The Weekend Blog (Vol.76)

10th October 2015

Liverpool to Leeds canal

I’ve been a little quiet on the blog and on social media this week. Allow me to explain.

Sometimes, it all gets too much. I realised last week that I was spending so much time working on my blog that I had no time to indulge in my other hobbies, and to just relax after work.

I was spending my lunch breaks replying to comments. I was writing posts on my phone during my commute. I was coming home from work, switching on the computer, and working on my blog until about 7 or 8pm at night. Only then would I start to wind down and spend some time with Tyrone.

Let’s face it, that’s a bit over the top. It was as if my entire life evolved around my blog, and for some people this might be great. For me, not so much.

I love blogging but it was starting to become a real chore. Things that I previously enjoyed about blogging were becoming monotonous.

I’ve decided that I’m going to relax my schedule of posting three times a week. Some weeks I might feel super productive and manage to publish three posts. Some weeks I might feel uninspired and unmotivated, and so I might only blog once or twice.

Also, The Weekend Blog may not always be a weekly feature. If I’ve had a particularly boring week I might not write about it. Because, let’s face it, my last couple of Weekend Blogs have been as dull as dishwater (sorry if you enjoyed them!).

Less pressure means a happier Holly and (hopefully) a better blog, because I won’t be posting crap!

Anyway, time for a little summary of my week.

Poppies along the Liverpool to Leeds canal

I’ve been at my new job for nearly a month, and I’m still really enjoying myself. On Friday myself and the rest of the web team went out to lunch at Host; a restaurant in the city centre that serves a variety of Asian food. I was told I had to try the Chicken Katsu Curry, and I was glad I did because it was delicious!

Today Tyrone and I packed a picnic and went off in search of the Liverpool to Leeds canal. We had never been before, which is crazy considering how close we live to it. I’m originally from Shropshire, and my home town is quite famous for its canal, but the Liverpool to Leeds canal wasn’t quite as pretty. It’s much more industrial. However, we still had a lovely long walk and I took a few photos along the way.

Next week I’m off to see Hairspray at the theatre with my friend Becky, and I’m so excited! I saw it about 7 years ago on the West End, but it’s my favourite musical and I’m looking forward to seeing it again.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. Susanne

    I’ve been a lot like you when it comes to working on the blog, and actually that’s why I’ve been so frustrated about it recently, I simply think too much about those blogging things. Then I just decided to hide away, and I’ve revived an old domain name that I used in the days when I actually enjoyed blogging (and when more real life friends read it) to just write when I’m up to it, and about anything I want. Of course I’ve always been writing about what I want, but lately I was more concerned about what the people who visited my site would find interesting. That’s not my point with blogging though, and I’ll either do it my way, or quit blogging totally.

    Maybe you just need to stop having a schedule. Write when you want to and feel inspired to, about anything you want.
    The canal looks beautiful!! I think there are so many pretty rivers and canals in the UK. I remember Oxford… lovely.

    • Holly

      I find that with blogging you can’t please everyone. It’s best to just write a blog you enjoy writing because there will be others who enjoy reading it as much as you enjoy writing it. It may not be a huge amount, but I’d rather have a few readers who really care, and leave thoughtful comments than loads who don’t ever interact with me.

  2. It’s great you love your job. Don’t let the blog stress you, it’s your hobby and not your job and you should enjoy it x

  3. Cat

    I can relate to that. I used to read blogs and return comments every day, and I made sure I always had a couple entries queued up. It became overwhelming, so I don’t do it daily anymore. Like you said, it started to feel like a chore! Blogging is supposed to be fun, so I think it makes sense to take some of the pressure off and relax the schedule πŸ™‚

    I’m glad you’re enjoying your new job! Walking along the canal also sounds like a nice way to spend the day πŸ™‚

    • Holly

      Recently I haven’t had time to read other blogs because I’ve spent so long working on my own blog. I’m hoping that relaxing my posting schedule will allow me to catch up with everyone else’s posts.