I used to hula hoop a lot. It was one semi-athletic thing I felt good at, and I could go for days. Okay, maybe not days, but my record is twenty-five minutes straight. It requires constant movement, consistency and the perfect balance of thinking too much and not enough. And when the hoop dipped a little too low, to a point I felt I couldn’t recover, I’d try with all my might to get it back up into the safe zone around my hips.
Blogging is similar. Everyday we put so much effort into our online endeavors. Some are sailing smoothly and so inspiring to watch, while others are just chugging along trying not to let it drop.
Within the blogsphere, it is becoming increasingly difficult to treat blogging as just a hobby/escape. With thousands of thousands of bloggers in existence, it is easy to obsess over site traffic, daily comments, and repins of original content on Pinterest. We read our favorite blogs and think, “man, I need to up my game,” “ugh, why didn’t I take pictures of my popcorn last night and write about it this morning?” Or my personal favorite, “I need cute clothes so I can start being a style blogger…but I guess I need a DSLR then too.” (Yes, these have crossed my mind, it’s true).
Isn’t it funny (and sometimes sad) what energy we put into blogging and not other aspects of our life? It’s as if we are making ourselves too available, stretching ourselves too thin, and we are droning on…trying to win the never-ending contest. But if we let our guard down, and let the hula hoop slip, we may be out of it all together.
I don’t know about you, but putting myself out there, finding new blogs to leave a little message on, tweeting about everything, is gobbling me right up. Since realizing how much time I devote everyday to blogging, I’m cleaning house a bit on who I follow and what I read. I may also be reigning in the amount of boards I follow and tweeters I read. Don’t worry, I’m still hula hooping. I actually enjoy it…especially since I get to see all the great things happening in the lower 48. And I hope you stick with me while I shift gears over the season, as I find new positions to get comfortable in. I’d love to bring more of what I know and do to you, my lovelies, and let the rest fall away.
Do you get this same feeling about blogging? Are you bogged down by too many bookmarked sites, or do you love the competition?
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