Initially I framed this question as :”What is the cost of blogging for you?”
I was afraid that “cost” might be misinterpreted as financial cost such as fees for a domain name, registration on a blogging platform etc. So I rephrased the question to “What does blogging cost to your personal life?”
This question was asked by another blogger in a post I read(if I find the link I will share it). I thought why not put it to others too.
Life offers you no such thing as a free lunch. For everything you do or everything you gain you must pay a cost, whether financial, physical or emotional.
So what, indeed, is the cost of blogging for you?
# Cost of Blogging — Questions
1. Does it infringe upon your leisure time?
It used to. Now I have schedule my writing and reading in a way that I can fit it easily in my routine. It, in fact, saved me from boredom and ennui.
2. Worse still, does it distract you from your work/studies ?
I am a person free from work, studies or other commitments. I have plenty of free time to devote to my blog.
3. Is it taking a toll on your personal relationships ?
Not at all. I have learned to balance my life and arrange the timings so that I can have time for my personal relationships free from the stress of blogging and posting.
4. Has your health suffered?
No. I keep a rigid schedule of walking which I follow daily. My current goal is 10,000 steps per day with a minimum of 30-45 minutes of active exercise. I think it’s a pretty good health routine.
5. Have you gained weight ?
No, as a matter of fact, I have lost some weight, finally!!!!
6. Do you ever get writer’s block?
Nopes! I usually get brilliant ideas while walking for my posts. I also get great flashes of inspiration just before I drop off to sleep. And I think that I will write it down tomorrow. But come the next day, and the only thing that I could remember is that I had a great idea for a post. But the actual idea is long gone!
7. Have you ever suffered from blog-related stress or blogger burn out?
Initially, I used to suffer from the stress of writing my posts. I didn’t know how to manage my time and would be like a dog chasing its tail, every day. It took time and thought to plan my day in a way as to cope with the stress and be free to do other things, like reading, going out with friends and family. Now I can say that I am not stressed out due to my blog. And that’s how it should be because it is a recreational activity for me. If it gives me stress, I should just stop doing it!
As for blogger burn out, I haven’t been there, yet! I hope I don’t.
It would be great if you answered these questions because I would love to know how you are balancing blogging with other things in your life so I can make some improvements. If you answer them in a separate post please link back to this post and use the hashtag # Cost of Blogging