I was going about my normal business the other day when it dawned on me.
I’ve been daily blogging now for 3 years. 3 YEARS. A post. Every day. For three years.
If you would have told me that a few years ago, I would have laughed. Even after a few month of daily blogging, it never occurred to me that I’d still be going. This is probably the longest time I’ve ever committed to something.
So now is my post about daily blogging three years on.
Things have changed quite a lot in the past year.
One of the things I used to say most often is that I was able to daily blog because I didn’t have much of a life. I was able to spend my free time at my computer blogging. I never watched much TV, I didn’t play many video games and in my free time I was either spent at the gym or at my computer.
In the past year, I’ve moved into a flat on my own and I’m now in a relationship and have been for the past 7 months. I’ve also got a different job 15 minutes from home, rather than a 30 mile commute.
These three things have changed my routine quite a bit.
Now that I have my own flat rather than sharing a house, I’m not at my computer as much at home. In a shared house, I spent most of my time in my room blogging. I rarely used the living room and watched TV as it never quite felt like home. Since living on my own, I’ve started watching more TV and playing on the XBox.
Before, I’d come home from work and sit at my computer until I went to bed. I’d eat at my computer, I’d dry and straighten my hair at my computer and do my makeup at my computer while watching YouTube videos.
Now, I come home and sometimes sit at my computer and do some blogging, but only for an hour or so. I’m more likely to sit on the sofa with my laptop and watch TV while blogging, replying to e-mails and commenting. After an hour or so I turn the computer off and either watch TV or play video games.
I guess now that I live alone, I enjoy spending more time in the living room as it feels more like my place than a shared house.
The other big change in my routine is having a boyfriend. This means I don’t spend all my days off blogging like I did before. I spend the day I have off during the week to blog as my boyfriend works, but I spend Sundays with him. I always worried that daily blogging would have to be sacrificed if I got into a relationship, but at this point it hasn’t. I schedule blog posts for the next week on my day off and sometimes I’ll write a post at his if he is watching football or something. I am a forced to be a bit more productive with my time but it’s 100% worth it as it’s really nice to do things on a Sunday now!
Moving to a job closer to home has also helped because I spent 30-40 minutes a day in my car rather than around two hours. This means I have more time to go to the gym and more free time.
While my daily blogging schedule hasn’t be affected by these things, the amount of time I spend doing blogging related tasks has. I guess the time has to go somewhere.
I spend less time reading and commenting on others blogs – even though I do try to do so a few times a week. I’m less active on Twitter and in general I feel less involved in the blogging community. Which is probably a good thing as it doesn’t seem like a very nice place right now?
Overall, I’d say I’m doing the bare minimum on my blog but enjoying real life much more
I’m not sure how long I’ll keep daily blogging for. I’m going to Australia for a month in November so I’m not sure what will happen then!
For now, I’m playing things by ear. If I find daily blogging too much for my current life situation, I’ll stop. But for now, I’m managing and I get a lot of satisfaction for being strict with my blogging routine. I think I just feel like if I started missing days, it would get less and less. I’ve always been all or nothing!
Thanks for reading and as always, I’m very sorry for taking so long to say very little.