Sunday Poser # 73

Welcome back to another Sunday Poser

This week my question is;

When real life takes you away from your blog, how do you manage?

I’m asking this question from you all because I have been so busy with my Lahore trip these last 9-10 days that I haven’t had time to comment on your posts and haven’t spent much time on WordPress. My apologies!

Previously, when I traveled, I used to pre-schedule my posts, some new and some re-blogs. This time around the trip was planned in a bit of a hurry and was very busy with family commitments. So, although I did responded to comments, I had little time to catch up with reading of blogs.

I know that this is just my own self-imposed routine and I’m not answerable to anyone about it but I feel bad when I don’t read every post from the bloggers that I follow.

How do you handle your blog when you’re busy otherwise? Do you take a break or do you still try to catch up with blogging in between?

Please share your thoughts in the comments section or you can write your own post and link it to this one so that I can find it.

As usual, thanks of visiting and reading.



111 thoughts on “Sunday Poser # 73

  1. Dear Sadje, you are a wonderful blogger. You hold yourself to a very high standard. It is okay and even healthy to take vacations now and then. This coming week I will take my first week long break in four years. So I understand the feeling!

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  2. Well, I always have my phone, so it’s easy to sneak in some blog reading here & there, though I may not comment as much. I have been busier, so I’m often posting only once a day instead of my usual 2-3 times. I would be sad to miss a day of posting after all these years…

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  3. Truly you are a lovely blogger, Sadje…and maybe you’re putting way too much pressure on yourself 🙂 ❤ I can't possibly read every post from every blogger I follow…sometimes I can manage to do Likes, sometimes not. And I've had to stop following some blogs… There's enough stress in "real" life, without adding more from what should be just an enjoyable pastime, blogging. MUCH LOVE sent to YOU, please take care! Many blessings, Z💖

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  4. I just had a similar week recently. Well I guess you post about it (that’s what I did) and catch up when you can! Everyone needs a break and life’s just too busy some times

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  5. If a blogger has a pre-planned vacation or just a break, it’s nice to let followers know. Sometimes things come up that are immediate that has to be taken care of. We’ve all been blogging long enough to understand. For me, we don’t ever go anywhere, and we don’t work out of the home, so most times I don’t have a problem with keeping up as much or little as I want. 🙂

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  6. I tend to write “on the fly” I do not pre-schedule blog posts. Life has been a bit crazy these past months, and quite honestly, after over 2 years of the pandemic and other challenges I’ve been feeling rather empty, like I have little worth sharing and my energy has been such I cannot concentrate to read much of anything. I’ve just felt too drained. Then I must take a break. I have not been overly active on WordPress because of all this, but I do feel bad as well. I am sure fellow bloggers carry on quite well without me but I do miss the interchange.

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    1. Thanks for sharing Carol. We all have different ways of dealing with the current situation we all are facing. I’ve noticed that you are quieter since the pandemic started.

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  7. When I first started blogging I was very disciplined and had a regular schedule of posting and reading. Now it is hit or miss. I do read those I follow and try to comment or at least do a like.

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  8. “Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us”
    Maya Angelo

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  9. This is one I know about well, as I’ve had to adjust my blogging schedule many times over the last two years to accommodate work. Recently, I made the shift to posting three times a week, which helps me immensely with time management in regard to my reading schedule. I may even have to go to 2 posts per week later this year, as work may get even busier. I will write here, of the many bloggers I follow and read, you are always one of the most consistent, in all ways. I’m glad you are having some travel time and wish you well, Sadje.

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  10. Dear Sadje,

    You are so committed to your blog and audience. I realise at times it can get overwhelming to keep up with all the prompts and comments, yet you are doing a fab job.

    I myself experience what you mention here at times. I so wished to write for all the lovely prompts you have been sharing, but there are other things that need my attention now.
    I wish to write, comment and be in touch, but sometimes our real life takes over our virtual life of writing/blogging which is like any full time job.

    Over the years I have learned it’s okay to take breaks, keep others in the loop if time permits. In fact when you take breaks you return far more rejuvenated with the creative cells buzzing.

    I’m so glad you got to visit home and are now back to your routine.

    Wishing you well. ❤

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Natasha. Thanks for reinforcing this advice about taking breaks from blogging. Many have given me this advice and I’ll keep it in mind when I’ve family commitments next time. Hope you’ll find time for blogging soon.

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  11. This is exactly my challenge, Sadje. Some weeks, I manage no problem, others, things like illness take over, and I always feel bad not getting back to comments (quickly). I do try my best though, and I hope that’s enough. I do have my phone although often it works differently than on the PC so things like comments or reblogs are not always available, I don’t know why that is. I also have the kindle version of the app on my Amazon fire, and that too does not include all the features. So, I just do the best I can. Have a wonderful break. You are such a kind and supportive blogger to all, and we’ll all be here when you return :). KL ❤

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    1. Thanks a lot KL for sharing! You are a young mom and have a lot more responsibilities than many. It’s okay for you to take time off for family and other commitments. I’m back now so I can get more organized. Thanks

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  12. I post date content and l create post dated content anywhere between 2 weeks to four weeks in advance. It is easier these days because although l publish two posts a day here which is 14 posts a week 70% of the published content is recycled content meaning l only have to create 3 original posts on average a week. But more importantly if l wanted to take a break, l would reduce my 2 down to 1 and simply have a month’s worth of poems so l am covered.

    But it’s not just content but engagement.

    I don’t have a Smart Phone, but l am working with the blog less even though l am still here anway and in essence am taking a break. I used to publish five+ posts a day and at that level you set yourself way too many higher expectations making taking time out harder. This way with less publishings l can still work and take a break at the same time.

    As they say, less is more.

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    1. You have honed this to a fine art Rory. I do the same regarding post scheduling but I push myself to read the posts from my favorite bloggers and respond to them too. So I really don’t take a break, a complete one.

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      1. I also read from the bloggers l follow Sadje, but l don’t read from hundreds weekly.

        I read from 35 bloggers each week; l get to all those who follow me once every five days. To not exhaust yourself, you can’t try and read from too many bloggers every day. of course, it reflects on the time you have allocated to your blog reading or commenting daily.

        For instance, l am responding to you at 10.20 am; l have been reading the comments left overnight on my blog since 9.55 am. I will continue to react till around 11.00 am.

        So for 35 minutes every morning, based on the fact that l don’t have that many followers and l don’t follow that many writers anyway, l can respond perfectly well.

        In the evenings, l read from five blogs and their writers each night between 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. I retire for the night at 10.30 pm. But of the five blogs l read from nightly, l ensure that l read a minimum of five published articles they have produced as long as there are five. Not everyone produces every day.

        I don’t read re-blogs; l read genuine articles that the writer has written themselves and Like if l like it and comment if l have something to say.

        But l interact with every writer l follow. The reading system l have is very precise. I have an internal directory inside this blog with all the direct links to the writer’s home page in their blog because l prefer to read directly from their blog as an outsider would over using the Reader, which l have always found distasteful as a feature.

        I follow two new writers a month as l know that l can, with this system of reading, writing, and commenting and enjoy my life away from this blog or working on the other blog, manage a total of fifty writers a week.

        So l can take time away from the blog should l wish, but still do everything that l expect me to do. However, if you are away from your home, as in on holiday, l would postdate content because you are not there to respond to comments when on holiday.

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          1. It’s the only way l can manage everything Sadje. it’s a bit robotic when l write it out, but l guess that is the way l view it also.

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  13. I think you should take a break and spend time with your family. And after your tripping, you can write more effectively, and then you have lots of topics for blogging.
    It’s ok for not to reading blogs that you have followed because you can read these after your vacations.
    You are an amazing writer I know. Don’t bother yourself dear☺
    And welcome to Lahore🤗🤗🙂
    I hope you have a great time with your loving ones☺

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  14. Like you when I know I’ll be away I do pre post. But I too have been busy the last month. I try and catch up but quickly, I am behind again. I do try to post something everyday, and then I smash the few prompts I do like to post to. That helps. But now with the weather getting better and a retired hubby… who knows. We can only do our best.
    Just don’t stress. ‘Real life’ has to come first and I truly believe that most bloggers understand that.

    I hope you enjoyed your trip!

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  15. Good question Sadje. Well for me I manage just fine, I can go for days or even weeks without blogging but I do get concerned when I take a lot of time without writing a fresh blog post. I mean my life , health and goals are the first on my life before blogging.

    Sometimes you need to take a break from the internet and social media💯

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  16. Hi Sadke. Great question. In November 2021 I had a family emergency that sent me spiralling into a mental breakdown. I didn’t get back to blogging until March 2022. All the time off I felt guilty but however much I tried, I couldn’t bring myself to write. I would just stare blankly at my computer screen. But, once I got back I wrote for 8 days straight until last night. I’m writing my 9th post right now. Overall, I think I needed the break and it’s rejuvenated me like nothing before. My takeaway? It’s alright to take a break as long as it’s not permanent :). Just keep the creativity alive. God bless.

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  17. I still try to at least read everything… just maybe fewer comments, but slowly and surely catch up. But then I am posting on a Poser from March so you see it is not working well for me. LOL

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