As you may have already been able to tell, this past month I have decided to post every weekday. I did this back in March to see if I could do it and what I would feel like after, and since this is the second tome around I thought I would discuss the ups and downs of blogging almost every day. Something comes over me every September where I feel a burst of motivation to get shit done, and this year is no exception. Perhaps it's the years of being in school and being conditioned to think of September as the time for new beginnings. Seeing as fall is my favourite season, it's almost fitting that this would be the time I feel my best and most eager to hustle.
IT'S THE ONLY THING YOU CAN THINK ABOUT
Since I made the choice to blog every day again, it's the only thing that's been on my mind. I've been jotting down ideas on my phone's notepad app, keeping lists of things I would want to talk about, and conceptualizing flat lays for each post I'm planning on writing. It's also seemed to affect my sleep a bit. I've noticed I've been tossing and turning a lot more lately as the thoughts of getting my posts done on days I'm not working weigh heavy on me.
HAVING TO KEEP A PLANNER
I thought my days of having an agenda were done with university, but apparently not. I didn't really use a planner back in March and that may be why I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and unprepared with the posts I was putting out. Right now I am using a daily planner for day to day tasks and appointments, and also my macbook calendar for the actually posts I'm planning to write. I like being able to keep those two separate because it gives me more control over what I should be focusing on at a given time.
TO DO LISTS ARE KEY
To do lists were also something I wasn't fond of back in March, but they have really changed the game this time around. Every day when I sit at my desk, I'll quickly jot down what posts I need to write and edit along with any photos that need to be taken. This really helps in motivating me to get everything done and knowing how much I have left to do. I even pop down any personal tasks I need to do like washing the dishes or doing some yoga. It's really helped with the visualization of my day and has actually made me get things done faster than I would have expected.
YOU REALIZE YOU HAVE MANY MORE IDEAS THAN YOU THOUGHT
My biggest fear going into daily blogging was running out of ideas. I won't lie, I do struggle coming up with new and fresh topics to discuss, but I've learned throughout this process that I have way more to talk about than I thought. Something comes over me as soon as I am forced to sit down and come up with ideas; they come flooding through my mind and don't really stop. Sure, there'll be some bad ones in the mix, but the more that come the easier it is to cross out the not-so-interesting ones and shuffle around my calendar for those that are more important to me.
IT FORCES YOU TO BE MORE CREATIVE
I felt like I was getting a bit stagnant with my ideas this past summer, which usually happens because when the weather is hot, I become lazy. My thoughts are more on dressing for the heat and going out a bit more rather than planning out my blog. So, as the summer days went on, I let my blogging slip and it didn't make me feel great. I thought I was losing my creativity and my ability to generate new content. However, now that I've forced myself to sit down and write, it feels like my creativity has been renewed. Where it was difficult to come up with the words for self expression, now it seems like my fingers can's stop typing away. You essentially hold yourself accountable for your own happiness and growth and it really makes a difference.
If you blog daily, how do you like it? Or would you ever do it if you don't already?