But What Does It Really Cost You

Sadie over at Keep It Alive  shared a blog started by Dr Tanya of Salted Caramel.  It explores the question of what blogging cost you, not financially, but in other areas.  Sadie opened up the questions for everyone and I thought I would take a shot at them.

And here we go with the Cost Of Blogging Questions…

  1.  Does it infringe upon your leisure time? I guess you could say it has replaced some of my leisure time.  I used to read books at night, now I read blogs and write a little.
  2. Worse still, does it distract you from your work/studies? I don’t have a problem with this one since I don’t work due to disabilty.  But I suppose there are days I am reading blogs instead of doing the laundry or other chores.
  3. Is it taking a toll on your personal relationships? My relationship is not perfect but it is often when he is either asleep or at work when I blog.  So, no.
  4. Has your health suffered? I think it the opposite.  It helps to keep my mind a little sharper  maybe.  My health was pretty poor to begin with so there was not much blogging could have done to make it worse.
  5. Have you gained weight? This is hard to say.  I started blogging when the stress of my life and health had me in a corner.  Since then I have discovered I have fibromyalgia that does limit my exercise to a certain degree.  But I also was diagnosed with depression and anxiety and put on meds for all these conditions which could also be responsible for weight gain.  So I have gained weight but I am not sure it is directly related to blogging.
  6. Do you ever get writers block? YES!  I think it is worse with certain prompts that I write for… the words don’t always work well into poetry.  So, I have broadened my writing to include more fiction.  If all else fails I can do a good stream of consciousness blog.
  7. Have you ever suffered from blog-related stress or blogger burn out? I get stressed when I fall behind in my blogging and reading.  Take this post for example it was written the 16th, I probably saw it the 17th and wanted to answer it, but didn’t really have time until today the 21st.  That stresses me out.  Burn out… no.  I try to keep trying new things and have written poetry for YEARS so I know that will never stop.  I try to make new goals every year to try a little something different if I can.  But that is also why I like the daily prompts, because they are never the same.


So this concludes my views on the cost of blogging… how about for you?  Do you pay a heavy price for the blogosphere?  Please share your answers and feelings!



Mumbles … Five Years

I got a notification from WordPress yesterday… I have had my blog for five years now.  My how time flies when you are having fun.  But don’t get too excited, I would say I have only truly been blogging for closer to two years.  Let’s take a look at some of my past words and facts. (I know how boring… but maybe somebody might like to see what I have done.)

I started back in August of 2013 (hence the 5 years… LOL)  and that first year I only had 3 posts this being my first one.  I didn’t make it back until August of 2014 and sporadically stayed with it until November when I did one of my hardest posts. 2015 I was in the groove enough I almost hit every month, but still very few posts.  This is one of my early depression blogs .

Then we reached 2016, that is when something clicked.  In March I started to write more. I dealt with not one but two friends in crisis.  By the end of that summer I discovered the daily prompts and that kept me here most days.  And a Radical Idea had me posting about my happiness for 100 days.  I also tried to find the wonder of the holidays with my 12 Days of Christmas.

2017 I was bound and determined to find a way to be Happy and Grateful every single day.  And I may have been late a few times but I got through that year-long challenge.  I also continued with the daily prompts and from March through November I shared some of my photos with Monochrome Monday.

Now we are in 2018 and although WordPress has dropped its daily prompt I still am challenged by Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (FOWC) every day.  I have embraced an occasional blog with my Mumbles… posts.  And I am once in a while doing some fiction posts, most often limited to 100 words.

I sit one person away from 500 followers.  I figure 100 per year average is not bad.  I get likes on my posts and wonderful comments from people I consider friends.  I have 1,212 posts, over 21,700 views and more than 10,700 visitors.  For those of you who made it this far I will give you the answer to this question.  Too wise you are, too wise you’ll be, I see you are, too wise for me. 🙂

Have a good day/night… thanks for sticking with me.  I really hope all these links work! Now to start the next 5 years!  (((HUGS)))