Thanksgiving 2019 Forecasting

Hello, it’s me. Lori. I’m back again. It’s 6:35 PM and I’m still trying to keep up with this daily blogging thing. I wrote the last two blog posts on Saturday, so I had the blog on autopilot for a couple of days there.

Monday was tough; I had day naps Saturday and Sunday that messed up my sleep schedule.

Tuesday was…is…Tuesday is today. Tuesday was busy! Lot’s happened at work and my main supervisor wasn’t there so the other two and I had to change course on something. It was part of an on-going project that’s been an issue for months. I’m being vague on purpose. I may talk about it in a few months’ time, when everything regarding this project is running smoothly.

Anyway! Like the title says I want to do some forecasting for the rest of the week and into the weekend. I’m not really doing anything for Thanksgiving this Thursday – a personal choice, don’t feel bad for me – and I want to get a lot of work done to get ahead on blog posts and my freelancing idea before it’s back to work again.

Plans Regarding the Blog

I’ve not explained why I’m daily blogging, and I don’t really have one. I feel like I’ve had a lot of hiatuses where I don’t blog and I don’t think about it either. So I never come back with a fresh take on it all. I think that there is a problem bloggers can run into where they overthink blog posts and impose limits on themselves for no reason outside their own heads. That’s what I think I let happen to me.

I feel like a lot of people treat their blog like a semi-professional thing, with schedules or content that follows a template. I’ve rejected schedules for a while, but not templates – until now. Daily blogging, for me, has been an act of resistance – against myself – a radical move to prove to myself blogging can be more personal. You don’t need to optimize for SEO, create blog graphics, or promote anything anywhere. People will read what you write and you will learn who cares about what you have to say. On that note, shout out to Jenn @ Bound to Writing!

However, I am not sure I want to continue daily blogging without doing all those other pesky things. After all, I want my blog to continue to grow and reach wider audiences. So this week, my plan is this:

  1. Continue daily blogging
  2. Create a backlog of short-form blog posts, organized by amount of time they would entail to complete with additional work (e.g. research, graphics)
  3. Create original blog assets

That last thing I’ve been saying I want to do for ages, but it’s always evolved into an excuse not to blog so then I don’t blog but I don’t create the assets either so I do nothing until I’m procrastinating on something else *cough* NaNoWriMo *cough* and the blog becomes attractive again. Ha! But now that I’ve torn down the walls that kept me from blogging (e.g. “I haven’t created the graphics” or “This idea isn’t good enough for a blog post”), I think I can keep up with regular blog posts while also working on blog assets.

By blog assets, I essentially mean blog graphics. I feel like blog graphics means the final product, but I rarely use the same final product twice. I like to customize header images to the blog post content. Take for instance Top Ten Tuesday. It’s the same main graphic, but I will type in the theme for the week. Assets could be elements of the graphic that are reused to make each blog post feel more consistently…on brand, I guess.

Plans Regarding Freelancing

I don’t expect it to be that easy to find clients or convince them to take a chance on me, but I do feel like that will be the hardest part: actually contacting them. So I’ve been procrastinating with the excuse that I don’t have a concrete list of services I can offer or pricing figured out. I want to do all that this week. I have a done research here and there, but I want to finalize things by Sunday. This will process will definitely become a blog post, don’t worry.

Misc.

I want to read. Academia.edu started emailing me out of the blue a couple of weeks again and it has reinvigorated my desire to read more research literature related to topics that interest me. I also want to read Social Update by Alice E. Marwick, because South by Southwest will be here before I know it, and I remember the conference/festival mentioned in it when I read excerpts in Fall 2015. Also I want to finally read Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo, which I started at the beginning of the month before realizing it had nothing to do with the type of story I was trying to write.

On Sunday, not knowing what to do with myself, I actually picked up a book called The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. I don’t know what I was expecting, and it’s been a bit odd thus far. I’m not sure it’s the right thing for me to read right now, but I will endeavor to give it a chance for a few pages longer.

I don’t know what I’ll blog about tomorrow, but hopefully it’ll come sooner than today’s post. I’ll probably start it after I shower tonight.

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