Dr. Tanya, over at Salted Caramel, posted these questions about a week ago under the banner of “What does blogging cost you in your personal life?” I thought I’d take a shot at answering them, since blogging has become an important part of my personal life over the past two years.
Does blogging infringe upon your leisure time?
I don’t know that I’d say it infringes upon my leisure time, but it probably does, more than any other single activity, take up a lot of my personal time. According to my iPhone’s Screen Time tracker, I spend between eight to ten hours a day using my iPhone and about 70% of that time is related to my blog…composing, editing, and publishing posts and reading and commenting on the posts of other bloggers. So infringe upon my leisure time, no. Dominate, yes.
Worse still, does it distract you from your work/studies?
Since I’m retired and I’m not a student, blogging doesn’t distract me from my work or studies. But it does help distract me from the shitstorm known as Donald Trump and the damage he’s doing to my country (the United States) and to the world. I consider that to be a good distraction.
Is it taking a toll on your personal relationships?
My wife spends as much time glued to Twitter as I do to WordPress. So no, it’s not taking a toll on our relationship.
Has your health suffered?
If my health has suffered, it’s due more to my anger and frustration directed toward Donald Trump and his Republican enablers and rabid supporters.
Have you gained weight?
No. My weight rarely fluctuates by more than a couple of pounds. And I get plenty of exercise walking our dog three to four times a day.
Do you ever get writer’s block?
Not really. Between the news, the prompts, and life, I rarely have trouble finding fodder for my posts.
Have you ever suffered from blog related stress or blogger burn out?
There are times when I considered cutting back on the time I spend on my blog or the number of posts I publish daily, but I always end back at it again. It addicting.