My Blogging Goals (while making a living).

While life has gotten continually busier and more hectic, blogging has been fighting to stay in my life. It’s so hard to keep things balanced and to prioritize, because currently, blogging should be pretty far down the list. Health, work, sleep, time with Drew, friends and family, and now possibly school? All things that trump a negative revenue generating hobby. That just makes it harder though, because I do want to keep at it so badly. It’s been good for me in so many ways and it’s something I’m not ready to give up.

Beyond that, I have been noticing a perturbing trend here on Ordinary Adventures lately. It’s been sounding a lot like gripe session and I’m worried that OA is turning sad, journal blog, which is definitely not something I personally want to happen. I want OA to be a place of creativity, fun, love, and interest. While journal entries, frustrations, maddeningly far off dreams, and personal info is fine, I really don’t want to turn this blog back into a 90s live journal.

But! If I don’t want that to happen either, then that requires me to actually do more as well. I have to create content, live it, experience it, find it, try it, love it, and then write about it. It’s a huge process and a lot of hard work. So it makes sense why blogging for me is falling through the cracks a little.

I should end with this though: I’m not giving up on blogging just yet. Not even close. Every week is a struggle (and I know you guys know that because I haven’t stopped saying it since August), but it truly has pushed me to do more, be more, live more! Even just this weekend it has. I’m so not ready to let go of that any time soon.


Instead of telling you guys every new post about how hard it is to blog with my schedule, I’ve decided to really do something about it. Clear the air, or at least my mind and set up some achievable, new goals for my blogging schedule.

Post 4-5 times a week. Skip/repost.
Last weekend I set up a calendar up to mid November to fill in with post ideas. Then I added another week, and another, until I was all the way down to the new year. Each day had a new and exciting blog post that I am seriously so excited to share with you all. By the time I got to Christmas, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to post everyday from now till then with my current habits. But I couldn’t bring myself to get rid of any of the ideas or save them for later! So I kept them all there and at the very least, I have about 50 ready to go ideas in the waiting for the rest of the year.

Because truly, I don’t think I can keep myself sane and blog everyday with everything I have going on. Add on top of that the holidays, family time, and obligations. I would like to throw something new out there everyday, but at least currently, it seems nearly impossible. And I’m tarting to realize that that’s ok! I can lower my standards for myself and OA and both will go on. If I’m honest with myself, both will still flourish.

Post in every category a month.
If you look through my categories above, I have an inordinate amount of posts in certain sections. While at the same time, genres like Food and Apartment trail behind. That can only be explained by laziness and lack of photography skills and low blog esteem. It’s easy for me to photograph makeup and still life. It’s way too easy to talk about lists, goals, and dreams. It’s even easy to come up and photograph date ideas, hang out spots, and fun adventures. For me, it’s been challenging to professionally and beautifully show food in my little 10 foot kitchen with no windows. It’s been hard to show off styles and fashion when I don’t have anyone to take the photo. And it’s hard to show my house and do DIY projects when I can only afford the cheapest Ikea furniture and a dimly lit apartment. I need to push myself though, get out of my comfort zone, experiment, at the very least, try!

So, with that being said, I would like to post at least once a month in every category. That means I have to do house tours, or a decor DIY (oooh, I’ve been wanting to so badly but too nervous!), a d a yummy recipe, or meal plan, and lots of other beautiful, fun things. I think this will push me creatively and ultimately make me happy I tried in the long run.

Take the time to get new material.
This is a big one. No matter how many hours I give to writing, or how flawless my schedule is, or how many days I give myself a break, for Ordinary Adventures, pretty much all that matters is content. If I just sit on my butt and watch TV, then yea, I can share some great Bingeable posts with you guys, but what will really become of my blog? It will be lots of wishful thinking, lots of lists never to be done, and a lot of lull days. So, my most important goal is to take time to live and to create new content in my life! To try out that hairdo, check out those blogs, write up those reviews, go on those adventures, share those details, create those recipes. In the end, I’ll be happier, feel better, and actually have stuff to blog about.

All around win, win, win, win! Looks like I’ve got some work to do.

Cheers,
— Brey


35 thoughts on “My Blogging Goals (while making a living).

  1. I completely understand the struggle with trying to balance everything. I am a college student who works, needs to keep up grads, exercise, have a relationship/social life, and then there is blogging. I have noticed that creating a To Do list really helped me. Also just taking a break. I took one month off from blogging and I think that has helped me get inspired to blog again. I did a blog post this week about staying organized. Hope you can check it out.
    ❤ Thays,
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    http://sillycrazylove.com/2015/11/02/october-planner-decorations-5-ways-to-stay-organize/

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  2. Hi Brey!
    I completely understand where you are and the frustration that comes with it. I’ve been kicking myself for not staying consistent with my personal blog but have had to remind myself time & time again to take it day by day and enjoy the precious moments with my daughter and infant son. Surrendering to what life is “now” has given me more inspiration to write and create in ways I had not fully explored before. All this to say simply enjoy the lulls, peaks, valleys and waves as they come. Pay close attention when it happens and honor where you are each day. You may become pleasantly surprised.

    Anyway, I’m fairly new to your community and truly enjoy your blog and style of writing very much so keep up the great work and stay in tune with what feels right to you. Lord knows I’ve had to do the same in order to keep my sanity with all I’d like to accomplish in my day to day personal & professional life. ~~Warm wishes, Jude

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  3. May I suggest that you not make blogging a chore–something you HAVE to fit into your busy schedule–but rather something you do when you need the process to help you figure something out? I find that when anything–most notably blogging and journal writing–begins to feel like just another thing I have to do, I do it less well and don’t enjoy it at all. Don’t give up your blogging, but make it work for you.

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  4. I think the attempt to write your story and share it is worth doing in itself. Interesting to try one article on each theme per month. Of course an article can be short – simply a few lines and maybe an image about something you have seen or read or experienced that you want to share – that’s it. You are building an internet community of shared interests. For myself, I just retired recently and even then am having to carve out some time each week just because I am home more, I have more ‘home’ stuff to do and share in with my wife. But it is so worth it !

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  5. Love your blog. Don’t make it a slog! Totally understand the juggling act you’re consumed with each day. The turning point for me was being easier on myself and blogging expectations. Your blog is an extension of you, so take time to nurture it so that you can show the true beauty of what you really want to share. Most times, when the moment comes and you have to get an idea, feeling or experience out – do it ASAP. If you’re wrestling with ‘would, could, should’ moments, they are telling you something – most likely in these moments it is better to do nothing and get back to that feeling of calmest, peace and your true self. No-one wants you to fail. Forget restricting, often inflexible schedules that can hinder inspirational writing. Life happens. Let your blog happen!

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  6. I can understand how hard it is. I don’t think I’ve blogged in at least 6 months. Then today out of the blue I thought now is the time to say something new. And it was great fun. I always forget how much fun just writing something is.

    My advice would be to have fun with it, life’s to short for doing things you don’t enjoy.

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