Have you ever been at the point where your blog is consuming so much of your life that it's beginning to affect your life negatively?

Maybe it could be having a negative effect on your relationships.

Maybe it could be having a negative effect on your health.

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In this podcast episode, Serena Appiah and I have a candid discussion about bringing life into balance so that your blog doesn't ruin your life.

Inside This Episode

Serena Appiah and Leslie Samuel
Serena and I at Navy Pier

Serena Appiah is a member of the Become A Blogger community and over the last few months we have become great friends.

A few weeks ago, we were on Skype talking about life and blogging and came to the realization that this would make an excellent topic to discuss on a podcast.

We have both been at that point where things were getting out of control and we had to make some significant changes. Serena even blogged about it before.

Coincidently, Greg Hickman tweeted at me a few days ago saying this:

I told him we would be dealing with that topic in this episode, so here it is.

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Here are some of the specific things we talk about:

  • How we got to know each other
  • Times when we've felt like our blogs were consuming us.
  • How to have balance as a blogger.

Some of the steps we recommend include:

  • Keep life in perspective
  • Understand WHY you are blogging
  • Decide what DOESN'T need to be done and stop doing it
  • Create a schedule
  • Get disciplined
  • Drop the attitude
  • Get some help
  • Embrace imperfections

Of course, in our discussion, we go back and forth about these topics and really dig deep into this issue of balance.

Our hope is that by listening to our struggles and our suggestions, you'll be able to take things away that will help you find the balance you may be looking for.


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About The Podcast

Learning With Leslie

Learning With Leslie is a podcast dedicated to helping you build a business around a blog. No, not one of those blogs that will fall by the wayside when Google has a mood swing, but one that will thrive no matter what gets thrown at it.

I share tips and strategies that I’ve learnt building blogs since 2008 and interview experts who are knowledgable about various aspects of blogging so that we can learn from their experiences.

If you’re a blogger, thinking about becoming a blogger (pun intended) or are not even sure if blogging is right for you, go ahead and tune in to see what this blogging thing is all about.

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About the Author Leslie Samuel

Leslie Samuel is the creator of Become A Blogger, the Learning With Leslie podcast, and the creator of Interactive Biology. Follow him on twitter @LeslieSamuel.

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