The long & short of my mini-life-crisis last week was that I was bogged down, overwhelmed, and couldn’t see where to go. I’ll write a longer post about this over the weekend, but wanted to share with you a big culprit of my frazzled brain and lack of time:
I know, I know, you’re thinking: “Blogs? That’s it? That’s what made you crazy? Seems a bit….anti-climatic.” I know you used the word “anti-climatic” instead of saying a much meaner word, and I appreciate that.
But yes, I admit it : I was blog-crazy. I thought they were the answer in showing me how to build my business, and find potential clients, and see what interests me on a personal level. I found dozens of blogs that did one of those three things, and some that held me captive on multiple levels. I thought I was handling all the posts well when I broke the blogs down into categories (thanks delicious!) and read each category on a weekly basis. Well, that backfired when there were more than 3 blogs in 1 category and I committed myself to reading 3-4 categories a day! Turns out I didn’t learn – or even enjoy – anything! I just rushed through each post because I had to get to the next one. No good.
So, I have now created the only 2 categories that matter: BlogDaily and BlogWeekly. I only allowed myself 5 blogs in the Daily column and 10 in the Weekly column. The rest of the blogs can either go eff themselves or can be brought up when I’ve devoted time to learning whatever that particular blog is about (ie Twitter tips, growing a blog readership, balancing a budget, etc).
I’ve decided to share the links I included in these 2 categories as it may help you pare down your reading material. If not, this is totally an egocentric post but too bad.
BlogWeekly (in no particular order):
Lateral Action: Creativity + Production = Success
PostSecret: An ongoing community mail art project in which people mail their secrets anonymously on one side of a homemade postcard
A Leap Across a Chasm: The creativity articles blog of Creativity Coach Dan Goodwin
Overwhelming Success for Solopreneurs: Tools, tips & resources for the Booming Solopreneur. While I’m not a Baby Boomer, Joanne Hunold was my first coach & I aspire to be more like her every day. Her posts can usually be applied to everyone
decor8: Fresh finds for hip spaces
From the desk of Luke Ward: Not only if he smart and funny and writes for a living, but he’s married to me. If he posted more often this would get moved into the Daily column (hint, hint babe).
Seth’s Blog: The blog of Seth Godin, Marketing Super-Genius.
BlogDaily (in no particular order):
Starshyne Productions: A creative satellite of Jamie Ridler Studios
Backstage: Unscripted: 5 actors blog about the trials & tribulation of making it in the business of show.
The Bloggess: Like Mother Teresa, only better. And hilariouser.
Life Remix: A band of bloggers who enrich people’s lives through blogging.
OK, so BlogDaily has gone 1 over my cap of 5 blogs, but I figure it won’t kill me. If it does, I’ll remove one – I swear.
Are blogs taking over your life? How do you put a cap on them? Is there an activity that you should pare down? Let me know by posting a comment!