One year ago, as I prepared to make the big move from London, Ontario, to Franklin, I made a change to my blogging schedule. I was still posting daily, but what I was posting changed. Instead of newly written content every day, along with curated content, I moved to a schedule that looks like this:
- Sunday: New article (usually in a devotional form)
- Monday: New article
- Tuesday: Links I like
- Wednesday: New article/podcast
- Thursday: Links I like
- Friday: New article
- Saturday: Weekend reading
My original plan was to stick with it for a few months while I got settled in and then return to the old schedule. But as I got started with work, I realized that I needed to stick with this for the long-ish term. My reasons were (and are) simple:
- The new schedule better accommodates the demands of my job;
- The new schedule provides space for other writing projects;
- The new schedule allows me to write (what I hope is) better content;
- The new schedule gives me the freedom to rest.
The first three points on this list are pretty self-explanatory, and are all connected to an issue of quality. I always want to be writing good content that is worth reading. I also want to explore different kinds of writing, which is not something I can always do when I feel like I have to churn out new material every day. Experimentation needs breathing room, y’know?
The last point might seem strange to some of you. After all, my original schedule was entirely self-imposed. No one told me I had to be writing as much as I was. I was just doing it. It was what made sense. Until it didn’t. And the truth is, I probably should have made the switch long before I actually did. (But this is one of the problems of being a person who isn’t good at acknowledging his limitations.) But I didn’t. So here we are. Anyway…
Truthfully, this has been the biggest and best change I could have made. While I’m not writing quite as much that you all are seeing, I’m still writing. And I think (again I hope) what I’m writing here is getting better because of it. But most importantly, the new schedule gives me the space I need to take better care of myself. 90 minutes makes a big difference, especially when it comes to sleep.
Which brings me back to my original question: how’s the new schedule working out? Pretty good, I think. I’m happy with it, and I’m going to stick with it for the foreseeable future. Hopefully y’all are benefiting from the change as much as I am.