Have you ever run into the challenge of not having the time to do everything? And when you run into that challenge, have you wondered whether it is all or nothing, or if even a little here and there was good enough?
This is a challenge I have been experiencing for the past few weeks in terms of comments on this site. I love replying to comments, and I love going around to other blogs and commenting there as well. But as most people who do a fair share of commenting know, while it can be rewarding and educational, it can also be time consuming.
I think that my number one fear is that I’ll soon be considered the kind of blogger that takes but never gives, expecting comments but never giving them. And I certainly don’t want that. But right now, between maintaining a full time job, working on freelance projects, creating and expanding my freelance portfolio, finishing personal projects that I have been wanting to do for a long time, improving functionality around this site (like finally getting my contact form working again) and spending time on things to improve my health, I have found myself unable to budget in time for the other things I love to do around here, such as the commenting.
One of my blogging friends writes a wonderful blog on self improvement and personal development. This blog has never allowed for comments. When I asked her why, she said it was because of the time it takes to respond. I understood that she wanted to take that time and really focus it into producing great content for others, which is certainly a worthwhile goal for a blogging site.
I haven’t given up on comment responses completely, and still have it in things to catch up on in the near future, once things settle down, or to go and do some here and there. But when it comes down to either having the time to really focus on a post or comment responses, I have chosen to go with keeping up the content. I feel like that is the most beneficial for the time being, and I hope that my readers will agree. And I hope I am still proving to be an appreciative blogger with my Fetching Friday link love, Stumble and Twitter shares.
I’d love to hear how my blogging audience keeps up with posting great content, comment responses, and other commitments outside of the blogging world. I’m working on creating a schedule so I can do things in more of an orderly fashion, instead of just doing the critical priority items and then nothing else.