I’ve been seeing quite a few posts out in the blogging community about setting goals and found it quite inspiring. You know – the whole planning, being organised, being accountable to yourself and your audience and …hey, stop laughing. I am quite capable of being organised. In fact I’ll have you know I’m now using real planners – three of them, one digital, two hard copy – to make list and mark tasks and deadlines in. What’s more thanks to my new system I was only half a day late with one assignment last week – will you stop laughing? My point is this: since I’ve decided to turn up the volume on my blogging and writing (otherwise what is the point of getting my degree, right?), I’ve also realised I need to add a little structure to, well, everything. Read more Setting September Goals
One of the great things about blogging is the amazing people you get to meet and the groups you get to be a part of. I’m thrilled to say that over the next few weeks I am lucky enough to feature some of the great bloggers I’ve encountered – some have kindly agreed to write a guest post while others have kindly taken time out of their own busy schedules to answer a few questions. So with no further ado, let’s take some time out with … writer Amber Lea Easton. Read more Time out with … Amber Lea Easton
Blogging, despite what many people think, can be hard work. Really hard work. Once you’ve found something to write about, you have keep finding things to write about. You have to come up with new, fresh posts regularly, you have to publish those posts, you have to promote those posts – and yourself. Promoting yourself can be the hardest thing of all. And there are going to be days of self doubt. Monumental self doubt. You’ll sulk. You’ll wail. You’ll bury yourself in chocolate, coffee, and champagne until all anyone can see is the tip of your ears – well – okay that might only be me – but you get the idea. In an effort to keep my sanity – not to mention to keep my chocolate, coffee, and champagne consumption to a minimum – I’ve come up with three tips for breaking blogger’s block.
Every now and then you realize that although you’re on the right path, you may be going in the wrong direction. Your compass might only be slightly off, but it’s enough to be slowing everything in your life down. Then it happens – the clouds part, there’s a ray of light on the path, trumpets sound, and you are overwhelmed with understanding. Okay- maybe not. In fact probably not (though if that does happen to you, please share). If you’re anything like me you simply wake up one morning and think “um – might need to just change the course setting here a bit.”
Like most of us, my days are pretty full: blogging, writing, studying, looking after my family, chasing after The Moggie Mob – well you get the picture. But like anything else that’s important, sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do, right? Which is why I’ve come up with a few tips for staying sane while blogging (not to mention while doing everything else) – or at least not going completely bonkers. Read more Staying sane while blogging
Ah yes, that wonderful moment when you find your resolve, determination, your plans, and I might add, your carefully set up diary, simply all get tossed out the window. Life cares not whether you are trying to turn things around. Life cares not that you have deadlines. Life cares not one iota that it took you hours to get your blog and study planners to synchronize. It most certainly does not care that you made that synchronized planner look so freakin’ pretty.
Blogging can be a lot of fun but it can also be frustrating – especially if it’s your primary job and you’re just starting out. And if your only company from nine to five is feline (or canine or toddler or whatever fits your situation) it can soon become very lonely. But how do you network when you’re a blogger?
This poem was originally written for a Creative Writing paper I did as part of my BA in English
The Tonk Team do not like cold mornings. To be honest, I can’t blame them – I don’t like cold mornings either. Actually I don’t like mornings at all but that’s an entirely different post. However, they do like being under the covers on my bed, snuggled up on the electric blanket and the furry little mobsters have been holding me hostage in there on a daily basis.