A year of amateur blogging / by YT

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It hasn't been a year of Into the Fort yet, but I would like to take this year's end opportunity to reflect on a few things. It has been an insane learning curve. Never have I thought of the immense amount of energy we pour into this website. Meanwhile, it isn't even 100 percent how I wanted it to be!

Why bother then? Well, because if I throw in the towel now, it will bother me. It will bother me when I work at my day job, it will bother me in my sleep. Everything I am doing now, is to avoid them from coming back to haunt me. Believe it or not, that is a pretty good motivation in itself. Here are 5 things I have learnt from my year of amateur blogging.

Quitting my full-time job
It's been a year of working part-time at customer service, and working from home the rest of the time. It's not ideal, but it's reality. Before I can make enough income from the website, this has to do for the time being. It pushes me to create intently, at the same time maximising the time and energy I got left. Hashtag no regrets, hashtag yolo.

Routine is everything
Many creative-giants are known for their solid routine, for a reason. When it comes to creative work, every decision matters. By sparing yourself from mundane decisions, routine leaves you with the fun ones.

Everyday at 3pm, I put the kettle on, make a cup of tea or coffee. Then I pick one house chores a day to do. By 3.30pm I am sitting down at my desk. This, is my daily trigger point to start my creative work. It takes self-discipline and it's starting to pay off. Take some time to find your own pace, and eventually a routine will from.

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Procrastinate, then do the work
There's no harm in the former, but it must be paired with the latter. Don't beat yourself up when you do need the time to air out, vent or whatever you do to let loose. Before 3pm, you will find me in bed reading, watching videos or even napping. Once the clock strikes 3, I drop everything and turn up at my desk. Convinced of having my fair share of fun, I am more determined to get things done.

Trial and error and trial and more trial
With everything, I find managing social media the hardest. As much as I love being an introvert, it comes with its own mind trap. We are still finding our voice in social media, the right platform and a quaint way to self-promote. We are no expert, but we are willing to learn.

Schedule the hell
If you are only going to take one useful tip from this post, let it be this one. Learning from blunders like, skipping weekly blogpost. I made an editorial calendar for the entire year of 2017. I knew it will come down to this, but I didn't realise how much of a difference it makes! Ideas are more organised, and workflow is definitely more streamlined.