Questions for all you bloggers!

A rather pressing question came to my mind today and that is, do I spend too much time blogging, being on social media etc etc?

Time flies by

Time flies by

After having realized that my reader did not seem to be working, or only worked for a few blogs, I decided that in order not to miss anyone’s posts, I would edit the blogs I follow to email me each and every post that they did.

All I can say is….OMGGGG I was totally overwhelmed, what a mistake.

With following over 70 blogs, and getting emails every time someone likes one of my posts, comments on my posts and plus all other social media, plus yes ordinary non blogging stuff, it got to a point that I simply could not keep up with my emails at all.

In the end I actually did not read any e-mails for about two days as it was totally totally overwhelming.  Then I thought, heck if I miss a few posts, that is life, I am sure my lovely blogging friends wont curse and de-friend me just because I have not commented on something, so I un-ticked nearly all blogs to send me e-mails and went and blanket deleted all my google e-mails. Yes a bit drastic, but I thought in for a penny in for a pound.

I might have lost some important information, but will my life end, will the world end?  I hope not! So, whilst my macaroni cheese and chicken in pepper, cream cheese and red pesto simmers away …. Yes all you Fiesta Friday cooks, I can cook sometimes…anyway, please would all my lovely blogger friends please share with me your blogging habits…by this I can work out:

  • a) am I semi normal in my activities
  • b) should I be more organized, is there a better way to do this or
  • c) change nothing.

I find reading through everyones posts, commenting, then commenting back (maybe I talk too much), entering challenges, writing posts, OMG takes up so much time, that is not to mention keeping ones blog looking nice, updating facebook, putting my pictures on Flickr, commenting there and answering, oh yes and instagram, which there are comments too.  I think someone should gag me…

So here are the questions:

  1. How many blogs do you follow?
  2. Do you read all their posts, please elaborate, ie some, how do you determine which?
  3. How do you feel if you miss someone’s post?  (maybe I am too conscious about this)
  4. What is your priority in blogging in your daily routine ie reading up first, commenting, or writing?
  5. How long do you spend reading up on blogs daily?
  6. How long do you spend commenting, be it return comments or instigating daily?
  7. Do you go and visit other outside blogs, if so how often and how the heck do you find the time? LOL
  8. How many posts do you write a week?
  9. Are you involved in external social media, ie facebook, flickr, instagram, if so how much time daily do you spend on this?

I seriously would be interested in hearing your answers, if you don’t want to answer publically, you can e-mail me on eclecticoddsnsods@gmail.com   The mere fact I am asking probably  means I spend too long LOL.

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  85 comments for “Questions for all you bloggers!

  1. Victoria
    April 8, 2014 at 4:10 PM

    I have one simple answer, I spend 30 minutes a day blogging. I follow about 200 WP bloggers and I’m not on any other social sites. Why? Because its a flipping waste of time. There is so much more to life than being connected at the hip to the internet. My priority is to answer comments first, post my daily blog post, except for Sundays and typically weekends but I’m doing the A-Z challenge. I follow 3 blogs outside of WP and I think that was more than one answer…LOL

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    • April 8, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Wow how can you comment, write a post and read up on 200 blogs you follow in 30 minutes? OMG faints…its impossible..how do you do it?

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      • Victoria
        April 8, 2014 at 5:21 PM

        Because I’ve done this for years and I’m very organized :D

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        • April 8, 2014 at 5:26 PM

          yessss…but that’s the bit I need to know LOLOL Hooowwww do you do all of that in 30 mins, omg..how…please tell, please LOL I seems a feat impossible

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          • Victoria
            April 8, 2014 at 5:28 PM

            I couldn’t possibly explain it here BFF. I need to show you the ropes, not write it out…lol

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          • April 8, 2014 at 5:37 PM

            Awe how will I ever know then? cries

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          • Victoria
            April 8, 2014 at 5:42 PM

            I shall explain it and walk you through it via Gmail chat when I get some time ok? :D

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          • April 8, 2014 at 5:46 PM

            Ok thankies my BBF… :-) wipes the snot from my nose now :-) huggles x

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          • Victoria
            April 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

            Ewwwww! : D

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          • April 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

            winks x

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  2. April 8, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    I started out just like you. I kept up with as many blogs as I could.Then, my readership simply got way too big. I always follow back anyone who follows me, but I can’t say I keep up with all of them. I’ve picked a few that are interesting and had to be happy with that. The only other alternative is to hire a staff to boil all 2300 of them into extremely tiny cliff notes, daily. I’m poor so that isn’t going to happen.

    Every blogger soon finds out that all followers are not also all readers.

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    • April 8, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      thank you for replying. I don’t understand the point of following if one doesn’t read? Is there some reason that I don’t know about? I heard about those who just follow to get follows back. I would find it hard to cherry pick what I read, I did unfollow a couple but simply because they either never posted or I just found their way wasn’t a way I felt I wanted to spend time reading…ouch, harsh I know x

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      • April 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        It’s actually a method writers who are trying to build a career use. Publishing companies are far more likely to consider accepting a manuscript from an unpublished author if there is a base readership with high numbers, and of course, you actually can write well.

        It worked for me, and several other bloggers I know as well. If your goals aren’t to be an author, though, there really is no need to do that.

        Don’t worry about un-following stuff. I never want to hurt anyone’s feelings but I’m not supporting things that are just wrong, like hate blogs, or pornography crap. They have the right to post whatever they want, and I have the right to not read it. It’s the way of blogging.
        Besides, unless the have a following of about 3 people, most of them never even notice who dropped them!

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        • April 8, 2014 at 4:28 PM

          That’s true, does WP notify you when someone unfollows? I don’t think it does. Thank you for sharing your blogging activities and advice :-)

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          • April 8, 2014 at 4:31 PM

            Nope, it doesn’t. You just notice your number of followers changed. I did have someone write an explanation once about why he was leaving, but considering what I was writing about during that time, it wasn’t really needed.

            I think things like followers and the number of likes each post gets ceases to be all that important after a while. If those are the only things a person is looking for, then start a blog about kittens and daily jokes. :-)

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          • April 8, 2014 at 4:33 PM

            very true. I will admit I was excited when I got a 100 followers, I just had some anal retentive thing about that number but I’m cool now…grins

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          • April 8, 2014 at 4:38 PM

            Lol! Nothing caused me as much joy as my first one, though. Poor guy. I think he was using the writer career method, and my cyber joy freaked him out.

            Those were the days!!

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          • April 8, 2014 at 5:13 PM

            lOLOL very funny, awe the joy of youthful blogging gone?

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          • April 8, 2014 at 6:59 PM

            lol..no, I still like it. But the joy has been damped down a few notches so I don’t scare people away!!!

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          • April 8, 2014 at 7:14 PM

            Awe glad you still like it :-) x

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  3. April 8, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    I’ve got to confess, I feel guilty as hell if I miss posts :/

    I spend about two and a half hours every weekday morning on here writing and catching up on everyone else’s and then I leave it alone until the evening when I catch up on my reading yet again.

    I follow about the same number of blogs as you but only read 30 or so of them religiously and try never to miss anything written by them.

    I think this is more to do with respect for me-these people are now my friends and they’re always there for me so I intend to always be there for them!! :) xx

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    • April 8, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Yes exactly, my close friends like you I want to catch up with and see what is going on in your life, then other people who I just enjoy what they write, then there are the easier posts to read, ie photos, short poems etc but I find it hard not to at least glance through all, but its taking a lot of time, ps thank you for indulging me in answering hehe. I tend to read in bed in the morning, then the evening, during the day I post and sort stuff out…

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  4. April 8, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    In the name of very important research, here you go…:)

    1. How many blogs do you follow?
    I am currently following 95 blogs. Eek!

    2. Do you read all their posts, please elaborate, ie some, how do you determine which?
    Absolutely not. I’d never get anything else done! Mostly I scan down through my reader (although, as you’ve mentioned, it hasn’t really been working lately…grrr) and read through the titles and the little blurbs that follow them. If something catches my attention or sounds interesting, I open the blog and read it. If a particular post just doesn’t seem that interesting, or it’s about something I’ve already read about a hundred times, I skip it.

    3. How do you feel if you miss someone’s post? (maybe I am too conscious about this)
    Don’t get me wrong, I would love to be able to sit at my computer all day and read every post of every blog that I enjoy, but I’m sure that most bloggers realize that their readers have other things that need to be done and that not everything they post will be mindbogglingly interesting to every reader. So while I feel a little bad if I accidentally miss something awful, I refuse to feel bad about not reading every word that a particular blogger writes.

    4. What is your priority in blogging in your daily routine ie reading up first, commenting, or writing?
    I usually take care of comments first because I’m the kind of blogger who likes to respond to everyone, if I can. Then I’ll scan through my reader, and after that, if it’s a blogging day, I’ll write. :)

    5. How long do you spend reading up on blogs daily? How long do you spend commenting, be it return comments or instigating daily?
    Dear, I’m not really sure because I go back and forth between WordPress and several other things all throughout the day. Just a rough estimate, I’d probably say that I spend close to an hour reading, and since I’m a pretty fast typist it’s probably only 10-15 minutes on commenting and such.

    6. Do you go and visit other outside blogs, if so how often and how the heck do you find the time? LOL
    Mostly I stick to WordPress because it’s easier on me. The reader is there, and I’m already logged in because of my own blog. Going to other sites, like Blogger, just drives me nuts because I like all my reading to be in one spot, and I’ve never been able to get WordPress to properly report blogs from other sites. I do follow a small handful of blogs from other sites, but it’s rare and they have to really impress me to make it worth the extra effort.

    7. How many posts do you write a week? Are you involved in external social media, ie facebook, flickr, instagram, if so how much time daily do you spend on this?
    Normally I post five times a week…one “accountability” post where I talk about my goals, one “fiction” post where I post something I’ve written in the past, and three original posts of various topics. I also have a Facebook Author Page that I try to keep a grip on, and I hang out on Twitter when I can find the time. All together I probably spend an hour’s worth of the day on non-blog social media every day.

    Keep in mind that when it comes to this kind of thing I’m all about the multi-tasking. I usually have Facebook, Twitter, and WordPress each open in three different tabs on my browser at all times. I’ll be sitting at my computer and writing, or standing near my computer while I do other stuff that has to be done, and if I hear an alert go off I’ll come and reply to the comment/tweet/whatever, then go back to what I was doing. So it’s kind’ve hard to nail down a real amount of TIME spent on each thing. :)

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    • April 8, 2014 at 4:26 PM

      You sound very organized, I think I need to be more and harder on my time management and what I do, cut down what I follow its like throwing out clothes and ornaments, I am a hoarder in that sense, not literlaly but you know what I mean, I am probably the same with this. Yes outside blogs are hard work and I only have a couple, thank you sooo much for answering I am gathering info and collating hehe x

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      • April 8, 2014 at 11:03 PM

        Oh my goodness, no, I am the furthest thing from organized. lol I recently had a friend ask me about this kind of thing, actually, and he said the same thing, but the truth is just that I’ve managed to work myself into a system when it comes to blogging and (to a lesser extent) other social media. But if you could see things from my side of the computer screen you’d see that I spend way too much time doing meaningless nonsense, often write one sentence at a time while juggling my daughter and the chores and whatever other nonsense is going on, and that half the time I don’t even make it out of my pajamas during the day. lol

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        • April 8, 2014 at 11:08 PM

          Hah lol well at least you are multi tasking right so your getting lots of little bits done. I try not to cook whilst
          Blogging the kids got fed up of burnt food lol x

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          • April 8, 2014 at 11:38 PM

            I’ll give you that one; I have burned a few things while multitasking with too many tasks. lol But the only way I can get things done is to do them all at the same time! XD

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          • April 9, 2014 at 8:28 AM

            hah your an adrenalin junky like me then :-P

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          • April 9, 2014 at 6:25 PM

            A little bit, yeah. lol

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  5. Lainey
    April 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Can’t comment to whats normal because social media is my job as well as my spare time project! I can say though as a blogger I know that not everyone will see all my posts/comment on all my posts/like all my posts and I don’t get offended if “regulars” don’t react, because I know we all have lives outside blogging.

    As a reader though, I get anxious in case I miss a post or if I don’t what to add, I don’t want people to think I’m ignoring them. Weird, in light of what I’ve written above!!

    I do suffer from “worried about the last word” syndrome. I worry about when to stop a conversation…I need to acknowledge I’ve read a comment but worry I might look like I need to have the last word all the time……lol

    xxx

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    • April 8, 2014 at 5:11 PM

      Oh my lainey you sound just like me. I get conscious when to end a comment and or how etc. And yes your second paragraph kind of negated the first LOLOL…heck that’s just like me too LOL..You must be a Libran right?

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      • Lainey
        April 8, 2014 at 5:19 PM

        LOL, capricorn! Sure there’s some libra in there somewhere….are you a libran?!

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        • April 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM

          Oh yus Libran through and through, can never make a decision and always worried about upsetting people… hehe x

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        • April 8, 2014 at 10:00 PM

          Lainey – I’m a Capricorn, too. And I could talk to you and Justine all day long :-) Justine, you got so many responses you don’t need mine. You can cut out any blogging time except our fun :-)

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          • April 8, 2014 at 11:06 PM

            Haha I always want your response :-) it’s good to know what my friends are up to too hehe! Ps that was a very sweet thing you said too gave me a big smileeeeee! X

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          • April 8, 2014 at 11:09 PM

            I would reply, but I sometimes have trouble knowing when to end the conversation, too, so PS just ignore this message. :-)

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          • April 8, 2014 at 11:13 PM

            Haha me too!

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          • Lainey
            April 9, 2014 at 7:24 AM

            I concur, keep our time <3 :) I too could talk to you both all day…….we'd never get anything done though!!

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          • April 9, 2014 at 8:52 AM

            LOL its alllll your fault, both of you :-P

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  6. April 8, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Hi Justine, I follow close to 500 blogs but not all bloggers stay active all the time. Some of the bloggers keep only email subscription active, their blogs come on email. I read every single post on my WP reader but sometimes I forget to comment because most of the times fellow bloggers express so beautifully or post such wonderful pictures that I feel my words/comments don’t do justice with their beauty of narration. Sometimes I just hit the “like” button on awe-inspiring posts if I have limited time. I am not a social media person, it’s hard to be present everywhere; but writing and reading are my hobbies so WordPress keeps me happy.

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    • April 8, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      Oh wow, how do you read up on 500 bloggers, even if some don’t post that still must take hours each day? I take my hat off to you that you are such a loyal follower, that is inspiring, it is good to know there are those out there that are quite so diligent :-) I am still baffled how long that must take you though? xx

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      • April 8, 2014 at 6:30 PM

        Justine, I usually spend close to 2 hours into reading; since I don’t spend time on FB, twitter it becomes easy for me. I read during lunch hours, evening coffee hours.

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        • April 8, 2014 at 7:17 PM

          Yes I don’t touch twitter one of my blogs just feeds in to there but I don’t do anything else other than that and I have a fb account for that blog merely for advertising as I can’t promote my posts in fb accounts of business near where I live which is what that one blog is about but my other blogs don’t have this just my peesonal fb which since blogging I hardly touch. It’s the reading etc takes time plus my posts don’t usually happen quickly :-)

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  7. April 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    This is my first year following the A-Z. At first, like you, I followed not only a number of blogs, but also the comment threads to those blogs, and then the comments left on my blog. My inbox was overwhelming, my eyes sore, and my brain tired. But I have a plan. I’m doing the best that I can, and I start reading the blogs I am most interested in daily.. For anyone who follows my blog, I follow them back, and yes I read and comment. But it is my plan that if I follow someone who is not following me, I will continue for a week or so, and if they have not decided to also follow my blog, I will be unsubscribing to theirs. Because blogging and commenting is a time-consuming thing, I feel if I have to prioritize, I am first going to show reciprocate respect for those who show it to me. So, yeah, that’s sort of like if you shake my hand, I’ll shake yours. But that’s the only thing I can think of to keep up. I can’t imagine having time to follow a ton of blogs who are not taking the time to do the same for me.

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    • April 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      Hello there, thank you for commenting, it is time consuming. The only bit I probably do very differently to you is the if I follow you, you must follow me. I think of it this way, they might not appreciate what I write, whereas I do appreciate what they write, LOL…so why lose out by stopping following them just because they don’t follow me when I might be enjoying what they write. I follow a fair few poetry blogs, but don’t really write it myself, so I guess similarities don’t go each way, plus we all want to have things in our reader we actually ‘want’ to read rather than it being obligatory, but I do understand needing to prioritize esp if you follow a lot :-) Hugs and I appreciate your in depth comments x

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  8. April 8, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Okay here goes:
    as an aside this post of yours will keep you reading and commenting for awhile

    1. I follow according to list… about 115… however they are not all active and the ones that are do not all post every day… (however some post 2-3 or more times a day but I don’t necessarily read all of them)

    2. I ‘scan’ every post if not read… the first few sentences… If it’s not a topic that i feel pertains to me or of a personal issue… I may just delete

    3. I don’t really ‘miss’ someone’s post as I do scan….

    4. First priority is replying to comments made. Next scanning/reading some If I have something I want to write I may do so when i feel led. then later on I go back and read more during the day …..

    5. Time spent reading blogs.. I do so intermittently so hard to determine ..again depending on how many post and how long each is… Maybe 1 1/2 -2 hours?? strictly guessing. I’ll have to try and figure that out.

    6. 1/2 hour commenting or returning.. guessing? maybe more….

    7. Outside blogs not too often …..sometimes I’ll go to the Community Pool and try and help new bloggers out with their questions. I don’t automatically follow all who follow me or ‘like’ my posts. But normally I will check out their about page if they follow… If I’m really led to follow them because of what I read I do… I do this when I have time though

    8. I write maybe 3 a week .. average… The odd time maybe more or less

    9. I’m on facebook ..don’t spend much time there… mostly playing Scrabble with 3 friends of mine.

    Right now being tired like I am re some medical issues… I perhaps scan and don’t read all that I might ordinarily but definitely keep up with ones that are closest to my heart. Hope this helps put things into perspective for you Diane

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    • April 8, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      Thank you Diane that’s a really concise and helpful response I think it doesn’t help I have 3 active blogs one however I don’t follow any blogs but I do post on all and get comments on two. I think I must spend a fee hours reading posts sometimes whilst watching tv so adhoc yes I multi task lol I guess I prob spent on average 2 or so hours reading.
      Goodness I could have read loads of books hehe
      Then commenting is random it doesn’t take time to type it’s just the back and forth which I do if I’m around at home. Sometimes a post can take me from one hour to three to do depending if I’m photographing researching etc. I think I need to be more organized and set a timetable :-)

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      • April 8, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        I do it watching tv also… and to be honest I don’t know exactly how much time I spend… I’m going to try for a week and see the average per day….Diane

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        • April 8, 2014 at 10:58 PM

          Good idea I would be interested to see what you come up with :-)

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  9. April 8, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Right now I follow 144 blogs, I just checked now, and not all are posting daily. There are many different kind of blogposts like poems, photos, authors, art and just plain people who write about their lives.

    We do all have different interestings, and I don’t necessary follow back, when people follow me. Maybe their blog is not for me. They can be writing too much, then I can’t consume all and it will be a waste to follow without reading at all.

    I have several pages with different topics and maybe some of my followers only come for one of them and don’t mind the others, which is fine for me.

    I don’t expect other bloggers to follow me back either. Maybe we have different interestings and these is fine for me.

    I do also use too much time at WordPress, not so much at the other public medias. I will go down in time, now we come closer to the summer, where I will use more time outdoor in my garden. Right now I read maybe 2 hours or more in the morning and then checking in the afternoon and reading again in the evening. This will go a little down now, at least for the summertime, I think.

    I use the Reader a lot, it is more easy to read from there without need to visit all blogs directly, when it is possible. I don’t read all posts, but look at all of them and read, when I find something catching my eyes here and now. Sometimes I’m busy and then I don’t read so much and don’t comment so much, as I like to do.

    I have a big part of my social life here in WordPress, so I do take care of many of my blogging friends in here. I try to read many posts daily and sometimes I only give a like and sometimes I comment, if I feel, that I have something to say.

    I hope this could help you a little. Your post here today maked me mind about, how long time I actually use daily.

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    • April 8, 2014 at 7:56 PM

      Awe thank you I think your a very conscious blogger which is lovely to read and your right in summer I think things will change for alor of people. You probably read as much as me I think. Due to my health issues I guess also I don’t get our as much and this is too my social life in ways so different to some people however I must make sure it doesn’t stop me going out either. I’ve decided to work a timetable I think with clear breaks or days off hehe will be odd. Thank you sooo much Irene xx

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      • April 8, 2014 at 8:02 PM

        For me it is also about the health and because I live in a country, where my knowledge to the two languages here a too poor to express my feelings. Then it is very nice to my bloggingworld, as I do appreciate very much. I have met a lot of wonderful people in here, as I try to keep in a good contact with.

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  10. April 8, 2014 at 8:19 PM

    Whew…deep breath Justine! Lol! I offer you an abbreviated description of my blogging habits. This is the only social networking I do; I follow over 200 blogs; I check in with my reader normally 2 times a day [am & pm]; I no longer post daily because I was putting too much pressure on myself; 3-4 posts/week is working for now; outside of the days I’m writing a post, I spend about an hour daily reading/commenting and liking; I’ll “like” posts I truly like and comment when time allows or when something really interests me or tickles my fancy; lately, I put the most effort in the Fiesta Friday comments, as I love being a part of the fun, interaction and friend making going on. And yes, sometimes I miss even my dearest blogger friend’s posts in the #@!*^? reader. It happens…we’re human. I try to make it up to them and hope they understand :) Oh, and btw, I’ve noticed the reader “acts up” the most with my I-pad and phone. Maybe the hiccups are app related. Good luck!

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    • April 8, 2014 at 8:27 PM

      Thank you I think you do it in a more organized and same fashion than me and I need to take a leaf out of your book! How long on average does it take you to put together a ‘usual’ post? Xx

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      • April 8, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        On average about an hour and a half. Sometimes less if I have it all on my head already. Be patient with yourself, you’ll figure out what works!

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  11. April 8, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Before answering to your questions,if my answers of any help,I would like to add something.I’m pretty organized in real life,and I like investing myself in things I undertake.This is why I have 1 blog only and no account on any social media.Honestly if I had as many accounts and blogs as you,I wouldn’t have time to write my posts as I would like to.This being said,here are your answers:

    1.184 bloggers.
    A fair number of them have either stopped blogging or gone for a break,so I don’t have too many posts on my ‘reader’.I followed even more bloggers in the past,but decided to unfollow blogs which didn’t tally with my interests,so that I may more easily find blogs which talk about classics and art – my two main interests.I also carefully pick those whom I wish to follow.It is not an arrogant act,but rather a more practical one.

    2.Only when I have time to explore the ”reader”.But I do I have some favourite bloggers whom I visit everyday.They are either those in my blogging community who comment a lot on my blog and show a keen interest to what I write or simply those whose share things which I deem interesting or funny.

    3.I don’t feel bad,as I know I’ll catch up later!

    4.First I reply to comments which I have received overnight.Then I proceed on reading blogs.Afterwards I start thinking what I should write.

    5.In the morning maybe 30 min.Then I do other things.I may come back later and spend 40 min or more.That depends on what things I have to do.I act according to my little whims.Sometimes I’ll get bored and spend only 5 mins on the reader,some other times I will be much interested and spend 1hr + !

    6.My daily routine involves checking my blog first and replying to the comments before going to the DailyMail to check the news and the Sports section.So nope I don’t visit any other blog apart from wordpress,and I’m thankful for that.There’s a little forum called FolioDevotees which I visit some times during the day.

    7.About two,or three.Quality prevails over quantity.Previously I was angry at myself for writing so little,but for quite a while now,I’ve made my mind that I should enjoy reading and sharing what I read with others; it should not become a duty.That’s why I post so little on my blog.When people outside the blogging community,who constitute the majority of my readers,come across my articles,I want them to see quality and passion in them. :)

    8.Nope.I find them a waste of time as nothing creative comes from them.On wordpress I am surrounded with people who have something to offer, and by being exposed to them,I feel more grown up as a person.Besides I myself create things by constantly posting articles about my appreciation of books,etc.If I had an account on Facebook or whatever, I wouldn’t have so much time for my blog.

    And yeah,I don’t really care about my followers.I only give my attention to those who show genuine interest to my blog and to a lesser extent to those who read great books or classics.You should do so as well. ;)

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    • April 9, 2014 at 8:26 AM

      Thank you kainzow thats a very sensible/practical answer and I would expect nothing less from you, grins, that is a compliment by the way. I find I follow people who won’t necessarily follow me and vice versa and that is fine, because I might not write great poetry but I like to read it, or I might write humour and someone else be literary like you but appreciate humour. Yes I didn’t realise how much time blogging would take when I opened up more than one blog. I sort of see my livnigineastsheen one as a more business blog, it was one to get me in to the community after health issues as it is about where i live, also I thought if I got some writing business locally it would be from there etc, so i don’t follow anyone on this blog really but also i have few commments here also, i hope people locally will actually view it rather than generally on wp. My one on pain i started later, separately as i didnt want to mix how i felt on there with my eclectic one which sort of shows my madder/humorous side of my personality which is the side i prefer, but of course my pain side is present too unfortunately at times and its almost cathartic to be able to write here and get ‘my issues’out. hehe.. But this exercise has taught me to be stricter on myself that is for sure, set timetables and to stick to them, grins. I really do appreciate your answer x

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  12. April 8, 2014 at 9:24 PM

    I have just read all the comments posted so far. I intended to answer some of your questions, but now that would be a waste of time for us both. I learned a lot from others’ answers to questions I was also curious about. So thanks for posing these questions and opening up a good discussion about time management with blogging.

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    • April 8, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      A pleasure it’s taught me to be more organized or focused but id still be interested to hear your habits :-)

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  13. April 8, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    I am on Facebook. Silly yea, but I check it every few minutes.nwhy? I have no idea. Usually there’s nothing that important there. It depends on the day whether I spend time reading or writing. Sometimes I do one in the morning and one at night. I always make time to comment but not always right away. I follow about 100 blogs and I read most of them faithfully unless I am totally uninterested in the topic that day. I look for new blogs when I am bored late at night and cannot sleep. My blogging time and interaction is therapeutic so I consider it time used wisely. If we enjoy something and it feels good then why not do it right? I am distracted at times though and when my family is around I should just put my ipad away. Time is something we can’t get back and why should my kids feel they are kwpess important than Facebook or WordPress. BUT, my blogging friends are important too ;)

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    • April 8, 2014 at 10:57 PM

      Thank you, you make some
      Good points there ie it being therapeutic but yes for me I need to learn to switch off once the kids are home also I can’t comaplain tjey are obsessed with mine craft if they see me blogging all the time heh x

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      • April 9, 2014 at 12:37 AM

        My son is a mine craft nut!

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        • April 9, 2014 at 8:32 AM

          i think there are some things they learn from it mine can certainly type faster now lol. does he meet friendson there?

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  14. April 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Justine, you poor thing, I totally get it. I was just telling another fellow blogger that I was overwhelmed and needed another e-mail just for my blogging. And I am fairly new and just getting started as you know. Joining The A to Z Challenge really ramped it up. One thing I can say, is the utter craziness of this blogging, challenge, awards, media thing can push you over the edge, make you quit, or get some perspective and make a priority list. And that is where I am right now, and it sounds like you are right there too.
    The first thing I did was sit back and decide why I was really doing this. Blogging takes time no matter how you look at it. Some obviously more than others. I am blogging as 1. A new learning/writing experience and 2. To share ideas with others both from me to others, and others to me.
    So step two was to identify how much time I was willing or able to give to this new project. In my life things change so much and I have so many projects going that too specific a number was not going to work. So if I am up before my husband, I answer post and posts in the morning with my coffee. Length of time determined by when he gets up. Usually and hour or so. I figure if blogging interferes with my life, then it is too much.
    While reading and posting I am able to identify who needs to be read, who needs to be commented on, who needs to be replied to, and what % I am going to be able to manage. When I have to scan and skip I try to spread it out, getting to some people another day. As you have said, there isn’t enough time to do it all perfectly, but at least we are doing it. And even if there is only a little time, just one post or even one sentence or pic from the right blog can make you smile all day and that is the other reason I am here at wordpress. 3. The wonderful people I am coming in contact with, their humor, their wisdom, their inspiration, their ideas.
    No need to stress about this whole thing. There is no right or wrong. There may be a little bit of etiquette, but remember everyone is in the same boat. If they don’t understand, then move on, there are plenty of others who do.
    Thank you for being so honest and sharing your angst. It really helps to know I am not the only one trying to sort this all out. I do do FB as well but that is my only contact with family and friends, I only have a few other people I visit there, I do not twitter.
    Have a wonderful day.

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    • April 8, 2014 at 11:04 PM

      Awe thank you for your kind supportive words. I need to make some rules and timetables for myself and I also need to log out of wp on my phone for x amount of hours a day lol otherwise I’m semi on wp constantly and it’s good to step back daily and come back afresh. Like you say also though it’s reading wonderful things, exploring, learning and making friends. For me having health issues it’s been nice to socialize as I lost a lot of my daily contact of friends but it also needs not to be detrimental so a fine balance. Thank you again :-) xx

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  15. April 8, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    My poor dear overwhelmed friend, your post made write a post, here: http://maraeastern.com/2014/04/09/how-to-avoid-being-overwhelmed-by-blogging/. It’s boring, but hopefully you can find some of my tips helpful. Have a good rest and come back when you’re ready ;-)

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    • April 9, 2014 at 8:28 AM

      I will take a good look in a bit thankies my sweet fiance x

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  16. April 9, 2014 at 2:58 AM

    Hi Justine- you’ve hit the nail on it’s head with this post. I am quite sure a lot of us have these questions and wonder what others think of it. I have always wondered myself if I am spending too much time blogging/ reading. I do sincerely feel bad if I miss a few posts even though i try to read most of them. I follow about 90-95 blogs and if not on the day they post I do try and read their posts much much later. But there is only so much time in a day and like you rightly said that one has to spend sometime on the upkeep of your own blog amongst other things. I try to spend at least an hour and a half each day (mostly scattered through the day) reading up although this is not always possible. Sometimes we leave a comment and on other occasions just a like. Sometimes you like what you read but don’t necessarily have a comment . We post about 2-3 times a week and on the days we don’t post we are either trying testing recipes, just busy with other stuff or just spend some time reading other blogs. I don’t know if it sounds right but we write a post when we want to and when we are able to because of time constraints. Even though we enjoy and absolutely love blogging and it feels odd to not be out here all the time but we do what we are able to do in the given time. We are most active on WP, though we are also around on facebook and flickr but not as active. On Pinterest, we look around for ideas on not just food related stuff but just about anything. We have stayed away from twitter and the plan is to stay away from it as much as we can. :) So that is a snapshot of how we spend our time on social media.

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    • April 9, 2014 at 8:50 AM

      thank you, i think you are spending time reading similar to other people from what I am guaging and posting the same. I think my issue is having more than one blog, also taking up this challenge, challenges are always time consuming esp if not just one day, ie this is a whole month plus i had the reader issue which caused me then to stupidly get all 3 blogs mails on my email lol, i am surprised Google didn’t burn when that happened. haha…but its getting a balance, not feeling obligated and enjoying it, and i do love blogging, its just time management i need :-) thank you so much for responding, i will be doing a follow up on this post once i had a better idea what everyone usually does, hehe x

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  17. April 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    Woo hoo! I love how active this discussion grew! It’s inspiring to read through all the comments! You have a beautiful community, here, Justine ;-)

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  18. April 9, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    1. 61
    2. I read them in the order they appear in my feed, sometimes top to bottom, sometimes reverse, beginning from the last one I remember reading. But I have never been able to read them all, unfortunately. I save the longer ones for a later time, when I have nothing else to do, unless they have really riveting titles that scream READ ME NOW.
    3. I have no particular feelings associated with missing a post. Cold. Blooded. lol
    4. I follow up on comments first. Then check my reader. The inspiration to write doesn’t really fall into a routine…it just hits me.
    5. Usually my lunch hour, more or less. But some days, I might read only one post.
    6. No more than 30 minutes total, responding and instigating.
    7. Every now and then, maybe on the weekend, I will check out what’s happening on the Freshly Pressed board.
    8. I try to post at least once a week, sometimes twice.
    9. I have social media accounts but keep them separate from my blog life. I might start an Instagram for my blog though. I would say I spend no more than 30 minutes a day on all the platforms combined.

    I don’t get offended if my readers don’t read or comment on my posts, and none of yours should either! I say, cut yourself some slack. :)

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    • April 9, 2014 at 5:17 PM

      Wow you are organized and just 30 mins a day is amazing to get all that done. I am like you read in reverse, back to front whatever takes my mood at the time. I do sometimes leave the longer ones for later, but then sometime that means I forget them later.

      I never get a chance to see freshly pressed though, i should take a peek.

      thank you for answering, really helpful :-) xx

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      • April 10, 2014 at 11:43 AM

        Sure, my pleasure. Every now and then, I read a piece on Freshly Pressed that really speaks to me. Happy blogging! :)

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        • April 10, 2014 at 12:19 PM

          thank you and you, i did take a peek last night after what you said it might be my monthly goal :-P

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          • April 12, 2014 at 2:00 PM

            Umm, I just realized I mentioned Freshly Pressed twice. My brain sometimes…I tell you…

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          • April 13, 2014 at 6:43 AM

            Haha no worries

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  19. April 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    A few answers to your questions: I follow/subscribe to roughly 150+ blogs and I split my reading time between breakfast and dinner. This month, because of the Blog challenge, my reading has suffered just a bit. I’m on FB, but not hardcore, mostly twenty minutes to thirty minutes a day. I have other things that take priority, like family work and writing (although the first two have put a major cramp in my writing). I write a maximum of three posts per week, usually on a M,W,F schedule.

    Hope that helps.

    A-Z Challenge at Father Nature’s Corner

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