Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Blogging as reward

I can't believe it's only been a little over a year since I've been fully self-employed. I can believe, however, that my blogging has been way less regular since then.

Blogging used to be part of my morning ritual... Go to work. Check emails. Blog. Work. Have coffee with boss and discuss any urgent jobs for the day, etc.

But working as a freelancer means there's not much of a routine. Sometimes it's slow, sometimes it's frenetic. There are times when I work on the same project for weeks and times where I tackle six different jobs in a day.

The way I try to work now is to lay out a schedule of what needs to be done and then blog as a reward for finishing something. It's a healthier incentive than chocolate ;-) But it's also frustrating because for the past few months I've been so busy that I never get to the end of my to-do list and there's always something more urgent to do than write a blog post.

There are so many things I've wanted to blog about - movies I've seen, funny things my clients have done, personal news, restaurants I've discovered and the bloody cold weather.

I've missed catching up on everyone else's blogs regularly and I've missed writing daily here. But it is what it is, and it's unlikely to change until things slow down. If things slow down.

So I will continue to reward myself for work completed by blogging and blog-reading, but occasionally (like now) I will also bend my rules and stop by to post something quickly even though there are so many urgent jobs needing to be tackled, just because I need to blog.

And I will try to stop apologising for the less frequent posts because a) it's annoying to read and b) it's the way it has to be for now.

K. Now I really do need to go and do some of those urgent jobs. Thanks for reading.


Slyde said...

thats just the way life rolls... i too wish i could read up on so many other people's blogs each week, but with time what it is im down to reading a core few....

Nes said...

I think I am going to use your blogging as a reward system. I am really excited for this new job but I am going to have to way more productive! Also I don't really like that I am such a blog-addict. I figure its fine seeing its only been a few months and after the MSc. I needed the break but now...different times.

Definitely look forward to reading your updates every once in awhile though. :)

Bagman and Butler said...

Having recently retired, I can understand completely. And good luck with not apologizing so much. I find myself doing it all the time...Sorry my blog is too long, too short, too late...etc.

Damaria Senne said...

I'm just glad you have enough work to keep you so busy blogging has become a luxury. In the feast and famine world of freelancing, being busy is a very good thing. And I don't mind that it's irregular. It is what it is, and this blog is certainly a good way to stay in touch:-)

cat said...

I am just glad to see more of you

Louisa said...

Blogging as reward seems like a cool idea to me - these days I only get to comment over weekends. I read everything on my phone during the weekm but I only really get to go online over weekends.

Angel said...

My blogging also became very infrequent when I started working from home, and I thought I would at least have time to read blogs every day!