Anyone remember this bowl?!
New Real Talk Series
I’ve been thinking of adding a fourth post each week where I just sit down to write what’s on my mind. Just like in the olden days!
It’s so hard to believe I used to publish TWENTY ONE blog posts a week!
I always tell people that it was easy to do because my content (what I ate) auto generated and I just wrote fluff around it. Turns out people used to really love fluff! Do you still?
KERF will be 15 this year!
Over the past year or so, I have gotten into a really wonderful flow of working ahead. I LOVE working ahead.
I think I have shared before that when I was in college I would ask for the reading list over the summer so I could get a head start on the stack of books assigned for the course. This meant I had more flexibility in my semester – mostly for play! (nerd alert)
I absolutely hate procrastination, and I’ve always needed flexibility to minimize anxiety and pressure on myself. I don’t work well under pressure.
The never-ending blog calendar has always been and love-hate for me. I love creating posts, but I don’t love the feeling of having to create posts forever. Working ahead has taken some of that stress away.
Working ahead on blog posts has taken so much of the pressure off of my weeks.
My virtual assistant, Hillary, and I have a content planning system inside the productivity app Asana. We geek out over its organization all the time.
For the past year or so, I’ve been focusing on writing posts that are SEO optimized and more “helpful” and evergreen topics that I’m excited to write about don’t require me to write so in the moment.
This is a good thing. And the evergreen posts are doing well, too.
I am working a few weeks ahead at all times. That means if Birch is home from school, or I otherwise get an interruption in scheduling, or just need a day off, that can happen worry free.
As you know I’m still doing travel and lately recaps as trips or photo collections populate. But they seem to be fewer and far between. As much as I like working ahead, I do miss being in the moment. Those posts are always the easiest and most fun to type up!
Real Talk Series
I started to think that in addition (not instead of) my regular 3 posts a week I could sit down and just type up some thoughts with a photo or two and share the day with you all like I did when this blog was young. I have absolutely no idea if I’ll like this style or not or if I’ll do it more than once or twice a month, but it seems like a good bridge between evergreen posts and the old real-time blog posts that so many loved over a decade ago.
I always have a million ideas swirling around, so these posts could focus on a topic of the day or be a round up of favorites – really whatever feels good in the moment.
Toss in a nice photo of breakfast and it’s a blast from the past!
I’m attempting to do this without pressure. If I feel like posting I will on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday. And if not, that’s cool!
One Long Post
The last detail of this news is that I think I’m going to stack tidbits on top of each other and republish the same post rather than having real talk after real talk posts go up that might be hard to find or clutter up my back end. I might delete the oldest one as time passes so there are no more than 5-10 updates on one page. I hope that makes sense!
There’s nothing particularly juicy in this post – just wanted to set the stage for next time so it doesn’t seem so out of the blue!
Back to the future!
Greek yogurt bowl with granola, peanut butter, and pears!