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Confessions of a Blogger / Photographer

This post is going to be little bit different from my usual posts so please bear with me. You may have noticed that I’m not keeping up with my usual posting schedule. I have a lot of balls in the air…being a mother, working full-time, satisfying my thirst for photography, blogging, managing all my social media outlets, volunteering at shelters and now working at building a pet photography business. Hmmm and those are just a few things I have on my plate.

I have a question for all of you. yes you….my blogging friends and followers. How do you do it? How do stave off burn out?

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“Blogging is like work, but without coworkers thwarting you at every turn.”  Scott Adams

I love this Dilbert cartoon. Believe me there are times I’ve felt like paying my son to write a blog post or two for me. Don’t worry I haven’t. There are no ghost writers or photographers at Edith Levy Photography.  So this is a good segue to my next disjointed thought. This is a photography blog. It’s not like I’m spending hours writing 500 to 1000 word posts, but the process of going out, shooting and processing images does take hours albeit enjoyable ones. This has been a rough winter for us Canadians.  I love shooting winter scenes but with most days from December to the beginning of March dealing with -15C or less temperatures its been tough to be outside for extended periods. I know…you’re saying to yourself “suck it up buttercup” other photographers do it. Yup they do! And I commend them for it. I suppose I’m saying this because I feel like I’m in a bit of a creative rut. I’ve been spending so much time doing other things that I haven’t focused on what I really love to do and that’s to go out and shoot. So therein lies the problem. This self-imposed schedule has been taking its toll on me. I love the friendships that I’ve built while writing this blog. I’ve said it before and I will continue to shout it from the rooftops…this is a great community to be a part. So the short end of it…I may not be posting as regularly as I have. But you never know maybe I just need a couple of weeks to regroup and then I’ll be back with a vengeance.

Of course this being a photography blog I need close with an image. I posted this a couple of weeks ago to my Facebook page but never posted it here. Here’s another view of Manhattan and the Brooklyn Bridge taken from Dumbo.

New York, Dumbo, Brooklyn Bridge, city lights, Manhattan, skyline, night photography, long exposure, travel photography

 

 

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99 responses

  1. Len

    I totally understand where you are coming from Edith. It reminds me of some pro photographers lamenting that they shoot 20% of the time and run their business 80% of the time. Many of the bloggers I follow have slowed down. I am fortunate in that I retired early and don’t have the pressures of a full-time job. Make sure that you do the things you love first. Life is too short.

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    April 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

    • Thanks Len. I’ve noticed a slow down as well. I’m hoping that the spring and summer and a little change in scheduling will rejuvenate me.

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      April 1, 2014 at 9:11 am

      • Edith, I love the Brooklyn Bridge shot you closed with. I don’t think that bridge has ever looked as good. Maybe the night helps! Just keep shooting! I enjoy your work!

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        April 25, 2014 at 11:26 am

    • Len, I love this philosophy. Time is short. I’m lucky to have a wife who supports my “hobby” and accompanies me most times. We use the time together to talk, hike, and just enjoy!

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      April 25, 2014 at 11:00 am

  2. My secret: I write what will help me go out and face the day. That’s all. Thanks for this great post.

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    April 1, 2014 at 7:36 am

  3. Regardless of how many good posts/photos I think I have in me, I limit myself to 2 posts per week. That way I always have something available in times of drought. I do not indulge in Facebook, twitter, or instagram. If I feel jaded, I take a break and I do not blog when I’m on holidays. This way it stays fun. If it stops being fun, I’ll shut my blog.

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    April 1, 2014 at 7:38 am

  4. I think the key is to not make it seem like a job. It you are doing it for pure fun and enjoyment, there is no pressure to stick to any kind of schedule. If you set goals, that is great, but they are just goals; they are not absolutes and no one will take away your birthday for not meeting them. I think you hit part of the issue in your closing – you posted an image to fb, but not on your blog. Social media can seem like a chore sometimes. Utilizing publicize (in WordPress) to send your work out to many outlets at once (fb included) is a huge time saver; by doing so you insure you are hitting all of your audiences and potential markets. Personally I am found that workflow is everything – keep it as simple as possible. As the warm weather begins to make an appearance, I want to spend even less time on all this stuff…

    I am a newer follower enjoying your work. PhoDOGraphy – how clever – love it!

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    April 1, 2014 at 7:40 am

    • Thank you so much Dan for your thoughtful coments and advice. You’re right I just have to find a balance.

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      April 1, 2014 at 9:14 am

  5. I think these lulls are to be expected, and they generally have an end to them. Perhaps it’s largely due to the weather… it’s hard to get up and out when it’s cold.

    The nice thing about blog subscriptions is that even if you post infrequently, I get a nice email telling me about it.

    Good luck!

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    April 1, 2014 at 7:56 am

  6. I can relate. I’ve ditched pretty much all of my social media, with the exception of WordPress.

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    April 1, 2014 at 8:13 am

  7. What a great post, Edith.

    As for me, I never make being online, an item on my to-do list. I do it only when I want to, which for quite some time now has been about once a week. The wonderful people I’ve met, and the friendships I’ve made online are invaluable, but this is one of the few things that I do for ME, and I will not ever let it become just another thing I feel I have to do.

    As for the lulls…they happen! And with a winter like we’ve had, it’s been tough for sure. When I am feeling uninspired with my camera, I simply put it down, and move on to something else that I love to do. It never lasts long, and then I pick up my camera again with renewed inspiration. :-)

    Happy April to you, Edith, and have a wonderful day!

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    April 1, 2014 at 8:21 am

    • Thanks so much for that Lisa. You’ve made me feel a little better. I thought I was losing my mojo :)

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      April 1, 2014 at 9:17 am

  8. You and I are in very similar situations, Edith, and it is clear to me that this is a balancing act. Sometimes we just have to shift our weight in order to maintain our balance. I’ve realized that I must move to limit my own blog to 2 – 3 posts each week so I can devote the majority of my time and focus to building my photography business. Each blog post takes around 2 hours of my time with processing an image, writing, finding an accompanying quote for an image, publishing and promoting on social media. And that doesn’t count the time I spent going out to shoot photos. That adds up quite swiftly. While I consider my blog a very worthwhile marketing and outreach effort, there comes a time when marketing must be secondary to doing. All the better that it’s doing what we love.
    And as was remarked above, subscribers get a nice little notice when a new post is published regardless of the interval.
    Best wishes,
    Earl

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    April 1, 2014 at 8:33 am

    • Thank you so much Earl. This is way I love this community. It’s nice to know that we can provide each other words of encouragement, advice and support as you have done.

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      April 1, 2014 at 9:19 am

  9. Each of us take this blogging journey for various reasons. As we settle into a routine, it can take over our lives. I’ve narrowed my focus to post one day a week, which still requires a lot of effort. Occasionally, I will do two. I do not do any other social media. I’m shocked that people have the TIME to partake in so many forums. For me the love of image making and writing are the key to this online life. Truly, we each must find the balance that gives us a sense of well being–nourishes our creative efforts. For me meeting people such as yourself is most of the sheer joys of this experience.

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    April 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

    • Thank you so much Sally. You’re right we certainly do have to find a balance. I think that’s what this post was all about for me. Finally admiting that I can’t do it all. And I agree the best part of blogging is meeting people such as yourself.

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      April 1, 2014 at 9:28 am

  10. Edith
    I admit to cheating. I found out somewhere, maybe it was your suggestion, that you can schedule posts in advance. So I find a batch of pictures, write the post, then upload to the blog in a batch, and it’s on auto pilot. It helps to have a lot of pictures around. Your posts are so well done. I can understand how hard it is with all the post processing you do. I look forward to your work. (in case you don’t know, the scheduling option is to the right side on the add post page)

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    April 1, 2014 at 8:48 am

    • Thank you so very much Victor. And I wouldn’t call that cheating. The writing, thought and photography that makes up a post still requires time and work. I will try that option though.

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      April 1, 2014 at 9:29 am

  11. Fascinating image Edith! Honestly, I’m relieved to read your post. I too am so overwhelmed with all of the balls I am juggling…just trying to not let them fall! I have had to back off of the social media aspect of life, blogging less, etc. because it takes so much time and energy that I must focus elsewhere, primarily on my family. I suppose it is all about prioritizing and I think that blogging once or twice a week is my new expectation for myself vs. trying to post every day or even multiple times per week. I would like to keep a blogging presence as I so enjoy the people and friends I’ve made, like you! But, in order not to get burned out, or lose focus on my true priorities, time spent blogging and on other social media outlets has to be limited. One thing I’ve done is try to create several blogs at a time and then post them gradually. All my best to you! Robyn

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    April 1, 2014 at 8:51 am

    • Thank you so much Robyn. It’s really great ot hear that I’m not the only one struggling with this. Victor (in the comment below) aslo suggested creating multiple post at once and then scheduling them. I may have to give that a try. Thanks again for taking the time to comment and share your experience.

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      April 1, 2014 at 9:34 am

  12. I hear you Edith. Same going on with me. This winter has been nuts, and has had me in a rut more than once. Between family obligations and weather I’ve been doing more cleaning house than photography. Call it. Spring cleaning in the winter of spring! ;)
    I have done a lot of processing of images from last summer and even last spring. I have also tried to do some experimenting with different types of indoor photography, just for fun. I think when the sun and warmth return, all of those creative juices will flow again for all of us!
    Lots of hugs! :)

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    April 1, 2014 at 9:01 am

  13. I liked Len’s comment especially, but think you got much good advice from your friends here. ‘Do what you love most’ sounds good to me. You seem to have an amazing amount of energy, and I admire you for it. But each of us, no matter how strong, has his limits. And the work is best when not forced. There’s nothing wrong with slowing the pace a bit. Those who appreciate your work, don’t demand a certain pace. That is coming from you. Keep up the good work, and make sure it’s comfortable all around.

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    April 1, 2014 at 9:27 am

  14. (a little cue from my German Shepherd: “… Blah, blah, blah… Biscuit?” ) :) “Tune” everything that you don’t need to hear… Out…! Hugs!

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    April 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

  15. I just try to follow my own inner clock on when to post. If I’m not feeling it, I take a break. You’re really only accountable to you, and keeping that in mind has helped me not get too lost under all the expectations I can sometimes perceive. Good luck :)

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    April 1, 2014 at 10:28 am

  16. I am a list maker and stick to a schedule to the point of driving myself nuts. When it comes to my blog though, I try to cut myself some slack. I guess I think it is important not to force it. It’s better to cut back or take a break than to post something that isn’t of interest to you. You have a great blog, I really enjoy your content, but as your reader and a fellow blogger, I want it to mean more to you than it does to me. That is, in my opinion, success.
    Cheers!

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    April 1, 2014 at 11:06 am

  17. I feel ya! I was sick two days this week and am trying to decide what to let go. I must remind myself it’s all about priorities. I would say more but I have to scoot, I have an appointment! ;)

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    April 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

  18. Oh Edith, you have no idea how much this hit home with me. It was like listening to myself. Life is just an endless merry-go-round, and it’s so hard to fit everything in. I, too, have been pretty much house bound this winter because of the weather, and I feel like I am now forgetting any new photography skills I have learned over the last year.

    When I started my blog I posted every day, but after a year I realized that I just couldn’t keep up that pace, so now I just post when I get the urge and the time.

    Life just seems to be so stressful these days that I have found myself falling back on old faithful – reading :). There is nothing that makes me more happy and relaxed than reading, so I find time every day to lose myself in a great story. I am realizing as I get older that it’s important to find time for me :).

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    April 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    • Thanks Cindy. I’m amazed by all the comments and how so many people feel the same pressures and lack of time. I think you hit the nail on the head. You have to do what make syou happy and relaxed.

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      April 1, 2014 at 1:55 pm

  19. I live in Canada too and this winter has been very harsh by Canadian standards. I bought my cam last fall, winter started in November here and I almost did not go outside with my cam.

    In a past life I had another blog and I felt in the trap of writing every day of the week (wek0end included) and I was alone on my blog. Result, I became fed up, I lost quality in my daily topic and eventually abandoned my previous blog. I think when you have a blog and you set goals that are too high in number of publications, well you are doomed to fail ……. Unless of course it’s your full time job ………. So my advice, have realistic goals

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  20. Edith, I am very much on the same page as you when it comes to hitting the blogging wall. I don’t have a full time job, but still often feel overwhelmed by the process. Like a hamster on a wheel perhaps? I do love to blog, though, and find it to be a wonderful creative outlet, and more importantly, a great vehicle to meet nice people. I haven’t been as consistent a poster as you and do notice that it takes time to catch up to the point where I left off, but it’s never the end of the world. I think it’s okay to pull back and find a rhythm to blogging that suits your lifestyle. (If you’ve noticed I’ve begun to title my posts “Shorts” because that’s all I have time for!!!) You are a gifted photographer and interesting blogger…they will still come!! Good luck, Edith!
    Elisa

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    • Thank you so much for this Elisa. I have noticed your “shorts” and I love them. I think you may have something there :)

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      April 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  21. I understand exactly what you are saying and going through, Edith. Although, also, I have no idea how you manage to do all the things you do! And have a full time job. Seriously you must never have time to sleep! I jest!
    Blogging takes up time – far more than one might imagine. Image capture, image process, writing, posting, thanking commentators, visiting blogs and making comments. It amounts to hours every day. And I don’t have a job – I’m retired! Recently I’ve struggled to keep all the balls in the air and there’s nothing worse than getting behind with everything. The thing is the world won’t fall apart if you have a bit of ‘me time’ and pause and re-gather your thoughts. As you say, this is a wonderful supportive community to which we all belong, no-one wants you to burn out. Slow the pace, enjoy some spring photography and re-group.

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    • Thank you Andy for the great advice. Yes sleep is something that’s been lacking as well. My husband gets mad at me beacuse some days I’ll only crawl into bed at 1:00am and then I’m up at 6:30. I’m trying to change that too.

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      April 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm

  22. Wow, love that cartoon, and can I ever relate to your post, Edith! (Other than the cold weather – thankfully ours was short, and spring seems to have now sprung.) As you know I post very irregularly – if I manage two or three posts in a month I’m doing well. I usually have photos I’d like to post, but I get bogged down in thinking about what to write to go with them – what to say that isn’t just a cliche or banality. Sometimes I get in a creative rut on the photo front too…when everything I shoot seems mediocre at best. I think spring will help on that front. As for my blog…I’m working on not feeling guilty when long stretches of time go by without a new post. :) I’m also working on not feeling guilty about how little time I’m getting to read other bloggers’ posts these days. From the comments here, I sense it’s happening to man of us these days.

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    • Thank you for taking the time to share Laurie. You’re absolutely right, given the comments it seems we all struggle a little bit with our own self-imposed schedules.

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      April 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm

  23. I like your closing photo. Especially the lights reflecting on the water. I’m retired and I still have trouble keeping up with the blogging.

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    April 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm

  24. Yes I know it is very important to take care of yourself and take “a deep breath”! It will always be a pleasure to see you again. :smile:

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    April 1, 2014 at 2:36 pm

  25. Wow, busy busy, seems the older we get the less time we have lol, great shot, hang in there, hos is the pet thing going?

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    April 1, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    • Thanks Mike. Need to devote more time to it (it seems there’s never enough time to do everything). Working on identifying and targeting my market. That’s the hardest part for me. Working with the pets is the fun part.

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      April 1, 2014 at 6:50 pm

  26. I can really relate to this, Edith. As you may have noticed, my blogging is very erratic anymore. I wish that I had the time to dedicate to it, but it isn’t as high on the priorities on a daily basis as other things. While blogging doesn’t have co-workers thwarting you, it also doesn’t have them helping out either. Don’t ever let your blog become a leech, sucking the life out of your creativity. To use a lesson I have learned from dog obedience training, keep it on a leash and under YOUR control, not the other way around.

    Good luck with it all!! ;)

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    April 1, 2014 at 5:35 pm

  27. Thank you for this post! I’m going through this right now too. It’s good to see I’m not alone. There are some very helpful suggestions here in the comments that I think I will try. Thanks again for opening up the discussion. :-)

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    April 1, 2014 at 7:03 pm

    • Thanks for commenting Jackie. I’m amazed at the response as well and I agree there is some excellent advice here that I plan to follow.

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      April 1, 2014 at 10:11 pm

  28. I completely understand Edith. Sometime life gets in the way. I’ve had my own “distractions” lately. My mother-in-law broke her hip and since she took care of my father-in-law we had to put him into a nursing home. Of course it seems that these events always come in waves when they happen. My point is that you sometimes have to prioritize the things in your life and just do what you can do. Would it actually be the end of the world if you posted less than you do now, or even only once a week, or less?

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    April 1, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    • Thank you so much Phillip for commenting and for the advice. I’m so sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. My mother broke her hip last year so I know how difficult that can be. I hope she makes a speedy recovery and that your father-in-law is okay.

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      April 1, 2014 at 10:13 pm

  29. Very glad to have found your blog Edith :)
    Thanks for visiting me.
    When I feel like this from juggling, I disappear for a little while… however long that may be until I feel fresh again.
    Feel rested soon x

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    April 1, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    • Thanks so much Robyn. I really love doing this so I don’t want to totally disappear but I think cutting back for a little while might help et the juices flowing.

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      April 1, 2014 at 10:33 pm

      • You’ve inspired me to do the same on facebook Edith… something I’ve been thinking about for a while now…
        Cutting back is good. Brings perspective :)
        Looking forward to it. Hope you are too!!

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        April 1, 2014 at 11:01 pm

  30. Allow time for yourself is the big thing – something has to give, and if it’s the blog, then why is that a problem? Take the sentence “I should be posting”, remove the words “I should” and replace them with “If I wanted to, I could”… Enjoy it, but don’t let it become a chore! :)

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    April 2, 2014 at 1:43 am

  31. Dear Edith, join the club! I’ve been feeling the same and have reduced my blogging. At the end of the day it’s not a slave ship, it’s about fun. Then there are lots of other things I like to do and why risk a burn out if it can be easily avoided. And people want stop following and liking if you post less. Mind yourself – hope you’ll find the right balance :)

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    April 2, 2014 at 5:08 am

    • Thank you Annette. you’re so right. It is all about balance and i just need to get better at it.

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      April 2, 2014 at 4:04 pm

  32. I sympathy totally! I have a website and blog because I love my photography and it seemed a shame for all those photos to simply die on my hard drive. I photograph because I enjoy it and blog to share them. If it becomes a ‘must do’ then it’s no longer enjoyable. I don’t bother with any of the social media platforms because I’d rather socialise and engage fully than tap away on my keyboard anyway! There is the argument of a wider audience/potential market etc. but how many bloggers/facebookers/twitterers etc. actually buy what they see. If selling your work is what you’re after (and I’m speaking generically here) then a more focussed campaign would get better results. It seems that in the blogging world there is a subconscious pressure to ‘collect’ followers and obsess about growing stats. Why? What does it achieve in the end? It’s the wrong balance when all that is getting in the way of what you love to do. I take the view that I’d rather live my life and do what I enjoy doing than spend it trying to keep with others’. Not terribly well put but I hope it makes sense!

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    April 2, 2014 at 7:08 am

  33. I very well could have written this one for you, Edith. I know exactly what you mean. :-)
    Here is my best advice for avoiding burnout. Simply allow life to happen and do what your aspirations guide you to do.

    When you take on a new business venture or expand upon your current services, the balance of time shifts dramatically. You’re forced to prioritize and place more attention on certain aspects of life. Sometimes these are temporary, while you get things to a point where everything is more manageable. Other times, the change will be more permanent. But keep in mind, it is all a result of your drive to continue the success that you have gained thus far.

    I am personally happy to see your new business taking off, I know it’s your passion and that is something we should all pursue. It’s never as much work when you enjoy what you are doing.

    So… keep rocking and rolling, post when you can and know that we all love you for your drive and genuine friendship.

    Lots of ball in the air? I fully understand and support your efforts, my friend. What you build today will make for a better tomorrow. :-)

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    April 2, 2014 at 10:07 am

    • Jimi what can I say. Thank you so much for these inspirational words and advice my friend.

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      April 2, 2014 at 4:11 pm

  34. I allow myself as much time as I can find on a Sunday to prepare the posts for the upcoming week (now limited to two). If I manage to complete some more then all the better. This gives me more time next Sunday to do other things. Can almost be considered a vacation from the blog.

    I have no idea how you manage to juggle all those different projects as well as a family and full time job. I’m sure you will find a routine that suits you.

    I wish you good luck.

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    April 2, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    • Thanks very much Mark for the comments and good advice. I sincerely appreciate it. I need to find a balance that’s for sure.

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      April 2, 2014 at 10:17 pm

  35. LB

    Edith … so glad you shared your thoughts.
    It is so very hard to keep everything on track, and I do understand. In fact, I am frantically checking in on my favorite bloggers because I feel as if I have missed so much! Between too many weekends of travel, no free time during work hours, and attending to volunteer work, and family and friends, I too am behind.
    BUT
    I don’t have a schedule! I try to post twice a week, but this week it will only be once.
    The relationships you have developed (those of us who follow your blog / work) will be here to enjoy you posts whenever you have time to get to them.
    Take some breaths and slow down a bit.
    We’ll be here!!

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    April 3, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    • Thank you so much Laurie for your kind words and support. I truly appreciate that.

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      April 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm

  36. I know that feeling Edith, I to find it very hard at the moment especially after my employer has restricted the info I can blog about.

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    April 4, 2014 at 7:11 am

  37. I know how you feel Edith! When I’m close to a burn out, sometimes its as simple as taking a step back and slowing down (at least thats what I do). Blogging is supposed to be fun and relaxing. The moment you feel like its a pressure you should just take a little break. We’ll all still be here when you’re recharged and inspired :) Have a great weekend!

    And we’re almost out of the Canadian winter ;) at least we’re expected to have rain tonight here so maybe it’ll wash away some snow so the spring flowers can pop out :)

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    April 4, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    • Thanks Kim. That’s exactly what I’ve been doing this week and I’m already feeling a bit more recharged. They’re calling for a beautiful Sunday so I’m hoping to get out with my camera. Have a great weekend.

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      April 4, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  38. I loved the cartoon – trust Dilbert. It’s fascinating to watch the ebb and flow of bloggers – each one seems to struggle with similar issues at times. I took off three weeks and didn’t blog until I wanted to do it again.

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    April 5, 2014 at 2:51 am

    • Thanks so much Lyle. I’m learning from all the comments that I’m not the only one who has struggled with the time crunch.

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      April 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm

  39. My Dear Edith, I Strongly disagree with Adams when he says that blogging is like work… It IS work! No like phike in that! That said, let me congratulate Your on Your ‘cover photo,’ which is really written with light. I have very little idea about photography or art, but that pic looks bright, beautiful and Cheerful, of which I need lots! Coming to how I cope with my own writing, which, contrary to my wish, often become very long… I always have a plethora of ideas, waiting, wanting and fighting to get out. The energy and the time become limiting factors. But the great thing is, I take things Cool these days!

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    April 5, 2014 at 8:47 am

  40. I wouldn’t despair too much, Edith. Some days – or weeks or whatever – it’s hard to find the flow of creativeness. And at times we are bugged down by all kinds of routines and pressures and expectations (self-imposed or others) and we just have to work through that time of hardship. Then comes a day of sunshine, temperature is increasing, you suddenly have a little bit of extra time, all the work needed to be done is done, and you are back in the rut as you say. And don’t worry about posting regularly or spending time in the blog sphere every day. Sometimes it’s not possible, and that’s fine. I have discovered that for myself. Before I could get very stressed if I wasn’t able to maintain my blogging, but I realized that the world still goes round if I don’t. Blogging is suppose to be fun, no? Not another burden in life.

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    April 5, 2014 at 4:01 pm

  41. Anything, no matter how good, can become routine, and it seems natural that everyone will eventually feel tired out by routine. After almost three years of daily posts, I’m considering changing my implicit promise to readers and not necessarily posting something every single day. As some of your other commenters have observed, life goes on in any case.

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    April 7, 2014 at 11:17 am

    • That’s so true Steve. I love your posts but if you posted less often I would still be here to visit. I must say though that its been a week since I’ve posted a new entry and it has been liberating. I have a couple in the works which I’ll probably post this week but I’m feeling good about this more relaxed timetable especially since I have so many things on the go.

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      April 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

  42. The good thing about a blog is that you can post as frequently or as infrequently as you like!

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    April 8, 2014 at 12:20 pm

  43. You have no idea how this post resonates with us, Edith! I work M-F in the computer engineering field and try to spend as much time on nights and weekends as I can with our photography. I don’t even need to finish that thought, based on your post here… the one thing I’ve learned since we’ve had to pull back a tad bit here is, those friendships you mention in your post, they are real ones. People will stick with you, no matter what. Your photography and content is some of my favorites to visit Edith, so I can guarantee you that no matter WHAT schedule you stick to, we’ll be following along for sure! Best of luck with your balancing act there!!

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    April 10, 2014 at 6:49 pm

  44. Edith, we all have been through it, taking too much on our plate, because we either have to or want too. Missed seeing your work. I am going through a big change too but glad to be back in the blogging world hopefully. Your work is superior my friend.

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    April 17, 2014 at 8:45 pm

    • Thank you so very much Laurie. It’s felt good to take a little break (from blogging anyway). Life can get so crazy sometimes. Hope all is well with you.

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      April 17, 2014 at 9:25 pm

  45. Hey, I just started blogging and I am already exhausted. It is truly hard work if you want things to go perfect atleast.

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    April 19, 2014 at 1:29 am

    • It is hard work but you meet some great folks in the blogging world. Your site is terrific.

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      April 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

  46. Wow! I think it took me about a half hour to scroll down to the bottom of all the comments to leave my own two cents worth. I have only been blogging since November. But with shooting every weekend, lightroom most evenings, then blogging and commenting and responding, this has become very demanding in a very short time and I keep asking myself how others do it. No concrete answers yet. But I know I’ve been turning to reading and listening to music in the evenings. Then I get antsy to create again. In fact, I’m getting that urge right now…

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    April 22, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    • Thanks Emilio. I love it as well but after 3 years I just needed to find a better balance.

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      April 22, 2014 at 8:09 pm

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