You’ve got a long post comin’ atcha so grab some coffee and get comfortable. First off, for those that of you that stuck around, thank you! I apologize for the radio silence as of late. Every single week that passed without a new post killed me. Not only did I feel like I was letting you guys down, but I was disappointing myself as well. Over the past couple months I’ve done a lot of thinking about the blog, what I want, and where I see it going and finally mustered up to do a little explaining.
So I’m finally writing the long-overdue update to clue you in on life lately. I don’t want to sound negative or like I’m complaining because that’s not my intention for writing this post. Rather, this blog is a way to express my thoughts and and share things with you so I’m writing with the hope that you can find something useful from it.
Running a blog while working full time is HARD. I know so many other bloggers do it and that it would take a little adjusting, but I’ve been graduated and working now for a year and have yet to find my rhythm. It’s overwhelming maintaining the blog, relationships, having a little fun, and then leaving a little time in there for me to relax after work. I’ve had an especially hard time developing a schedule I can actually maintain. I feel like I’m on an endless treadmill that won’t stop and it’s taking its toll. I get up in the morning and head to work for a full day, go to the gym, come home, make dinner, sit down for a second to relax and by that time it’s 9 at night. When I was living in California I would work late into the night writing posts for my blog, coming up with content ideas, responding to emails, etc., then wake up the next morning and do it all over again. Instead of unwinding on weekends, I used it as time to catch up on blog stuff, make DIYs and take photos. I wasn’t making time for fun activities and it wasn’t healthy staying up so late. After several months of go go go I was spent. I was crabby, irritable, and just moved back to Iowa with my boyfriend and wanted to spend time with him. My creativity ran out and I felt uninspired. I didn’t have the energy to spend blogging 3-5 times a week.
As you noticed, a few months ago I finally let up on blogging and allowed myself to blog once or twice a week. This was huge because it meant every night after work I wasn’t sitting on my computer working instead of spending time with my boyfriend and my weekends were spent hanging with friends and taking trips instead of making DIY projects. I noticed I was happier, getting more sleep, and making time for fun with friends. On the flip side however, I started feeling a wave a guilt for not writing as many blog posts, not updating social media, and not reading and connecting with other bloggers. I suddenly felt as if I was letting you guys down and that really bothered me. I worked so hard to build up my blog and create content you loved, it felt like I was letting that slip away. One thing that any business owner can attest to is the constant urge to do something. Even though I was happier with a more lax blog schedule, I felt guilty. Not only that, but I missed sharing projects and home updates with you and connecting with with other bloggers. A month or two went on like this and I wasn’t sure how to move forward. I was happier not working as much, but I missed the blog interactions. I needed to find a balance.
It wasn’t until I listened to Jess Lively’s podcast episode last week with Jen Gotch, co-founder of Band-0, that I was finally able to let the guilt go. In the episode Jen explains the importance of relaxation in order to keep the creative juices flowing and not feeling guilty for taking some time for yourself. Once I let go of the pressure to do everything, I was able to focus on what I really wanted to come from blogging.
While I’m still working on what that looks like exactly, I think I’m on the right path. I’m developing a schedule and blog plan that works for me. Cutting back on the amount of time I spend working and making more time for fun activities with friends is something I need to continue to do and I’ve finally given myself the grace for taking this extra time in being more selective. Since I have finally accepted that’s ok, I need to figure out how I’m going to spend my time to still maintain blogging, make great DIYs, share my favorite things, and connect with you guys, which is why I started blogging in the first place. So I’m going to get really specific with how much time I spend on social media, emailing, connecting, writing, and promoting.
Maybe that means sharing higher quality content less frequently. I don’t know yet.
On another note, I was thrown a curve ball so an unintended but mandatory project will be eating up more of my time the next few months. I will tell you about the details later, but you can expect things to sound slightly different around here. Not to worry though, it won’t change the fundamentals of this blog!
If you made it to this point, thank you! Now I want to hear from you – what does your blogging schedule look like? Do you give yourself a certain amount of time for social a day? How much time do you spend writing a week? I’m all ears :)