3 months ago
You do remember how innocently it all started out. At first you were just writing a few hobby posts every week no big deal, a time filler just having fun. Then you started getting followers who began to comment and so you started to take blogging a little more seriously. Your audience was growing and so was your attention to them…your virtual family and friends.
Perhaps after a few months you started to get the kids involved, asking them to pose and then asking hubby to take pictures of you with them in the store, the park or at the beach. He reluctantly obliged but never understood why he nor the kids could eat anything that was on the platter before you took a picture trying to capture the perfect “Hero Shot”. You set the table with fancy utensils, napkins, flowers and props for the blog post telling the family to dish out their meal from the pots sitting on the stove.
Then you start doing sponsored posts, sometimes getting a few hundred dollars deposited into your Paypal account or getting free products that the kids could use and free tickets to an event or for a weekend getaway that hubby enjoyed.
You became obsessed with seeking bigger pay days signing up for even more sponsored posts. You take pictures at sunrise, at sunset, in the rain and snow while on vacation and sometimes even at work. Selfies are taken in department store dressing rooms and out on the floor, with every purchase becoming part of an OOTD post and using hashtags for even more recognition. sunset-home-office-working-with-laptop-on-the-garden-picjumbo-com
You’re signing up at even more blogging community sites, submitting pitches for product reviews and adding more and more to your content calendar. Your photography skills are improving and your posting dates outnumber doctor and dental appointments highlighted on the family’s calendar. You become more selfish with your time especially if you also have a job outside of the home.
You can’t go anywhere without taking pictures and you began to schedule and attend events only if they are opportunities for a blog post including the kid’s school field trips. Leaving your business cards everywhere, on the grocery store and church bulletin boards, on the counters at the local liquor stores and blogging becomes more of an obsession.
After homework with the kids and dinner with the family, hubby heads to bed while you toil away on your laptop until the wee hours of the morning. Your sex life begins to wane because hubby can’t keep his eyes open until all hours of the night as you edit and re-edit the perfect post.
Every shopping experience turns into an opportunity to promote a new product or service and you are proud to admit that you are a blogger with a major following on all your social media platforms. An expert in the field either as a Lifestyle Blogger, Foodie Blogger, Travel Blogger or Blogger Blogger.
You are constantly reading Social Media Examiner, other blogs, joining link parties, upping your video game and enjoying every moment of it, however, hubby has been put on the back burner and your relationship is strained.
He doesn’t understand why you have to attend a blogging event every week and why you can’t just sit and watch television without your Laptop or Smartphone, constantly checking Facebook stats, Twitter and Google Analytics. checking Facebook and Twitter on an iPad
You want him to understand and you need him to know that blogging has become part of your life and you want him to become a part of it as well…but will he ever?
Are you allowing your virtual life to overtake your real life…and will blogging break up your marriage?