A few years back you could simply make a blog about your self and write your day to day activities and you would get a nice steady flow of traffic.

Now its so hard to do this.
I find myself spending more time doing SEO for my blogs rather than working on content.

It shouldn't be like this.

Even if you are the best writer in the world... somebody can out rank you with crappy blog posts and a few extra backlinks of high quality.