It’s been a while. And by a while I mean a good 5 or 6 months. When I started blogging, I never intended to have such a huge break from blogging, much less expected to have a complete block as to what to write about! But when I started blogging, I was at uni and had the occasional day or two off in the week which gave me time to think and plan and write to my heart’s content.
Throwing myself into the world of work changed that massively. What they don’t prepare you for at uni is just how much different your life will become once you actually begin working full time (especially not when you have a 2 hour commute… but more on that later!) I’ve been so totally immersed in the start of my career that I didn’t even have time to think about my blog, and new ideas for posts – forget it! My creativity became pretty much used up in the 8 hours I spend at work and by the time I finish I’m knackered. I spend 8 hours of my day staring at a screen and the last thing I want to do when I’m done is stare at another one!
But that’s OK. I’ve come to realise that, rather than beating myself up about being massively AWOL on the blog front, I’ve managed to jump straight into work from uni (which I’m eternally grateful for) and managed to find my feet much faster than I think I would have done if I was still trying to keep to a blog schedule.
So, I thought I’d share a few tips on how to get back into blogging when your “real life” schedule has thrown you off course…
First and foremost – career comes first, and I cannot stress this enough. I mean come on – it’s hard enough to stay awake of a morning as it is, let alone if you’ve been slaving away till the early hours on a blog post. My advice is “little and often”. If you get a chance to sit down on the tube/train/bus and don’t feel like your eyeballs are about to melt from tiredness, try and tap out a few paragraphs on your phone or iPad (exactly how I managed to get this post written!). Also, well done if you’re not falling asleep on the tube – it’s part of my daily routine now we’re approaching the dreaded Black Friday/Christmas/New Years rush! Tubes are boring (come on TFL, sort your WiFi out!) and blogging is a great way to make the most of otherwise wasted commute time – there’s only so many days you can read the Metro in a row!
Next – always keep a list! Whether this is on your phone, in a diary, on a spare bit of napkin, always write down your ideas for posts as they come to you, wherever or whenever that may be. Basically, whenever you get a spare moment that you don’t want to fall asleep! I don’t mean you must be thinking of post ideas in every spare moment – save your brain, it’s knackered! – but if something happens to come to you, it’s always handy to have for later even if that’s in a few months’ time when you decide you’re able to write a post (or half a post, or a few sentences…)
The thing I’ve struggled with most is finding the time to take any sort of photos that are “blog worthy”. The dark evenings don’t help, but even in summer the last thing I wanted to do after a sweaty tube journey was go out and try and take outfit photos. So I stopped. I stopped blogging, as most of my posts generally centred around an outfit or product of some sort, and I just couldn’t get the photos to go along with the writing. I’ve since realised that it doesn’t matter. If you want to blog about somewhere you’ve been, make sure you get the photos while you’re there. If there’s a particular outfit or product you like, take an iPhone snap or two when you happen to be wearing it. Photos don’t have to be perfectly posed or laid out, as long as you’re getting the message you want across on your blog and in your writing.
Don’t worry if you have nothing to write about one day/week/month. Life happens, and there ain’t much you can do about it. The most interesting thing that’s happened to me so far this week is that I’m drawing a frog as part of a new project. If there’s something you want to write about, great, get it out there! But if not, that’s fine too. It’s good to have a weekend where you’ve done nothing but slob in your pyjamas watching Netflix, and it’s equally as good to have gone somewhere exciting and taken a few snaps to go along with a blogpost!
Above all, blog because you want to, not because You feel like you HAVE to get a post out. As soon as you start doing that, blogging is no longer fun, which it should be, and becomes a chore you no longer look forward to. Blog what you want, when you want, and don’t worry about what others think, and that’s hopefully when your best content will come because you’re fully invested and interested in what you’re writing about!
I’m not going to make any promises to myself or to you that I’m going to blog more, but I’ve recently felt a lot more inspired and at more of a comfortable place in my day to day life that I have the time to blog again occasionally. I don’t profess to be an expert in blogging, and I’m still trying to follow most of this advice myself as this is stuff I’m only just coming to realise! So, thank you for sticking with me if you’re still following, and hopefully you’ll be here to read the next post, if and when it does eventually come together!