New Blogging Schedule

For a few weeks, I have not posted anything to this site. I apologize, but my life is a little hectic right now between balancing school work, applying for internships and trying to keep sane with finals around the corner. Honestly, it is a little much, but I am pushing through.

With that in mind, I think it would be a good idea to implement a schedule again, and that will be posting once a week. When I made this blog, posting every day or regularly was easier, but that has not been possible lately. For example, my sleep is pretty screwed up, and some nights I will be up till two to three am only to wake up six hours later.

While I could keep complaining about that, I do not think it is fitting. As much as college makes me annoyed, there are many benefits. One of the cool things right now I can do is get better at writing features in a class I am taking called magazine freelancing. It is new for me to write like that and I am enjoying learning how to potentially pitch story ideas to magazines and putting together articles for them too.

Speaking of that, I have been able to interview some cool people because of that class such as Author, Elizabeth Fountain and Food Blogger, Scott Wink. Not to be too overconfident but I think that what is happening is my teacher is helping me realize what my flaws are with interviewing, writing features and even getting writer’s block. There have been many days lately where I do not have the energy to write or want to write, yet I do.

Anyone who writes a ton knows how tiring it can get. I am unsure what exactly the cure is for being unable to write. Perhaps, it is forcing yourself to write or knowing when to take a break and stop. Either way, I am excited to see what these next few months have in store for me and appreciate you taking the time to read this post.

Trying To Think Of Blogging Topics Constantly

I judge myself with writing. There are a billion things to write about, and yet it seems that what flows into my head is what has been popular on my blog. College, writing, and blogging. While that may be the case of what people like to read, I don’t always have ideas for posts.

I’m a writer who is angry at writing. Every day seems like a pain in the ass when trying put together blog posts. It is a lot easier to swear than not so I will continue to do so throughout this piece and more. If I censor myself in every work I ever publish, I will go insane.

Insert a billion swear words here.

Seriously, what is the deal with choosing topics to blog about and then running out of ideas? It seems as thought it’s pointless to focus on one topic. If I just write about three categories, I feel extremely pressured to come up with ideas and post something. So here is my post everyone, it’s me complaining.

I don’t know what always to talk about and sometimes I feel as though it’s easier to write about things that piss me off. Hence, this post. This last week of mine has been nothing but homework, and staying up late at night trying to write blog posts in my “spare time.”

Perhaps, this is the key to writing when you can’t get anything down, and you have deleted a lot of posts. Just write something that pisses you off even if it’s the thing within itself. The idea, the thought that you can’t fucking write something that you’ve spent so much time on and now you’re getting mad because you’d like to play a video game. Or just because writing isn’t always fun, it’s frustrating as fuck, and if you don’t believe so, I WISH YOU COULD UNDERSTAND THIS FRUSTRATION SO YOU CAN RELATE WITH ME.

Ugh.

Like the fact I just typed in all caps at someone reading this is largely pathetic. But who cares, I’m tired of trying to think of ideas about blogging or writing or whatever the bleeping crap I’m trying to do. Thinking of ideas for blog posts make me angry. I don’t know what the fuck else to put here other than thank you for reading and I need to play a damn video game and stop trying to think of ideas for at least few hours.

Book Review: Lifestyle Blogging Basics: A How-To for Investing in Yourself, Working With Brands, and Cultivating a Community Around Your Blog

For those who are just getting into blogging or haven’t had a lot of time with it, I recently finished reading Lifestyle Blogging Basics: A How-To for Investing in Yourself, Working With Brands, and Cultivating a Community Around Your Blog by Laura Lynn. The book seems to have a lot of useful tips for beginner bloggers.

Something that I really enjoy about this book is the different subjects she touches on, and the advice she is giving out doesn’t seem to just appeal to blogging the way she does with lifestyle blogging. For example, networking is touched on twice in the book slightly, and  I’d like to share a quote with you.

“If you can’t find any networking groups or local events that provide you with the chance to meet fellow bloggers in your city, I suggest setting one up for yourself. If you know there are other bloggers near you, just take the initiative of setting something up yourself.” -Laura Lynn, Lifestyle Blogging Basics: A How-To for Investing in Yourself, Working With Brands, and Cultivating a Community Around Your Blog

It would seem as if Lynn has given connecting with others who blog some serious thought. The idea of finding other people that engage in this nearby is wonderful and I’d like to do this as well. Also, besides the first chapter, she ends each section with what she messed up on with the advice she is giving to you.

However, I do want to emphasize some things, I believe that those who are experienced with blogging will have to skip chapter two. A lot of the things she talks about here may be something that you have had experience in already. After all the chapter is called “Getting Started.”

Also, chapter five seemed like mostly common knowledge on social media. There were a few things that caught my attention such as my lack of knowledge of Pinterest, “automation” and the times she referred to as the best to post on different social media. So all in all, that’s not too bad.

Perhaps my biggest complaint about the book is in chapter two. While I do understand what she is trying to give as far as advice for choosing a blogging platform, I wish she would have talked about the changes between having a blog on wordpress.com versus getting self-hosting such as shown from this article from the editorial staff on wpbeginner.com. This wouldn’t benefit me too much, but I think it would help those who are just getting started blogging out.

While I may have a few complaints about the book, it is a solid read. I believe a lot of people will get good information from this book and I enjoy how she wrote it. While this book may be questionable to buy for more experienced bloggers, it is definitely worth it for those just getting started or relatively inexperienced.

I give this book a thumbs up. You can get this book from Amazon here.

My Dream Writing Job

I’ve been thinking that there are a few writing jobs that would make me happy. These jobs are writing for a magazine, blogging full-time, being an author or a journalist. And with a year left, till I have my bachelor’s degree in digital journalism, it’s hard to decide what to do.

My head says to go and try to be a journalist. I don’t think it’d be that bad of a job and probably would stay busy from what I understand about it so far. But, covering anything political or government oriented, that would be so stressful because I flat out don’t get it and really don’t care.

So magazine writing doesn’t seem too bad of a job. I mean the thought of writing for this seems impressive. Probably because I just think that I’ll be able to interview really cool people and write about it. However,  I’m probably kidding myself.

Blogging full-time…. yeah that be awesome, but this blog would have to take off so much for it to become a job. Like I just guess I’d have to make at least 2-3k a month to even sustain myself independently. And even then it’d proly be hard.

An author would be interesting. I’d have to write a book of course and hope that it becomes popular and people buy it. That’s a pretty big dream like blogging full-time, but maybe both would happen around the same time? Have a famous book, blog grows or a popular blog and have a book I write take off.

Either way, my life is sure going to change in about a year. I’m nervous but excited as well. Hopefully, I’ll end up doing something that I like as a job. Be finally done with college, least for now anyway.