Where and when do you blog?

I’ve got a whole bunch of half-written blog posts in the drafts folder on my blog.

I often get ideas for posts just before I go to sleep, or while I’m at work, so I take a few notes and leave the post “until I get home”. Often when I get home, I’m tired, or I’ve lost the impetus; sometimes I’ve just forgotten completely.

I think the biggest problem though, may be the location of my computer.

In our home, all the computers are together in one location in our living room. It was a choice we made for accountability. With the kids computers there, nothing could be hidden, and we could keep an eye on what the kids were seeing online. I’m also setting an example that they can see that I’m not looking at things that they shouldn’t see.

The flipside of this is that the kids are constantly around, or the TV is going in the background. I can very quickly slip into a game and block out what’s going on around me, but for me, writing or designing requires a different brain-space, and the background distractions make it nearly impossible.

I’m not quite sure how to resolve this situation at the moment.

Where and when do you blog? Can you blog/write/design in a noisy environment?

  • carousella

    I blog from my laptop in bed, usually at some ungodly hour of the night. I don’t share my bed with anyone though; I imagine if I did that it wouldn’t be too practical/conducive to writing. I wouldn’t be able to write in your position! x

  • What’s more important — that you have brainspace, or that the kids get to “supervise” you?

    You’re the parent. If you were to move your computer someplace quiet and they whinge, what’d be the answer? Mine would be ‘Tough shit, children.’

  • @Raena – It’s not a case of the kids ‘supervising’, it’s setting the example that I have nothing to hide on the computer. (I edited the post to clarify that point)

  • I have the exact same problem…. minus the kids.

    As I live in a small unit the computer is in the living room. This means the TV is on and you get distracted by what is on around you. I am one of those people who finds it very hard to get in the zone and any minor distraction is enough to break my concentration.

    I have tried putting my headphones on and listening to music as I do at work but it is normally not enough. As a result my design projects become non existent and I get very frustrated with myself for wasting time browsing through websites when I could be getting on with projects that I want to do but need focus.

    Really the only solution is a space of your own that you feel comfortable being in away from all distractions.

  • I tried to blog at work in my break time, but somehow I think I went to look at the spam and the stoopid webmarshall decided my blog is pornographic and I don’t really want to ring tech support and ask them to un-webmarshall it.

    I blog more when the kids aren’t around. Usually out on the deck as that’s where I find peace and quiet. I sit so that whoever comes out the back door can see straight away what I am looking at.