As a blogger, I think we often worry if our time blogging, networking, promoting is taking too much time and attention away from our families, friends, our in-real-life lives. Sometimes especially in the beginning when you are small & just starting out, it is hard to justify the effort and sweat you are putting into your little space out here in the blogosphere. I know I spent a lot of time and energy justifying my blogging efforts to friends and family. I knew that the cost of eventually building a "successful" blog (and we each have our own definition of what that just may be exactly) meant a lot of up-front work and time. I am at a point now where I actually feel successful. Though my blog has not ever really been about making money and getting free stuff, I am now at a place where I am starting to bring in a little cash flow and I feel very accomplished in that. I am by no means a "big" blogger. I am well aware that there are blogs out there whose page views just last month were triple that of my all time page views. But I have come a long way from where I was when I first started this little blog.