Do you have blogger brain? 

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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.

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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.

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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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52 Comments

  1. May 4, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    I so get this!! I find it really hard getting the balance right and feel guilty when my husband is off work and I am spending time on the blog or on linkies. And I think I’ve become addicted to my phone!! As you say I love to write and it’s all a labour of love but it can definitely take over. And I barely blog at all compared to some!! I also feel like I don’t tweet or comment on other’s posts enough but there’s just not enough time in the day. I guess the point is that this should be enjoyable and we can only do what we can; there’s no point pressuring ourselves to take on too much or feeling bad when we can’t join in with something. #puddinglove

    • tammymum
      May 4, 2016 / 8:28 pm

      Oh El that’s a perfect summary, definitely something to remember. It’s a bit of a double edged sword isn’t it, you love to do it but when it takes over it can sometimes feel a bit much. Thanks for your comment lovey xx

  2. May 4, 2016 / 9:10 pm

    Yes, yes, yes!!!!! I am new to blogging and it’s meant to be helping me be more mindful and yet I am thinking about blogging A LOT!! This perfectly sums up lots of my feelings at the moment (for instance I was meant to be having an early night tonight!!!) and I am hardly really doing anything. I think the comment above sums it up really well too especially about engaging with other bloggers etc. You both highlight mummy guilt creeping in before I know it…. Still we are all juggling a lot so we must be kind to ourselves. x

  3. May 4, 2016 / 9:12 pm

    All so true. Now it’s my blog not the kids that keep me awake at night. Have limited myself to one post a week….but then I feel guilty about it! Don’t know what about or who to…nobody reads it anyway!

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 6:39 pm

      Haha I so know the feeling! Thanks for commenting lovey xx

  4. min1980
    May 4, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    I can definitely empathise with a lot of the sentiments here! The phone one in particular worries me as I can also see myself berating my son in years to come for spending too much time on his phone. Argh, what to do? #puddinglove

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 6:40 pm

      I know, it seems a little hypocritical doesn’t it but I don’t think I’m going to put my phone down anytime soon… Thanks for commenting lovey xx

  5. I can completely relate! Everything is a post! I literally have a binder of notes and ideas for the next post, a chart for linky parties, I keep track of analytics for all social media, information on companies I am working with, guest posts, etc. My husband thinks I am nuts because I have a mini notebook that goes every place i do to write down anything that pops in my head. I LOVE blogging but life seems to get in the way of typing…haha. I wish I had a typist so I could get all my blogs online quicker. #PuddingLove

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 8:57 pm

      Haha that is great dedication and to be fair a great idea, I so need to write my notes down as I go!! I feel a dictaphone would certainly have merit lol. Thanks for commenting xx

  6. May 5, 2016 / 9:19 am

    I know what you mean! Blogging can really take over your life. I’m always thinking, “Ooh, I can write about that,” even when something bad happens. It can be hard to switch off, especially at bedtime, but I make sure to take time out to read and watch TV with my husband too. It’s all about balance! #PuddingLove

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 8:59 pm

      That’s definitely a good idea, I think I need to follow your wise words there and have a few hours to switch off every now and then. Thank you for your comment lovey xx

  7. May 5, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    Yes yes yes this is so me! I have an undeniable and sometimes very annoying blogger brain. Love this. Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely xx

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 9:04 pm

      Oh it’s nice to know I am not alone with this pesky blogger brain! Xx

  8. May 5, 2016 / 1:45 pm

    Hell Yes! Blogging does take over your life! The more you blog the more you can’t keep away! Its a fantastic addiction though! xx

    Thanks for linking up with #puddinglove xx

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 9:04 pm

      Yes as addictions go, I’ll take this one lol xx

  9. May 5, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    2 months into blogging and ive definitely got blogger brain. I’m also pretty addicted send help! #coolmumclub

  10. May 5, 2016 / 6:49 pm

    I agree with you totally. Blogging is a great hobby, but it could totally take over, there is so much we could blog about, and so many other blogs to read and comment on. But I love it and your friend is right, it can be as busy as we make it. I guess its a matter of prioritising and making time for ourselves and our blogs.
    Amanda. #puddinglove.

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 9:11 pm

      Definitely. You have made a very good point, feel I need to take a look at my priorities a little bit when it comes to the blog, it may also ease that pesky blogger brain too. Thanks so much for your comment xx

  11. May 5, 2016 / 8:54 pm

    I literally feel like this post read my mind. I’m coming up to a year of blogging, and am having a bit of a moment where I’m questioning where all this is going? I even have a post drafted about the end of the blog – not saying goodbye, but wondering what would it be like to step back and do other things (like JUST WATCH TV, y’know, every now and again?!) ? I definitely think a little blog break is required for this blogger brain!! Great post…thanks for sharing with #coolmumclub

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Aaaah could you imagine, to sit down of an evening and just sit. Maybe talk to the other half, flick through a magazine, do absolutely nothing. Perhaps it’s like work, we should take our 5 weeks annual leave throughout the year, guilt free. Hmm I’m not sure I even believed that as I wrote it lol. Congrats on making it to the year mark I look forward to reading that post, as long as it is not a goodbye and just a pondering! Thanks for your comment xx

  12. May 5, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    That’s one of the things I laugh to myself about – I treat my blog like a job…but it isn’t a job! It’s easy to get totally drawn in to it all…

    • tammymum
      May 5, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Yep I fear I have started to do the same. If only it paid like a job ey!

  13. May 5, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    I am with you! It has shocked me how much time it takes to write, promote, comment, link – I enjoy it but feel like I neglect my daughter – she sometimes cries out when I pick up my phone :( as I’m not playing properly – so I have to ban myself – which leaves evenings when I should be asleep! Lol great post lovely xx

    • tammymum
      May 6, 2016 / 8:06 pm

      Oh yes, just about summed up my average day there lovey! Thanks for your comment xx

  14. May 6, 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I cam completely relate to this post, I find I spend all my time thinking about my blog, and what I could write about. I think I have so many ideas that it has actually given me bloggers block! I can’t even think clearly what my next post should be. The guilt can be awful, spending too much time blogging not enough with my daughter and husband. I think I might write a post about losing my blogging mojo. Claire x

  15. May 6, 2016 / 9:54 pm

    I def get this – my blog is pretty new about to hit the 2 month mark and it already feels like it has become a big part of my life! I love it but like you I struggle to switch off and I know my other half gets fed up of the phone bings (he has now banned phones in the living room after 9pm) this kind of helps as it stops me becoming utterly obsessed about stats! Thanks for linking up, really enjoyed your post #PuddingLove

  16. May 7, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    I literally could’ve written this post myself! Blogging, slowly but surely, creeps into every crack and crevice of your life. Like you said, it’s literally on my mind all. the. time. And no, it’s not a bad thing, but it does prevent me from shutting off, and it definitely has kept me awake many nights as well. My husband likes to tease me about it, but it’s so good to know I’m not the only one who eats, sleeps, and breathes blog!

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 7:12 am

      Ha absolutely not, I think there are many of us who suffer from blogger brain! It definitely does take over doesn’t it. Thanks for you comment lovey xx

  17. May 8, 2016 / 7:36 am

    I honestly thought it was just me. I feel like I’m obsessed. Have been trying to reduce screen time in our house but sometimes I just need to get something done. I used to be able to sneak off to the toilet to check stuff on my phone but that doesn’t work anymore because everyone follows me!

    • tammymum
      May 8, 2016 / 6:59 pm

      It is but obsessive isn’t it! None no such luck in my house with when it comes to sneaking off for a crafty fix! Xx

  18. Nige
    May 9, 2016 / 8:16 am

    This is all so true really interesting post #bigpinklive

  19. May 9, 2016 / 8:38 am

    I feel like I could have written this post myself. I definitely have blogger brain and find I spend too much time thinking about my blog. I try to switch off as much as I can as I don’t want my blog to take over my life. Great post and I’m sure sure your words will resonate with lots of other bloggers out there xx #bigpinklink

  20. May 9, 2016 / 9:13 am

    so true and well said lovely. I started this blog having absolutely no idea that the blogging world was such a huuuuge thing. Total in awe of so many but I have to try and put it in to perspective and try and work out what it is that I’m trying to get from blogging and remember why I started – time is a huge element – or the lack of. It could be a full time job and I thunk many of us are putting in ridiculous hours on top of working – sleep and children get right in the way sometimes! #BigPinkLink

  21. May 9, 2016 / 9:18 am

    I know exactly what you mean! I now mostly blog, comment, read, share whilst my daughter is in school or on weekends early in the morning as that’s just when I feel the most ‘bloggy’ but I completely agree, everything becomes a post, I’m going to Norway in August and I’m already thinking about the best way to blog about it! #bigpinklink

  22. May 9, 2016 / 7:55 pm

    Yes, I totally get every single sentiment… It’s totally taken over my life, and I know I need to take a step back, but I just can’t… I hardly ever looked at my phone during the day before my blog came along, now, like you, I’m glued to the thing. Sometimes my eldest even says ‘mummy, put your phone DOWN.’ I know, that’s awful isn’t it? And like you say, every single funny thing or anecdote is written down for future posts, and I wake up in the night and sometimes find myself staring at my social media before I’ve even woken up properly and realised what I’m doing!! We went away last weekend, and I used up my entire 3G allowance for the month, on the journey down, and my husband got so annoyed with me at one point for not being able to take a weekend away from it. I feel so guilty all the time, but I actually want to do really well at blogging, and I feel like the time I spend doing things is what I need to achieve that… But maybe I should just step back until the boys are at school, then step it up then-after all, it was just supposed to be a one post every now and again hobby for me when the boys were sleeping, not the thing it’s become!! Aaaargh, it’s so difficult!! Brilliant post as usual!!
    #bigpinklink

    • tammymum
      May 11, 2016 / 8:57 am

      Oh I can so relate to your comment! It’s so blooming difficult isn’t it. It sucks you in, you start for fun and then before you know it your so wrapped up it and wanting to make it bigger and better every spare minute is taken up with it (and more). This morning I went and hid in loo to do a few blog things without any interruptions and left the babies with the OH. At the minute my baby boy is sat in his bouncer staring at me as I type. Oh the shame. For what it’s worth it looks as though we’re not alone, but hey if you can achieve all have with two little ones, imagine how much you’ll be able to do when they are at school/preschool. Thanks for your comment lovey xx

  23. twotinyhands
    May 9, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    As part of learning how to blog, I am also learning how not to care too. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the blog a lot as well as the fab community. I think I just dip my toe in quite a lot of the social side of things. I spend a lot of time reading now too and often have the odd late night up when I should go to bed. It’s all so exciting. I definately have a strain of blogger brain! #bigpinklink

  24. May 11, 2016 / 8:42 am

    LOL have you seen my post about being addicted to blogging? I share many of your problems, blogging is great I love it but it is starting to take over my life somewhat. I also find it hard to switch off when I do go to bed and I find it increasingly hard to switch off on an evening when I’ve been blogging on on social media until late. I think I need to seriously wean myself off a bit!

  25. May 11, 2016 / 9:13 am

    I find it really hard to switch off but I’m really trying and I am getting better! I think I need downtime from the screen and I need to do things in order to be better at writing about things. It’s a thin line!!

  26. May 11, 2016 / 10:23 am

    oh i am completely suffering from blogger brain, can completely relate to ALL of these! we need a switch off button aha!
    #bloggersclubuk

  27. May 12, 2016 / 2:24 pm

    I definitely have a blogger brain. It completely takes over my day to day and like you say not only physically, one hour here and there while the kids nap but also mentally. It’s on my mind all the time. And if i’m not blogging I will be doing something social media related…

    #bloggerclubuk

  28. May 15, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Ha ha ha OMG you have solved the mystery. I have a serious case of blogger brain. The worst is after a night feed… she’s woken me up and my brain goes into over drive. Also… photo taking of every single moment in my life.. i swear its another reason why I never eat hot food!!
    #bigpinklink #triballove

  29. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    May 16, 2016 / 1:29 pm

    Oh yes I definitely suffer from blogger brain – social media dependence, guilt – the works. At least we all are suffering & enjoying together lol Thanks so much for linking up with #BloggerClubUK

  30. May 17, 2016 / 9:34 am

    I have complete blogger brain…all the damn time! It is a massive part of my life right now, and whilst I love it, I do hate the guilty I feel when I want to take a night off. #bloggerclubuk xx

    • tammymum
      May 17, 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Oh I know it’s horrible isn’t it. Iv just had two forced days off and feel so guilty but actually think it’s done me some favours! Xx

  31. May 27, 2016 / 6:27 am

    I can so relate to this, I struggle to switch off from life anyway and since I started blogging it is worse. Always thinking about it and worrying that I am not playing a big enough part in the community side, commenting, RTs etc. But there isn’t enough hours in the day. I hope that as my girls get older and less dependent, I can give a bit more. x #TheList

  32. May 27, 2016 / 10:58 am

    I am completely with you on this. And I am also glad I am not on my own with this. Even my friend notice that I think “blog” the whole days 24/7. One time my bestie said to me “you just want to blog about it”. Once you start a blog you really think “oh this can be a blog post”. But because I think so much about I often run into bloggers block a lot. I mean A LOT. It can be daunting sometimes to not find something and you want to be successful.

  33. May 27, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    I totally get this post, I really struggle to switch off!! It is really hard isn’t it. I find myself just about to drop to sleep and then I suddenly remember that I forgot to do something blog wise and I am wide awake again – argh!! #thelist

  34. May 30, 2016 / 6:45 am

    This post had me nodding my head. I’m guilty of all you mentioned and more. I’ve been feeling so inspired lately, blog wise, and I’ve taken on a few reviews and paid posts so my blogging life has become very busy. I love it but it is hard to switch off and even harder to find the time for everything X #thelist

  35. May 30, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    Oh my you have summed up how I’ve been feeling with these points. #thelist

  36. May 30, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    It is so time consuming as there is always so much you could do and learn. I love it :) Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

  37. October 22, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Blogging definitely takes over your life. It’s always on my mind. But like you said it’s a labour of love.