As you read this post I am on my way to Norway. I will have made it far as the UK by now. Exciting times! I will have spent the night crammed in a Premier Inn with my family. They all snore so I doubt I will have had much sleep. Therefore, I will probably be clutching a flat white as I try to herd my family on their way. Wish me luck!
I have been reading a lot of posts about why people don’t blog everyday. The reasons cited for this were things like quality over quantity and the fact that you can end up putting yourself under too much pressure. I found myself nodding along to these points and agreeing with everything that I had read so why is it that I have been blogging everyday?
I like to write
I didn’t set out to write everyday it just evolved to be that way. I am under no illusions that I will be able to continue to write everyday. At some point I am going to realise that I have nothing to say or perhaps I will find that I no longer have the time to sit down on an evening and blog. This will especially be the case when my masters resumes. However, for the past month I have blogged everyday and I think that it has been really beneficial.
How writing everyday has helped
- I am sure that it must have helped with my DA.
- I think that by writing everyday it is helping me find my voice quicker.
- I hope that it has helped me improve my writing.
- It has helped me build my confidence when it comes to blogging.
- I have learnt things quickly. Still so much to learn though!
- I like the routine it has given me, knowing that every evening I will sit down and write something.
- The routine has also helped with my creativity.
- It helps me process my thoughts
It can be scary
If I start to think about the fact that I have fallen into this routine of blogging everyday then I find myself panicking. What happens if I sit down tomorrow and I have nothing to write? Well what would happen? I just wouldn’t write, that’s all. At the moment I am enjoying writing everyday and it isn’t a struggle. Writing everyday means that I am always looking for inspiration. This could be from a conversation I have with a friend, to something I read in the newspaper. I am surrounded by material that is ripe for my blog. Writing everyday has enabled me to find inspiration everywhere, even in the unlikeliest of places. I think that by giving myself this routine it has forced me to be disciplined when it comes to my writing and I really do believe that by being disciplined it has forced me to become more creative. I am a person that needs routine and blogging has really taught me that. However, I have been able to do this because I am a stay-at-home mum. I am completely in awe of the ladies and gents who blog and are mums/dads and work. I think it is great that we all manage to find the time to blog, irrespective of how many times a month we do it.
How blogging everyday has changed me
I am now braver and more confident. I used to be someone who worried constantly what others thought of her. I am now getting more resilient. I don’t care as much. I am also braver because I am putting myself out there to be rejected and to be criticised. I have learnt that this isn’t something to be fearful of. Why should I be scared? Writing is something that I have always wanted to do. At least I can now say that I gave it a go.
Time is the essence
Now that I blog I no longer waste my evenings watching mindless rubbish. Which I used to do a lot! Instead I will spend it being productive like writing a blog post. I have become quicker at writing and drafting my posts. I can now manage my time better too. However, there is always time for rubbish television on a Friday when I have to watch Gogglebox.
Quality versus quantity
I have noticed that since writing everyday my stats have gone up. I am not sure if this is linked and I will be interested to compare when I am not blogging everyday. I have thought long and hard about the quality versus quantity argument and whether blogging everyday is having an impact on this and I have come to the conclusion that it must do. However, quality is all down to individual judgment. Something that I class as a quality post might be labelled as a poor post by someone else. Everybody has different perceptions and different interests. I read the newspapers everyday and there will often be an article that I don’t agree with or I don’t like how it is written. It doesn’t stop me from coming back and reading the newspaper again. I think that same rule applies to blogging too. As long as you are consistent and passionate in what you are doing then hopefully you will have readers that are loyal to your blog and will come back to read it again and again – touch wood.
If you don’t have the time to blog everyday then perhaps aim for every weekday, or the same three days a week. Really (I think) the key is not blogging everyday but to be consistent with the days you do blog. Set yourself a target that you can manage and stick at it for a month. You may find that you have a post that goes viral or that your stats go up. I agree that we can’t sustain blogging everyday long-term but short-term it can be very beneficial. However, we should also remember that we do this for fun. Only we can decide how much we can blog. We should never put ourselves under too much pressure. It isn’t worth it. We want to enjoy blogging and not make it into a chore.
All of our blogs are different and we should never feel tempted to compare ourselves to the blogger who blogs everyday or the blogger who blogs once a week. We should focus on our own blog and feel proud of what we have created.