It’s always the way isn’t it, that when you have more writing and more work to do, blogging tends to take a back seat. It’s something that you don’t have to do, you have no deadlines for, but there’s that sense of guilt when you don’t post.
- I include my blog on a lot of things – email signature, CV, cover letters, and if someone comes onto it and sees the last post was six months ago, it’s not very impressive and probably would be better to not include it at all
- Posting once a year on a blog is one of my pet hates. I like reading other people’s blogs and when I go on and see that the last post was in 2012 and yet it’s still in their Twitter bio, it annoys me
- I promised myself when I started that I’d carry on blogging even when I started my career. Magazine editors have their own blogs, albeit they don’t post as often as regular bloggers, but if they have the time, I can hardly complain?
- It teaches me things – I’ve learnt a lot about design, CMS and WordPress tricks just because of this
- It challenges my creativity – I mean how long can you actually blog about journalism for without repeating yourself? truth be told I probably have repeated myself, but sometimes I have to really think about what I can write. It helps me reflect of what I’ve learnt and how far I have progressed in my career from being a student until now
- My brand-spanking-new fancy MacBook Pro. Yes, funnily enough spending the majority of my wages this month on a new laptop to save any more features from being lost has made me want to write more. It doesn’t freeze every time I open more than one tab, it’s fast, pretty, and my new favourite toy!
So freelance writing wins but (hopefully) the blog will carry on surviving.
P.s there’s a social life to fit in there too…