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  1. Sit down at laptop.
  2. Hmm, what to write about today…
  3. Get back up and make coffee to stimulate brain activity.
  4. Perfect. I should learn to drink my coffee black. Then I’ll feel more like a real writer.
  5. Sit back down at laptop.Mouse and keyboard with coffee
  6. I should really start writing my posts in a notebook first. All great writers have notebooks. Ugh, I hate writing in a notebook. What’s the point? I can type waaayyyy faster than I can write with a pen. Okay, okay, stop being distracted. Write something.
  7. Consult list of blog post ideas.
  8. I’m not feeling any of these ideas today…I’m supposed to be writing traffic-building posts anyway. These are all about feelings and stuff.
  9. Google ‘most searched for travel terms.’
  10. Hmm. I don’t know 10 things to do in Paris. I’ve never been to Paris. I could write about finding cheap flights. I’m a genius at finding cheap flights. Nah, that one’s going to be a lot of work. I’ll write that next week.
  11. Wonder how people post things EVERY DAY.
  12. Who the hell has time to write a post every day? I don’t even have time to read a post every day. Hey, read some posts on my favorite blogs, that’s a great idea. I’ll get lots of inspiration!
  13. 2 hours later…
  14. Wow, so many inspiring stories. I can’t believe she crossed the Nile with all those crocodiles. I totally want to try those Iron Man boots in the water! Still don’t know what to write about.
  15. That blog design is awesome. Maybe I should update my sidebar.
  16. Update sidebar.
  17. Tab back to blog post document.
  18. Write opening paragraph.
  19. Delete opening paragraph.
  20. Contemplate exercising to stimulate brain activity.
  21. I should go for a run. But then I’ll have to change, and take a shower, and get dressed. Plus it’s really hot outside. Yeah, it’s way too hot. Okay, just get this written.
  22. Re-write opening paragraph.
  23. Celebrate by checking social media.
  24. Let’s see what’s happened on Twitter. 53 new followers? Yay!! Oh, a bunch of people commented on this Facebook post. I better reply to them.
  25. 1 hour later…
  26. OMG, did I just spend an hour on Facebook? I did. Goddamn it.
  27. Oooh, a Buzzfeed list abut people you find in hostels. That sounds funny.
  28. I should write for Buzzfeed.
  29. Create Buzzfeed account.
  30. Remember creating Yahoo account for exact same purpose. 4 months ago.
  31. Make mental note to write something for Yahoo. And Buzzfeed. And hypothetical guest posts.
  32. Despair at sheer quantity of writing to-do list.
  33. Ooh, I should make a travel quote photo with pretty typography. People love those; they get lots of shares.
  34. Make travel quote photo. Post to all social media channels.

    If it's important to you you will find a way, if not you'll find an excuse

    So inspirational…

  35. Hmm, I’m hungry. When did I eat breakfast? Almost 3 hours ago. Okay, definitely time for lunch.
  36. Make salad for lunch.
  37. Write next paragraph.
  38. What was the name of that cool place that I went to last week? God, I have to start writing this stuff down. Like in a notebook. Okay, definitely buying a notebook.
  39. Contemplate writing posts more than 1 day before they’re due.
  40. I really need to revise my calendar. This is ridiculous. I should have 3 posts written in advance and then this wouldn’t happen. Haha, yeah right.
  41. Look at Google calendar.
  42. Mine isn’t cute like some of the blog schedules I’ve seen. I should make a cute schedule.
  43. Start making better looking blogging calendar.
  44. Despair at trying to keep schedule.
  45. Distract from thoughts of despair by checking email.
  46. Read email about guest blogging.
  47. OMG, I really need to be guest blogging. How do I find the time to write guest posts? I can’t even find time to write my own posts!
  48. You know what would help? A glass of wine.
  49. What time is it? 2:30pm?
  50. Open wine bottle.
  51. That’s better. I feel my neurons starting to fire.
  52. How many words have I written? 588.
  53. Ugh. At least 500 more to go. Okay, I can do this.
  54. Wonder WHY Google wants posts between 1,000 – 1,500 words.
  55. Google this.
  56. 15 minutes later…
  57. Ouch. My brain hurts. Does anyone really understand SEO?
  58. Check phone.
  59. 7 new messages!
  60. Oh, they’re all from my mom.
  61. Wait! There’s one that’s not from mom. One of my friends is having a water birth? That’s weird. Kind of cool that babies can breathe underwater when they’re born, though. I wonder if a baby was born underwater and NEVER taken out if they would turn into a mermaid? I mean, not with fins or anything, but maybe they could breathe underwater forever?
  62. Hey, I could write a post about real-life mermaids and the best places to travel to if you want to see one!
  63. Google real-life mermaids.
  64. Pretty sure those are all hoaxes. Okay, back to my original topic.
  65. Why can’t I write all inspirational posts about quitting my job and finding freedom? They’re so much more fun! This research is giving me a headache.
  66. Pour 2nd glass of wine.
  67. There, that will help my headache.
  68. Start thinking about featured image for post.
  69. Why did I choose a theme with featured images anyway? I’m not a photographer. That reminds me, I really need to learn more about photography. Gotta step up my game here.
  70. Google free online photography tutorials.
  71. 30 minutes later…
  72. Okay, I don’t understand any of that crap. What the hell is aperture? Does my camera even do that? I can barely remember to take the lens cap off.
  73. Make mental note to find photographer BFF.
  74. Search through free stock photos.
  75. Create featured image.
  76. Go to WordPress dashboard.
  77. Ooh, 3 plugins need updating.
  78. Update plugins.
  79. Wow, 5 new comments. They all kind of say the same thing, but I’m supposed to reply to every comment. Now I have to be creative with all my responses. Oh well, yay wine!
  80. Upload blog post.
  81. Wonder what the best time of day is for a post to be published.
  82. Google this.
  83. Hmm, should I be posting according to U.S time because that’s where I started the blog, or Greece time because that’s where I am now?
  84. Check Google Analytics for traffic demographics.
  85. Okay, well, I’ll compromise with 3am U.S. time.
  86. Hit schedule.
  87. Pour 3rd glass of wine.

Happy blogging, all! 🙂

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Mandie

Mandie is a writer, rebel & web design junkie. In her spare time she enjoys drinking wine, traveling & working on her perpetually unfinished novel. She was a nerd before it was cool.

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Comments

  1. Adam&Amanda    

    Some really insights into a common day and the life of a writer! I sometimes have a battle of a day like this myself but writing is writing even if it didn’t feel like you did a lot of anything at least you were writing!

    1. Mandie    

      Some days it flows & I can get 2-3 posts written in a day, and some days….are like this. Lol

  2. Sandra (@SandalsDownUnda)    

    Oh man, this sounds so familiar!! I thought I was the only one who did this! Great post to make me giggle on a Monday morning. Thanks and have a great week.

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Sandra! I should probably be on medication for ADD or something…instead I write blog posts about it. Good to know other writers have similar “processes.” Haha!

  3. Tammy Chrzan    

    This completely cracked me up! Because it’s so true! The sad thing is, I do this with my homework too!! Sigh!
    Happy Birthday, I’m loving the posts and following you!
    Tammy

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks!! I figured as a birthday gift to myself I’d write something for no reason other than it made me laugh to write it. 🙂

  4. Hendricus Widiantoro    

    Read this post, like have a great treasure for me. Thank for this awesome post to learn for me.

  5. Cory Lee    

    This is entirely accurate to my process. Haha! It’s so hard for me to just sit down and concentrate on writing a post when Facebook is constantly yelling my name.

    1. Mandie    

      Social media is ridiculous. HOW can I waste so much time?! Haha

  6. Bekka    

    Ha this post actually really made me laugh! I absolutely loved it. I’ve had a bunch of blogs before and just started this one again today, determined to actually stick to some form of a schedule, but let’s see how long it lasts hah!

    1. Mandie    

      I’m so glad other people are getting enjoyment out of how spastic my brain is some days! Lol 🙂

  7. Anna | slightly astray    

    HAHA! Sounds like my writing process (but with less wine, and more cake!). And you go ahead and write all the inspirational/feely posts you want! Those are my favorite to write (and read) also. I just decided… to hell with SEO! I hardly even know what that is anyway.

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Anna – I will! I agree, I enjoy reading those as well. Also…now I want cake. Thanks a lot 😉 haha

  8. frankaboutcroatia    

    This sounds totally familiar! I thought it was harder to me because of all English as a second language thing, and that others must be blogging so often just ’cause it’s easier when you blog in your own language. Now you really made me think that there is something wrong with my time management. Anyways, this made me laugh 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Hahaha no, it has nothing to do with language – my brain is just crazy some days. And I’m pretty sure ALL writers have “time management” issues. 🙂

  9. Rhonda Albom    

    I love this post. Funny, yet strangely accurate, although I didn’t know that I was supposed to be drinking black coffee. Nor do I write posts over 1000 words, mine are usually pretty short. Thanks for this list.

    1. Mandie    

      Haha, definitely not a list to be taken literally. Actually, it’s more of a how NOT to. 😉

  10. Arianwen    

    Yes! That is such a good and realistic overview of what happens! Guess how the post I intended to write today is coming along… I might go and pour a glass of wine!

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