I was always envious when I saw authors tweeting about writing retreats. The idea of a time out to indulge your passion sounds like bliss to me. But I’m not an author, I don’t have the spare funds for a fancy retreat and I don’t really have the time either. So I decided to just make up my own version…a DIY Blogging Retreat!
This basically just involved me heading off to a coffee shop for the afternoon and enjoying a few hours of uninterrupted blogging fun. I can’t recommend it enough and thought I’d share my 5 top tips with you if you fancy doing one too.
5 tips to DIY a blogging retreat!
Convenient Location: I choose a local coffee shop as I knew that I’d have access to their wifi and I also love the buzz of coffee shops. Other ideas are libraries, bars or even a shady spot in your own garden. The main thing you want is a change of scenery so you aren’t sitting in your usual spot, looking at the usual view.
Turn off Social Media: Otherwise you’ll just be too distracted. The aim is to focus on blogging and get stuff done!
Have an agenda: I was aiming to work on 4 blog posts and refused to get distracted by other things. Make a list and stick to it. Unless of course a moment of inspiration hits, if it does harness it and ride with it!
Tell your family you are uncontactable! Unless it’s an emergency. And no, asking what’s for dinner later is not an emergency. This is your time, don’t feel guilty, we are all entitled to time out and a part of why a retreat works so well is that you don’t have any other calls on your time for those few hours.
Pack your Bag! I put together my ‘kit’ to make sure I had everything I needed. For me that was my laptop (make sure it’s charged), my phone (for taking photos), my planner and a notebook. I also needed a pen and post-its but forgot them so planning in advance helps to prevent annoyances like that.
My Experience with my first DIY Blogging Retreat:
It was a huge success! I started off with a yummy Cajun Chicken Salad for my dinner because it’s easier work on a full stomach 🙂 And I got so much done! At home, I’m constantly jumping up to do this and that or answering the phone or turning on the TV. Getting myself outside my normal zone was just a lot of fun. I was able to fully focus on my goals and I achieved them all. So much so that I plan to make this a monthly event.
Bookish Chat : Have you ever thought about a blogging retreat? Do you like the idea of treating yourself to a cheap and cheerful one? What essentials would you bring with you?