As you can see from the date on the screenshot, I had a bunch of posts scheduled back in October. This was the first time I had this many – I had six of them, count’em 6! YAY!
I have never had this many scheduled, and I worked my butt of to accomplish this. Unfortunately, now they have all been published.
I remember how I felt the day I took that pic… extremely elated but extremely exhausted, too.
In early October, I found myself getting stressed out, and I began to question some of the decisions I have been making where blogging is concerned. Like maintaining two blogs, and posting regularly to both of them! (I have been posting several times per week to Poetry Perfected, even though I don’t have a “set” schedule there yet!)
I thought that it was a good idea to stick to posting twice per week, but now I’m not so sure.
I’ll be honest with you – I love blogging, but it takes up tons of my time. All my blogging friends can relate, I’m sure. 😉
The thing that bothers me is that I’m such a perfectionist and it feels like it takes me FOREVER to create and perfect a blog post. I can see why some pro bloggers say that it takes them a good ten hours to put together one post (see point 4 in this post). Sometimes it takes me that long, and my content is not going viral! This is a full-time job, and I’m not even getting paid to do it! (Am I whining? Sorry.) Then again, I don’t know if I even want to go viral…yet. I just want my books to! (But first, I have to write them!) *Sigh, Big, big, big, BIG sigh.*
Given that I have posted regularly for months and months (since March 2013, to be exact) without taking a vacation, I think I owe it to myself to take some time off. Maintaining two blogs is tough, for a “newbie” blogger like me, although, I guess I cannot be considered a newbie anymore, can I? 😀 I’ve been at it for nearly a year already!
This brings me to my next point. I’ve been so busy blogging that I have not been writing. I’ll be perfectly honest with you folks…I’m mad at myself. When I bought my laptop in January, I had high hopes for myself. Yet, here I am, almost a year later, and I have not accomplished what I wanted to – even though I have accomplished things I never fathomed in the early part of this year… like hitting the #1 slot in a search engine!
…or like learning how to create a Slideshare presentation
…or like guest posting on several sites
…or like making a video
…or like learning about anything technical!
I want to focus on writing and publishing my books. I cannot type that fast, so it takes me a bit longer than most people to write on a computer. Plus, I often edit as I go, making sure that my sentences are free of typos and other editing errors. (The evil editor in me won’t allow for even one spelling error!)
So, I think I need a vacation. Then again, I’m willing to be that we all do. 😉
I can remember when I was teaching – I had several vacations during the year. As a teacher, I had two months off in the summer…and I miss that. I also had weeks off in December/January and a week off for March break. I miss that, too!
*Another sigh.* (Hey, at least I’m not coughing.)
So, this brings me to my original question: When do bloggers take a vacation?
I asked my buddy, Googs, for the answer. She found several articles for me:
Seeing as how my blog is a “little” one (I don’t get thousands of hits per day) and not one where my business will suffer if I don’t blog, I think I can “afford” to take one, don’t you?
But . . .
I don’t want to just *leave* or abandon my blog, so I’m currently working out a new plan for the new year.
I also don’t want to disappoint you by bailing on you, or on my new readers! My goal is for you to stick around! 😀
In trying to resolve my dilemma, I wrote out a few questions, with what I think would be the answers. Here they are:
1. Will you be disappointed in me if I refrain from blogging for a month? I’m guessing that your answer would be “yes”. I think I might even be disappointed in myself!
2. Will you still be here when I return? I’m not sure on this one. I don’t want to jeopardize my relationships with any of you, and so I’m hoping that you’ll understand that I need time to recharge myself, and that the answer to this one would be “yes”. but, again, I’m not sure. I am pretty sure that my loyal readers who have been following my online adventure will be here, since they have been there for me and have shown support to me consistently during the last ten months. My newer readers will probably think I’m a flake.
3. Will you be mad at me when I decide to take a vacation? Obviously, the answer here would be “no”. (Even though you would miss me terribly, right?) 😉
In answering these questions, I think I found my answer. I’m not going on vacation – not yet.
Instead, what I’m going to do is re-evaluate things and create another survey to find out how to accommodate your needs with mine.
What really got me thinking about this topic was a guest post I wrote for Joel Friedlander at The Book Designer: Overcome Writing Failure With a Personalized Writing Plan.
It made me more aware of my current situation and how I need to implement a better time-management strategy to my life. I’m spending more time than ever on the computer and I’m neglecting a few other areas of my life. (Yes, unhealthy – I know!)
While I figure things out, I’d like for you read the article I wrote for Joel. It may just give you a few ideas of your own! 😉 At the very least, you’ll be more aware of where I’m coming from.
I’d appreciate a comment and a “social media share” – if you have time . . .
And regardless of where you comment, I’ll be sure to reply to you. Even after nearly a year of blogging, I STILL LOVE COMMENTS!
On Friday this week, I’m featuring my interview with my recent guest, Elaine Pereira, author of I Will Never Forget. She’ll be back to reply to comments, then, too!
See you in the comment section, everyone – all over the place!