Wait… It’s AUGUST? When did that happen?!
Don’t feel like you’re losing your mind if you’re recognising that intro… it is the same as the one from last month because, in all seriousness, where did July go?!
I had aspirations to do a lot of blogging during July but about halfway through the month, I realised that it basically wasn’t happening. I had always wanted my blog to succeed and I had always had ideas in my mind of it succeeding, but in my mind I never really anticipated the amount of work that it would take to keep it running, which is something I have been struggling to incorporate into my daily life and, as a result, my blog has been suffering.
But not anymore.
Around the middle of last month, I looked at my blog and my current lifestyle and I realised where I was going wrong: writing posts on an ad-hoc basis simply did not suit me.
I had known I was going to have a blog for an ashamedly long time before I actually set this site up. I had pre-written a few blog posts and a few pages but not a lot considering how much work I could (and also should) have done to prepare for it. If I had started to prepare when I first conceived the idea of starting a blog, I probably would have enough posts written, enough photos taken, enough topics lined up, to fill me for the rest of the year.
But I procrastinated.
Hands up who else is a procrastinator?
I am such a procrastinator that I procrastinate everything… even something as effortless as sleep!
So when I reviewed where I was going wrong with my blog, I realised that it was the ad-hoc lifestyle that I didn’t like. I had put too much pressure on myself to write a blog and post it within such a short space of time that it had me feeling really anxious and my way of coping was to simply not do it.
Of course, that only led to me feeling more anxious and more pressurised to write a blog post because I was so aware of how much time had passed since my previous post, so I pledged to myself that I would prepare my blog posts in advance.
Instead of thinking about what to write, writing and then posting all in one day, I decided to plan ahead.
And now, as you read this, I want you to know that I have my blog posts planned up until about the middle of September. I might not post them as and when I currently have them lined up to be posted, however knowing that I have the topics lined up for my next 30+ days really does take a lot of the pressure off, and I also spent the last week or so of July pre-writing these posts.
It was definitely tough at times, as I was spending so much time blogging, yet none of it was actually going live. There were massive times of temptation where I was so close to just posting what I had worked on that day, but I knew that if I did that, I would only be piling the pressure onto myself as I had mentioned earlier. So, I decided to take the rest of July off from posting live blog posts and instead work on creating a list of scheduled posts ready to go live in August, and honestly it has been so rewarding.
The biggest learning curve for me was making the time to create.
Before I started pre-writing my content, I’d had all the best intentions of being a top blogger and posting regular content, but I realised that without actually making the effort to find the time and plan posts, to write posts, to take pictures for posts, etc, I was never going to actually be posting top quality content.
It has been a little over 2 months since I started this blog and it definitely isn’t where I had thought it would be before I’d started it, but I’m hoping my newfound organisation with August’s posts is going to really help move that along.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that here I am and here I am here to stay. So sit down, buckle up, and get prepared for a flurry of blog posts this month.