I have been blogging now for nearly 2 years and I would like to say I have loved every minute of it but I haven’t.
Starting a blog initially meant time I could spend with Ashlea while we enjoyed our love of writing. In the beginning this is exactly what we did. We didn’t take the blog that seriously and we had no idea how to grow an audience. I think we both thought it would be really easy and that over night people would love reading our blog and we would be famous.
Blogging doesn’t actually work like this. Each blog post can take up to 4 hours to write (depending on the research required and how well the words are flowing). Editing the blog can take an hour. Creating blog graphics can take an hour or longer. Finding suitable pictures can take up to an hour. Before you know it, you can spend 2-6 hours on 1 post – YES ONE post.
Then in order to grow an audience and be able to claim proudly that you are a blogger, you need to link up with other bloggers and read lots & lots of posts and create a conversation. Time is a such a precious commodity and all this is just the beginning.
If I only knew that blogging would take up every spare waking hour I had, I am not sure I would have started it in the first place.
If I had known before I started blogging with my mum for Our Parallel Connection that it would become a ‘third person’ in our relationship, I might not have started it. As much as blogging is really fun and the excitement of knowing that your words are being read is incomparable, I would have never thought it might be something that would come between Mum and I. We were really close and as much as we still are, we both have social lives and we both have other priorities, something that every now and again I feel that the blog is compared to me, a priority.