Blogging

Why I Won’t Be Blogging Every Day

I’ve decided that I won’t be blogging every day going forward. More accurately I won’t be publishing a post every day.

This change will take some getting used to because I’ve pushed myself to post daily for a few years now. But I think it’s for the better.

I’m at a point where I probably need to scale back on my habits for a few reasons. I don’t want to quit. I don’t want to burn myself out either. A part of me would also like to pursue other opportunities outside of blogging.

As much as I consider myself a blogger, I consider myself a writer first. Perhaps I need to start anew, start again. I could use a clean slate.

I’m going to take some time to figure out what I want to do with my blog and my life.

Honestly, I’m not even sure how I’ve managed to blog for as long as I have. I still hope to be blogging many years down the road.

In a way, I’ve strayed away from what I love. The act of creating something from nothing is my favourite part. The creative process is fun for me.

I enjoy writing more than just about anything. Everything else doesn’t matter that much.

I had no idea what I wanted to get out of blogging when I first started. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

Obviously, there’s so much I don’t know, a lot I haven’t an accomplished. To be fair to myself, I have learned and achieved more than I ever dreamed.

I’m realizing I’m insane for doing the same thing day in and day out, expecting different results. I guess that about sums up where I am right now. That’s how I feel not only about blogging but in regards to other areas of my life as well.

Reading

How To Read Every Day

Throw your phone away. Toss it into the trash. Take the garbage out. Right now.

Throw your TV out the window. Watching movies isn’t the same as reading books.

Throw your sleep schedule out the door. Let’s be honest, some days you’re going to stay up until the sun rises. It’s okay. Who needs to sleep anyway? Any reader of great literature knows the answer to that rhetorical question.

Throw your computer off the roof. Laptops and tablets have to go too. Any kind of distraction is no bueno.

Throw your car off a cliff. You can’t read while you’re driving. You shouldn’t anyway. Just stay home and enjoy a novel or ten.

Throw your gaming consoles at friends. Then grab some popcorn.

Throw your work at co-workers. Less working, more reading.

Throw yourself into another country. The alternative is to throw everyone you know as far as possible.

Throw me into a cell. I hope reading my bad posts doesn’t take time away from reading good books.

Writing

The Benefits Of Writing Every Day

Believe it or not, I write every day. I have for a few years now. While I don’t write a lot, I do like making a little bit of progress all the time.

Besides, there are perks to writing often.

You don’t get rusty.

If I only wrote once every blue moon, I wouldn’t be working my creative muscles enough.

A boring life story follows. When I first learned to do a double pirouette (essentially two turns), I injured myself shortly after, so I couldn’t dance for several weeks. In the time it took me to recover, I lost the ability to do a double because I hadn’t practiced in a while.

Not getting rusty is why I try to write every day.

I’ve also found that writing at the same time every day or night in my case makes building the creative habit easier.

You procrastinate less.

People tend to put off a project or ten because it’s daunting. So break writing a novel down into smaller tasks with deadlines. You won’t be as overwhelmed when you just have to write five hundred words as opposed to fifty thousand.

You’re consistent.

Consistency is key when it comes to many things in life. For me, putting pen to paper frequently is better for my creativity.

I don’t even want to think about trying to draft half a book in one day.

What’s more, I haven’t really faced long slumps since I’ve started making writing a habit. Sure, I still have bad days. Days I write less or days I don’t write well. But at least I continue to put words onto the page.

You improve.

Obviously, the more you do something, the better you get at it. Writing is not an exception to that rule.

I’m a huge fan of doing a little every day over doing a lot once in a while.

So I hope more people make writing a habit and maintain it. After all, if you do something every day, you’re likely to accomplish a great feat in a shorter amount of time.

Here’s to writing daily…or trying to at least.