I’m concerned you all don’t actually know what you’re doing.
Please don’t take that the wrong way….
I’m just saying that *maybe* spending 3 hours a day looking at fashion accessories on Pinterest is not the best use of your time – unless of course you are an accessories designer doing market research.
And *maybe* subscribing to 400+ blogs and trying to read them all on a daily basis is a bigger time-suck than you are admitting.
Oh, wait. That second one is me!
As I mentioned a week or so ago, I’ve discontinued the DIY link round-up posts for the time being. I also hinted that I had started un-subscribing from a few of the blogs. Long story short, in the last month or so I’ve gone from about 500+ unread blog posts in my Google Reader every day, to hovering around 60 or so unread every day.
The difference is INCREDIBLE.
And actually a little ridiculous. I absolutely should have realized this before.
I NEVER wanted to be a curator. I never wanted to have the kind of site that just re-hashed material found elsewhere. I always wanted my blog content to be original and quality.
I really should have recognized that the DIY link roundup posts should not have been a priority – as they don’t really fit into the vision I have for this site. And yet every week for 2 years I spent time (hours?) finding the DIY posts on other sites, and formatting the link-posts for your enjoyment.
I am absolutely proud of any exposure or traffic I was able to send to those other blogs, and I’ve already discussed having those posts start up again as guest posts, but for my own time and work I really should have honored my priorities and discontinued that series awhile ago.
NOW, especially with far fewer unread blog posts to manage, I have far more time to work on that WORK that actually is a priority. I have the time to craft guest posts for other blogs, or work on future resources for you all, or maybe even start that novel I’ve been talking about writing for 5 years.
I encourage you to reexamine your priorities and just do a quick check and see if you have anything in your day-to-day life actively pulling you away from those priorities.
My next plan is to work on fitting more house-cleaning into my life. Not because I like it, but because I want it to be a priority to do as much housework as possible so my husband (who works 100 hours/week sometimes) doesn’t feel like he has to.
This fall I’ll be running another round of the Onward and Upward online workshop. Details still to be announced, but I’m looking forward to having you be part of the community!.