As a blogger I’m increasingly finding that my ‘real life’, that is to say my world away from the computer, is inextricably linked to my blogging life. If I’m having a bad week or find myself completely swamped with work then of course I’ll post less. But ‘real life’ affects more than just posting frequency. It’s a matter of motivation. Blogging is a time consuming, difficult process. The biggest downer for me is that I always know that I could be doing more. I could network tonight, I could post on forums, I could finally sign up for Entrecard, I could research Digg etc, etc… It’s like when you have so much work to do that you’re afraid to start.
The most important thing is to take the plunge, and just go for it.
In real life you’ll usually be faced with two options during a rough patch. You moan about it, or you get on with things. This post may seem like the former, but I can assure you that it is not. I could be asleep right now, but I’m choosing to post because I want to be blogging, and because I enjoy it.
My point is that real life is bound to get in the way of your blogging life, if it doesn’t then you probably don’t have much of a life going on. What you need to do is to not see your blog as an additional stress or time-consumer. If you start to view blogging like that then you won’t last very long at all. Rather, you should view your blog as part of your life as a whole, and use it as part of the catalyst for ‘getting on with things’.
As I said before, it tends to be more about motivation than time. Sure, you can have less time than usual, but if you look at the wasted hours in your day, you most likely COULD have done more with your blog. Whilst it’s only human nature not to feel 100% motivated all of the time, your blogging motivation can drive, and be driven by your ‘real life’ motivation. I’m going to be reading Shakespeare tomorrow, and whilst I’ve been putting this off, I know that when I’m done I’ll feel motivated, rather than tired. Similarly, if I take the effort with blogging tomorrow I’ll feel more motivated to do university work.
The bottom line is that I don’t think you have to choose between ‘real life’ and blogging. You just need to get in the right mindset and you’ll suddenly find that you DO have time for both, and you’ll enjoy them both a lot more.