It’s A Consuming Art…

Until I started blogging, I didn’t realize that not only is it an art, it could also be an intense affair which gets a bit addictive, most especially if a blogger is striving for excellence in content and building connections.

It is also a slow burning, time consuming venture. You’ ve simply got to love writing, learn how to organise thoughts, have a schedule, set sensible goals in order to make it less stringent as well as interesting.

It is easy for a blogger to burn-out if the balance becomes badly skewed heavily to work and just more work. Once it becomes tedium, it loses its appeal, so striking a balance between fun and professionalism is also taken into account.

Teenage girl with laptop doing homework

I am still learning the ropes as I go and making the rules that work well with my circumstances.

There are days my brain cells feel as if they are getting fried from all the original content writing, connecting and browsing other blogs, coupled with the rest of my life’s exigencies.

I notice my stress when I start feeling my shoulders bunch up, which is my main stress point and once I feel that way, it is time to de-stress.

It is time to take a step back and relax. I let the phone and the rest of my paraphernalia lie fallow for several hours and do something different to detox my brain.

An act as simple as a leisurely walk, singing off key to favourites, going to the cinema, watching a comedy that makes you laugh until tears roll down my eyes, spending time faffing around with the kids, going to a spot to people watch, can go a long way in recharging my batteries, then I get back into it with gusto.

One smart bloggingΒ practice that I started, which I have found very helpful is that on the days that I feel up to it , at least once a week, I work flat out for hours, producing rough draft’s of different post’s. I go with my feel of the moment. It could be a poem, a story, a haiku, a thought, an inspirational post, prayer…

On days that the energy is flagging or inspiration is not kicking in as usual, those drafts come in very handy and I borrow from there.

This further reduces the hours spent staring at the shiny box, leaving you with more time to just be.

Β© Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha

The Daily Post Bloggers Unplugged

Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?

27 thoughts on “It’s A Consuming Art…

  1. Ah I couldn’t agree more! Blogging has been so much fun that it’s become addictive to me. I took a step back this month for several reasons! Surprisingly though that has helped me recharge. Like you mentioned, it’s a good idea to take a small step back and relax once in a while so that we don’t burn out!

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  2. I know it’s time to walk away when I get information overload (that was a term back in the 1980’s…) Too many people with all of their opinions and they all want to tell me about them. ^_^ Time to unplug and unwind.

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  3. Great post! I think blogging often starts with a passion for something, so as long as people can keep that passion and fun then it is worth them doing it. I do quite a variety on my blog with a factual history section, a travel section and a creative section so still all around the writing theme, but if I am losing focus in one area I generally pick up another and have some fun with that :). I think you do something similar as you blog with so much variety it’s wonderful. KL πŸ™‚

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    • Thank you my lady. It can only be sustained with passion when one is in it for the long haul and I so love doing a variety of stuff, that way when one thread is loose you can pick up the other. Thank you very much for your comments, I appreciate them. Have a lovely day today πŸ™‚

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  4. I love your idea about smart blogging. Usually, I write down topics of what I would like to write about. But I never really thought of actually writing a rough draft. That makes a lot of sense. Will definitely try that.

    Thanks for the tip πŸ˜‰

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  5. Great advice! I feel the same on days when no ideas seem to come to mind, it’s easier and handy to pull out from a pool of drafts ready to use. I recently drained my pool so I think I’ll need to unplug so I can get more ideas.

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  7. Blogging is definitely an art. I sometimes prepare drafts when I feel the inspiration coming over me. I have time every day when I turn off all electronic devices, (and either spend time outdoors, read a book, or do some crochet,) it makes me more productive when I am connected.

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