30 March 2014

Blogging Daily: My Experience

Blogging Daily: My Experience

Throughout March I found myself blogging on a daily basis, in my head it was down as 'Marathon March' and boy did it feel like it. This was something that I wanted to try out because throughout my two years writing on A Little Boat Sailing I had never published work for an entire week, let alone for a month. Some of my favourite bloggers upload brand new content on a daily basis that myself and others can enjoy so I thought that I would give it a try myself.

Originally with the idea fresh in my mind everything seemed to run nice and smoothly. I took a week's worth of photographs at the end of February and thought that I would easily be able to keep on top of that each weekend. That same weekend I wrote and scheduled the corresponding posts for said photographs which I have to say left me feeling pretty smug with seven posts marked as scheduled. Things however didn't remain as organised as I had originally hoped due to work commitments, home life and general day to day things that sometimes just get in the way of our plans.

Late evening was the time where I planned posts because during the day I would either spend my time working, taking photographs, house work and various other bits and bobs as well as researching my university courses for this coming September. I found that often I would change my original schedule in my planner due to wanting certain posts for certain days which on a number of occasions left me with last minute posts to write for the next day which wasn't ideal.

If I have learnt anything from this experience I would say that it has highlighted to me that my organisation skills are not as good as they once were. Since graduating from university my organisation has slipped quite considerably, I still make lists and plans but I don't stick to them like I once did. I've also learnt that on a whole producing new content on a daily basis was something that I turned out not to enjoy. Looking back I think some of my posts were a bit poor and could have easily have been so much better if I had been more organised and planned them out over time. I feel bad about that because I want people to enjoy what they read when they visit my blog; I really hope that on a whole people still enjoyed visiting throughout March.

I enjoy writing and producing new content for my blog but for me new content on a daily basis is something that I doubt I will consider again for a while. Producing new content for me became stressful and took a huge amount of enjoyment out of something that I absolutely love doing. Luckily this really only started to happen in the last week or so therefore I kept on plodding along in order to finish my original aim. I guess it hasn't helped that I'm generally feeling really run down at the moment, I'm tired all of the time due to lack of sleep, stress and various other worries; in hindsight blogging daily wasn't the best decision I could have made for myself at this moment in time.

Overall I'm pleased that I have completed my little challenge as it has allowed me to have a little taster of what I guess it would be like to do this as a job. Whilst I adore blogging I highly doubt that it would be a career for me (not that it would ever have been anyway) I've never spent so much time at a desk and pc in my life which has left me going a little bit stir crazy. During March I never managed to find a balance between my job, my blog and my life outside of those two things; I know that deep down The Vampire Diaries and Netflix did not help my cause either Perhaps one day I will try it again once my job is more regular or once I'm in a better place emotionally, perhaps the second time around I will have learnt from the mistakes that I made this time round and who knows maybe next time I will really enjoy it.
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  1. Oh wow that sounds like it was really hard to do! Also your planner is the CUTEST!

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    1. Thank you Rebecca, it's certainly very bright :) It was a hard challenge, far harder than I had expected xx

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  2. I posted every day throughout February and it was definitely a challenge. I managed to make it work out but it almost got a little stressful when I started running out of ideas. Congrats on getting through it, Amy! xx
    Celina | The Celution | Bloglovin’

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    1. Oh wow well done :) it did get stressful for me too, I feel like towards the end of the month my content suffered xx

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  3. I don’t think I could ever blog daily. I feel like there just aren’t enough hours in a day.

    Dejhana || Waite a Little

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    1. That's exactly how I felt Dejhana! xx

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  4. I think you did a really good job. On my old blog I posted every day because "all the big ones" in the blogger world did it, but eventually it became too much. On the blog I have now I post every other day so I can use the inbetween days to make changes to my planned posts if necessary, it has worked perfectly for me so far.

    http://tuesdaycrush.blogspot.no/

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    1. Thank you so much Julie. Yes it did become too much for me in the end, trust me to pick one of the longest months of the year! :) xx

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  5. Good experience or not, I am super impressed you managed to stick to it for a month! I've never really considered posting everyday. I know that a lot of people do, but I just don't think it's necessary. I like to give people a little time to catch up on my posts and find that, for me, 4 days a week is just perfect. Good for you for trying it out ;)

    xx -b.

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    1. Aww thank you :) I don't think it is necessary at all, it was just something I wanted to try to see how I would cope...I give myself 6/10! I agree with the catching up on posts thing, on certain posts which had maybe required more effort I was disheartened to think that they would be only showing properly for 24 hours or less xx

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  6. Blogging everyday most certainly is not an easy feat! Well done to you for sticking it through though. To be honest I don't think I would have been able to...

    Deb | Debra Bros Blog

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    1. I wasn't sure if I would be able to Debra trust me, it's certainly something I won't be rushing in to do again any time soon xx

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  7. I feel you, even tho I have never commited myself to blog daily, I know that sometimes it is really hard to write one post in a week. Depending on work, how tired you might be, your social life, etc. Sometimes I really want to write something and once I get home I'm too tired to even think.

    Lu | The Ankalli Style

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    1. I know tell me about it! I'm quite glad March is over :) xx

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  8. I really like that you challenged yourself & stuck to it. That's big stuff! I don't blog but I think that writing everyday would take the quality our of my writing. I didn't notice that in your posts though. :)

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  9. Well done you did a great job I can't manae to blog everyday I try post at least four times a week. x

    Catherines Loves

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  10. Well done I'm not going to lie I actually really enjoyed your posts through out March (as always!) As yours is one of my favourite blogs, I think it takes a lot more time and organisation than people may think. I know for me I'd never consider it as a career as I think things can feel a bit churny...like your just churning content out for the sake of (although all of your content was brill!)

    http://rinicawrites.blogspot.com/

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    1. Rinica that means a lot thank you so much :) Yes I felt like I was churning out content towards the end xx

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  11. I don't think I'd be able to blog everyday! I have trouble blogging more than twice a week! Very impressed :) xx Rena Kiss and Make Up

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    1. Thank you Rena, it was quite difficult to finish xx

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  12. well done on blogging daily, I understand how hard it must have been - I get stressed trying to get 2/3 posts up a week! xxx
    mollyox.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I've definitely still enjoyed visiting your blog (nearly) every day, even if you feel it's not your best work! I blogged every day in January and even though I wasn't working for most of the month, it's hard to come up with new content everyday!! I'd say you've done a great job :D

    Jess xo

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    1. Thank you very much Jess :) I'm so pleased you liked my rather busy blogging month xx

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  14. Such a cute planner :) And how great that you did manage to blog every single day. / almeidas.se

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    1. Thank you it's the original filofax in neon pink :)

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  15. Congratulations on being so prolific in March! I think most bloggers wish they could post more often. It's nice to hear someone posting so honestly about the challenges to blogging. I often attempt the daily nail art challenges for a month but have only succeeded once! Would love to post daily (and maybe I'll attempt it one month) but life (friends, family, career, etc), rather than getting in the way, is my priority right now. And I don't think anyone should apologise for that x

    www.lushnails.wordpress.com

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    1. Oh gosh no not at all, I think everything else should become a priority over your blog that's so long as it doesn't pay your bills I guess :) I wish I had enjoyed posting daily and I guess at first I did, it just got a lot harder as the days went by xx

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  16. This is a great tip. I'm totally going to try this!

    http://www.evithefashionista.blogspot.ca/

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  17. I go through stages of posting every day, then it slips to every other day and then even longer. I like to think I'm organised but I doubt I actually am. I love your blog and your posts, I think you did a great job.

    Claudia xx | Beauty and the Chic

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    1. Thank you so much Claudia :) I find I can be like that too xx

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  18. What a lovely honest post, thank you! Nicola noodlingalong.blogspot.co.uk Xx

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    1. You're welcome Nicola, I'm glad you enjoyed reading it xx

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  19. Hi, I just found your blog and I'm in love with it! do you have any tips for blogging? I would love to know!
    http://sophiebysophia.blogspot.com
    Sophia

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    1. Hi Sophia! Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it :)
      I have only a few really with the main ones being to keep your blog and its content true to yourself, there is a lot of them out there! Don't put pressure on yourself either, it's easily done xx

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