How I feel after 2 years of daily blogging and running 3 blogs

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Last year on March 1st I wrote a post about how I blogged every day for a year.

It’s now a year later and I’ve been daily blogging now for two years.

I went into detail in my post last year about how I managed to stick to my schedule and what helped me stay organised. Now it’s a year later, I’ve managed to give myself another blog to worry about and I have a steady schedule on my fitness blog now, rather than just posting when I feel like it.

Let’s just look at what my schedule is like on each blog:

  • Skinnedcartree: New post daily at 7am.
  • Slimmedcartree: New post 3 times a week at 7am. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Saturday.
  • Geekedcartree: New post once a week at 7am, usually Wednesday.

So that’s 10 blog posts a week.

Ugh, I’m starting to wonder what my life is when I think of it like that.

I just wanted to make this post to talk about things that have changed in the past years, things I do different to what I did a year ago and how I keep up with 10 blog posts per week alongside my full time job.

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What’s changed in the last year?

I think the biggest thing that has changed in the last year is that while usually I’d have each post scheduled and ready a week in advance, I seem to have more posts about 80% finished but need final touches which I’ve been doing a day or so before.

I also keep one or two backup posts for emergencies. They’re just general posts that I might need just incase something comes up and I can’t get a post finished in time. Which I haven’t had to use yet, but I feel so much, I guess, in control knowing I have that safety net if I need it.

It makes everything much less stressful and if something last minute pops up, like a friend asks me to go for drinks after work, I can actually continue to have a life rather than being a slave to my blog.

Another thing is that I am not strict with the time I post on my fitness and tech blog. There has been a handful of times that I’ve not had time to complete the posts, so I’ve posted them at say, 1pm in the afternoon rather than scheduling for 7am. And I’m okay with that. It’s happened probably twice but it’s a way to allow myself to be flexible rather than putting all this pressure on myself.

My average week:

I’m going to use this week to give you an idea of what I’ll have scheduled for then and what I’m working.

Today is Saturday, I’m not working so I will schedule and finalise a post for Sunday and Wednesday and my 3 fitness posts – they have the images done already. My post for the tech blog is already complete.

I can’t finalise Monday’s yet because on Monday I post about the #socialbloggers chat which is on Saturday night, so I’ll do that tomorrow before work (I start at 3pm). I will do Tuesdays post after work on Monday as it’s an Instagram roundup so I can’t do it now because I’d have to edit it if I took more pictures between now and then – though I’ll start putting parts of Tuesdays post together.

My next day off work is Wednesday, so I’ll finalise the posts for Thursday, Friday, Saturday and maybe Sunday then.

After work on each evening, I’ll spend an hour or so writing posts or doing the photos but not finishing them. I have a batch of about 7 posts worth of photos to edit, so I’ll send one evening doing that.

So basically every week I’ll look at my shift patterns and if I have any social plans to decide when I can plan each post to make sure I don’t get behind. Some evenings after work I have to write a post, some evenings I don’t so I’ll have a bit of time to myself or work on social media.

Some evenings I have plans, so I get everything done beforehand. I also some of my breaks at work to manage e-mails, comments and proof-read posts.

Rocks in my diary.

Rocks in my diary are things that are always there, so some posts I always do or a blog related task I do without fail. Here are my rocks:

  • Every Monday I do a #socialbloggers roundup of the Saturday night Twitter chat.
  • On the first of every month I do an Instagram roundup.
  • On the first or second of every month I send out a newsletter to my e-mail subscribers with my favourite posts of the month.
  • Every Monday I write a fitness update on my fitness blog.
  • Most Wednesdays I do a What I Ate Wednesday post on my fitness blog.
  • Every day I comment on blogs of people that have commented on mine.
  • Every day I schedule tweets into buffer.

So how does this make me feel?

Well, I’m not going to lie and say this is easy. I do a LOT of stuff.

But how does it feel? It feels okay until life happens, or I get addicted to a TV program or something similar.

If I have a lot to do in a week, I get a bit stressed and overwhelmed, which can be stupid when this is just a blog that I run. I don’t have anyone forcing me to post daily or stick to the schedules I’ve set myself, but if I missed a day, I think I’d feel really sad. I might even die.

Okay, that’s a bit dramatic, but when you do something every day and you kind of feel like you’re on a roll with it, it’s hard to break that streak.

Admitting that it makes me a bit stressed and overwhelmed isn’t an easy thing to say. Because blogging has become such a part of my life that it’s almost a routine. It’s like brushing my teeth before I go to bed, it’s something that seems natural to me and 95% of the time I love it. But I’m only human and there are times where it all feels too much. There are even times when I wonder what the point of it all is, all this hard work I put into it. But then I remember all the good things. And I remember the e-mails, DMs, Tweets and comments I get.

I think if I let myself not post for a day, I’d worry I would become to complacent about it and maybe not post for two days. Or even a week.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I think the satisfaction that daily blogging gives me is enough to keep me going. I know it’s not realistic for the rest of my life, but I’m not ready to think about that just now.

While I can keep making it work, I’ll make it work.

2 years daily blogging

I know a lot of people think that daily blogging isn’t achievable, but it is. I work full time, exercise, socialise and manage it. The trick is to be able to plan in your week when you can get posts done for and be strict with your diary. The trick is to figure out what works for you.

Make up your rules and give yourself flexibility in a way that works for you. Also allow yourself to change your rules you need to.

It’s something you have to be committed to.

And you have to be willing to give up some other things to make time for it. I rarely watch TV, I rarely play video games, I rarely read books. Those are things I’d love to do, but just don’t have time for. If those things are just as important to you as blogging is, then maybe daily blogging isn’t for you.

This post isn’t trying to tell you that you SHOULD be daily blogging. It’s trying to tell you that YOU CAN DO IT if you bloody well want to. And if you don’t want to because other hobbies are just as important, or even more important, then that’s fine, too.

What’s your blog schedule like?

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44 Comments

  1. March 2, 2016 / 7:35 am

    If daily blogging has become a habit, like brushing your teeth, that’s kind of awesome. I mean, it’s like you’re sharing bits of your life online EVERY DAY. So imagine how archival and full this blog must be. We can see so much of you, and I think that’s what blogs are meant to be like. Nice job!

    -M
    The Life of Little Me
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  2. Candice
    March 2, 2016 / 8:33 am

    Oh wow daily blogging can be such a pain and two years??? Wow I can only imagine the amount of time invested… Thats really something to be proud of.

    Beauty Candy Loves

  3. March 2, 2016 / 9:32 am

    I seriously, seriously, admire you! It was so hard for me to stop posting every other day which I had stuck to for a while, but I just couldn’t keep up with it all. Things seems a lot more manageable now with 2 per week, then I read you do 10! TEN! Serious kudos girl!

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  4. March 2, 2016 / 10:19 am

    It’s amazing how you manage to do it. I know I can’t because I can’t have a schedule. There are days when I have to work for 10-12 hours, for 5-7 days in a row. I would like to blog more, at the moment I try to post every other day on my lifestyle blog and at least 2 times a week on the food blog. Hopefully I will have more time to cook more and I will be able to blog more. It happened to have a week without any new post, but I love my job, so it’s all good. 🙂
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  5. March 2, 2016 / 11:14 am

    I am not working full time and I’m still finding that three blog posts a week plus one for LinkedIn is keeping me very busy! I’m only a month into blogging, though, so I’m working towards daily posts, even if there’s some variety in length from day to day. I try to have my writing done and scheduled a week in advance, but I haven’t actually started Friday’s post yet… and I still need to make the recipe and take photos too. I should probably go do that now.
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  6. March 2, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    Such great advice in this post Corinne! It’s certainly possible to post every day if you want to, you can really do anything if you are dedicated and make time for it 🙂

    I used to post every day, then I was overwhelmed and changed to every second day, then I gave up on any kind of schedule entirely and went for just posting 3 days week. As I blog what I wear and I’m better at making time for a photo every day, that means I have a bit of a backlog of outfit posts that means I can do a ‘batch’ photo resizing and posting for the week, and just schedule in advance. I’m hoping that this is still manageable when baby comes along, but we will see!
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  7. March 2, 2016 / 12:48 pm

    Oh wow girl! That’s seriously a huge workload and very admirable that you manage to squeeze it all in! : ) I’m doing my masters currently so have had to drop my blog posts to just twice a week (I do try and post 3 if I have a little spare time). I’m struggling to keep up with that, so I’m going to take a leaf out of your book and start a safety net of posts to keep me going when I have no time. xx

  8. March 2, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    well done you! that really is a lot, especially on top of work and everything else. i need to become more like you, haha, and get more organised! i’m sure that making it a routine does help a lot, even though that many posts a week is hard work any way! xx

  9. March 2, 2016 / 4:13 pm

    You have a very busy schedule but I really admire you!! I post 3 times a week with a fulltime job and that’s what I can achieve 🙂
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  10. March 2, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I post on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and I find that that us enough for me and sometimes struggle to keep to my schedule! Schoolwork definitely gets in the way of blogging!

    Jemima x
    anotherrantingreader.blogspot.co.uk

  11. Kathryn @ Life + Love
    March 2, 2016 / 6:35 pm

    I’m about to head into blogging 5 days a week, and I really loved reading about your experience with daily blogging! I will definitely be planning, planning, planning!!!!!

  12. March 2, 2016 / 6:51 pm

    I loved this post and I really admire your dedication to not just one, but THREE blogs! And you work full time! I work retail full time and I’m finding it hard to keep up a social life and my blog, but I hope I can manage it all as well as you do. Very inspiring post. Thank you 🙂

    Amy | http://amypham.me

  13. March 2, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Honestly you have my respect for keeping up with everything, you must be really good with planning. I post three times a week and that’s all I can managed, anything more will be impossible.
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  14. March 2, 2016 / 10:11 pm

    You are an amazing lady. I struggle to get 2 posts out a week, yet you do 10! That’s totally mind-blowing but so awesome at the same time. I wish I was as motivated as you but I just love to procrastinate and get distracted so easily haha! Xx

  15. March 2, 2016 / 10:24 pm

    Reading this post made my head hurt! How do you do it?! Well, stupid question, because this blog post tells me how you do it. But still. I post Monday, Wednesday (some weeks), Friday and Sunday. At least 3 times a week, maybe 4. If I’m really tired, I’ll usually take a Wednesday off. But just 4 times a week is enough to make me feel super overwhelmed at times. I can’t imagine what daily posting would do to me! I’d never be able to give up reading and Netflix, so I really don’t think daily blogging is for me! But good for you 🙂 I have a lotta respect for you after reading this! xo
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  16. March 2, 2016 / 10:35 pm

    I have SO much respect for you for daily blogging. I definitely couldn’t do it and I sometimes feel overwhelmed just from posting three times a week! You must be super organised, I do have back up posts as well, they’re such a good idea to just ease the stress levels a bit as you know you’ve always got something to fall back on!
    Amy xx Call Me Amy
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  17. March 2, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    You are so on point with this!!! It may seem hard but it is possible I’ve been trying to blog every single day some days I miss but then I’ll go into my archives and pull one out to be republished and modified to this year’ look again. It’s all about finding the time and patience! I work at night as a receptionist and its full time so I get my post for my blog and guest post for others done during that time. It saves up a lot of time and I can get the much need sleep in the morning that I need without worrying lol. Great job on doing 3 blogs that’s amazing and really inspiring!

    Jasmine 🙂
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  18. March 3, 2016 / 12:21 am

    I honestly don’t know how you do it, Corinne. Very impressive schedule and you comment on blogs too. The earliest I manage to put my posts out is 9 am and I need some back up ones for when I go away or when I recently got sick and still had to write a few!

  19. March 3, 2016 / 2:33 am

    You are so dedicated! That’s a lot of time spent blogging, but the care you put into it really shows 🙂

  20. March 3, 2016 / 9:54 am

    I loved this post. Your commitment is so inspiring! I would love to be able to post daily, but I just can’t! Well I suppose I could if I was as dedicated as you, but I do prioritise other hobbies such as reading, working out and socialising over blogging. Plus I wouldn’t want it to become a chore; I want to keep enjoying it when I do post!
    I love your blogs BTW and am glad you post every day!
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  21. March 4, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    Well done you! It is totally possible to do it and I am glad you enjoy and get a lot out of it! I feel like that too- it’s like cleaning my teeth. I was So going to try and blog every day this year but the whole moving house debacle put paid to that! Maybe I can catch up the 5 or so days I missed later in the year with double posting!
    x
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  22. Kerona
    March 5, 2016 / 1:36 am

    Wonderful post I have never tried blogging daily I think I need to try it one month

  23. March 5, 2016 / 1:08 pm

    It’s interesting to see how you get all this done! I personally couldn’t put that much time into blogging, but I admire those who do! It is all about time management, and always looking ahead. Thanks for showing us this!

  24. March 5, 2016 / 10:20 pm

    I also blog pretty much daily and have done for the last couple of years. I fell into it though, and to be honest my goal for this year is to reduce that to 5 days of posting a week. But because I have Living Arrows, Sunday photo and Project 366, that’s already 3 posts I do regularly, and doesn’t allow for all the ideas I’ve got for posts. So I’m still mostly doing daily with the occasional gap if I’m dancing or just way too tired.

    I agree what you say though. It becomes habit and you find time if that’s what you want to do.

  25. Craig Ogata
    March 8, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Nice Post. But I am confused here…

    Skinnedcartree: New post daily at 7am.
    Slimmedcartree: New post 3 times a week at 7am. Monday, Wednesday and Friday or Saturday.

    Can you clarify this for me.
    You post “daily” on Skinnedcartree and “3 times a week”?

  26. March 11, 2016 / 5:21 pm

    I cant even imagine how hard can be, be a daily writer! But I love it we can have a sneak peek everyday of your life, and hope you will continue!
    https://youtu.be/s7GJzqoxEqc

  27. March 20, 2016 / 10:16 am

    Hi I blogged for a while on wordpress on and off for a few years and always got comments and follows. But I made the transition to self hosting, now I’m struggling to get comments at all. It really is like starting on a blank slate. Love your advice here on your blog always gives me lots of motivation and tips.
    Thanks you
    Jessie
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  28. April 17, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    But are you being paid for any of this? I can understand if it’s a hobby for you but it seems to me as if you are working way too hard. You’ve basically created a second full time job for yourself.
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  29. April 25, 2016 / 12:12 am

    A blog a day! You have certainly challenged me. I post once a week. Originally I posted twice a week but found it too much of a
    strain. It became a chore and I wanted to return to the point where I felt a great passion for writing again.

    I draft my blog on a Thursday. I check my blog for grammatical and spelling errors and publish my blog on a Sunday.

  30. May 17, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    You sound pretty super-human to me! Blogging daily for two years is beyond impressive & I love that you’re so to-the-point about what it takes.

    I’m working up to daily blogging & love it when I’m in a good streak. However, it only takes one bad day for me to fall behind on my whole schedule – something I’m working on with better planning & organisation!

    Great post – also didn’t know you ran a fitness blog, I’ll have to check that out!

    Becky | http://www.bkyrouncefield.co.uk

  31. May 20, 2016 / 4:44 pm

    Holy cow girl you are busy! Major kudos to you for being able to plan, prioritize and stick with it. My takeaway is that it is really about holding yourself accountable and while I’m not quite ready to go all in on daily blogging, knowing that you can manage 3 blogs, work full time and not be a total hermit gives me major hope that I can get to that point someday. Thanks for sharing your story!

  32. May 25, 2016 / 9:26 pm

    First of all congratulations, then I must say it’s something to be proud of ’cause not many people could keep up the pace and it really does require some serious organisation. 🙂

  33. June 4, 2016 / 3:18 pm

    I really thought it was impossible! After reading this I realised that it’s all about planning and I might even give it a try! I really loved this post, keep doing you!

  34. July 19, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Wow, you are organized. I have two blogs a but I admit I don’t have a regular posting schedule. It is definitely on my list of things to work on.
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  35. October 6, 2016 / 6:36 pm

    I think what your doing is amazing and so admirable. I love reading all your posts when they pop up on my Twitter feed and I hope all your hard work is paying off for you.

    I wish I had the same discipline as you!

  36. December 26, 2016 / 4:51 pm

    I really admire you because this must be really difficult, I run 4 blogs. An average week for me is about 12 posts, it’s definitely achievable and I’m someone else is doing this too!

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