The Personal Cost of Blogging

355DF3F1-2A64-48EE-A0B0-750BAEAF5C96Dr. 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.

21 thoughts on “The Personal Cost of Blogging

  1. Sadje October 22, 2019 / 7:00 pm

    It sure is addicting. I am glad that you’re not cutting back on your WP time!

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  2. drtanya@saltedcaramel October 22, 2019 / 7:29 pm

    Thank you for participating.

    I am so glad that you have the time and opportunity to indulge in blogging as much as you want.
    And we all enjoy reading your stories and social and political commentary as much as you enjoy writing them.

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  3. amoralegria October 22, 2019 / 7:31 pm

    I totally agree with everything you have said! I thought of answering these same questions, but you’ve really said it for me! The only difference is that I blog AT THE SAME TIME that MSNBC is on the TV next to my computer. Either my husband is watching it, or I am half-paying attention to it. I could cut back on it – the only program I insist on seeing is Rachel Maddow.

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    • Fandango October 22, 2019 / 9:58 pm

      Rachel Maddow is must see TV. I put my phone down and stop all other activities, including blogging, when she’s on.


  4. slmret October 22, 2019 / 7:48 pm

    I, too, could mirror your answers! I live alone, so there’s no concern for others as I spend as much time blogging and reading others’ blogs as I wish! I’m glad I’m not the only one!

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  5. Laura October 22, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    Absolutely. There are times when I’m convinced my blog is the only thing keeping me from running through the streets with my hair on fire. Glad yours keeps you on this side of pleasant distraction.

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  6. Stroke Survivor UK October 23, 2019 / 12:38 am

    Gosh, I thought blogging *was* leisure? To imagine it impinging on leisure time is therefore a strange concept. For me, I set time limits and try to keep to them, although I have enjoyed the “community” aspect of more than I thought I would. The time is quite difficult to ringfence because other things I do tend to be on the same computer, so it really boils down to the discipline of not looking at the web site while I’m working.

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    • Fandango October 23, 2019 / 8:12 am

      Good point. It is “leisure,” but in my case, it sucks up a lot of my leisure time. Which is okay. Otherwise I’d probably just watch TV or nap.

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  7. October 23, 2019 / 8:17 am

    I truly enjoyed and agree with you answer to #2.
    Blogging is addictive, I spend just about the same amount of time on here as you do. It never grows old.

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  8. Marilyn Armstrong October 23, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Right now, other than cooking, going to the doctor, finding contractors … blogging IS my life and I keep trying to fix it, but I don’t seem able to manage it.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango October 23, 2019 / 10:46 pm

      Fix your blog or fix your life?


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