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 Cheetham