Lately, I've been trying to blog 5 times a week. It's been great, and it's really boosted the viewership of this site. Showing up every day when trying to build an audience is super important.
Back when I casually ran a blog (which I've been doing since 2010), I would blog once a week...maybe. Blogging was just a fun thing I did so I didn't hold myself to any sort of discipline. I loved blogging, but I had trouble making myself do it every day.
I would have trouble blogging every day because I had other, more important things to do. If I remember correctly, back then I was really into Burn Notice. I also was watching a movie almost every day (I'm mainly thinking about when I would spend summers at my grandparent's house).
When you're a college student or just a student in general, you convince yourself that you don't have any free time. That may be true for a few days at a time, but in general, you have more free time than you realize. I can count 5 college students who have told me that making something every day would be impossible on their schedule, but would it really?
I started blogging 5 days a week because I realized the time was there. At night, I edit the vlog, and during the day I build picture frames. I was getting up at 5:30am and framing isn't until 9am. It doesn't take 3 and a half hours to upload the vlog, so what can I fit in that time? Turns out I regularly had time to blog.
There's nothing wrong with Netflix (I just finished Daredevil Season 2); the problem is when you realize how much of your regular time you spend on it. I was watching youtube or something else in the morning before work, when I realize I could use that time for making something instead.
The time is there, you just have to find it. I now do a daily vlog, I blog 5 times a week, a new Youtube show called the 365 Guide, and take photos almost every day. I also have a full time job and a wife. Here's the thing: I don't feel overwhelmed! Turns out the time was there to allocate to all of those things!
It's amazing what you fit into your day when you try and want to fit something into your day. Kind of like when you always have money for beer, you always have time to watch TV or hang out with friends. You always have time to create, it's just a matter of it maybe being more difficult than watching Frank Underwood take over the world.
Fact is though, sometimes it is difficult to make the time. Yesterday I didn't blog, because I had to spend two mornings in a row at the vet with Kevin. The vet took that block of time I use to blog. Life happens. It's just a matter of what is really taking up your time and what isn't ACTUALLY taking up your time.