If you blog regularly, you’ll know what hard work it is. While it may seem effortless to readers, we creators know there’s a world of planning, brainstorming, thinking, networking and creative energy behind every single word and image that’s published.
Making it happen is often a labour of love, and it really helps if you can have a dedicated workspace where everything you need is handy, organised and ready to go.
Your blog is the physical realisation of your thoughts, ideas and inspiration. Without you, it wouldn’t exist.
So when you’re thinking about making a dedicated blogging space, the place to start is with your own comfort and creative needs.
If you haven’t already, spend a few days noticing your working process:
- Do you need silence and solitude to work? Or are you more productive with music or talking in the background?
- Do you like to be alone or surrounded by people?
- Where, physically, are you most productive? It doesn’t matter whether it’s the bedroom, the living room or the kitchen.
- Do you need specific lighting or equipment? This is relevant if you blog about crafts projects you’ve completed or you take your own photographs.
You probably already know instinctively where and when you work best, but make that knowledge concrete by either writing it down or even just verbalising it to yourself.
Really focus in on what’s most important for you. Pinning down where and when you’re most productive and creative provides clues about the physical spot to choose.
Dual Purpose Rooms
Having nailed your needs for regular, dedicated blogging, it’s time to create your space. You may need to carve out a little corner in a family or shared room, and that’s perfectly doable. Maybe you have a spare room you could take over but you don’t want to lose the space for guests.
When you’re using a corner of a shared room, it helps to cordon off your area somehow. One idea is to turn a bookcase outwards from the wall so it pokes into the room. It doesn’t so much divide the room as create a psychological barrier.
Put your desk on the opposite side to the sofa, and you already have an ‘office’ corner. Install a few shelves over the desk to hold documents or small equipment items you use regularly so they’re handy.
You can make the bookcase look attractive from both sides by alternating the way the books face, or intersperse them with plants, photos or other decorative items. It could also hold your printer if the dimensions of both are suitable, plus it’s somewhere to keep copier paper or notebooks and pen pots. If you have small children, keep these items on the higher shelves so they’re out of reach
The Spare Room Office
Having a door you can close on the world is the ideal if you need peace and quiet to work. But what about maintaining a space for guests? They won’t feel comfortable sleeping in your office.
There are a few options:
- If guests are infrequent, move beds out of the room and place them into a self-storage unit to make room for a desk. It’s a relatively quick job to swap the furnishings out and turn the room back into a guest room when you need to. Self-storage is easy to find wherever you live.
- An alternative is to replace conventional beds with a sofa bed or day bed, which you might find more convenient if you often have overnight guests. That way you’ll have a comfy seating area for working, reading or researching, without feeling as though you’re in a bedroom.
- If you don’t want to put a desk into your spare room but still want a work area there, consider a fold-down table that attaches to the wall. There’s plenty of space for a laptop, and if you want to store work items on shelves, invest in a few attractive baskets or boxes to hide the work function and keep the space appealing to guests.
The Armchair Office
Maybe all the tools you need are inside your own imagination. If a laptop and a comfy seat are all you really need, storage furniture can help keep peripherals like chargers and cables neat and tidy.
Have a side table with a drawer or shelf beneath for notebooks and pens, and make sure your chair is close to a power outlet.
Everybody’s needs are different when it comes to working areas and personal spaces. Do what’s right for your situation and keep things as simple as possible. Blogging can be hard work mentally, so taking care of physical comfort is important. Once you figure out what you actually need, the rest follows with less stress and effort.