Let’s Talk About Blogging Addiction: Are You Addicted To Blogging?…Read My Story
Since I took some time out to cater to my children, I have been feeling a little sad.
Ask Me Why.
You know how I used to spend over 12 hours a day on this blog, am kinda missing it.. Am I truly a blogging addict like my counselor said. I think so.
Am missing all una especially all the top commentators and contributors.
So starting from tonight, I will resume a 3-hour blogging spree.
I will do that at least 3 times a week or as time permits.
I just can’t let go of all of the good times we spent together on this blog.
Meanwhile, here is a project I have been spending most of my time on.
Natural Healing Guides.
When am not on this NaijaGists.com, I’m either making natural health videos on My Natural Healing Guides YouTube Channel or am posting Natural Health Guides on my Home Remedies and Natural Cures blog.
So if you are looking for where to find me, visit My YouTube Channel am more active on that channel now.
So here come the part you all need to read.
True Confession: I’m Addicted To Blogging
I know this is what most of you have been waiting for.
It may take them years or months to discover it, blogging addiction is a disorder.
This is because most experienced bloggers like myself spend more time on blogging than anything else and it can become fatal if nothing urgent is not done.
We hope health experts will give a name to this type of addiction soon.
If it is not a disorder, how can a wife and mother of three spend 12 hours writing articles daily. That is madness.
I’m not complaining, perhaps my addiction helped NaijaGists.com brand positively but it almost crashed my marriage.
At a point, my husband had call family elders to intervene.
The thing am telling you like a joke here caused serious trouble in my home front and family.
Before we left Nigeria, my family got me a therapist who was talking me out of blogging but because I proved stubborn, I stopped visiting his office.
When we eventually relocated to Canada, my husband took this up and pressed further.
Though our family doctor is yet to get an official medical name for it, she called it a Compulsive Disorder.
Though I initially rejected the diagnosis, the void my absence from blogging left me has given a credence to the diagnosis.
I will have to document my journey in a book in order to help upcoming blogging addicts to get help.
I was told to limit the time I spend on the blog and my hubby was assigned to look over me (serious wahala).
I promised them (My husband and new therapist) that I will hire more helping hands to help me with the site.
That necessitated my travel to Nigeria.
Yet am not satisfied with what am seeing. I feel the site is lacking correct gist like I used to. I feel no one else can do it better than me so I have to lay some people off except my former staff members.
Infact I have been feeling bad about it.
So what do I do now.?
On Monday, my husband came up with a good idea, blogging time up alarm.
Anytime the alarm goes off, I have to stop blogging.
It is kind of helping but I feel it is limiting me in a way.
It is now 6:15pm Toronto time, I made up my mind to resume blogging but limit my time.
To tackle my addiction issue, I have set a time up alarm that every night at 10pm, I will have to time out.
I will spend the day with my children, family and other projects of importance and between 7pm and 10pm Toronto time, I will update the blog.
Then in the morning between 8am and 10am when my baby girl is sleeping, I will update the blog for another 2 hours.
This is my resolution for now, I hope to not go overboard and over step my boundaries.
Are You Battling Blogging Addiction? Read This.
If you are battling from blogging addiction, please get a time out alarm clock and be disciplined.
Blogging is like a business to me and many other people out there, If you are expanding, get helping hands and don’t ever miss an opportunity to spend quality time with your family.
Anytime the alarm clock sounds, save your post and stop blogging right away.
Stick to a routine.
As a busy mother, I chose 7pm to 10pm and 8am to 10am everyday.
That time commitment is enough to keep your blog filled with fresh contents.
Another thing I did that is helping me is freelance writers.
I launched a project few months ago, WePayWriters.com, a site where I post article posting requests and hire writers from there.
With this techniques alone, I have hired over 420 writers who are good in writing varieties of topics. I pay them all per article basis.
You can do something similar or use a site like Fiverr.com to source article writers without breaking the bank.
Stay tuned for my book on tackling blogging addiction, I went through a lot but with God’s help and a family that cares, I have managed to scale through.
Advice For Upcoming Bloggers & Vloggers
Please be disciplined. Don’t plan to become an overnight millionaire, learn Search Engine Optimization and Keyword Research.
This will keep you ahead of the competition.
Do you know that this blog is generating more income now that am spending less time, ask me why?. The answer is Search Engine Optimization.
Most of the traffic that comes to NaijaGists.com originate from Google Image. That is the power of SEO my friends.
Don’t ever abandon your blog, try and update your blog daily.
If all you can do is 2 articles per day, be consistent with it and let it be long (1000 words or more).
Finally if you can, don’t go into news blogging, this niche is the hardest. You have top sites like CNN, Fox News and other media giants to compete with.
It consumes the most resources and pays less especially if you are dealing with Africa related topics.
So what is the best blogging niche to go into?
The simple answer to this is go for your passion.
Your passion will keep you going.
I know of a US-based blogger WellnessMama.com. This woman is touching a lot of lives and making a lot of money from her passion.
All she shares is Do it Yourself Beauty hacks. The founder, Katie Wells is passionate about natural skin care, health and wellness and that is what she blogs about.
So when it comes to blogging, don’t forget your passion.
The highest paying niches in blogging presently is Weight Loss, Health & wellness and Make Money.
Vlogging Vs Blogging: Which Is More Profitable?
Before I let you go, I will encourage you to start a Vlog, a video blog on YouTube.com, it is rewarding.
I know of a friend who started a YouTube channel years ago, she now has over 4 million subscribers with good income.
She makes over $50,000 monthly from endorsement deals alone (she is a Nigerian lifestyle blogger).
Vlogging is far more rewarding than blogging.
If you personally ask me which one you should start now, I will say Vlogging.
It will cost you nothing except access to Internet and a good computer or phone.
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