I woke up from my proverbial nap today and was astounded to find that 2017 is already half over. Then followed the horrible realization that I haven’t updated my blog in nearly a year. I can’t have that. You can’t have that. The fate of the world hangs in the delicate balance of my blogging, after all. I can only imagine how lost you’ve all been without my random musings on cardigans and bees.
So, where have I been for the past 11 months?
To be blunt, there is no real good reason for my hiatus, only a handful of excuses ranging from poor to semi-acceptable. Here they are, make of them what you will:
Life & Work
I brought home a kitten in August of last year and she’s pretty much become a permanent source of distraction. It would seem that having a cat constantly hanging off your laptop is not conducive to productivity. When she’s not claiming the computer as her own, she’s demanding attention, food, and cuddles – and who am I to deny her any of those things?
Meanwhile, my day job keeps me on my toes. Weeknights are usually a write-off because after a long day at the office, my brain starts to melt and takes on a consistency similar to scrambled eggs.
Therefore in the evenings, writing quickly gets trumped by wine, Netflix, and sleep. I would say that about 75-80% of any writing I do happens on the weekend, which ties into the next two excuses.
I’ve still been doing a lot of writing outside of this website, but the vast majority of it has been ghost writing. One of the reasons why I started this blog was to create a writing portfolio to show potential clients. Thanks to this website and the course I took on HorkeyHandbook, (<- yes, this is an affiliate link) I succeeded in finding paid writing jobs! But once I had clients to write for, I found it difficult to keep up with both the blog and assignments, so I prioritized the writing that paid.
If I’m honest with myself, I had unrealistic expectations for myself and this blog. My original goal was to post once a week, but in the end that proved too much to handle on top of my other obligations. I’ve always kind of been an “all or nothing” person in that regard, so when I missed a couple posts, I let it slide even more. A few weeks turned into a few months, and here we are.
The New Blogging Plan
I’ve really missed blogging so I’m officially ending my hiatus here and now. Strategies to resume posting on a semi-regular basis include but are not limited to:
- Redefining my blogging goals: I will now aim for 1-2 new posts a month, which is definitely more attainable than my original goal of 1 per week.
- Designating days/times to focus on certain projects: I need to consciously schedule in advance when I will work on ghostwriting or blogging.
- Striking a balance: Work-life balance applies to writing too, as it turns out. I need to cut myself some slack now and then instead of getting discouraged when I don’t finish everything I set out to do. In order to enjoy the journey of a writer, I need to find balance. That means not taking on more ghost writing assignments than I can reasonably handle, and allowing myself some weekends off from writing all together.
- Get another kitten to keep my cat distracted. (Fool proof plan, right?)
What do you do to stay on track with your long term goals? Share your tips in the comments!