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Blogging: Vice or Vision

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Why have a blog? Is it a vice or is it a vision? Some people knit to keep their hands busy, others smoke. I found blogging became my favorite spare time filler a few years back. At first the blog filled those spare moments at work to dash off my thoughts about a project detail or product I liked. Then, I found it became an addiction that usurped my time when I should have been working, sleeping, paying attention to my family and MY LIFE. Blogging is something I do as a past time, not a full time job. If you find yourself blogging in the wee hours of the morning, communicating with your blogroll more than your clients or family, you may have crossed over into the land of blog addiction. To test your blog addiction, click here.

Not one to fall prey into addictive behavior, I saw a pattern and learned to curb the amount of time I spend on this page. A) Blogging is a fun past time, but this isn’t my day job. B) I enjoy getting away from the computer. Work, clients, activities in my life that take precedence over the blog. C) It takes time to create stories for the blog. Before I knew it, I was bombarded by press people looking for a landing page to promote their clients’ latest hot new product. It takes time to keep up a blog on a daily basis and I had to ask myself is it worth it? Truth by told, I don’t care how many hits I get, and I don’t care if I am on your blog roll or not. I am not one to follow the crowd to keep up.

“The time it takes to work 
on a blog worth it?

PR people, please excuse me if I can’t answer all your emails requesting blog space to promote your latest dinnerware pattern, air freshener, rugs, and what nots. I am sure your products are fabulous, but I have to draw the line somewhere. I say let’s get back to magazines, have your client buy ad space in magazines. People: buy and read magazines! It’s awful so many great magazine bit the dust in the last few years. The down side of blogging I see is that it contributed to killing magazines. There are thousands of bloggers out there clipping and scanning pretty pics out of magazines to create their own sort of blog magazine. That’s fine I suppose if it makes you money, but that’s not for me.

If it’s not making me 
oodles of cash, why blog? 

Hats off to those of you who have the wherewithal to keep up with yours on a daily basis. I will not be joining that master group any time soon, it’s a full time job blogging daily. I know some of you have parlayed your blogging into cash producing ventures, and that is truly fabulous. I have enjoyed meeting wonderful people through my blog, and the new career opportunities that have been made available to me through this blog. But for me, this blog will remain an extension of my work focus: kitchens and cabinetry design and a smattering of baths and tile. When I have time to post about something wonderful, I will do it, but for now, you can catch me commenting in 140 words or less on Twitter as @cabinetgal1.

Times up, spell check, preview, and publish! I’m done with my blog writing for today.

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Author:

Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at burkeKBdesign@gmail.com http://laurieburke.houzz.com

2 thoughts on “Blogging: Vice or Vision

  1. Timely as I was feeling guilty for not posting yet on KBIS … Or HighPoint…. Or Coverings. Alas, I seem to be bogged down with the details of making a major business move, handling 24 jobs in various states of completion and trying to be a great mom and a good wife. Not to mention the college crush for my eldest. Whew! I feel like you just gave me permission to not sweat it Laurie so thanks for that!! But, I am like you. I blog because I like it. I LOVE the people I have met, including you, and enjoy exchanging ideas with the world at large. So truth is, I miss it. Prob will sort through my ideas thia weekend and post. In between starting to move the shop and staining the concrete floors!!!! As always, love your candor and honesty! ~~~Cheryl

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  2. Hah! The Marathon Woman lands here! My God Woman, you have been busier than a one armed paper hanger! Yes, it's important to have some "chill" time. It's a crazy wonderful world we work in. I love every single crazy minute of it and yes, I don't think I will ever give up blogging about it or reading others blog stories. There have been days, I needed to stick a sock in my mouth to prevent myself from rants, trying to keep a more professional tone to the blog. So thanks, for accepting my unabated candor on this one.

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