There are many opinions out there about blogging. I find most of them frustrating because everyone’s experience of blogging is different. Everyone’s reasons are different.
When I see people talking about some of the things I do and being negative about it, it annoys the hell out of me. I’m defensive by nature but believe there is a time and a place to disagree with someone’s opinion. I don’t think social media is one of those places. So I let it go.
It’s always been the same – it’s rife in Twitter chats where some questions are almost guaranteed to have bloggers that seem to be overly keen to prove their morals are better than everyone else’s.
You know, the whole ‘I blog because I love it, not for money/free things/attention’. That’s just one example. And if you do blog because you love it, then that’s brilliant. I’m only talking about those who heavily imply those that blog for other reasons have crap blogs because they’re not writing with passion. Or some shit like that.
I love blogging, too. I also love earning money to put towards a deposit for a house, and meeting new people that are now my best friends, and people telling me I look pretty on Instagram – I mean, hey, nobody else is going to compliment me seeing as I’m an idiot and have an awful personality and nobody can stand more than 3 dates with me. Rofl.
Just a side note, if anyone has any tips or walkthroughs on how to successfully complete the third date, please let me know. I always get game-over at this point.
Wait, how did this turn into my #forveralone-ness?
Right, back on track. So yes, one of the many debate-type-things that seem to get people riled up is the whole blog schedule.
See another one I spoke about – Why I care about my pageviews.
In one camp, you could argue that people take it too seriously by having a strict schedule that you must stick to or the world will end.
In the other camp, you have those that are more YOLO and may blog at 8pm on a Wednesday night because they feel like it and have a spare hour before Big Brother.
It’s a general concern amongst bloggers that having a schedule will make it a chore. That if you have to force yourself to blog, then you’ll hate it.
Sometimes I have to force myself to blog. I don’t hate blogging, though. It’s like, sometimes I have to force myself to go to the gym. Sometimes I have to force myself to eat some stupid strawberries instead of a tube of pringles for a snack.
I make these choices because I like the outcome. A regularly updated blog, to be healthy and feeling good about myself.
Also – you don’t have to keep the same schedule for the rest of your life.
As your circumstances change, you can change your schedule because you are the boss. You can do what you want. You can make a schedule to blog 5 days a week during summer when you don’t have uni, and just twice a week during term time.
You can post every other day during winter when you’re not up to much, and not blog for weeks when you’re sat in beer gardens during the summer and planning your holiday to Cyprus.
I often feel that’s something people forget. Just because you commit to something today, it doesn’t mean you can’t change those commitments next month or next year.
Fact is, a regularly updated blog is favored by Google. It’s preferred by readers who want to know when they can visit you again for an update. It’s a good thing.
Yes, they’ll be times you might want to sit and watch Netflex on a Friday night instead of put a few posts together so you can spend Saturday and Sunday with friends – but think of what you get out of blogging.
What you get out, of course, is different to everyone.
I love having a blog schedule. I love that I’ve posted here every day for two and half years and at least three times a week on my fitness blog. My tech blog isn’t as regular – although I try. But it’s not one of my priorities.
That’s okay. Because I’m the boss. And you are, too.