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I ask this because I don't think I am alone in that blogging can be very time consuming and as your blog grows you have more and more blogs to visit and comment at. How do you keep on top of your blog while staying sane w/ out losing readers or a piece of yourself???
Lately I have started taking a day off if I want. I have a tendency to get pretty wrapped up in commenting and trying to keep up with everyone's blogs and then neglecting my own blog so some days I may take a day off from posting to my blog and others I may take a day off from commenting. I try not to take days off too often, maybe once or twice a week but doing this has really helped me feel on top of things and it has relieved a lot of the pressure I put on myself.
I have been doing the same thing, mostly on the weekend but I have to say it makes me feel like I am going to fall behind. It is crazy isn't it. I love Memes but those can bring in crazy comments and I can barely keep up.
I don't feel obligated to visit other blogs in order to grow mine. Sure, I understand some people see it as a good way to increase readership, but I've seen some of those comments: "Hey, this is a great blog/post!" I visit other blogs that I'm interested in and enjoy reading, and I leave a comment only if I feel I have something worthwhile to say. So that's a pressure I just avoid.
I feel the same way! There are some readers who are loyal commenters and I try my best to reciprocate because I genuinely feel a connection with them. But for the most part, I don't kill myself to comment back to everyone. Sometimes I have nothing to say. Sometimes I do. I do what I can with the amount of time at my disposal and try not to worry about it. If people like my blog they will read it
I approach blogging as being work time, creative time, and me time. Maintaining my blog is both an exercise in creativity and also a lot of work. Reading other blogs is the same to me as reading a book or enjoying a movie. Since my goal is to write every day I spend an hour writing and half an hour reading; if something comes up (i.e. sick kid or I need to spend more time on work for one of my clients), I don't blog that day and don't feel bad about it. I figure we're all moms and, if anyone is going to understand not getting to the computer that day, it's going to be other moms, right?