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1- Recognize that you do have a life beyond the blog.
You have family, friends, cats, whatever, but you have things that exist outside this online space. And those things are important too. Much more so than a blog, in fact. Realize that we might be neglecting those things in order to post the newest thing or the first review of that amazing new book out there.
2- Step back.
You may need a small break from the blog (and try to take it before you have a break down and HAVE to take it). This might mean a day or two or a week or two. Just depends. Everyone needs a break from the blog, so don't feel guilty or like you will lose all your readers if you stop for a bit. Trust that we'll all still be here when you get back.
3- Find that balance.
This is the hardest step and one that I'm continually working on. Life is a great balancing act and to fit in all the things we need to do and all the things we want to do, we have to organize or order. Sit down and think about what needs to be done and what you want to do and then put the list in order of importance. You'll find that some things will fall off the list. That's ok. Maybe sometime (at a different time in your life) you'll be able to try those, but not now. For instance, I am dying to try my hand at writing a book, but right now I work full time, commute for nearly 1.5 hours, and am fixing up a house when I get home. I barely have time to eat, sleep, read, and blog between all those other things. When my life calms down (I'm hoping it will) I'll still have my brain (I hope) and I'll still want to write (I'm sure). Don't let the now moments make you forget that there will be future moments to do things too.
I totally feel like a hypocrite or the least qualified person to offer these tidbits, but I couldn't think of another thing I could possibly do beyond my blog (as I mentioned, quite busy right now). So, this is my way of remembering that there are things beyond our blogs and some of those things should be done now and some later.
What are your tips for getting beyond the blog - in whatever way you interpret that?
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