Setting up and running your own blog is a great thing to do. You are sure to get excited when you receive your first visitors and you might be so happy that you want to dance naked in the street once you receive your first substantial income from it.
It can give you a fantastic way of earning a living while leading a better life but what if it takes over your life completely? What happens if you get addicted to your own blog? As far as I am aware there is no Bloggers Anonymous network so let’s see how you can sort this out on your own.
Recognise the Signs
Do you go to bed at 5am with your eyes feeling as though they might never be able to open again? Do you wake up in the middle of the night with weird ideas for attracting more visitors or for making the site look better? Do you turn every conversation with friends into something to do with your blog, like a strange modern version of those new parents who manage to make everything relate back to their babies in some way? There are certain warning signs which will tell you that you have reached a critical point in your addiction. You don’t need to be an expert to spot them, but you do need the kind of self awareness which we all lack at times when we get caught up in something which really excites us.
Make Some Decisions
Now that you realise that you have a problem what are you going to do about it? If you have been trying to run the site full time while also holding down a full time job then something has to give. For most of us it would be foolish to give up a steady job until our blog is well established and earning us regular income. If your blog isn’t at this stage yet the first decision you need to make is to take a step back and regain your life again. Going cold turkey on your blog isn’t going to be easy and you might find yourself tempted to sneak a look at it when everyone else in the house is sleeping or out.
However, the person you will be most letting down if you do this is yourself. Probably the best idea is to find some other sort of hobby which can fill your spare hours without leading to the same sort of dependency level that your site reached.
Probably the easiest part of the whole process is to get some help. If you have been writing the content, doing the SEO work and handling everything else to do with the site then you can look for global freelancers to do the same work for you.
This isn’t as expensive as you might fear it to be and if you choose wisely you can get people who will do the tasks to a high level. In fact, when it comes to the likes of copywriting you might even find that you hire someone who is better and more efficient at it than you are.
Enjoy It Again
If you follow the steps laid out here then after a while you should be able to look at your blog in a different light. Sure, it is still a fantastic business venture and a way of reaching out to the world but it shouldn’t keep you awake all night.
As you regain the balance in your life again it should be possible to start doing some of those tasks which you handed out to freelancers. Whether you most enjoy the SEO, the copywriting or some other aspect of the site you should start to concentrate on what you enjoy most and do best.
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