Starting To Read Again

When I was younger, I read books such as Harry Potter and Ranger’s Apprentice. However, reading books didn’t last too long for me growing up. My attention seemed to gravitate towards video games, and I don’t think I’ve tried to get back into it, least not till now.

I’ve been starting to read a book on Amazon called Lifestyle Blogging Basics: A How-To for Investing in Yourself, Working With Brands, and Cultivating a Community Around Your Blog. So far, the book seems rather interesting and the author, Laura Lynn seems knows a lot about blogging. I plan to do a review of the book by Wednesday of this week on this blog. 

Also, I bought a Kindle Unlimited subscription. I hope it’s worth it because I’d like to keep reading books. If you know of a good series, please feel free to comment below with the name of it.

One thing that I’ve noticed before when I’m reading is when I get bored, I tend to just stop. A book has to really interest me for me to keep reading it. That may sound very obvious, but I wanted to share it nonetheless. It’s a lot better than reading textbooks in college, a lot of them bore the heck out of me, but I have to read them. At least with books that bore me for fun, I can stop.

Writing About Today 4/22/17

Today, my life seems hectic. I was going to go to the zoo with my girlfriend this weekend but had to say no because of college homework. Seems stupid, I had to decline. I wish there was less homework in school and more spare time.

I hate the thought of having a boss one day when I start a job. I’m not sure what my problem with that has always been but maybe I just want to make my own hours and do work that I’m passionate about and can succeed in. Is that wrong? If there is a job out there that needs a writer who can never stop thinking, I think I’d fit there nicely.

My brain hardly turns off, but my body does.  I’m not sure how many nights, I’ve been trying to write a blog post before bed. Every time, it fails and I’ll delete something I’ve written thinking why should I publish it? The reason for that is because I don’t like what has been put in the post by myself.

I overthink constantly when it comes to writing. I never thought I’d be trying to make a career out of typing things up. Not blogging but as a digital journalism major. I see myself writing for something, maybe that’s a newspaper or magazine in the future. Honestly, the end goal in time would be to write for me. Whether that is blogging, freelancing, book writing or whatever, I hope I get there someday.

Balancing Blogging With Life

An article I read online was interesting, to say the least. This woman is a full-time travel blogger, and she tells you what she does throughout the week. I find it inspiring that on the weekends, she tries to relax.

“I tend to try and keep weekends similar to those around me, for down time and seeing friends and family. I will write here and there and do the occasional email, but nothing too much. Everyone deserves time to themselves, no matter what you do.” – Hayleigh Mccullough

I can relate to her. From March 11th to April 1st, 2017, I tried to blog on this site every single day. It was hard to do, and when I got back to college, I couldn’t keep up with it. Perhaps, I should have balanced it more out when school started again, and maybe there would be more frequent posts from me.

It doesn’t help that the amount of homework from college is stacking up. My daily routine is waking up, going to class, doing homework and try to find time to do anything else. Maybe, I just took to many classes this quarter, and it’s wearing me out. In another story online, one of the college students talks about how hard it was to try to keep up with a blog while balancing school and other things in life. That is the struggle I’m going through, but I don’t want to stop doing it.

To give you a little bit more about me non-blogging related, I have this habit of doing something than giving up on it. It’s happened with a lot of different things, such as streaming on Twitch, writing a book, going to the gym, and more. It’s a cycle I go through, I’m either really into something or not.

Nevertheless, I think Mccullough has a good point on the importance of balance. What better person to talk to than someone who does this full-time? So I encourage you, take some time to relax from blogging, just don’t forget about it.

I want to write a book

One thing that has been on mind lately is that I want to write a book. I’m stuck in between non-fiction and fiction. Perhaps, the best thing to do is just write something and then worry about it after.

Self-doubt fills my head with writing. It happens with college assignments and will probably carry over with a book. Where do you even start with an idea for a book? That is something I wish I knew.

Writing is enjoyable. But at times, It’s frustrating. So many thoughts enter my head just for me to brush them off. I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, even with life. When I started pursuing a bachelor’s degree in digital journalism, I didn’t know if I was going to like it at all. Fast forward a year, and I think it’s the best decision I’ve ever made.

Nevertheless, I’m not a great writer. I don’t even know when I’ll get to that point. To me, a great writer is one that can write without overthinking and would look at me and think he’s not there. They would probably say, hey I’ve been there, and you’re not ready to be at this level yet. That’s all speculation, but it’s one I believe is true.

If I could write a book that talked about all this self-doubt I have with writing, wouldn’t that be great? Perhaps a book on a writer who struggles to write? Something tells me that’s been done before too. I want to write a book, but I’m still trying to figure out the start of the idea and maybe, that’s the hardest part for me. A student studying digital journalism who struggles with ideas, that’s me.