I’ve been thinking about the benefits of this challenge. Especially after an incredibly busy weekend when the ‘benefits’ were the furthest thing from my mind.
Seriously, finding an extra 90 minutes every day takes quite a bit of effort. I thought coming up with subjects to write about would be the hardest thing but, while that’s not easy, managing to find the time to write, edit and design a blog every single day (I spend a lot of time on the pictures when I include them) is forcing me to adjust my lifestyle (poor me!)…
Yes, I did mention some of the things I am cutting back on in an earlier blog: napping in the middle of the day, watching TV, drinking wine in the garden as the sun goes down, playing video games, wandering through the darker corners of Facebook… and so on. But I have still found time to enjoy myself; Jack is not a dull boy. But I’ve felt a tad over-committed.
So, the benefits? I think the most obvious one to me is that I actually have more time available for working on projects than I had been aware of. What I need to do is make efficient use of this ‘new-found’ time.
I hope one of the beneficiaries of this space in my schedule will be this very website. I designed it with help from my friend Bradley (yes, the same Bradley who wrote the book ‘Every Single Day’ and may be said to be responsible for this whole thing). We put it together quite a long time ago (I just looked – it was May 2010) and so after seven and a half years an update is well overdue. I think the needs of website visitors have changed and I should simplify things – seven years is more than a lifetime in internet years (feels like CNN have updated their website 3 times in that period!).
I used to put up a post every time I finished a book, but I’m now about 3 years behind in that department – I only post award winners now. I was going to do a video every month or so – but as you can look back and see I only managed 14 in three years (and none since 2013). I’d like to reduce the pages on the website while still keeping the parts that are essential. I do need to do regular blogging, more of the useful or entertaining kind, just maybe not every single day 🙂
Since you are reading this on my website, and I know there is a hard core of supporters checking in here as I navigate the every single day blog thing, if there’s anything you’d like to see on this site then let me know. Once I’m done with this I shall spend more time exploring my colleagues’ websites to see what I like or don’t like but, if there’s already something you’ve seen elsewhere that you might like me to try, do send me a note.
Okay, I’m done. Late nights have taken their toll and I have this fantasy book to finish tomorrow – Let’s chat some more then.