As part of focusing on work-life balance, I was planning on not publishing a blog post one day. I thought that it would be nice... a break? Instead, I felt so anxious. At this point, blogging is something that I do every day. It's just like making my bed or brushing my teeth. It's absolutely part of my routine.
I went from thinking I would go 24 hours without posting... to just throwing up a quick, short little post explaining what was going on...
But it didn't feel right.
I haven't missed a day of posting in almost three years– and some days even posting twice. I had to go back and double check that number. In one way, it seems like I've been doing this forever; it's hard to remember life pre-TCP. And then it also seems like such a short amount of time. Undoubtedly, the blog has changed over time and it will absolutely will continue to change.
Skipping a day just wasn't going to happen. I couldn't do it! It is interesting how I handle the extra work now that I have graduated. Let me just say... time management is way different in the Real World. You can be the busiest person in college, but you still have way more "free" time. I mean, I took five classes every semester, was on the rowing team for three years, and was just all around involved. Even with all-nighters in the library and travel regattas, there was still way more time available.
I used to schedule posts way in advance and I try now to get a lot of done on the weekends. Yet, there never seems to be enough time and I'm burning the midnight oil (literally) putting last minute touches on posts, finalizing some Photoshop whatevers, or hunting for inspiration.
I actually don't mind not scheduling in advance– it seems way more natural and makes me feel like I'm on top of the ball instead of way out of the loop. It does mean that my evenings are monopolized a little bit if I don't plan the day accordingly. I do really like being busy and having a schedule and a routine though! For better or for worse, I am much more in tune when I know what's on the docket.
So yes, I may have to draft blog posts on a service-less cell phone on the subway. Yes, I may have to pull out my laptop to Photoshop at random times (like maybe? dinner....). Yes, I may have to work a little bit later or wake up a little earlier. But that feels good.
Can I skip a posting every now and then? Yes, I can... but I really don't want to. When things are crazy everywhere else, this is like a little happy place I can come to. A safe little haven I've created!
So... this post turned went from a non-post to a shorter-post to a weird-somewhat-emo-post.
All in all, I think the exercise of deciding whether or not I wanted to skip blogging one time turned into a realization that it truly is what I love.