I think a lot of us bloggers can relate to being nomads when it comes to our work space. I for one love going from my kitchen table to the living room couch to even the patio in my backyard. In a lot of ways the change of scenery sparks inspiration. Over the course of the year, my goal was to create a space of my own – a blogging office if you will. And like many home projects, it took a while to get to a place where I could even work in here. And honestly, it’s not quite finished. I still want to purchase a proper reading chair. But having a space where I can work & brainstorm in peace is a total game changer. I feel like all writers & bloggers deserve their own creative space to venture off to.
Let’s Take a Tour Of My Blogging Office…
I’m lucky enough to have the opportunity to claim this spare bedroom all to myself. When I moved in during quarantine, I took over the closet in this room to store my dresses & dress coats because the other closet I share with my fiance couldn’t hold all my belongings [ well, it could, but i liked the idea of having my own closet for my dresses like the movie, 27 Dresses]. I treated it as a dressing room in a sense & a place there I could go to watch television, do my makeup or read. But as I became more serious with blogging, I decided to make this space into my own personal office. My fiance made an office for himself in the basement & I felt I wanted to do the same upstairs. Plus, I have a lot of personal trinkets & things from my room at my parent’s house I wanted to display. Here are a few photos & an Instagram Reel of my blogging office:
Why Blogging Offices Are Worth It…
It’s Calming & Away From Distraction
I’ve never felt so productive when it comes to my writing. I didn’t realize how distracting doing work in the common areas of a home can be. Especially if other people are wandering the house & constantly wanting your attention, it’s hard to get anything done. Now, that I have my own proper space, if I need to I can close the door & type away.
You Need To Differentiate Work vs. Play
When you have a designated workspace instead of using a common area like a living room, it trains the brain to know when it’s time to work vs when it’s time to put the laptop away. I can’t tell you how many times I’d just continue to work on the blog or answer tweets way into the evening. When I have a designated work station, I know to leave those tasks in that specific area & give myself the deserving break I need.
You Can Show Off Your Personality
Having my own blogging office allowed me to showcase my “brand” or interests in a space. Since I live more minimal, I wanted my office to be simple & calm. I leave the center of the room open so it feels more inviting & I have space to walk around. I added wall shelves to add height as well as have a place to display my favorite possessions – like my F.R.I.E.N.D.S. dvd set. Especially when you live with someone else, you can’t always decorate the entire home to your liking but it’s nice to have one area I can do whatever I want.
It Sparks Inspiration
The worst feeling is being in a creative rut & suffering from writers block. I’ve found having my own place to write actually sparked inspiration. I can think more calmly & productively without distraction. I swear the ideas keep flowing now that I can work in peace. It isn’t to say changing scenery doesn’t do the trick too, but I’ve found I benefit more from quiet spaces.
It Keeps You Productive
In other parts of my home, I was too distracted to write or get anything done. Some weeks I wouldn’t write at all – which is ok some, but I was slowly getting in this rut. Now that I have a proper place to work, my to-do list gets complete & I’ve been writing more than ever.
Overall I find having a blogging office to be extremely beneficial. Having your own sanctuary creates a sense of peace & productivity. I think all content creators should consider creating their own offices whether you are a full time blogger or do this as a side hustle. I feel more official now that I made this change.
Do you have a blogging office? Where do you go to write?