Over the last few years I have made a number of forays into blogging and the ever-changing world of social media. My first attempt was in collaboration with a wedding planning company I ran for a short time whilst in between full-time employment, and was back in the days before you could have-it-all - i.e. I actually taught myself how to use HTML. It was both time consuming and frustrating to say the least.
The second was a dip-your-toes-in-the-pond kind of experience in that it lasted about 3 weeks before I realised I lacked the time and motivation to succeed. I had too many other things going on in my life to make time for writing, and that was quite a sad realisation. I have always tried to keep a journal in one form or another; often I have kept this up for a number of months, but the number of half-finished diaries that are festering on my bookshelves gives a more accurate indication of how long these periods of documenting my life actually lasted.
This time feels different. Don't get me wrong, it's not as if I have that much more time; my mornings begin at 5.30am and I don't often get a moment to myself until I make myself sit down to eat dinner. But I like to be busy. I like to feel a sense of achievement at the end of my days, and I suppose that blogging about this way of life that I now seem to have carved out for myself is the logical next step. It is with this motivation that I have forged this blog and the 'Creative Countryside' brand with the intention of sharing anything and everything I know and find interesting. With a full-time job, a wedding to plan, and a house being built, I know it's going to be tough to keep motivated and prevent the writing becoming a chore, but at heart I am a writer. So this should be easy, right?
Please do share your experience of blogging - how do you find balancing everyday life and your online presence?
Eleanor is obsessed with stories. She writes for a number of online spaces including This is Your Kingdom, edits Creative Countryside, curates #aseasonalyear and teaches at Chalk House. In addition, she is currently studying for an MA in Creative Non-Fiction Writing. You'll find her roving the fields of the Lincolnshire Wolds or planning her next rural adventure.