By: Melanie | February 21, 2014 | (36) Comments

discussing through midnight

This meme was created for YA Midnight Reads as a discussion post of all things bookish.

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Heeey people! So just a quick announcement: future discussion posts will be a rotation of Celine, Larissa and myself. So next week, Larissa will be here with a post and then Celine and so on. πŸ˜€ Perhaps, when possible we will do all three of us on a specific topic.

Back in 2013, I had a truck load of time to blog. I barely had any homework (and it was really easy stuff as well) and my school was right next to my house. I slept late, and there wasn’t that much pressure on my academics. But 2014 was and still is a significant milestone in my life. I’ve moved to a selective school (meaning homework homework homework) and I spend over 3 hours on public transport on average in a day. And by the time actually manage to get home, there’s a nice stack of homework staring at me.Β 

Anyway, I named my discussion post “Discussing Through Midnight” originally because the first time I wrote my post, it was around 2am in the morning. I was bored and this idea had just surfaced. And also, because it goes well with my blog name, lol.

Life As A Blogger in 2014? It’s hard. I love blogging and I don’t want to ever stop but I’m going to be posting less and less as the years go by into Year 11 & 12. I know that’s like 2 freaking years away but it’s never felt so close O.O Gah, I keep going off on a tangent. This was meant to be a post to show what my daily routine is like. *blogger fail*

6:00am: My first alarm goes off. It’s the annoying ‘Old Car Horn’ one on the iPhone because well…it’s annoying and crazy loud. Pretty much the only one that I can hear. What can I say? I’m a deep sleeper.

6:05am: Second alarm goes off. Another five mins later, so does another, and another. The first alarm never works. I wake up back go right back to sleep again.

6:20am: I actually manage to fall out of bed. It is the saddest part of my day. I just want to do this all day:6:55am: I go to school.

8:20am: I get to school. Yep that’s right. It takes me one and a half bloody hours just to get there. I read while I’m on the train. Sometimes I sleep.

3:10pm: School finishes! My school is like a peak hour and today, I had nothing to hold onto while standing on the tram so I was collapsing into everyone. My friends were laughing at my expressions. I make great friends, don’tcha agree?

4:50pm: I make it home. The way back on the train basically consists of me sleeping (again) or reading. I don’t know anyone who goes on my train line from school–which I actually prefer because then I don’t have to waste my time talking to them and use my precious time for reading instead. I legit have no other times to read now. Yes, I know, I am awfully antisocial but sometimes it’s for the best πŸ˜›

5:00pm: I sometimes blog first. My posts normally go up at 6:00pm and I suck at scheduling ahead. I sometimes don’t blog at all. Larissa or Celine are way more organised than me. They have posts ready 10 days in advanced. I can be such a terrible blogger.

6:00pm: Expectation:

Reality:

Somewhere during this I peel my hands off twitter and actually do some homework and play piano

I also have food.

I also do some blog commenting.

10:30pm: Arguing with my co-blogger over at Finding Bliss in Books, Ellis. We have great debates. She recently screenshotted my tweet about saying that I’d post a selfie when it’s my 2nd blogverse. (*EDIT* So did Bec. Cruel, cruel people.) She tells me she won’t forget this and will make sure I do end up posting a selfie. (Probs because then she’ll be able to prove that I’m a 60 year old man in a 14 year old girl disguise) She makes the Internet a miserable place as well ;___;

10:40pm: After winning the argument, I can sleep in peace. (Note how early I sleep now, I used to go to bed at 1am last year. O.O)

So yeah. I have a pretty boring but really different life as a blogger now.

What about you guys? What does your day look like in real life?

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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36 Responses to Discussing Through Midnight (23): Life As A Blogger

  1. I have a screenshot of that tweet too. So between me and Ellis one of us will remember >:D

    As you get older and progress through school the time you have for blogging will definitely decrease. You don’t necessarily get more homework, but the stuff you do get takes more time to complete and is more difficult. That level of work might go down when you get to uni maybe, depends on what course you do.

    Personally, I have less time now I’m in uni (doing veterinary science which is 10x the work load of most courses). I have classes basically 8-5, then I’m studying until 10 or so depending on the classes. I’m lucky that I live on campus and don’t have to drive 2 hours a day to get to uni (I can’t imagine having to take three hours worth of public transport every day. At least you have lots of reading time I suppose!!) Reading time for me is during study breaks (one chapter a break) and an hour or two before I sleep. That time before bed is also blogging time.

    When it comes to reading blogs, I have to squeeze it in before breakfast and classes. And then again throughout the day in study breaks. I try to comment when I can but it doesn’t always happen…

    And yeah. This is a really long comment. You now know lots of useless things about my own blogging/reading vs education schedule.

    Good luck with school! And remember it’s okay not to post things every now and then if you don’t have time. School and grades can be more important than blogging and we all understand that.
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    • Melanie says:

      YOU TWO ARE THE HORRIBLEST. *cry* I don’t have any wifi while I’m at school which is so painful and I rarely have time in the morning to visit any blogs because I’m busy getting ready to school. You should see me, I like run around the house looking for junk like a madman lol

  2. Oh. wow. That sounds so tiring. Seriously. I don’t…wow. I guess maybe that’s normal for some people (??) but I would be DEAD by the weekend! I homeschooled so I literally rolled out of my bed onto my desk when I was still doing school. (Still, so happy to be DONE school. Woot. *waves little flat*) I laughed when you said “I don’t have to waste my time talking to them and use my precious time for reading” because YES MY THOUGHTS EXACTLY TOO.
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    • Melanie says:

      I am dead on the weekend. A freaking zombie, I tell ya! I AM SO JEALOUS OF THAT THOUGH! I WOULD KILL TO JUST WAKE UP AND HAVE MY SCHOOL RIGHT BY MY SIDE. LOL. Us book people so antisocial πŸ˜›

  3. I hate when life gets so busy. My schedule has recently changed too. I am up by 5:30am have school and work until 5pm. I do my blog posts at 9pm usually. I usually am reading during the inbetween. Not a lot of time as last year, that’s for sure.
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  4. This is one reason why I LOVE my work. Being a freelancer, I don’t have to wake up early and I can sleep late. When I was still a corporate robot, I spend over 4 hours in public transport everyday; 5 hours if the traffic is heavy. That was the time when I always wish that buses has beds instead of seats so I can sleep comfortably. It is two hours travel time, that is equivalent to a good catnap.
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  5. Lexa Cain says:

    I chuckled all the way through your post! And worrying about time and years 11 & 12 isn’t a “blogger fail* at all. We all have worries creeping around the back of our minds. I’m delighted you have two new blogging co-hosts to help, and I hope you get a well-deserved nap soon! (Just love the sleeping pics of the Pony and Japanese guy above!! LOL)
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  6. I understand what you mean about having less and less time as you get into higher levels in classes. It happened to me when I started college. I found myself being overwhelmed, but now I’ve scheduled everything, so I’m much more organized and I have more time.
    Great review!
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  7. I usually try to schedule my posts the week before – simply because it keeps me sane. My alarm goes off at 5:45 in Arizona because I’m working Boston hours. I work online till 2 PM Arizona time, and I multitask between my job and blogging all the while. Then I cook, I clean, I work out, and I try desperately to read in that time, as well. It’s crazy, but somehow we all manage to make it work. Keep up the good work, Melanie πŸ™‚

  8. It is a shame that blogging is now something that gets put on the back-burner for some of us. For me personally, on college days I’m up at 6, leave at quarter past 7, read on my journey (because being anti-social is much better when you can read), get to college for around half 8, stay in college until around 4, bus back and read, and then I try to avoid doing anything other than work and fail. Standardly, I have Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays off, so that’s when I type up reviews, schedule, do my visiting and so on. It’s a busy time as a blogger! Great post though Mel! πŸ™‚
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  9. Ellis says:

    “After winning the argument.” Nuh uh, I don’t think so. Believe me, I probably would have remembered without the screenshot, but JUST TO BE SAFE. And I make the internet a fabulous place. Don’t even pretend that’s not the case. (See, I even made it rhyme. Skills.) Sometimes we really do seem like a couple of bickering children and normally that would make Blythe the mama who tells us to behave, but she loves our lively debates. Win.

    The sleep thing. I feel you. I can’t remember the last time I slept 7 consecutive hours and 7 hours isn’t even that much! Uni life + internet life = no sleep life. I fell asleep on the train this morning and then almost again on the way back (and I was actually talking with someone then!). So I decided to catch up on the reading I missed during train sleepy times and I fell asleep AGAIN. I just caught sight of my reflection in my computer screen and I look horrifying. The bags under my eyes are currently so big I could probably carry groceries with them.

    TWITTER ERMAHGERD –> Yup. This is where productivity goes down the drain, tbh. I’d probably get much more blogging/reading done if I stayed off social media, but where’s the fun in that? Exactly. This post is very interesting. For stalking purposes. Wait? What? I didn’t say anything. But no, you don’t win the debates. This is a lie. A LIE.
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  10. Sad that most of our blogging has to happen late at night. It works for me because I’m a night owl and can survive on like 5 or 6 hours of sleep. Fun post! Hope you have some catch up time soon πŸ™‚
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  11. Candace says:

    That is a freaking long commute! At least it gives you some time to read though. That would stink if you have to stand that whole time though!
    I can’t believe you go to bed at 10:40 and get up before 7. I go to bed around 10:30 and get up at 7:30 and still feel like I don’t have enough sleep. I needed even more in high school. It was so bad I got a doctors note so I didn’t have a first period in high school. I just couldn’t function and would flunk first period, no matter the subject.
    I can’t wait until the day you post a selfie! I want to see your face!
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  12. Siiri says:

    I’m a deep sleeper too, that’s why I have like … 4 alarms. with two minute intervals (True story.) I used to read during my ride to uni, but now I’m just.. whatever. (Reading slump.) I listen to music now -.- Haha, I always collapse onto everyone. I can’t hold onto anything to save my life. You play piano? Yayy!! I used to go to a music school and study playing piano, but I haven’t played for a good.. 6-7 years. Ok, so after this post? My opinion of you? You are the cutest! Yeah, your days might not be running around the runway or skydiving or anything, but girl! You are dedicated and adorable and FUN. You make me laugh, what can I say.
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    • Melanie says:

      Bahaha, you and me both!

      Lol, I go on the train, then the tram. And there’s never any seats when I get on the tram and sometimes i get caught in the middle with nothing to hold onto. I just imagine myself surf boarding and hope for the best >.<

  13. Haha you’re so lucky that you used to have no homework and get to wake up so late! Ugh I used to be able to do that, but since I have sports now after school I’ve been getting even less and less time to do this stuff. It’s so annoying because between commenting, writing reviews, reading, doing homework, and everything like that, I barely even have any time anymore for singing. Ugh I know, I’m horrible and I should probably get on that right now. But omg three hours commute? I could never live! *cries* I think my habits are so bad because when I get home, I bake/cook something (because I’m in a serious baking and cooking phase right now), watch TV while commenting on blogs/doing homework which takes me until 5. And then I just put as much other stuff as I can off until the last minute. Should probably change my habits lol. Fantastic post, Mellybean! <33
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    • Melanie says:

      SING EILEEN SING! You are so good at it, never stop no matter how busy you get! πŸ™‚

      LOL. When i get home, I hide in the pantry for about half an hour πŸ˜€

  14. Wow Mel it sounds like your weeks are so tiring! No wonder you are so tired by the end of the day the last thing you feel like is blogging. I love public transport time as well, that’s MY time to read and relax. The only bad thing about it is getting off at the end when you’re in the middle of a good part.
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  15. This sounds like a tiring life! I’m in year 11 this year, at a selective school, and I’m tired just looking at this. Props to you!

    I get up at 8 (goodness I feel guilty), get to school about five to nine. Back home at about 3:40, waste time for a while. Then blogging stuff, homework, writing (I am for 1000 words a day) and studying.

    In fact, one of these days I might write a blog post on my daily schedule…and link it back to you, of course! πŸ™‚
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  16. Giselle says:

    Awesome post I cannot imagine blogging and going to school. You impress me and you are obviously much more mature than I was back then haah. Living in a small town with a school 45 minutes away by car, I feel your pain. Though it was not AS early as you, the bus picked me up at 7:15 and I was at school at 8:20. Bleh. And it wasn’t really reading friendly either I would just have puked >..<
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  17. Jasprit says:

    I am the most anti social person ever too! I usually have a schedule planned for how much reading I am planning to do for the day, so you should see my face drop whenever someone decides to disrupt this. I always try to get up early in the morning to comment back on blogs, but this never happens as I seem to love my bed too much, and then I usually end up staying way too late commenting back! Thanks for sharing a great post with us Melanie, I had a lot of fun reading this!
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  18. Henrietta says:

    Seems like you need to catch up on your sleep in the weekend, Melanie! But it’s good that at least you can sleep or read while commuting. Is there a chance to find a guardian who lives close to your school so that you don’t have to commute every day? Just a thought…
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    • Melanie says:

      My school is in the city and there are only apartments around it. Everyone (or 99%) of the people from my school have to take public transport as well 😐

  19. Megan says:

    My schedule of life is honestly so all over the place. When I work nights, I don’t get home until 7:30am and then sleep all day. When I work day shift, I have to get up at 5:30 am to catch my bus at 6:00 am. On days off, I sleep. A lot. And read a little. And unfortunately, I get sick to my stomach if I read on the bus, so that’s kind of a waste of my time.
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  20. Lord, your day is busy. I remember those days and don’t want to repeat them..LOL
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  21. Melliane says:

    ah yes it’s difficult to manage to do everything, I totally understand that. I have the same problem sometimes so I wake up early to do the blog. I hope everything will be perfect at school.
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  22. Lily B says:

    It’s okay I suck scheduling my posts ahead of time as well. Even for tours. I will look to see what time it has to be up by and I will wake up an hour ahead and do it. Luckily most of my tours come up by 9 am! But yeah eheh I do post my posts a bit late as well.
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  23. Alise says:

    I love this hour by hour update-so fun!
    The commute sounds awful-I thought I had it bad. I used to get on a 6am bus and get to school around 7, so it was only an hour but I didn’t mind it that much except when it’s PITCH BLACK outside. No one should be awake yet :c

    Bahaha, Bec totally would do that. Now you know what I go through daily because she’s my co-blogger haha. It seems like we are all connected via co-bloggers xD
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  25. I always think it’s very brave of people to snooze their alarm. I MUST get out of bed right after the alarm, otherwise I’ll never get out, haha. And I really need to use music instead of an annoying sound, because that makes me cranky :p I have around 1 hour travelling time and I bring a book, but to be fair, I always sleep with my eyes open if I’m having an early day :’) It really depends though, because I have a different schedule every week.
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  26. Incredible points. Solid arguments. Keep up the amazing
    work.
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