The Harsh Realities of Blogging
I must apologies dear readers for the lack of posts recently as I faced the harsh realities of blogging. I really don’t know how people do it? That is, run and maintain multiple websites or blogs as well as their own day to day lives. Just this week and last week alone, I have been plagued with work, having personal projects coming to head, daily late night childcare arrangements and a snowball effect of having to maintain all my 6 different sites in one go.
Constantly tired from all the activities mentioned above I have not been able to actually finish a blog post before my attention is required else where. What I have as a result is a whole bunch of drafts that will likely become like my half-read books on my shelf, never finished.
After getting the site maintenance and web installations up and running, as mentioned in my previous post, it hit me. I decided enough is enough and I need to consolidate my work, personal AND blogging life. I have found myself talking about design than actually doing it and that really pissed me off.
So I’ve closed down two of my six sites, deleted data like feeds and web connections, re-routed servers or web addresses and reorganized the focus of my remaining four sites. The interesting thing is the longer you have a site online, the harder it is to clear it out of the system. Think about it, you have Technorati, Feedburner, Mybloglog and everything else you signed up on that needs to be cleaned out some how.
Of the remaining 4, one of them is my family’s blog and the other, my personal portfolio site. The other two sites are this blog and IDAsia.org.
Actually I must admit IDAsia.org is really the big culprit here. Managing that site is responsible for my big computing time suck, and tipping me over the edge into blogger burnt out. However I do hope my investment in time would be repaid in the future. As it is my site maintenance is not complete, but like laundry, feeding babies or changing diapers, it never ends.
So I thought to now give myself a break, and really enjoy my Wired magazine article. So hopefully I can get over is burnt out and get back to this neglected site soon. You have to love blogging, because the moment you don’t and start to stress about it, it becomes a chore and it shows.