A few weeks ago I had a great conversation with a fellow blogger about blog reading. This particular blogger reads a LOT of blogs and leaves a lot of comments. I do not. I try, believe me, but I ditched my reader years ago when I couldn’t keep up. Even my blog roll is gone the way of the dodo as it became unruly and unmanageable.
Now my approach is to keep up with bloggers through social media channels (twitter and facebook) the best I can. There are about 10 blogs I peek in on regularly and when things catch my eye on "the stream" I’ll go check it out. I used to feel guilty about my laissez-faire approach to blog reading but no more.
I may get crucified for this point of view but, I have 5 active online "properties" that I am the sole force behind. Up until August this year I had a full time job on top of them. I plan an annual conference. Have a 5 year old in kindergarten, another on the way and a Husband whom I actually like to spend time with. Now I even freelance write for other sites and oh! there are times I like to NOT be on a computer.
Simply said, I do the best I can. It’s just gonna have to be good enough.
This new guilt free approach is new to me. Guilt and I have quit a history. I did go to Catholic school after all. ;) But as I age and life piles on more and more responsibilities there is only but so much you can do in a 24 hour period. There are only so many emails you can send, blog posts you can read and comments you can leave.
It is nearly impossible to keep up with everything and everyone. Much like my diet, I have thrown perfection out the window. I am an imperfect blogger. My highest priority is my family, then my business (managing my own blogs) then if there is time remaining I will do my best to read as many blogs as I can and stay active in the online community that I so much love being apart of.
Selfish? Maybe. But I refuse to be guilty about it. Are you? Or maybe you are able to keep up? I’m curious. What’s your approach to staying active in the blog community?