You might think I'm utterly delirious, but bear with me...
One afternoon while fixing the kids lunch, I pulled out several slices of bread and started adding jelly to them before I even bothered to take the peanut butter out of the cabinet.
I had six half-made sandwiches laid out on the counter when I opened the jar of peanut butter, only to discover that while it looked full from the outside, it was practically empty.
Me, being the stubborn person that I am, rather than take a few minutes to run to the store for more peanut butter, I convinced myself that I could stretch those few spoonfuls to the limit. But by the time I got to the last slice of bread, that layer of peanut butter was so thin, it caused the bread to crumble. Those were the most pitiful sandwiches I've ever made.
Yes, I had spread the peanut butter too thin! Have you ever done that?
Crazy as it may sound, that got me to thinking... I tend to do the same thing when it comes to blogging.
Guest Posting Out of Control
I've been known to have 2 guest posts published on 2 different blogs and still manage to publish fresh content to both of my blogs - that's like 4 posts all used up in one day.
I've had people tease me about being everywhere at once. And while I may laugh it off and bask in their compliment, at the same time I'm out of breath and totally exhausted from writing so much content.
Spread too Thin
I hate using cliches, but some times, nothing better works to illustrate my point. It's so easy to spread yourself too thin when it comes to blogging because there's so many exciting opportunities - all of which are impossible to turn down.
It's great when I can network and help my blogging friends out with guest posts, but sometimes that "help" I'm offering is just one slice of bread too much for my peanut butter. That's when I start spitting out pitiful, sloppy, crumbly-bread-with-holes-in-it type sandwiches - I mean blog posts.
That's when I come to the conclusion that it's time to step back and restock the cupboards.
- Those are the times when I have to pull away from social networks and just take the time to write.
- Those are the times when I have to skip posting on the weekend so I can catch my breath.
- Those are the times when I have to leave the emails unread so that I can think and brainstorm.
- Those are the time when I have to just turn the computer off altogether and re-energize my mind.
- Those are the times when I step away from the desk and find myself thinking about blogging while making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Ironic, isn't it?
How about you? What do you do when you realize you've spread yourself too thin? How do you recover?
How to Recover when you've spread your blogging too thin is a post from: We Blog Better. © 2010. Share it freely, but please link back to this source.