College Blogging 101 is a weekly meme hosted by Lili's Reflections where a variety of hosts answer questions and give advice in regards to blogging in college. The purpose of this is to help upcoming college students and to create an open discussion forum. If you would like to write a guest post, please fill out this form. If you have a question you want answered, please fill out this form.
When I first came up with the idea for this meme, the question asked most often was "how does college blogging differ from regular blogging?" I wrote a previous post about this, but I'm going to bring back some of my favorite points and build upon them to get this question out the way.
There is one important thing in regards to your blog that you need to know when transitioning from high school to college.
Your blog can still be amazing, but your priorities are going to drastically shift.
I know, it sucks, but trust me when I say that the things that will begin to lack in your blog will be replaced by awesome things in real life. If you go into college accepting the fact that your blog will no longer be a priority, you're mentally prepared for what is to come and won't have a mental breakdown when you realize you aren't posting as much. In the month of August I posted 30 times. For every month following I have posted 15 to 18 times, and I'm okay with that because it means each post was the best possible post it could be since it's hard to post as often.
By accepting the fact that your blog is not a priority, it prohibits your blog from becoming a chore. There is no misguidance or disillusion. There is the determination to keep your blog up while making new friends, joining clubs, and exploring new interests. Your child has gone from a baby to a teenager, it can function by itself just a little bit and requires a tiny bit less attention.
The truth is that if you want to have friends and pass classes at the same time, there's just no way that your blog will be as important as it once was. You can't blog and have a real social life, just as you can't blog and get good grades. Most of your reading time will be put toward studying, and most of your studying time will be spent reading really boring articles and works that make you wish you have a good book in your hand.
|This is what becomes of your reading time.|
But, as any book blogger will come to know, you will find the time to read because it is a passion. This time won't be easy to carve out of your schedule when first going to college because it will be overwhelming, so I highly recommend preparing yourself for a month or so in advance throughout the summer so that there's less stress on you when you first begin blogging. If you don't prepare yourself in advance, well, all I've got to say is this...
However, don't fret. As time goes on, you're going to find your real friends and you are going to find that you are opening up to them about your blog. You'll share your blog and be shocked when they actually like it, even if they aren't bookish people themselves. They'll like it because it's important to you. And, like my friend Mike, they'll sit with you at 1am on a Saturday night when you're trying to put this post together, but just want some company. They will become your personal cheerleaders to keep your blog going on, and when you complain about boredom or writer's block on an essay, they'll happily call you an idiot and forcefully tell you to "put together a blog post, dumbass!"
If you have any advice on how to cushion the transition from high school to college, please comment below!
This post was much shorter than the average post, but I wanted to get the first piece of advice out of the way.
Next Week's Post: Join us when Gaby from Queen Ella Bee Reads discusses when to know if it's a proper time to blog in college.
Next Next Week's Post: Co-bloggers for college, yay or nay? a discussion post where all views and opinions are welcome!
Please Note: This is the beginning of a new meme, please be honest with your thoughts on advice!