Blogging is serious business mixed with a lot of fun. But it takes time. To plan blog posts and to actually make the things I want to blog about is one part but a huge part is to actually write out those posts. Last week I talked about the process behind my blog posts and today I’m talking about how and why I’m making time for writing.
I work part time in an office. 80% to be precise which is 32 hours a week . I don’t work on Fridays (and Saturdays and Sundays). So on Fridays I work on my blog. I create stuff, I make photos, I edit photos, dream up new content and write. Usually my whole day is filled with doing something for the blog.
It helps me to have a dedicated day for my blogging. This is the only way I can create three blog posts every week. As I wrote at the beginning, blogging is serious business. And with serious business I want to highlight, that I need to take this serious like I do my day job. I can’t decide on Monday morning to not go to work because I just don’t feel like it. That’s the same with blogging. Every Friday I get up (but don’t get dressed) and after breakfast I start working on my blog.
I love blogging, I love creating new content and work on a new project but there are still days I don’t want to work on my blog on Fridays. I just want to sleep in, watch Gilmore Girls and do nothing else than knitting or reading a book. And that’s okay. Unlike from Monday through Thursday I actually do have the option to not get up in the morning on Fridays. I just make sure that I don’t do it regularly.
A few months ago I measured the time it takes to write my blog posts. And I got an average of 50 minutes per blog post (additional 30 minutes to make and edit the photos). So I know after the project is done, I need around 80 minutes per post until I can hit publish. With three posts per week I need to work around 4 hours a week on making photos, editing them and writing my text. To know this, helps me plan my Fridays.
Fridays are my blogging days. But I also write on the other days. Mostly in the evening after work I sit down and write. There is something special and different about writing in the evening. For other people it might be another time of the day but I just have a thing for late night writing sessions.
After seven months of blogging I can say today, that I established writing as a new habit. If I don’t do it every week I’m missing something because I already got used to it.