One question I get asked over and over again after ‘when do you have time to read so much?’ is ‘when do you have time to blog?’ I like this question because this was something that for a long time I didn’t know the answer to, even when I first started blogging, believe it or not! It was kind of a learn as you go kind of thing.
Obviously I wouldn’t have started blogging about reading if I didn’t love to read so much so the reading doesn’t fall by the wayside when you pick up a blog, in fact, if you can believe it, I would say that my reading has actually increased since blogging! Being around other readers day in and day out (via cyberspace) and having an outlet to constantly talk about one of my passions, books(!), has only made me want to read more! So, the blog in that respect has been a huge positive.
When I started blogging, I thought it would be a great way to have a creative outlet. I didn’t know how often I’d post. It took me awhile to get into a real rhythm but I think, since Christmas, which was about 3 months in, I really developed one. I post all week, and write my posts on the weekend (except when their are blogging events on the weekend that I participate in - like this weekend's Bloggiesta!). I work full time during the week so I didn’t want to come home and have to think up new post ideas on the weeknight when my brain was tired…but that’s not to say I don’t sometimes because I definitely get inspired and just want to write.
But for the most part, what works for me, is to get up early when the house is quiet on the weekend and write my posts for the week and then schedule them for the coming week. Then it’s stress free on that front! The only blog thing I do during the week is comment, which I love to do, and find it very inspiring and a great way to keep in touch with all of my blogging buddies and a great way to meet new friends.
One additional bonus of the blog, I think my writing has really improved. Especially my creative writing…and I think it’s getting noticed at work. I’ve always been good at writing (I think thanks to my love of reading) but since I’ve been doing it so much more frequently, it’s really helped expand my vocabulary and skills.
So what are your tips for finding time to blog? When do you do your best writing?