My blogging is me. So is social media. Through blogging and twitter, I’ve met lots of wonderful women, who like me, walk the thin wire of balancing work and family.
When Andrew Sullivan, a journalist with a successful blog, decided to stop blogging, he explained:
I am saturated in digital life and I want to return to the actual world again. I’m a human being before I am a writer; and a writer before I am a blogger, and although it’s been a joy and a privilege to have helped pioneer a genuinely new form of writing, I yearn for other, older forms. I want to read again, slowly, carefully. I want to absorb a difficult book and walk around in my own thoughts with it for a while. I want to have an idea and let it slowly take shape, rather than be instantly blogged. I want to write long essays that can answer more deeply and subtly the many questions that the Dish years have presented to me. I want to write a book.
I empathise with what he said. Like him, I am a lot of things: a content marketer, a journalist, an editor and a blogger. All these things need relatively short bursts of writing. Writing a book has a different pace. It’s a big project lasting over several months, sometimes years, and it requires a lot of headspace. The most complex piece of writing I’d ever need to do is write a feature (most likely on fashion) for publications.
In the day, work is quite punishing. Lots of meetings to go to that need me (and my team) to come up with ideas; basically, I develop content for brands. It’s what the advertising folks call content marketing. My digital activity fuels and inspires the ideas I come up with in my day job. Stuff I come across also feeds the sort of things I want to write on The Daily Mum too.
I have a very saturated digital life. I blog about life as a working mum, which has its own twitter. I also have a twitter where I tweet about my work in real life. There is a small overlap in terms of topics but I like to keep them separate. I doubt my boss wants to hear about what I’m cooking for tea. On my mummy twitter, I do tend to go on about home life. And I really mean go on about it.
Then there’s Tumblr. There is The Daily Sensation, which is for collecting interesting things found on the internet. Mainly fashion, art, music. This is my bank of inspiration visuals when I need stimulation for creating visuals. I also have a Tumblr on storytelling and creativity.
Sometimes I get confused about all the different digital channels I need to feed. My saturated digital activity, instead of enhancing, can start to cripple me. Going out to events IRL once a month is definitely a panacea. Around twice a year, it’s nice to come up for air before I actually lose the plot. It’s a spring/summer and autumn/winter thing, like the fashion calendar. So I take a mini-break and put things into perspective again.
But could I ever quit blogging, or social media? Oh no sirreee. Without my digital activity, I wouldn’t be me. I am a sum of all these parts.