Here we are, three quarters of the way though this marathon of blogging.
I didn’t really know if I was doing to have enough to talk about to get me here and, to be honest, I’m not quite sure what I’m going to write for the next twenty-five.
Actually, that’s not entirely true, I do know some things that I’m going to write about. There’ll be a few favourites, something new, something you might not expect and a revisit / extension of something I wrote about a while ago.
But, here’s the thing.
While I may struggle with topics from time to time (which I do know), I have full confidence that I’ll get to 100 blog entries before the end of the year. So, this isn’t my main concern.
My main concern is what’s next? What do I do after I hit 100 blogs?
In order to understand why these questions are so prevalent, you need to understand how this all works.
I, like millions of others, work a full-time job.
I’m up at 5am to do my morning exercise (most mornings), I then do the usual morning routine before stepping out the door at about 6:45am.
I work all day, returning sometime after 5pm, depending on whether I make the earlier bus or not.
After a brief unwind, its time to cook dinner (yes, I’m to cook in the house) and go about the evening routine until around 8pm.
I then write for about an hour or so. Then add time to edit and post the blog, do the social media updates and ensure everything is saved and published before signing off.
Some nights I might be done at 9pm, other nights I’m still going at 10pm.
From there, it’s basically straight to bed.
Then reset and repeat the next day.
The short of it is, its time consuming, very time consuming!
This is not a complaint, just an observation, I do this of my own choosing and have no regrets.
So, my issue is this.
I know myself, as I should. And I know that if I just stop, then I will fall straight back into the groove I was in before. This will mean that I do fuck all writing and become lazy.
Conversely, there is a compromise with writing every day, especially with the time it consumes. In order to do this, I sacrifice time with my family, and that’s a tough choice to make.
I know there is benefit in doing this, I know from the comments that my words are getting out there and I know that it is good for my mindset.
So, I guess, at some point soon I’ll be faced with one of two options:
- Pull back and risk stalling, or
- Push on and hope for the best.
I’m still undecided on which way to go. I’m torn. There’s no easy choice.
Sure, if I ran ads or affiliate marketing from my site then it may return some revenue. But in reality, that wouldn’t buy me back time until it was returning enough replace my full-time job. And that’s a very big ask from a little blog site.
I do know that I’m willing to do the work, and if my site stats continue the way there are, then the work will be worth it.
But that doesn’t mean that I’ll naturally keep going. We need to make smart choices based on all contributing factors. Sometimes these choices aren’t what we want or like, but they are necessary.
Luckily, I have enough time to consider everything before making my choice.
For the meantime, let’s celebrate the fact that we made it to Three Quarters!
‘til next time….. Cheers!