February 27, 2014

Blogging: My Take On It.

It seems as though a lot of people look at blogging and think "Oh, that seems like a ton of work. I'd never have time for it". Hell, there's people who already do blog and think the same exact thing. Some people just don't have the time for it. That or the "Well, what do I even blog about?" question. We all have lives beyond this little computer screen, but we also have readers who we love and do all of this for. But if you really want to, and have the drive to do it, it's possible. Now, keep in mind, I am extremely new to blogging. So take everything I say with a grain of salt. Whatever methods or advice I mention is simply what I've learned so far through trial and error, and advice I've seen others give.

How do bloggers do it though? I always remind myself that I have to blog about what makes me happy. That way, it never EVER feels like a task, a job, or a struggle. Yeah we have editorial calendars and a certain amount of pots we'd like to get out on a weekly basis. But forcing yourself to blog will almost always end badly, and it'll damn sure show in your posts. Trust me, readers can tell when you half-ass a post just to "get it out of the way".

As far as the actual blogging, keep organized. I'm a stickler for organization and having everything just-so, so that's easy for me to say. But I know it's something that people struggle with often. I have my everyday planner that is my LIFE. Seriously, picking out a planner every year is a ritual and an adventure for me. In it, I make sure I write down my school stuff (assignment due dates, when to work on them, tests, etc). That honestly takes up most of my planner space, since that's my main priority at the moment. But I also make sure to write down blogging days, and what I plan on working on that particular day - it makes it easier to factor it all into my workload. Also, to me, seeing it written down sets it in stone that it needs to get done, and I'm more likely to do it.

I used to have a designated blog notebook where I kept all my post ideas and things. But recently I'd been in the market for a new journal, so I just made sure to get one that was big enough to work as a journal and my blog notebook. I'm liking the combination of the two because it's easier to handle just one book. And, there's just something about having my blog things near my personal thoughts that makes it seem that much closer to my heart.

I personally love blogging. It incorporates two things I love dearly - writing and makeup. I do it as a hobby, and it's a stress reliever for me. But I never want it to feel like I'm doing it just to put posts up. Also, it's nice to have my own little space on the interwebs that I can call my own. Keep it fun for yourself, but also know that there should be some kind of method to doing it and making it work - what that method is depends on you though.

Happy Blogging Lovelies!

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