1. I have stopped pressuring myself to visit other blogs.
For five years, if you commented on my blog, I commented back. Five years. That is a long time and that is a lot of commenting. Though I credit it for a lot of the growth of my blog (especially in the early years), I had to stop pressuring myself.
Now I have chosen to respond by email if I can and when I have the time and desire, I visit other blogs. I still love to read, comment, and get to know readers. But in order to have a healthy overall life as well as not burn out from blogging, I had to let this go. And I would say these past few months of blogging has been so good for me. It is so enjoyable and so freeing. And by not pressuring myself so much I put less weight on the comments I do get. I love comments. But my words and my worth were no longer defined by how many I got! Oh man! Is it not ridiculous that so much weight is on comments? I know you are there and I am so grateful for that. Your comments help fuel my writing and I suppose if I stopped getting comments one day I might question what I am doing, but I have finally decided to not let comments define how I blog...or who I am! Amen!?
2. Blogging comes second to my life.
Unless there is some sort of deadline I am obligated to, I no longer pressure myself to make blogging a top priority. My husband, home, housework, and health all come before computer time. Once I have taken care of all those things for the day, then I log on. Most days I usually do not get on the computer until the afternoon as I try to take advantage of my mornings to get other things done when I am the most productive.
When I am happy, I am a better blogger. When I am balanced, blogging doesn't feel like a chore but instead a fun hobby that I look forward to doing when I have the time. And my blog benefits from it.
// Have you found a balance in your blogging routine?