For a large part of last year I experimented with publishing a new blog post here on 35hunter every 36 hours.
It didn’t result in a dramatic growth of readership or comments, and whilst I didn’t have a shortage of ideas, and found my groove with posting this frequently, I decided to ease off a little and see how that felt.
Since last September I’ve been posting every 48 hours (except one time I got confused with the schedule and posted twice in one day!) and again had the ideas and time to sustain this.
More recently, as with many of us around the world, parts of life have changed quite significantly.
Despite in theory having more time, and fewer places to be (numerous kids clubs and school, work (I currently work at home 50% of the week)), I’ve found it more difficult to maintain a writing schedule.
Which feels the opposite of what it should be.
I think what’s happened is a few habits have come adrift from their anchors.
Like ships cut loose on the ocean, they’re now bobbing adrift on changing tides, rather than being closely tethered in harbour.
Habits are something that work very well for me, as you may have read before.
One habit I had with writing was taking a laptop to my son’s trampoline club three evenings a week and writing whilst he attended class.
This gave me around an hour on two evenings and just over two hours a third evening, a total of four hours.
This was just about enough to keep the 48 publishing schedule ticking over comfortably, as well as being able to answer all the intelligent and invaluable comments people like you leave here.
In truth, since the trampoline club went on a (then) indefinite pause back in late March, I haven’t replaced that four hours in a regular way.
Instead I’ve scrapped here and there for 30 or 60 minutes to get some writing done.
And rather than always having three to six posts lined up and scheduled to publish, often I’m writing the night before to finish off a post so it’s ready to publish early the next day.
Put another way, it’s often felt like I’m blogging from hand to mouth.
Another factor here, aside from that habit of writing when at my son’s gym club three times a week, is around permission.
Because with the trampolining, it was somewhere I needed to go anyway, the main purpose was to allow my son to attend and partake in something he loves.
That primary aim taken care of, I felt free to make good use of the time there, rather than just sit and play on my phone like many parents do.
If I’m at home (I can’t recall the last time I went out in the evening other than a local walk!), there are more immediate demands on my time, or rather perceived demands.
I still feel a bit guilty spending two hours in an evening happily writing, while there are other members of the family in the room.
It feels like I should be spending time in a more interactive way with them. Even if I’ve spent most of the day with them.
Even though they have said they’re quite happy for me to get on with writing and don’t have any expectations on my time or company.
This is my issue to continue to work with, not theirs.
I need to give myself permission more often, more freely.
The way forward I think is to set aside two or three nights a week when I just write.
So, say Monday and Thursday and Friday are just writing evenings, like certain evenings used to be at the trampoline club in between watching my son’s acrobatics.
How about you? How and when do you write for your blog, what have you found works best?
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