If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that I have been posting every day, typically once per day, since February 2014. Quite a few people have asked how much time my daily posting schedule takes me. I thought I’d give you a little peek behind-the-scenes.
Some of my inspiration comes from things I find in real life, from art shows and museums, and window shopping, but since I work so much, I find most of my discoveries online. I usually spend between 1 and 3 hours per night looking for inspiration and composing the next post. I start with some of the hundreds of sites I have bookmarked including art and performance magazines, galleries and museums, trade magazines, and big sites with good suggestion engines like Etsy, YouTube, Flickr, and Pinterest. Because I typically work late (which entitles me to a car home), I have a free hour during the ride to do my hunting. Once I have found The Thing, I head over to Google to do my research.
Some nights, I come up dry and have to hit the saved ideas folder, which has a few hundred bookmarks in it. Some nights, I find so many great things, I get to save the extras for future exploration. Etsomnia™, of course, is quite a bit of work, so I try to draft it a week ahead of time and add to it and refine it all week until it’s ready to publish on Thursday morning.
I keep two finished or nearly-finished posts in my pocket for emergencies. I also plan ahead a bit for comfort. Tonight, for example, in addition to this week’s posts, I’m setting up posts that will publish during our next vacation.
It’s tough at first, but once you have a routine, it becomes second nature. Daily blogging does take a lot of discipline, whatever your topic, but for me, the reward far outweighs the inconveniences.
Thanks for listening. Happy blogging!