8.09.2012

Blogging Balance, Where Art Thou?

Blogging Balance.
The most sought after yet seemingly unattainable word{s} in the English language.
Does it actually exist?
This is the question we are going to ponder today.
  
I'm just going to be real for a minute. 
This week I have loathed computers.
I see one and I want to run, jump, skip, and hightail it the heck outta it's sight quicker than Usain Bolt can finish the 100 meter dash. Yet despite my "I want to punch you in the screen" attitude, I find myself in front of a computer pretty much constantly. The desktop computer, the laptop, my iPhone, the iPad...if it's connected to the Internet, I am connected to it. Pretty much 18/7. The other six hours I am eating. And sleeping. But mostly eating.
 
I hate that I have started to dread doing something that I genuinely love doing.
It's true--I love blogging. It is a passion. A creative outlet. A business. A place to connect. 
It's my happy place. 
But...
It is time consuming. Never ending. Always there. No matter what. 
 
 
Ever since I began blogging, there has not been a day that goes by where I have a mental list a mile long of what needs to be accomplished: emails to answer, posts to write, pictures to take, guest posts to schedule, sponsor buttons to be uploaded, product reviews to be written, giveaway winners to be announced, thank you cards to mail, tweets to tweet, pins to pin, and the list goes on. and on. and on.
 
And while I love this whole blogging gig, I don't love what I have given up for it.
Quiet time with the Lord. Quiet time with my husband. Quiet time with me.
 
I can't remember the last time I have sat down for 30 minutes and just prayed.
Alone time with my husband? You better believe there is an iPhone or iPad within reach at all times.
Heck--even what used to be my "me" time in the bath has turned into a time to catch up on Twitter and Instagram. Something is not right with this picture.
 
Blogging is a part of my life. It is not my entire life. 
And it's time I start treating it that way....
 
Emails don't have to be answered immediately.
A day can go by without a new blog post.
Social media doesn't have to be checked every three seconds.
 
I honestly believe that the biggest hurt you can cause your blog is to invest too much time into it.
Your life is what makes your blog come alive.
Go live it.
 
As for me and my blogs plans?
 
I want this blog to grow. I dream big dreams for her. I want to take blogging outside of blogging walls. I want to make thousands more people laugh. I want to help out as many new bloggers as possible.
Ultimately I would love to see this blog become my primary source of income. 
But more than this...
 
I want a rich relationship with my Savior.
I want a husband who knows that I am connected to him, not the newest notification on my phone. 
I want to know that it's okay to sit outside alone on a sunny afternoon and not drown myself in guilt for not scratching off one of the items on that mile long list.
 
I know I will never find "the perfect balance" however I do believe there are things that I can start implementing to get at least half way there:
--Wake up an hour earlier than normal. Use this time to answer emails, schedule guest posts, etc.
--Limit my evening "office time" to somewhere between an hour to an hour and a half. Tops.
--Limit weekend posts
--Become mindful of cellphone usage..especially in the evening.
--Spend 30 minutes alone per day. Exercising, relaxing, reading, anything. 
 
This blog will only ever be as good as I am mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I'm ready for the next level.
One early morning and two mile run at a time. 
 
What about you?
How do you find balance in this blogging world?
I'd love to hear it.
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94 comments:

  1. Amen, love. You nailed it. And I have about 2 million fewer followers than you do.

    Aside from "If you knew me" posts flying around, "blogging burnout" has been circulating, too. All of these women (myself included) attempting to keep up with the Jones', I mean, "Mrs.'" It's crazy.

    Take some time to recharge. You're right, you'll be better for it.
    But no worries, your ladies will still love you.

    xoxo

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  2. Preach.
    I want my blog to grow, but it does get overwhelming- and I'm about 2350 followers (i.e., people counting on me to be entertaining and fresh) less than you!
    I get overwhelmed with keeping my blog going along with my real life- because I put my blog behind my pets, husband, and friends. But when my blog falls behind my desire to be lazy, or my desire to waste an hour reading Mental Floss, that's what I don't like. I also don't like when my blog comes before my time reading, or getting projects done, or baking- those are all important to me, and I need to put the computer down and remember that.
    Here's to getting our priorities in order!!

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  3. Deep, Erin. Very deep. I like it. And when I find this "balance" you speak of I'll let you know.

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  4. I don't have the magical keys to blogging balance success. A few tips that I have implemented are NOT scheduling on the weekends. I'm a M-F operation, just like a "regular 9-5 M-F job. The past two Sundays I haven't opened my computer once. Guess what? My computer didn't explode and I actually felt refreshed and ready for the week. I baked lemonade bars, I cooked a delish dinner. I shared a bottle of wine with my hubby. It was A-MAZING. Your blog isn't going to delete or decline if you don't invest every single second into it...if anything, it will grow because when you're ready to write your posts will be authentic and REAL LIFE! Enjoy and much love and success! xo

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  5. Girl, you said it. So... how I find balance? I'm lucky right now in that I work 8-5 sitting at a computer screen all day. In my down time I can do whatever I want so I blog. That makes it easy for me to NOT blog on the weekends. AT all. You might see a post that I scheduled during the week. You might see a twitter update or two or an Instagram picture... but anything actual blog writing/reading/etc... Gets done Monday - Friday. Saturday and Sunday are strictly family/me/friends time! Hope your extra morning hour works out for you lady! :)

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  6. Honest posts are my favorite. I'm not even some fancy celeb blogger, but I struggle with balance all the time! I am looking forward to being TOTALLY unplugged at the beach.

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  7. Remember that YOU come first. Besides, if there is no Erin there is no Living in Yellow. So take care of yourself, then your readers. In that order! (kidding)

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  8. I love this post. My blog isn't even big and I still feel like I put tons of time into it. I feel like between being a mom, working a real job from home and blogging I have absolutely no me time or me and husband time. I am trying to skip blogging on the weekends altogether!

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  9. Yup, yup, yup to everything in this post! I recently was away on vacation with my husband and his family without internet {world shattering, I know} and the best I could do was my iPhone.

    The first 2 days were hard and I kept wondering how my blog was fairing, and if readers would lose interest since I wasn't posting. But I got over it pretty quickly and ENJOYED time away from the screen.

    And you know what, my little blog survived just fine with out me! I guess she's growing up... not a baby any more! And, I even got 10 new followers without even trying... which is a big deal since I didn't have very many before that.

    I'll be sure to go out and live my life if you do the same thing... deal?

    Betsy

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  10. I absolutely agree with everything you wrote, Erin. Sometimes I feel like I'm cheating on my readers if I don't do a daily update, but quite frankly, sometimes I don't feel like it!

    Enjoy your ME time, lady. Give us more to read about when you actually feel like blogging! :-)

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  11. Great thought-provoking post. I totally miss those quiet nights with my husband when I don't have to shush him a couple of seconds while I finish typing a sentence before I can give him my full attention. Balance is so so hard.

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  12. For a newer blogger, this post reaches the heart. I have already struggled with a balance between my time and the computer. Thanks for putting this out there and reminding me that MY life if the most important, not that life displayed on a screen.

    -Amy
    http://theblankpagesblog.blogspot.com/

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  13. Girl this is GREAT perspective!!!

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  14. I'm just starting to get to that really overwhelmed point, and I honsetly don't know how bloggers like you and bigger, keep up. I imagine more and more gets lost in the shuffle. I barely comment anymore, let alone return my own! It's a crazy ride, when you find a way to keep that balance, you write that post stat, mmk? xo

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  15. I try to get a couple blog posts done in one night and scheduled ahead. Hooowever that never happens. Not sure there is a balance haha Sounds like a good plan and I think you deserve it :)

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  16. I have read a lot of posts like this, and sometimes it makes me think that I should just quit now. But I can't. I love it too and I take pride in my blog (even though she's just a baby right now). I hope you, and everyone else finds the balance. As much as I love all of your posts, I will understand if you miss a day here and there to live your life!

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  17. Amen and amen. And did I mention amen? This is a great post - and balance is SO incredibly illusive, darn it all! Here's one of the ways I'm finding balance: http://www.royaldaughterdesigns.com/2012/08/on-my-space.html

    You know you're wonderful - you can do whatever your pretty little self wants to do on your blog!

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  18. I hear ya on all fronts!!! I always want to comment on peoples blogs, but I need the time to read them and then I need to topic my own blog and respond to comments and sometimes I just suck at it!

    I only blog Monday - Friday which gives my weekends. I dont really schedule many posts - but I should! It would give me more time!!

    Be sure to post what you find out and decide!! Im interested in finding some sort of balance too!

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  19. I have an Erin Condren planner too! I LOVE them :) This is my third year with one!

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  21. Great post! Off topic question, how do you like your Asus laptop?

    I currently have an HP and need a new one ASAP. I'm torn between getting the new Dell or Asus, or splurging and getting the Mac Pro.

    C. http://chelseadward.blogspot.ca/

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  22. I find blog-balance by not blogging everyday, sometimes not even once a week...OK I am a terrible blogger. but for right now, my personal life isn't very exciting so if I posted daily they would be so boring. I also read about 10 times more blogs than I have readers so you know haha.
    I look forward to your posts everyday, I really hope you find the balance you are looking for!!

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  23. I just wrote a similar post this morning about taking time off when blogging feels like a chore.

    http://www.five30three.com/2012/08/this-is-why-i-blog.html

    I don't make money from it, I don't have sponsors expecting to get their money's worth and I know my loyal followers will continue reading if I take a day...or two...or four off from blogging.

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  24. Wow, what a real post. I really enjoyed reading this, especially from a "Blogging Diva" like you :-) I sure hope you don't disappear too much because I'd miss you!

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  25. Haha it seems like a lot of us bloggers are feeling this way right now! I posted about it earlier this week!

    I think it's awesome that you set actual goals for yourself...I should probably take note of that and do it myself.

    GET IT GIRL.
    xo

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  26. This is great Erin! I love it. Even with my little baby blog, I get consumed with all the stuff I have to keep up with. I don't know how you do it! You deserve time to yourself, and definitely time with God and your husband. I hope you can figure everything out, while not putting too much pressure on yourself to be perfect. We will all understand!

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  27. I agree. I have a blog, its not big and I only have 3 followers. I love to write and I have a lot of drafts that are ready to be posted once pictures are edited, however, I have tried to balance things out. Which has put my blog on the back burner. My last post was on June 30th. I work, have a military husband, I volunteer with the FRG (family readiness group) and I have to feel my closeness with God. He is the one that keeps me going, He is the one that makes all things possible in my life. I love to blog but lately, I have felt that my time on social media sites have really gotten out of control so I have had to put a strict time limit on those types of things. I decided to put God, my husband and my life first and with that I feel everything else including my blog will fall into place. Finding the balance is difficult and I am still trying to find it.

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  28. This is an awesome post Erin! I've been so scared to put my blog out there more because I don't want to lose myself in it or for it to consume me. Thank you for being real and honest!

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  29. I'd have to say every blogger goes through this. I always felt that I had to take an outfit picture and write a post everyday, but I've realized that I can take a day off when I need to, and the blog and all its followers will still be there. So I've started doing that. And I feel better about what I write and what I wear because I don't have to be perfectly dressed everyday... which is good, because lets face it, I like to take a day off and wear PJs all day, which no one online needs to see. :) Take the time you need and the blog will be better because of it!

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  30. My blog is itsy bitsy in comparison, but I totally get where you are coming from. With my boyfriends and my busy schedule, it's hard to have quality time together. I gave him a promise that I would only blog when he wasn't home. It's been working so far, but it's still really hard for me to stay disconnected.

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  31. It can be incredibly hard to balance it "all" - whatever that all may mean. I write a craft blog and it is incredibly time consuming to do one post. I have to come up with a creative idea, shop for supplies, make the craft as well as take a billion photos along the way, edit those photos and then still write the post. I also have two small kids at home to take care of and a husband I need to nurture my relationship with. Something has to give! I choose to only post when I have something to post. This may be once a week or three or four times. And that just has to be okay! I figure if the posts I do are quality posts, it isn't the quantity that matters. Good luck to you in finding the balance. I think you have set some really great goals for yourself! :)

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  32. My great aunt always says, "Do YOU", and whenever I'm feeling "meh" or feel bad that I'm taking time for myself I think of that. It's so simple but has a lot of beef behind it! Good luck in finding your balance, it'll happen...just pray about it ;)
    You're awesomeness won't go anywhere!

    -Sarah
    (now email me back) hahaha juuust kidding :)

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  33. My co-workers and I always talk about how often you blog! We love it (duh!), but from the sound of this post, you definitely need a break! Keep it a Monday-Friday deal, and leave your weekends free from blogging/computers and focus on your hubby and yourself! :)

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  34. This is so so true! I've seen a handful of these posts around lately and I think we're all sort of realizing that life comes before blogging! We started blogging because we wanted to share our lives. Now we are blogging because it IS our life. That's backwards! I totally agree with you about spending time with the Lord... too often (read almost always) does it take a back seat to photo editing or post writing, or heck, even reading other blogs. Priorities are a-shifting, time to shift them back :-) I'm inspired by your blog and even more so that a successful blogger like you is able to admit this imbalance! Thanks for being real!

    xo,
    Amanda @ Pretty Little Things

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  35. This is a great post...I think it all ebbs and flows...I think I am an awesome blogger during the summer, and during school breaks...LOL but right now its back to school time and I am literally LOOSING HAIR bc I am so stressed with all the stuff I have going on. Group giveaways I have committed to, sponsors I dont want to let down, and I also have two children and a husband outside of this blog that need to have my attention as well. Its a total juggling act. I am not sure how it will all come out in the wash, but I know that it cant be at the price of the other, if that makes any sense...I dont be seem to making any sense this week...I cant possibly imagine that its Thursday already! Great Post my friend!!

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  36. You'd still be my favorite blogger even if you posted once a week. And I think everyone above me would agree :)

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  37. Just stumbled upon this blog and I've literally been reading it laughing in a room by myself for over an hour, cool Rachel.. Anyways, I love it to say the least! This post really struck a cord with me even though my blog is extremely new. Its crazy how much work really does go into making a blog of your very own. If you can't fully balance, then we are all screwed :)

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  38. Love the post.... and just remember .. you want die if nobody gets your tweet and nobody will befriend you if you don't pin something! We love what you write and we don't care how often... well i guess i speak for myself! Hope you don't read this until tomorrow and right now you are watching tv with your husband :)

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  39. You nailed it girl! My blog is no where near yours but I often get very anxious about not having a post up one day or not replying to emails. I think we all need remember to take time and breath and step away from the blogs. No one is making us blog, it has to continue to be fun.
    I have often wondered how you do it all! You are wonder woman!!

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  40. I really feel you on this one! I've a little rough patch in my life right now, and while blogging used to be a good outlet for me, my heart just hasn't been in it lately.

    Finding that perfect balance is key. And I'm still working on it!

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  41. Absolutely love your blog post today. I was just talking about this with my husband. I feel like a bad blogger glad to know I'm not the only one.

    Xo
    Jessa
    Http://www.lifeofasportswife.blogspot.com

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  42. Absolutely love your blog post today. I was just talking about this with my husband. I feel like a bad blogger glad to know I'm not the only one.

    Xo
    Jessa
    Http://www.lifeofasportswife.blogspot.com

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  43. So glad you posted this today. Completely freaked out a little, too! I was just talking with a fellow blogger about this. If you find out how to make this work, do share! :) I've been trying to find a way to balance blogging, a social life, time with family, & work. Blahhh. It's been a wild mess! That's for sure...

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  44. lovely post. I think making a point to have alone time (away form the computer) is a great idea. I'm about to start my junior year of undergrad and I am thinking of waking up an hour early this semester to have some alone time to pray, relax, and prepare myself for the day.

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  45. I couldn't have said it better myself. I think we all feel this way- like there is literally not enough time in the day. It almost becomes an obsession/habit but something you love at the same time. I get that. I think its great that you are trying to focus more on you time and you/husband time.

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  46. I gave my blog a name and ended it there. I have to much fun reading blogs. I love your blog. You always make me laugh! I think it is great that you want "me time." One thing is really important. Your computer, phone and IPad will be there forever. Were never promised tomorrow. Take that time with your husband!!! Especially with the Lord!
    I will always come back to see if you posted. If not, I know you are busy with important stuff! Have a great weekend! :)

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  47. Awesome post!! Spending "me" time is one of the most healthy things you could do for yourself. Yeah, it's good to help everyone out and try to please everyone, but the main question is "Are YOU happy?" If not, then this is where you get to spoil yourself a little, or let your hubby spoil you :) (I like this the best lol)

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  48. Where is this shirt from? I saw it in the pile of things you bought the other day ($30 or less doesn't hurt the pocket book...my philosophy too!)....I am kind of craving this shirt.....ok...more like SERIOUSLY craving this shirt.

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  49. how true you are. im striving to get a little more disconnected. is it really necessary i take a pic of EVERY.SINGLE.MEAL on date night and immediately post to instagram and check every .3 secs to see how many "likes" i have!? so freakin dumb. thanks for the reminder.
    ps- i actually have "pray" on my to do list. like that is no freakin joke. #iwillprobablybeinpurgatoryforareallylongtime

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  50. How absolutley perfect! You hit the nail on the head for so many bloggers! Great post!

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  51. This post resonates with me Erin. I was getting to the point that I was stressing so much about my blog that I had nothing to write of interest of value.
    I was coming up with posts I didn't like and that weren't me because I hadn't been living.
    Now I plan maybe a week in advance, unless I'm going on holiday. If something comes up or I just need to take a break I do.
    I don't check Twitter every two seconds. Instead at the beginning and end of the day I spend about 10 mins scrolling through what I've missed, and replying to any tweets I got.
    Most importantly I don't check my phone when I'm out with friends or family. That time is just too important. I know the blogging world will be there a few hours later.

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  52. I find that I actually need blogging to wake me up in the morning so my daily routine starts with this. Then as the day goes on, I will check in every now and then. In the evenings I will check my emails and comments. I guess in helps that I have a full time job for which I have to work... Lol.

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  53. I have struggled with this, and I don't even have 100 followers! I think anything has the potential to be a distraction from what is good for us. But as you said, the key is balance. Blogging isn't bad. When you give yourself smaller amounts of time to accomplish things, you usually can. So, you can do it!! I too, have been struggling to spend more time in the Word, and in prayer. When I do, I ALWAYS feel better about everything in my life. So why do I do this to myself? This is a great post that I am sure every blogger can relate to. Let us know how your quest to become more balanced goes! :) <3<3<3

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  54. I think we all as bloggers struggle with this! I know I have but I have found a way to make it work in my life. I find that I usually only get on the computer while I am at work. Now dont get me wrong I do WORK while I am at work but I also tend to goof off and play with my blog and set up posts for the week and respond to emails and what not. I find that since I can get so much done at work when I leave I very rarely sign on my blog at night. I will jump on twitter or instagram here and there at night but for the most part when I leave work I tend to shut down from the technological world. I do not usually get on my blog on the weekends either and if I am doing a post on a weekend you can bet your pretty behind that it is a schedualed post.

    This system seems to work great for me! Hope this helped!

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  55. you are seriously amazing woman. I dont know how you do it. you are always on top of your "blog game" ... blogging even on the weekends. I seriously think that one day it will all pay off ... you will be some big time blogger(well you already are) but I can say ... "Hey! I know her..." :) anyways ... love reading your blog everyday and hope that you come visit Katie and I in Columbus sometime too!!! happy friday!
    xo
    Ashley

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  56. This post hits the nail on the head.
    I had to step back from my blog a couple months and really readjust my attitude and priorities towards it.

    I'm not going to let my 'real life' fall by the wayside of my online life.

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  57. Love love love the honesty in this post.

    You go girl.

    Take a breather and get re-charged!

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  58. I was hesitant to comment because that's one more email you will get lol however I wanted to share a tidbit of wisdom from my dad.
    I'm a list person. I like my planner too much and put much pressure on myself to get everything done. I get this from my dad. What he does when the day is done and still items not crossed off he writes GRACE over it all. God gives us grace daily so why not do the same and be gentle with ourselves. :-)
    Ok, go grace yourself now lol

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  59. YOU took the words out of my mouth and typed them on this post. I've felt the same way, trust me. I also don't know how you do weekend posts..you should take that time for YOU! xoxo love you!

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  60. Oh man G. I was nodding the entire time. I feel like it's been one of those weeks (months?) for a whole ton of bloggers out there. Everyone seems stressed to the max. I do about a fourth of the stuff you do with blogging ... and yet I had to take a "vacation" from it this last Wed. Maybe we should all devote one day of the week to NO Blogging? Hey, maybe that's my link-up idea. ;)

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  61. I have a very tiny tiny blog and even I find it overwhelming at times. I took down my blogs twitter and facebook page to help me keep that balance. I know that is counterproductive to growing your blog but it's what I needed to do. My dreams are not to have a huge blog so that works for me. I couldn't imagine it would be like to have a big blog like yours! Good luck in finding your balance! Disconnecting is so hard!

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  62. This blog post has just given me tremendous respect for you as a person, a blogger, and a fellow sister in Christ.

    Tag as much time as you need between posts. We will still be here for you, to read your thoughts, to laugh at your awesome awkwardness.

    Thanks for your honesty, with us, and with yourself.

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  63. Oh my goodness.

    You read my mind.

    I've been feeling like this lately and it is NOT good. Not good for the blog, and not good for me, which is the most important thing.

    When I am out living life I'm thinking about it in post form. social media form. How can I word this. How many pics can I fix/edit before I make the post?

    It's absolutely exhausting.

    Good to know I'm not alone and this and neither are you. You've done great things with LIY but at what cost? Time to refocus and revamp for a better you, a better life, and in-turn an even better blog :)

    Take Care LIY! You do what you gotta do because trust me, we'll still be here!

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  64. Passion fruit ads will change your life as far as time or sponsor ads!! And just don't blog on the weekend, most don't I feel like and it gives you a break! I don't blog urging the weekend but usually use two hours Sunday night as my catch up/planning time :)

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  65. "your life is what makes your blog come alive." LOVE that!
    xo

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  66. Grace. Lots of grace.
    I'm a newer blogger, with just a small space. Sometimes it's overwhelming to think that I want to gain followers and then advertise and then...too much. So I decided to rarely do weekend posts and I don't have a smart phone which also takes away some distractions.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  67. ahhhhh one of life's biggest BIGGEST questions ever. where's the balance of anything?!!! one thing i've been doing with blogging is throwing as many stereotypes and myths out the door as possible- i don't have to blog everyday to be big, my blog isn't losing priority if i'm thinking about it 18/7, etc. People like YOU, not just your blog. We'll take anything you're willing to give us! sue rte, my friend! xoxo gay

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  68. AMEN, sista. I've been in the same boat and am allowing my blog to have a little break. I'm also WAY too connected with technology and I CANNOT wait until I'm gone to Italy without a phone/constant email for 4 months. Cannot wait. I'm starting to really hate this little phone of mine and am looking forward to neglecting it until January. Peace out lil' phone, peace out. (Don't ask why I sound like I'm talking to my phone.)

    I don't know if you get emails on your phone, but one way I have found helpful is to turn off email notification on there. Otherwise, I get at least 20 emails a day and can never get my mind off of business. Maybe a idea? Turn off Twitter notifications, too? SHREEEEK. Sounds like death, but it might help!

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  69. Amen, amen, amen! I have definitely been in a blogging/creative rut and have noticed that when I push too hard to come up with something to write about, it just never feels right. It's time to let go and get the enjoyment back :) By the way, I have no idea how I wasn't following your blog before but I am now! :)

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  70. This post is exactly what I needed right now. You are so right about being connected to the nearest piece of technology 15/7 (I've ben sleeping and eating a lot more this summer....whoops). I like the goals you've set for yourself and actually want to set them for myself as well! :) Thanks!

    Marianna
    Delightfully Dunn

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  71. I am just a new blogger and I am already having issues with this. I have so many thoughts and ideas that run through my head that I want to write down and share and make these fabulous posts that I see in my head. But for some reason whenever I actually take the time to write them, I end up doing ten other things at the same time. I always have something going on. I don't have much "me" time anymore, heck I'm not even married yet and I still find that I need more hours in the day to get the things down I need to. My mind feels like a never ending list some days. But it is still something that I look forward to doing and I really enjoy reading all the other blogs that I have found and grown to love, yours for example. So I just hope you find the time as well as everyone else, and continue to let us into your wonderfully funny life through this blog. Thank you for taking the time that you do to share with us. I for one appreciate it. And when someone finds the secret to balance and having more hours in the day...please share it! :)

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  72. You have mirrored my thoughts exactly! And I'm just a newbie with less than 50 followers! My blog has become an addiction and oftentimes I tell myself that I have got to limit my time blogging. My blog is supposed to be about my life. IT is NOT my life.

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  73. Very true. I'm new to blogging but how quickly it consumes you. Sometimes I wish I could really unplug from all my gadgets but then I think, "Do I really want to??" i feel like i might miss something but i have to remind myself that its okay not to see every FB post or instagram pic.

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  74. I feel like I could have written this exact post. I have been feeling the exact same way about the ever elusive "blogging balance". Girl, thank you for sharing and I can't wait to meet you in October.

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  75. Something I definitely needed to read! Sometimes its hard to balance it all, but I don't want my blog to be my life! Good words!

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  76. How scary.... I just wrote an almost exact same post on my blog having the exact same feelings. (http://www.anidetoknowbasis.com/2012/08/back-to-reality.html) - seems to be something that is going around.

    It is amazing how freeing it is to just release yourself from web-terriotory for a while (I did it for a month).

    I wish you all the best on this and hope you find the happiness that I did. :)

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  77. This topic definitely seems to be trending around the internet and blogworld lately.

    I think it's time we stop putting so much pressure on ourselves! Because really, we're only doing it to ourselves... the people out there are so sweet and incredibly understanding so I don't think they'll mind if you take time for you.

    I actually wrote something similar to this on my blog recently, have a read if you'd like.

    http://allietodd.blogspot.com/2012/08/finding-balance-and-never-ending-to-do.html

    xo

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  78. Safe to say this post has struck a cord with me more than any other. I have a blog that I've stopped and started on more times than I can tell you and I desperately want it to grow. I love reading blogs and finding new ones but throw in that plus working 40+, a house and pet to deal with, life in general, friends and family and I just can't seem to get it going. And of course, there's the comparison thing when reading others. The idea that it could be a sole source of income for me one day? Heaven on earth and I certainly hope that can come true for you but not at the expense of everything else in your life. Please take the time you need, I know that I'll still be around. ;)

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  79. Totally know what you're saying. I had been spending so much time blogging lately that I felt like I wasn't really living. I've started going out of town every weekend, and not doing anything blog related (besides pictures) the whole time I'm gone so I can recharge. It definitely helps.

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  80. This was the best post I have ever read from you!! So good!

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  81. By the way real quick...I love those jeans you are wearing!

    This is a very good, true post. You are obviously more established in your blog than I am..but I have found that I already am in the other room updating/renovating my blog..when I could be hanging out with the hubby. Balance is definitely key. And I like your, things you can begin implementing now.
    Great post!

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  82. I love this! As a new blogger there is always just one more blog to read or one more tweak on my page but I can't let it take over my life. I can see my husband get frustrated when I have to update twitter just one more time before I can come snuggle. totally not okay!

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  83. So…this is probably not the best day to add more to your list, but before reading this post…like a little girl on Christmas morning…I just sent this to your "in box".

    "Hey Erin! I just found your blog, & though I couldn't even tell you how…I CAN tell you how stoked I am that I did! GIRL…you're THE SHIT & I can't stop reading! =) You're like the best book…I just can't put down! LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about you, your blog, & all that you are & represent! SO…now down to business…I want my little bloggie…ALL UP on yours! LOL! =) No, but REALLY! I want the biggest ad (billboard) I can get & wanna learn everything I can from you to be the best blogger I can be! Just read all your tips…thank you so so much for taking the time to write those for all of us. I am FULLY aware how time consuming it can be (IS)! Thank you so much! Please let me know if you're still accepting Sponsors & if you like my blog enough to allow me to grace yours! =) Here's my link…www.veronikaskandykoateddreams.blogspot.com. Thank you so so much for everything! Keep up the AMAZING work & have an equally amazing weekend! Can't wait to hear from you! XO…Veronika"

    LMAO! Take your sweet time, Honey. I couldn't agree with this post more. I still have SO much to learn on this little blogging journey & balance is always THE hardest part. We ALL feel you. Sounds like you have a perfect plan though. Great Post!

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  84. Amen sistah...I have felt guilty for being busy this week, had to take off a day to catch up, and realized that I need to restore the balance. I'd like to eventually make money off le blog, but I don't think it will be any time soon, since Will is my only priority when he comes home! I will still blog, but I won't be dedicating my entire life to it like I do now!!

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  85. Love this post, Erin! It's deep and real! Grab that bottle of wine and have some ERIN time :)!

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  86. I feel the exact same way, only with a lot less followers! Blogging is time consuming and a lot of work! It's hard to find a balance when you want to be successful and put your all into it, but it's important to have time with the Lord, with your husband and with your self. Balance is a tricky thing. I hope when someone finds it, they share their secret ;)
    I love reading your blog and how real you are and that won't change if you take a day off. Can't wait to meet you at influence!!

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  87. It's like you read my diary:) I am struggling with the same thing. I need to make my health, hubby, and my biz a priority again. Like you I love blogging too but I find my thoughts are CONSUMED with posts, projects, etc...It's like an addiction! Best wishes as you find your bliss.

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  88. This is such a great post. I have to say, I can really relate. I'm always thinking about the next thing to blog about. But really need to make sure that isn't the top thing on my checklist. Sometimes we need those quiet mornings, or alone time with your husband/fiance/significant other. It really can be so consuming, but it is something I enjoy so much. I don't blog every day, but I'm on it every day, quite possibly all day. I really need to find that balance.

    Lauren
    http://laurensweetnothings.blogspot.com/

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  89. i just posted about this the other day! i feel like we all need breaks sometimes to rethink and renew, or else, like you said, our blogs aren't going to be as good. hope you got the relaxation you needed to recharge!

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  90. Hi Erin,
    I came across your Blog reading Running on Happiness the other day and I'm so glad I did! You've done a great job with your Blog and I find it very light and funny. I just started up my own Blog last week and I enjoyed your insite on how to find balance in this Blogging world. Keep up the great job, I'll look to your Blog as a great example.
    Tara www.pixseestyle.com

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  91. I remember reading this when you first wrote it. Do you still feel this way or have you found a manageable balance?

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  92. SO I just read this post (stalking you, sorry) and I have to say this is something I'm struggling with big time. At this present time, blogging is my "full-time job" besides being a mommy, wife, and mommy-to-be again. We're about to move, my husband is leaving for 15 weeks, and yet all I can think about are things like "did I send that email?" " Did I write that post?" "Did I tweet that sponsor?" Etc. I love where you said that we need to be living life and that will in turn make our blog a better place. Love, love, love. Thanks lady!

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  93. I'm so glad someone finally agree's with me!! It is so hard to feel like I can't balance life, yet all I want to do is blog. It is my outlet and my safe place to go to. I love writing and what blogging has done for me, but sometimes I feel horrible about the time I've spent on the computer verses reading my scriptures or like you said, praying!! I need to find a balance, and that is my goal this month.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Ashley

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I read and appreciate every one of your comments. Thanks for stopping by my space and sharing a piece of yourself on this huge ole internet. I meant that in the least creepy way possible. I'm just good at making everything awkward. Anyhow, thank you for your comments. They make me smile :)