Well I don’t know about you but since I started blogging it has become increasingly time consuming, both physically and mentally. It’s not necessarily a bad thing I have just started to become keenly aware that in one way shape or form I seem to have blogging on my brain pretty much constantly and have developed what I now refer to as ‘blogger brain’. See below…
1. By far the most inconvenient blogger brain take over is the bed time intrusion. Having 2 under 2 the only real time I get to dedicate to my little space is of an evening. I can generally, at best, dedicate a couple of (interrupted) baby free hours to a new post or a Linky, although it never quite seems to be enough. So when the time comes for me to force myself off my iPad and to shut away my alternate universe for the night, as no doubt a baby will have me up in a few hours, I cannot actually switch off. Physically I have switched off and shut down all things blog, mentally, I am finishing a post or thinking about the next one and it’s content and pictures or my blogging to do list. Next things it’s been 2 hours I am still awake and haven’t actually achieved anything ‘blog’, it’s just all been going round and round in my brain and will no longer be clear and coherent come the morning, but instead a little sketchy and fuzzy. Naturally I will also be tired a grumpy come my 6am baby alarm call.
2. Everything’s a post. Literally everything. You’ll be going about your daily business, your child will do something funny and you think ‘oh I could I write about that. Every holiday, day out and family trip becomes material, your latest wallpaper choice, the new recipe you’ve tried or that latest silly snap you caught. Life has suddenly became documentable – my blog is infiltrating my day to day life, my future planning and my incessant need to take photos. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I like that my children will have tales to look back at, and I too have documented memories to re-visit. I also like to have a nose at others’ stylish living rooms and tales of motherhood woes but I do wonder if perhaps it’s becoming just a bit too much? Especially when I find sat at traffic lights debating a post about them…bor-ring!
3. Your social media limb. To a blogger social media is like air or a limb you couldn’t do without. It is essential for sharing your blog and revelling in others. It is so often what connects you to your alternate blogging universe. You constantly have a device to hand and go into a blind panic when there is no signal or wifi (I mean seriously why do places not have wifi these days?). Whilst I know connectivity is essential to a blogger, this bit can niggle at me. I worry that I am glaring a my phone too much when I should be playing with my children or talking to my partner. I worry that I will one day (when my babies are old enough) nag at them about the length of time spent on the iPad and then moan at them to ‘play outside, I always used to‘ but am I really setting the best example. My eldest who is 21 months can flick through photos on my iPad, likes to watch ‘you’re happy and you know it’ on YouTube and can even play some brick matching game on an app her older sister downloaded, I mean, she’s not even two! I do try and reserve (not always by choice admittedly) my screen time to when they are in bed, besides if I don’t my eldest will fight me for my iPad, and she’ll always win. So as a general rule the iPad is out of reach from them during the day, unless I need employ the help of Makka Pakka whilst I make dinner, but despite this I know I still check Facebook on my phone too much, glare at my blog stats and upload a #mblogger photo to Instagram during the days I’m spending with the little ones…#mummybloggerguilt.
4. Blogger guilt. Over the last couple of months I have really started to feel this. There is so much to blogging you could fill a full 39 hour working week with it, and then some. There are always posts to comment on, posts to read, posts to write, photos to edit and those few hours I have in the evening just never seem to cut it. That being said, we have been a little poorly in our house of late and I found myself cuddled on the sofa in charge of only one baby, who happened to be asleep. Ideally this would have been the perfect opportunity to get a head start on a post or to link up and read some fellow bloggers posts, but as much as I love to ‘blog’ I just couldn’t face it? The words on the screen blurred, I felt nauseous and heavy. So I just lay there and did nothing. I couldn’t help but feel as though I has wasted the rare opportunity to delve into my blog…or put some washing on *rolls eyes*. But blogger guilt doesn’t end there, the lovely Jade over at The Parenting Jungle wrote a brilliant post about blogger guilt toward other bloggers and I just want to say ‘here here’. My lovely fellow bloggers and tribesters, I try to read, comment and retweet as much as I can. I have lots of blogging love to share I just fear that I don’t spread the love as much as I would like. It is not for want of trying but lack of time. I am working to get better at this, please bare with.
Please do not get me wrong the above isn’t a moan, blogging really is a labour of love and an outlet I wish I had found many moons ago I just never quite expected it to be so all-consuming. With that in mind however somebody once said to me, blogging can be as busy as you want it to be and she’s right. Perhaps I make it so busy for myself, maybe a disconnect albeit temporary would ease up my blogger brain, but then do I really want it to?
What do you think? Do you suffer from blogger brain? Do you find it taking over your day to day? And if so, does it bother you? Or can you quite easily switch off? I’d love to hear from you.
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