Bloggers Need to Live Life, Too!
After blogging/writing for over 2 plus years now, I will say that in the beginning I found myself writing, but it didn’t completely consume my life or time.
As the months and even years went on, I found myself as a blogger obsessed and even a bit possessed by blogging.
I mean I love it and the writer at heart in my deepest should craved it.
But then, I found myself feeling guilty for all the time I spent blogging and writing. I am a wife and a mom, too.
And then, I went and added designer to my daily work life, as well.
I found myself personally searching for a better balance and schedule.
I will tell you I am getting better at living my life. Ironically, I recently saw this image on SITS Girls Facebook page on the same day my husband and I were going out to dinner on a Tuesday night to celebrate our 8th wedding anniversary.
Not Going to lie, this one spoke volumes to me and made me realize that as bloggers, we (myself included) put certain pressures and goals to attain on ourselves daily, but the thing is sometimes quite simply life just isn’t being lived.
One of my goals when I started to blog was to share my life in the written form to look back on, as well as to have other read and follow along as I was living my family life.
So the conundrum here is how can you write and share life if you aren’t living it per say, because let’s face it blogging is so much more then writing and many (again myself included) ca get caught up in all that blogging can entail, such as social media, networking and so much more.
But here is the thing at the end of the day, what might you have to show for all this hard work?
I know many in my own life, aren’t even sure of all that I do daily. And yet I have had others ask me how do I do it all?
Honestly, sometimes I just want to walk away and live my life with no worries, but then again the flip side of this proverbial coin is, I would miss blogging and writing so much.
Recently, I read a beautifully written article by a wonderful friend and blogger, Cyndi over at Pictimilitude about living life and still taking time off when needed to indeed life life, but blogging and the world around it still be there when you return.
But I thought for those bloggers, who look to me for guidance and help in the blog world, I will share a bit more practical advice rather then technical, why I, myself, have recently decided to take weekends, evenings and a few hours here and there during the day to indeed live my life and why other bloggers/writers would consider doing the same, too.
3 Reasons Why Bloggers Should Indeed Live Their Life:
1. Life Is Too Short:
Point blank, life is too short not to live life every day to its fullest and do what you can to enjoy it. My grandfather used to say when looking at the obituaries, “New People Are Dying Everyday!” The point is you aren’t going to live forever and making sure to enjoy each day, because (and I know this sounds a bit morbid, but still), you never know when it could be your last. I know I am only in my mid thirties, but have seen my fair share of deaths over the years both young and old. I want to know that when it is my time that I have left my mark not only in the words I shared, but the life I lived, too. So, I blog to make sure my tales are imprinted and not forgotten, but I walk away to live life so that I don’t miss a moment of it either.
2. Everyone Needs to Have a Life Once in Awhile:
Blogging can be incredibly fun, but it can also get a bit tedious staring at a computer all day long. Don’t get me wrong there are times, where I love my MacBook and have had my husband joke that it could be my third child, but still as much as this can be the case, I can’t help, but want and need to walk away, go outdoors or just veg out reading a great new book or watch mindless TV on my DVR. Everyone needs down time. Whatever job or profession, you have, you still need to take time for you. All work and no play, definitely makes for a dull life indeed. And yet still, believe it or not all of the above have also given me some great article ideas, which brings me to one of my favorite reasons as a blogger why we must walk away from our computers and simply live life to the fullest.
3. Life Makes for Great Blog Posts:
Not going to lie, the times when I have questioned blogging the most and what more I could possibly share, when I have gone out and had my own adventures with my husband and kids have helped fuel my writing mojo. Trust me, these times we have shared, i always find myself walking away with a fever and flair for wanting to put the experience into my own words to share for all. Some of my favorite writing has come from these moments experienced in my life.
So, in the end, blogging is a craft and outlet for many who choose to indeed venture into it, but make no mistake life should still be lived and enjoyed to its fullest, because it does go very nicely hand in hand with blogging. Blogging and life simply can exist and work nicely in tandem.