**I was hoping to start blogmas this December but my holiday plans, where I’ll be going abroad in the middle of the month until the start of January means that posting every day would be practically impossible. Instead, I’m hoping to post 3 times a week throughout the month to make up for this.**
For the past few years I’ve juggled two of the most important aspects of my life, my academia (working to get my degree) and my more creative, blogger side. Although I like to think I’ve built up a wealth of experience on how to effectively balance all the aspects of my life whilst still being sane, that’s not entirely the case. Of course, I can confidently say I’m becoming better at scheduling in specific things, it was incredibly difficult at the start to know exactly how being a student and a blogger actually worked.
For anyone out there who’s in the same position as me, or for students who blog, even if what you post about is nothing related to academic work, it’s important to know that not everything will work out how you may have planned it to, life works in the exact same way, but that’s okay. Sometimes you’ll be busy with assignments, whether it’s group work or that dreaded essay, and other times you’ll be more invested with your family and friends, and at other times you’ll be wanting to satisfy that neverending urge to write.
It’s normal to want to prioritise your education, work or the people around you. Your blog might fall behind and yes, that’s still okay.
This is something I struggled with the most as a part-time blogger, I saw how successful other bloggers were, I compared my journey with theirs even though every single aspect was different. These bloggers were full-time, they dedicated everything they had within them to run a business of their own and a huge congratulations to them for their success. I had to constantly remind myself my blog wasn’t my business, it was my hobby. Therefore, I didn’t have worry too much about the stats, how many were reading my posts, how many were sharing, how many were following me. I could pick up writing where I left off, no matter how long ago, or not so long ago that was.
Another thing I struggled with being in the blogosphere was my self-image. I was always worried about the way I would write, the pictures I posted all with the idea that no-one would like or appreciate my voice, or my creativity It took me a long time to understand that I couldn’t equate my self-worth to the content of my blog. Yes, my blog is genuine, its a literal part of my soul, the inner workings of my mind, a collection of everything I’ve learnt and experienced, but that still doesn’t make it “me.” Once I understood this, I began to slowly let go of the fear I was holding onto, I wrote more freely, in my own voice, typing away anything and everything that came into my mind.
I felt liberated.
Though I’ve mentioned my struggles as a part-time blogger and a full-time student, many positive things have come out of my two years of experience. I’ve interacted with amazing people from all across the world, I’ve gained a following of creative people who appreciate my creativity, and in turn, I’ve read some pretty amazing posts as well. I’ve managed to do well in my academic life, including being a mentor and assistant psychologist and even managed to blog for my university’s website. A definite roller coaster of a ride, but in the end, so worth it.
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