Monday, March 5, 2012

Don't Burn Yourself Out!

When I was first married, I worked as a cake decorator. I loved it! It was fun and I got to create a whole bunch of wedding cakes.

But, I found myself working late nights (a few times all night) and I got sick of the business. (Have you ever worked with the mother of the bride? Very scary at times.)

Writing/blogging/whatever can be the same way.

I've learned that I need to take breaks from things so I don't hate them. I guess that's why I only post on my blog once a week. I don't want to get sick of it (plus the whole writing time needs to come first).

But don't get me wrong, I know I need my name out there and I love the whole blogging community. But I have to remember that I shouldn't be doing it 24/7. Because I love it. <3 (Love ya blogger)

So how about you? Do you ever find that you spend too much time doing only one thing? (Okay, back to the query writing. *whip crack*)

23 comments:

Jennifer Shirk said...

Yeah, that's why I cut down too. Too bad we can't make a job of just blogging and socializing, huh? :)

Suzie F. said...

I'd love to spend more time blogging but have to limit my time. With 4 kids, a job, and trying to write on the side I just can't. If only I could clone myself.

Shelley Sly said...

Agreed! I need to take breaks from things, too. I've been blogging only once a week for a while now. Maybe my blog would be more popular if I had more time to pour into it, but I just can't do that right now.

Good luck with your querying!!

Annalisa said...

I had to cut back on writing. Obviously I had to anyway because my life doesn't allow such dense writing days, but a few years ago I was spending every free second on the computer. It wasn't healthy. I'm much happier when I have a balance.

Indigo said...

Sometimes I think we share the same head space.

I've turned a corner, where I'm about to take some serious writing time. Even so life and all those small immeasurable moments will find time and space too. They tend to spark my muse.

As for blogging, if I post twice a month I'm good. (Hugs)Indigo

Jolene Perry said...

I do, and I used to fight against it, but I've realize I just sort of swing that way.
I write to the exclusion of almost all else, and then spend the next little bit just hanging with me family.
The blog/twitter/goodreads and all that are my part-time constant.

Sometimes I love it, sometimes I'm exhausted of it, but benefits outweigh the exhaustion . . .

Lynda R Young said...

Yep, I take regular breaks. I try to take breaks from blogging every weekend too. Stepping away is important for refreshing the spirit.

Janet Johnson said...

It's so easy to get caught up in one thing and spend all your time there without realizing. Blogging was like that for me for a while. Lately I've really backed off, and while I do miss it, I think it's better overall. I'm getting a lot more writing down now.

Jamie Burch said...

Once a week works best for me, too! Wow, I didn't realize you were a cake decorator. Oh, my. Dealing with crazy mothers or brides would stress me out. Glad you found your way to writing!

Good luck with your query writing! I'm going to be revising my letter this week. Yikes!

Jen Daiker said...

You know I've cut way back on blogging and though it still makes me sad from time to time I don't focus on it so much. You can only do what you can. Breaks are needed if you want to be more attentive.

I love the blogging community and I know one day I'll be able to manage it like I used to, but life gets in the way. We have to make time for life, it's the one thing that doesn't go away.

Susan Fields said...

Absolutely! I cut back to one-day-a-week-blogging as well, and it really did help bring back my enthusiasm for it.

J. A. Bennett said...

I used to only blog until I did NaNo last year. Now I've cut back on blogging to three days a week, and it feels so good!

MTeacress said...

Too much time doing one thing? Yes, I go in spurts...but it doesn't take long to balance things out once I get the hang of what I'm doing. :)

Have a good week, Carolyn!

Patti said...

Yes, all the time, but I don't think I can give up cooking and cleaning.

Kate Coursey said...

I burn myself out on writing. I work work work work work until I'm no longer sleeping, and I get mad at myself when I don't work.

Good advice! Sometimes we all need a break.

L.T. Elliot said...

Burn out happens everywhere, I think. All things in moderation and all that...

SA Larsenッ said...

Hey, you and I have had this discussion before. Breaks are a time to revive ourselves. It's helpful, not hurtful. I fully agree!

Carolyn Abiad said...

Love how you put the mother of the bride bit in teeny tiny print. :)

I agree. We need space from a project sometimes.

Elana Johnson said...

Yes to all of this! It's so true. Sometimes we just need to make sure there's a balance. Good luck with the query!

ali cross said...

Um, yeah! All the time! I am forever giving myself a kick in the pants to get my priorities in order already!

And I had to laugh over the mother-of-the-bride comment. I used to be a photographer and I loved it. But I couldn't say no to people (or to the money) which meant I did weddings. I hated doing weddings. Well, I loved/hated them. Those pesky mothers-of-the-brides! Oy!

Glad to be out of that biz ;)

Al said...

At the moment the only thing I spend too much time on is my day job.
Hence I am not managing much more than one post a week either.
You are pretty close with your guess on my blog by the way.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I only post once a week now. That gives me enough time to visit the blogs I want to visit and plenty of time for writing. If I blogged every day, my writing would suffer for sure. I think maybe it depends where you are in your writing journey. I needed my bloggy friends more when I first started writing...they really helped me, now I'm braver, stronger, maybe even wiser and know that I want to spend more time writing. :)

Nichole Giles said...

I have done cakes too, and yes. It's hard to find balance. But I'm glad you're working on that. There are so many ways to spend our writing time, and I'm glad you're focusing. Can't wait to see the finished product.