Blogging & Writing, Self-development

How Blogging Affects My Daily Life

In this month’s series of posts about blogging, I already wrote about the ways this online activity can impact university students. I also hinted at the amount of time and work required for blogging and that, therefore, aspiring bloggers need to follow a schedule, among other things. A few months before, I also wrote in detail about the lessons I’ve learned so far from my blogging journey.

Today, I want to expand a little on this. I want to tell you how my blogging process affects my daily life in three specific ways.

How Blogging Affects My Daily Life

1. I try to turn every thought or activity into a blog post.

The most significant impact I’ve noticed ever since I started blogging is that… I’m always thinking about blogging. My choice of topics is quite varied, and I don’t easily risk running out of material (if I do, I can always review a random book/film/tv show). Nevertheless, I’m often pondering on new ideas, especially to keep some particular categories going, such as the self-development and the culture sections.

So I have to keep my eyes and my ears open to what’s happening at home, at university, and anywhere around me. Visiting new places, encountering problems in my studies, discovering hobbies and finding ways of improving my lifestyle will all eventually lead to good blogging material. Perhaps this is not always evident when you see my posts but, I can assure you, I have a whole Evernote notebook filled with pages of such ideas, waiting to be developed into proper posts!

2. It takes a big (sometimes too big) chunk of my free time.

I have already written enough in previous posts about this point, so I’ll try not to repeat myself. Planning, writing, editing, finishing and promoting one blog post can take quite some time (and I don’t even take many photos myself for the blog, so I’m excluding that from the list).

While it’s important to keep to a schedule, my experience teaches me that it’s not as easy as it seems. Lack of motivation or concentration, as well as unexpected happenings from my offline life, can impact the blogging process. Furthermore, my biggest flaw as a blogger is that writing ALWAYS takes me much longer than originally planned. So I’m often playing around with my schedule, and sometimes I have to sacrifice something extra of my free time to reach my blogging goals. And vice versa, occasionally I need to forgo parts of my blogging plan to catch up with my daily life!

3. It has become a solid hobby that keeps me active in my free time.

If I think too much about the previous point, I could easily end up saying that blogging is a stressful and unnecessary activity. Even according to my boyfriend Matt, I often seem stressed and unhappy while I’m writing a post. He also often feels left alone because of the longer time I spend on working on my blog (I naturally don’t want that to happen and I’m always feeling guilty about it).

However, that only means that I need to learn better about finding the perfect balance between blogging and the rest of my life. I have no intention yet of quitting blogging because, after all the pressure, comes the moment of pure happiness and satisfaction. Blogging has become my greatest hobby and something that one day could possibly go beyond being a hobby. Thanks to this pursuit, I am more active and productive in my free time, instead of spending my hours on random online browsing and general procrastination.

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I could have written more, but I don’t want to go on about the same few points over and over again. The three circumstances I have mentioned capture perfectly the essence of the message I wanted to share with you.

Your life as a blogger will inevitably change once you take up this rewarding challenge. It has to because your daily life will come up a lot in your blog posts and you’ll often have to think yourself as a blogger first and foremost like it’s your job. All you need to remember is that you have to learn how to keep a healthy balance between your blogging and your everyday life so that in the end, both spheres will positively impact each other and thus deliver ultimate personal satisfaction.

How does blogging affect your daily life? Leave a comment on this post or drop me a mail!
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6 Comments

  • Reply Mike 20th November 2016 at 5:58 am

    I just started a small tech blog a few weeks ago. (Shameless plug: http://www.avgguytech.com) I find that I think about ways to better promote it and what I want my next article to be. It’s a little harder, I think, with it being something of a niche site. I am very focused in on what I want to write about to stay within the theme of my blog. The writing part for me takes awhile, and gather the graphics to look just right.

    I also spend a lot of time trying to promote it on social media and grow my subscriber list. I also have to resist the urge to constantly tinker with the layout and the format. Other than that, it has been great fun.

    • Reply Tiziana 20th November 2016 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Mike 🙂

      It seems like each blogger has different needs: yours as a niche blog is to stay within the theme and mine is to diversify enough to keep up with all categories.

      Lately, promotion is taking up more of my time as well. Automatic sharing and scheduled tweets help, but I also need to dedicate time to visit other bloggers and I find that quite tough and time-consuming.

      Thanks a lot for visiting and commenting and good luck with your blog, it’s interesting and I’m checking out some posts. 🙂

  • Reply Amber 30th November 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Personally, blogging actually helped me through a really difficult phase in my life. I was working a job I hated that was making me depressed. Blogging gave me something to look forward to doing each night after work. After I started, I found I would stay up late each night blogging but somehow had more energy and was generally more excited about life. Blogging rocks 🙂

    • Reply Tiziana 1st December 2016 at 11:29 am

      Hi Amber 🙂

      I think I can relate with what you’ve said. My blog too was born in a phase in which I was tired of my office job. Blogging not only distracted me from depressing thoughts related to work but it also gave me hope. I started thinking that blogging could be the start of something big, or at least something that would take me out of boring offices forever (for now, it’s still just a hobby and I don’t earn anything through blogging).

      And I also credit blogging for giving me the courage to actually quit my job and go back to university as a full-time student, a process which I try to document on the blog. 🙂

      Yep, blogging rocks and I’m happy to see so many other people deeply affected by it.

      Thanks a lot for visiting and leaving a comment. 🙂

  • Reply Myna Kaltschnee 9th December 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Blogging is influencing my life a lot, so much that I even started a course at correspondence school about professional blogging. It’s fun and I learnt many interesting and helpful things. I agree to the things that you mentioned above, I made similar experiences.

    Great article! 🙂

    Hugs,
    Mimi

    • Reply Tiziana 10th December 2016 at 11:11 am

      That’s great to hear Mimi. 🙂 I’m still in a DIY-phase with my blogging, but I hope that I can do something similar after I complete my studies.
      *hugs*

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