Hey, fellow pet lovers! ❤️
I hope you’ve been well since last weeks post celebrating epoch.pet’s 2nd birthday. If you haven’t checked it out yet, then please do by following the link above as its a great post! As promised last week, today I want to talk a little more about why I haven’t been posting as frequently this year? A lot has happened in 2020 so far for me as well as everyone else, the most apparent event being the current Coronavirus pandemic, which has spread like wildfire globally. I’ll be writing a post which talks more about COVID-19, lockdown and how to keep our pets stimulated next month so be sure to subscribe to the blog if you haven’t already.
Let’s jump straight into today’s post!
Why haven’t I been posting?
Welcome to today’s informal post, all about why haven’t I been posting lately? If you’re a subscriber to epoch.pet and read our monthly content, then you’ll already know that I started a degree back in Septemeber 2019; which has resulted in me falling behind on my blogging duties. However, the current pandemic has meant I’ve cut out all my commuting time, and have gained more hours in the day. These extra hours have allowed me to sit down and get back into writing finally.
Reason One: Time ⏰
The first reason why I haven’t been posting as much this year is how busy I have become. Since starting university, I’ve had little time for blogging which has resulted in fewer posts published, and my previous writing schedule got turned on its head. Thankfully, I can look at the positives of the current situation we are all in, as this pandemic has allowed me to claim back the time that I would have spent travelling to and from university and use it for writing. I hope you are also taking the extra time gained from this lockdown and are spending wisely. I’m currently doing the Daily Stoic, Alive Time challenge, which has been great for helping me use this time productively.
Reason Two: Writers Block ✍️
Going from writing informal blog posts for over a year and a half and then, having to make a shift to academic writing has, in some ways, made it difficult for me to come back to epoch.pet and write in my original style. I’ve been struggling with a creativity lack lately, which has resulted in me having little motivation to write. For any fellow bloggers or content creators out there, you’ll more than likely, be well aquatinted with this feeling. A tip I’ve found is just writing regardless of how you feel; it is far more essential to create a writing schedule that will get you into the habit of getting words down. It’s a more fruitful path, than sitting and waiting to feel like you can or want to write that article; just carve out some precious time to write each day.
Thankfully, I feel like I’m starting to get back into my blogging routine, though I still sometimes sit down and struggle to find the creativity or motivation, after today’s post, I’ve published three posts this month which is higher than my two a month aim. I’m seriously looking forward to June, as that is when all my university exams and essays will be over, giving me more time to work on epoch.pet and another personal project which I’m in the process of creating.
Next month I plan to publish a coronavirus post and hopefully, provide you guys with some positive news; rather than the scary headlines that are prevalent worldwide. After this month, I’m going to try my hardest to stick to my twice a month posting (hopefully more after I break up), and I don’t see why I won’t be able to achieve this, with having more hours in the day. Though I still have to revise for my upcoming exams, which are now taking place online, and my philosophy essays, so I’ve added a writing schedule into my morning routine, which I think will help me stay on track.
Reason Three: Working On A New Project 💭
Along with my other constraints, such as writer’s block and lack of time; there is another reason why I haven’t been posting? Which is that I’m currently working on my second blog, which is very different, in style and content than this crazed pet site. My newest site, when published, will be a place where I write about my studies and life. I guess you could call it a personal blog, with a sharp focus on classical studies, philosophy and my favourite ancient school of philosophy Stoicism.
Blogging is something I’ve fallen in love with since going live with epoch.pet in 2018. I’m looking forward to starting this new project and If you like the sound of it, then sign up to epoch.pet’s monthly mailing list, to get notified when I go live. It is so exciting creating new content, and the last few weeks, have been tough with so much on my plate but also very productive!
I hope you can say the same during these uncertain times, I know it may seem like a terrible thing being in lockdown, but you are in control of changing your perception about the current situation. By doing so, you are helping to create a favourable situation. I bet there is something on your To-Do list that you’ve been meaning to get round to doing for ages, but haven’t had the time. Well, what’s your excuse now?
We’re all stuck at home, and I’m going to use this time to work on updating epoch.pet, like I’ve been saying I’m going to do for so long. I’m also going to stick to my study routine for university, as I need to ensure I pass my upcoming exams and essays. Lastly, I want to work on my forthcoming website The Savvy Stoic, which I’m hoping to go live with at the end of the year latest. If you have Twitter, follow me to stay up to date with my realise date.
I hope you all enjoyed reading today’s post. It’s quite a relief, having gotten round to publishing three posts this month, after failing to do so for so long. If you’re not already, then please subscribe to epoch.pet, to never miss a post. Thanks for reading my content, and as always, I truly appreciate all your support! Stay safe during these crazy times. I wish yourself, your loved ones and of course your four-legged friends the best health.
Remember to stay inside and do your part; we’re all in this together! ❤️