|Coat: MaxMara, Marl Harems: Whistles, Boots: Gap, Cardigan: She' So|
I'm also really happy I found the perfect cashmere snood today in grey (doh!). This is my slouching in the snow look. This Spring I probably would have worn these marl wool mix harems with high heels and a diaphanous top and been good to go out on the town in London. Now they are one of the warmest things I have in my wardrobe and are stopping my legs from freezing in the snow (along with my legwarmers)!
But I digress - it is Friend Friday again and this weeks questions are about blogger burnout. Sounds so easy doesn't it. Take a few photos, play around with them a bit, write something vaguely entertaining and voila - post! But we all know what the time consuming reality is really like! According to a quick questionnaire I filled out on Grit and Glamour's IFB post I also seem to be addicted to blogging. But am I?
1. How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number changed since you started blogging?
Too much probably. To be honest I haven't counted. I just pitch up to the computer and post when I feel like it as I'm fairly free at the moment. When I first started blogging I was on a gruelling rehearsal and dance schedule in Spain which has abated since returning to London where I am between jobs as they say. So my blog gets more attention that it would have had I been working full time. Believe me if I was on my usual schedule of full time job plus dancing you wouldn't be hearing from me nearly as much.
2. There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on... how do you limit your time spent on these tasks?
I should probably put more limits on it because it is time consuming and I get absorbed by it all. But hey - tasks? What is this? Blogging Big Brother? Who says I have to do anything? I get given tasks by a boss who pays me money in exchange for my services, not by a social media phenomenon.
Seriously if anyone thinks they NEED to do any of this you need to get a grip. The key here is balance. It is hard enough to find a work life balance without adding a blog life balance into the equation.
There seems to be a sort of blog rat race going on that I am quite happy to watch scurrying by me as it heads towards its inevitable end off Blogger Burnout Cliff. Lately I got a whiff of some competition to leave 500 comments. Have you all gone completely mad? Between your jobs, posting, facebooking and twittering and setting yourselves these unreasonable goals do you actually have time to do anything else? If you are posting daily chances are people like me are only getting around to read one fifth of your posts anyway or skim read several in one Google reader fest.
If I don't feel like posting or don't have time I don't. I may read or comment instead of posting but if I don't have time to do that either then I will do it if and when I get the time. I'm motivated because there are actually a lot of fabulous blogs out there and the connections I've made with the bloggers is a lot of fun but we all have lives off the internet to attend to! I don't expect people to read or comment on every post I put out there and I hope people will understand that I can't read and comment on all of theirs either.
3. Have you experienced Blogger burnout yet? How have you dealt with that?
No. I don't subject myself to this pressure to post daily or because I have to. I post when I want to and that is if I've had some inspiration of what I want to say and something I've photographed that I'm happy with. I'm enjoying learning about photography so that perhaps that interest is keeping any fatigue at bay.
Also I doubt I would let it get to the stage of burnout. Why would you? Maybe it is because I have held down so many highly stressful and time consuming jobs in the past that I find it a totally alien concept to force that kind of extra stress onto myself doing something I am supposed to be enjoying.
By the way I love this snood!
|Tops and Snood: Cos, Legwarmers: Bloch|
Quite possibly. I doubt I'll post as much except to wish everyone Merry Christmas!
5. Could you forsee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore? How would you identify that it's time to walk away?
This isn't the first blog I've had. I didn't continue the last one because I couldn't find a happy balance with putting my personal life on the internet and what I wanted to write about. A fashion blog provided that balance. Now I've been blogging for a while and am enjoying it I doubt even if life got very busy that I would give it up altogether. If I got bored or stopped enjoying this blog I might start another different blogging project.
It is worth remembering that no matter how much you love something at first spending a lot of time on it can eventually make it feel like a chore. Flamenco was a hobby I loved, dedicated time to and persevered with until I am now able to perform and teach. But I have to admit it can feel like a chore sometimes and though I never believed it when I first started taking classes there are days when I don't feel like going to rehearse or dance. I have heard even the most accomplished of professional dancers in the prime of their careers tell me that they just don't feel like dancing today.
I took heart from hearing them say that. It's normal. Everyone has off days or weeks and usually taking a break sorts it out fairly quickly. But if I couldn't shake the feeling of drudgery doing something for a prolonged period of time and it was continously getting me down then I would probably walk away from it. Life is too short.
This snood is so cool!