Blogging While in College
I’ve been blogging for a very long time (for over five years – whew), and I don’t think I’ve ever had this hard a time to keep up with it. I blogged through my high school graduation, through good times and bad. And now I’m in my last few months of my bachelor’s degree and it’s kicking my butt.
A question I get asked quite often is “how do you keep up with blogging while getting your degree?” or a variation on that tune. My answer is usually some random grumbling – I read a lot on the train, I schedule posts in advance, I’m just secretly super-blog-woman. All of this is true, but it’s not exactly the reason I can combine studying and blogging that easily. What it truly comes down to is that I don’t find my study all that time-consuming. Sure, I have to write papers, go to classes for a bit, and just generally engage into study-related business. But on an average week, I would spend only about 20-ish hours on university things. That means that I have copious amounts of time to spend on any other interest I feel like pursuing. The flip side of this is that during exam period (which can span up to a month) I can clock up to 50 hours a week. I’m not saying getting my bachelor’s degree is necessarily easy for me, but I wouldn’t say it’s terribly hard either.
Well, I guess that notion bit me in the ass. The last few months have been crazy. I already took one university-induced break. And then I extended the break. I came back, reduced my blogging schedule, but I’m still floundering. This post isn’t so much of an excuse, but rather a look behind the screens. My blog used to run like clockwork, but now posts go through in stutters. Comments stay unanswered, my Twitter is quiet.
My thesis has become my arch enemy.
It’s probably because I never had to work all that hard before, that I’m finding writing a decent thesis so hard. I’ve churned out entire class papers in a week, some of them even in three days. I’ve never failed a test or paper in my entire bachelor’s, but somehow I feel like I can’t seem to work my magic on this thesis. It just doesn’t. want. to. get. into. shape. The writing process has been incredibly frustrating and challenging, and when I’ve worked on it for a few hours, I just want to forget all about it. So I watch a lot of Netflix and go to music festivals.
So that’s what’s been up with me lately. I’m sorry if you were looking for awesome tips to keep handle blogging while in college, because I don’t really have any at the moment. I desperately want to blog, but I feel like I just blink and another week passed by.
One way or another, this will be over soon. My thesis deadline is on July 1st. Gulp.