I’m going to let you know up front that this post is going to be one of those spur-of-the-moment posts that has no structure whatsoever. I’m writing with a general idea of what I want to say, but I haven’t figured out the specifics. If these ramble-y type posts aren’t your thing, I’m sorry about that. But I feel like this is something I need to figure out, and to me the best way to do that is via blog post.
So, as you can probably deduce from the title, this is in fact a post about blogging. More specific than that, it’s a post about becoming a better blogger. Seeing the words better blogger typed out, I’m even not sure what it means. I don’t think there’s one clear cut answer of how to become a better blogger. But it’s something that’s been gnawing at my brain for a while now. And the more I’ve thought about it (and the more I think about it now), I’ve come to realize that becoming a better blogger means figuring out what I want.
So, what do I want?
I want to create content that is clearer and more focused. If you’ve been following this blog for long, you probably know that I’ve been posting roughly four to five times a week for seven months now. And while I’ve enjoyed that schedule and the freedom it has given me to try new things, I also think it has made it easier for me to justify posting content that I haven’t given 100 percent of my effort to. That isn’t to say that every post I’ve written in these past seven months was done in haste; it just means that sometimes I’ve allowed my I-need-to-get-a-post-up-today-at-all-costs mentality take precedence over everything else. It’s the timeless battle of quality versus quantity. And lately it feels like quantity has been winning.
In addition to quality conundrum, posting as frequently as I do has been challenging in many other regards. For starters, I’m not a full-time blogger, which means all the time I spend on Currently, Lately comes from my free time. I don’t mind that. Creating content for this blog is one of my absolute favorite pastimes–I wouldn’t give it up for anything. However, there are days when I feel mentally and physically exhausted, and I simply don’t have the energy to do anything blog-related. And when I’m putting out four blog posts a week, it really doesn’t leave me any time to relax. Which means I do things half-heartedly and focus on getting them done rather than doing them right, bringing me back to my main point.
I want to start making sure that I am entirely happy with every blog post that I put up, and I think that means posting less and giving myself more time to develop ideas. I’ve always been a schedule person. Someone who works most efficiently with structures and deadlines. But I think that in order to put myself in the best position possible, I need to take a break from the organization.
This break will not be lengthy or permanent. It’s just going to give me time to determine what is doable for me right now and, more importantly, what isn’t. I’m hoping to have a new posting schedule figured out by the start of 2019.
When it comes down to it, my goal for Currently, Lately is to create things that I enjoy. And if I’m operating on a schedule that doesn’t work for me, I’m not being successful in that goal.
Thank you all for sticking with me! Until next time!
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