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.
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.