Slow blogging: Why I’m ditching the schedule
5th Apr 2017
Since the summer of 2014 I have been publishing blog posts here on Empfire three times a week, almost every single week. Yes, sometimes I missed a day or two, or even a week or a month, but generally I’ve been quite good at keeping up with the routine of posting Tuesdays, Thursdays and one day at the weekend.
However, since I devised this schedule a lot has changed in my life; mainly the fact I now work full-time, and commute to work, which means I have less time to work on my blog.
Also, my views on blogging have changed massively over the last three years. I think 2014 was when I first discovered that bloggers were working with brands and making money from their blogs. I know bloggers were doing this prior to 2014 but I’d been living under a rock. As I mentioned briefly in this post, I got swept up with current blogging trends and I tried to change my blog in order to fit in.
I wanted a “successful” blog and so I read all of those blog posts about creating a brand, growing a following, making money, etc. Because of these posts I felt like I needed to be blogging more frequently and that I needed to have a schedule.
So I created a schedule and I stuck with it…most of the time. I even stuck with it when I started to realise that I didn’t actually want to be a full-time blogger, or when I decided that I didn’t want to make money from blogging. 🙃
I felt like I couldn’t stray away from the schedule. God forbid I post on a Monday or a Wednesday or a Friday, or I post less or more. Even when my life changed and I started working full-time I felt that I needed to be blogging three times a week on certain days.
Then I got into this vicious circle. I’d have a few weeks of being really on top of blogging, sticking to my schedule, then I’d start to find it draining and I’d be writing half-hearted posts just for the sake of it. So I’d beat myself up about it, take a small break, and then get back on it.
I kept doing this for years. It really wasn’t working for me but I just seemed to be blind to it. I couldn’t seem to see what the problem was, even though it was bloody obvious!
Now I realise though. Now I know that it was because I was putting too much pressure on myself to stick to the schedule; so much pressure that I started to hate blogging and it became a chore rather than something I did for fun.
I know how stupid and ridiculous this sounds but it’s something that has really affected me and consumed me. 😔
And the thing is, people don’t care as much as you think they do. I’ve learned that I can take a month off blogging (like I did in November) and people will still continue to read my blog. Some people will notice if I haven’t blogged for a while but most people won’t.
So that’s why you are reading this post on a Wednesday. Because I have decided to break the habit. It feels invigorating!
I’m taking a new approach to blogging. Stuff the schedule; I’m posting whenever I feel like it.
I’m hoping that this approach of “slow blogging” will free up more time for me to take care of myself, to work on “side projects”, to focus on my career, and to go on more adventures. But more than anything I hope it will help me to fall in love with blogging again. Quality over quantity is my new moto. 😎
I’m curious to know if you have a blogging schedule! Let me know in the comments if you have one, and whether you think they’re good or bad.