Starting this blog has been rejuvenating in many ways, but I’m also vigilant about my amount of screen time. At first, I told myself I’d try to post every other day, but I haven’t reached that goal. It takes me 60-90 minutes to compose a decent entry and, while I enjoy the process, I think that’s a bit much considering my other interests. I haven’t yet found my blogging rhythm.
I’m honored that News of the Times nominated me for the Sunshine Award, which is a nice tool for bloggers to recognize each other’s efforts, build a following, and discover new reads.
Jennifer’s News of the Times consistently delivers thoughtful commentary on a range of pertinent issues, and she does a great job inviting readers to comment with a series of questions at the end of her posts. I particularly liked her recent post about Facebook and its business model.
I promise, I will fulfill the suggested protocol for the award, which is linking to other inspiring blogs to spread the love. But for now, I haven’t spent enough time unearthing other blogs. As a new blogger, I’m still figuring out what types of writers/topics/posts I want to invest my time in.
So I decided to unfollow about 10 blogs today. Not because they are unworthy of my attention, but because I don’t want to sift through so many posts in my reader. When I see 50 new posts in my reader, this is too much for me to process.
I want to place self-imposed limits on the amount of information and ideas I sift through. I want the information I process to be worthwhile. I want to spend time working on writing for other publications, like this essay I wrote for Education Week Teacher.
Like many of my posts on multitasking, seeking balance with technology and other aspects of life, I’m finding that I’m living these questions right now after starting Mindful Stew.
What are your blogging habits? How much time do you invest a day? Does it feel like a chore to scan the blogs you follow? In general, why do you blog?