By: Melanie | August 22, 2014 | (28) Comments

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The very fact that I spelt ‘choose’ wrong the first time around goes to show how sleep deprived I am right now. Like seriously, did I even spell it right, this time around? I AM SO CONFUSED. STUFF YOU GRAMMAR AND SPELLING. YOU’RE TOO ADVANCED FOR MY POOR LIL’ BRAIN.

Why am I sleep deprived? Answer: school.

Bet you didn’t see that one coming.

Last year, short story, I went to a pretty ‘meh’ school. I never got any homework, barely any assignments (well we did, but no one in my class bothered so I started to not bother as well) and I got home REAAAAL early. Basically, every afternoon till bedtime: blog blog blog read read read socialize socialize socialize. Back then, I read nearly a book a day. Some people asked me “HOW THE FLIP DO YOU GO TO SCHOOL AND BLOG?” And I just thought…I have all the time in the world. How little did I know…

So what’s life like since this year when I transferred to a selective school? I get home REAAAAL late, I get a ton of homework and an endless supply of assignments. Instead of having the delight in choosing a novel to read each day, I get the pleasure of choosing which assignment I should tackle first. Tis’ great life.

How do I cope now that I get home at 5pm and technically have to be asleep by 10:30pm with both blogging, reading and school?

I have no answer to that question, to be honest. Somehow, I manage to squeeze in a book, a post, a stash of homework, and I feel like a oompa loompa at the end of the day. Actually, more like a big shlop of shlopiness. Yes, that’s more like it.

If you go to school, I bet you can totally relate with me. Despite how much we LOVE blogging, school has to stand in the way BECAUSE IT’S MEAN LIKE THAT. And each day, it’s like: I’ll do 30 mins of homework then I’ll go on twitter for 10 mins, okay? Then you end up just staying on twitter because there is no such thing as self control ;____;

So, because I love making myself suffer at night time, I decided to compile a list of some pros of school and the pros of blogging. LET’S SEE WHICH ONE WEIGHS OUT THE OTHER….


– You get to meet a whole lot of amazing people that you wouldn’t necessarily have the opportunity of meeting in real life

– You get to force people to read your posts that you’ve written half-dead


– You also get to MAKE THE BESTEST OF WEIRD RELATIONSHIPS, I’m looking at you, Ellis.

– Books!

– A fun hobby and it actually can make your job application look good if you keep it up well


– School transforms you from stupid to less stupid

– You can also make awesome friends (though not as awesome as bloggy friends)

– School means education and education means you have to get a good ATAR (GPA or whatever you call it in your country) so you can get a good job so you can have money. And money means you can buy food so you can stay alive and without it YOU WILL DIE AND YOU WILL NEVER BE ABLE TO BLOG AGAIN BOOHOOHOOOOOO.


You can blog in the afterlife/heaven 24/7…

*strokes beard*

Now that, would be verrrry interesting.

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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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28 Responses to School or Blogging: Please Choose One

  1. Haha oh Mel, they never had selective schools back in my day and your new school sounds SO demanding! At least school isn’t forever, but blogging can be 😉
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  2. Haha, I would say, school is most important at the moment 😉 I think getting a job is a top priority and you can blog all your life!
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  3. I totally know how you feel, Mel. *pats shoulder*

    Our school is known in our country for being one of the toughest schools with the most homework–really, I watch my cousins from different schools sit around and do nothing–and everyday is homework day. It takes me an hour to decide which homework to do first. xD 10-11 hours in school for me, while it’s 7-8 for my cousins. -_-

    Speaking of which, I should probably start doing my homework now…
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  4. I think you’re amazing for having that kind of hectic school schedule and STILL blogging. I mean, my blog is supposed to be run by me AND my sister…but she is like drowning under fifty tons of homework and she’s always practising her flute and. And. SCHOOL STUFF. Exhausting, right?! I think you’re amazing to squish in any time for blogging at all! WHAT ABOUT SLEEP??

    But you’re totally doing awesome and fine, Mel. YOU ARE.
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  5. I didn’t find out about book blogging until school was over for me so. 😛 But I imagine it’s somewhat the same to those who have a job, which I also don’t have yet. So basically I can’t relate to this at all.
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  6. Ah, fantastic post, Mel! And very entertaining! Fortunately for me, I haven’t had to deal with the pressures of both school and blogging (I finished year 12 last year, and started my blog this year due to an enforced gap year), but I can definitely imagine how hard it would be. However, when I begin university next year, I’m sure I’ll definitely be inundated with stress and just wanting to blog and not do coursework.
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  7. Oh, wow, yeah Mel! I can totally see where you’re coming from. I do the same: sacrifice the sleep, squeeze in a few essays and a book here and there. Your school sounds incredibly demanding but I hope you find a way around it. Unlike me LOL who should be studying…like right now. Because I think I’m graduating in a few weeks omg. Yeah no, I definitely need to get on the studying!
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  8. Valerie says:

    Hahahah school! That’s going to be me in a week, but I’ll try.

    I agree with all your pros and cons, and also don’t forget that money buys books for book blogging! But yes food is more important! All I can say is just try your best and hope you succeed! I hope you find a way around all your school work! (Just don’t do it….shhh you didn’t hear that from me)
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  9. Finley Jayne says:

    Unfortunately we’re supposed to chose school first (darn it!). I’m way past that point myself (my college degree is collecting dust in a box somewhere), however one of my kids is doing school at home this year (the other two I get to drop off at our lovely local public school and someone else has to deal with them). So I too am cutting way back on blogging for the next few months. I’m actually taking a blogging hiatus starting next week, until the end of September. Then after that it will be 1-2 posts a week sigh….
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  10. Tanja says:

    That afterlife/heaven story would be too good to be true, my friend. But yeah I get you here. I go through this at least twice a year when I have major exams so yeah, it’s a struggle. But keep it up. Even though school can be boring and tough it’s something that is necessary in life. Blogging will always be here for you 🙂 Good luck girl 🙂
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  11. Zoe N. says:

    My vote is for blogging too Mel! 😉 *sighs* Although school is kind of helpful for the whole getting-a-job-so-you-can-stay-alive-and-not-die-a-hobo thing. 😉 Otherwise, it’s completely useless in my eyes. And I think you’re doing a FABULOUS job balancing the two! I’m really impressed! 🙂 Keep it up Mel, okay? <3
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  12. Doesn’t it hurt having to choose between school and blogging!! I’d choose blogging too 😉 But alas, my parents would kill me and shut down the internet or something drastic… You’ll get used to the workload though and be able to better manage your time between the two. You’ll get there soon!! Stay strong!! 🙂
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  13. I was definitely one of the peeps who asked you last year, “HOW?! How do you have time for school and blogging?!” My guess is your blogging time may decrease a bit, especially if the school work is difficult (if it’s more than there’s just…more, like quantity wise, you can swing both pretty well)..
    Just try to balance it, I think the fact that you have co bloggers now will help too 😉 and do the best you can, because Hs does matter! Then you can look forward to college, where you’ll slam your head against the wall and wonder when you’ll ever have the energy to read for fun. Haha, but. U read lotsa cool things in HS and College, too. So there’s that.
    Ok I get that this isn’t a very positive response to your post, although I didn’t intend it to be like that! Basically, you can do it. And learning is a +.
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  14. Omg you poor child *pats head* I remember thinking how on earth you managed last year to be blogging 24/7 but it looks like you’ve hit the deep end with me this year. But yeah, I guess it’s important to not forget that school is important, and once you finish you could take a gap year and just blog endlessly until you start uni lolz.

    Awesome and entertaining post!

  15. Stephanie B says:

    Just think of it this way, if blogging was like school and HAD to be done, you wouldn’t like it as much. I’ve been trying to balance things over here and it’s hard but totally worth it. School is definitely more important. Just check in every once in a while and we’ll be happy.
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  16. Isa says:

    Oh god, I know how you feel. I recently started working full-time, six days a week, and I’m just constantly tired and actually unable to concentrate on reading. It’s not even a choice anymore, I just can’t keep my eyes open for more than a page. I hope you can figure out a good balance for yourself!
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  17. Nara says:

    Definitely tough to find that balance between school (or uni for me) and blogging! To be honest, for me, uni is always going to be the priority because I treat blogging as more of a hobby. And yeah, kinda want to get a good job and then not starve to death because of lack of money haha. (also, must have money for the books. All the books.)

    But seriously, your school sounds insane! Even in Year 12, I didn’t really work that hard lol. It was all basically cramming…good thing I have a good short term memory haha (still managed to pull off a high ATAR, so not complaining :P)
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  18. Gaaah I just typed out a long comment and then it disappeared. >< But I can totally understand what you mean about school. I remember how easy it used to be back in the day. Although I know it's a privilege to be in a Selective school, there is also a lot that sucks about it. I get home around 4:30 but even so, I just wanna fall asleep. At school, the kids are all so competitive. Everyone's constantly trying to top each other and I don't wanna be left behind. Sometimes I really do wish I could just screw school but then I remember about the ATAR and getting into a good Uni and blah blah blah and ugh. I have no idea how I'm gonna live through the HSC (VCE? Not sure what it's called in other states :3). I wanna do really well but I know that it'll take ALL of my time if I wanna get in the high 80's or low 90's. Even in spare time, theres always assignments or exams to study for. :'( Good luck to both of us!
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  19. Megz says:

    No jokes, balancing school and blogging is hard. I’m in med school and as I’ve progressed through the years I’ve definitely found it harder to keep reading and blogging. The thing is though that blogging is my outlet, my survival mechanism, so I just HAVE to make time for it.
    I don’t know if you’ve heard about “Parkinson’s Law”, but it’s worked for me: the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”. Basically, from that POV setting deadlines and alarms works REALLY well. So I will decide that I am going to study for an hour, then an alarm will go off and I’ll make tea and blog for an hour. The trick is just to make your schedule balanced and all that stuff.

    Don’t be too hard on yourself though. I started attending a more selective school when I was 14 and it took me the better part of six months to adjust to the new language of instruction and all the work and pressure. So give yourself some time to adjust, and as you adjust you will find that you start getting time to blog again 🙂
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  20. Lyn Kaye says:

    I feel your pain! I am way past my school years (enjoy them while they last) and I have a full-fledged adult job now. I find it hard to fit in time for reading AND blogging AND writing AND working out. Often, something just had to give. I usually take it out of my sleep bank.

    But enough about me. I can say that my new job doesn’t require homework (thank the stars) like my previous job at the daycare. When I was a teacher at the daycare, I had to carpool, so I had to go to work early, come home late, then do things at home to stay ahead. I can honestly sympathize with your situation. Your schooling is important, but I hate to see it eat away so much of your spare time. 🙁
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  21. Lina says:

    Ahhh, what a nice life it must have been going to your old school. It sounds like a utopia, if going to school would be included in a utopia.

    But unfortunately, my high school fell in with your newer school. Of course I wasn’t blogging back then, but I don’t see how I ever would’ve had time! I was barely even reading as it was.

    But now that I have started blogging, I’m extremely worried about keeping up during my freshman year of college (!). I’ve only been blogging during the summer and it takes me a LONG time to write my posts. But if you’ve somehow (half-alive) been keeping up with your posts, I’m determined and inspired to keep writing mine!
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  22. School ruins everything! lol. I am back in school right now and working. I usually don’t get home until 7pm and still have homework, second job stuff to do, and blogging, not a fun combo. I pretty much speed read on the weekends. lol.
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  23. Sarah P. says:

    Haha! Hilarious post, Mel! I’ve been in your shoe about 2 years ago and no, there’s no definite time for me to sleep and blog because Uni practically took over my life. With so much studying and paperworks, there’s not enough hours in a day to squeeze in blogging and reading. I am happy now that it’s all over but seriously having a job is very much like being in Uni, although you can now earn money and not die. I won’t quit though, because like you said this is the place where you make the bestest of friends and develop the bestest of weird relationships. 😀 All the best to you, Mel!
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  24. Mwaaahahahaah! My heart screams BLOGGING! While my brain shouts SCHOOL AND WORK! I agree with all of the points that you mentioned, Mel! I am a studying and working at the same time and balancing those two alone is already hard enough. Countless of times, I’ve thought of continuing my Masters in another time or when work becomes more relaxed. But every time I think about of my career path, I just can’t do it. I want to grow as a professional and I want to be of more help to the environment so I’ve got to soldier on.

    Quitting blogging seems like a blasphemous thing to do since it’s my stress reliever (although ARCs can be a source of stress too). It’s my escape when work and school are already consuming me. I rarely go out so the only way for me to unwind is read, blog and play video games.

    I really don’t know, Mel. I cannot offer you a sound advice because I have crappy time management skills and I am always awestruck at how other people can still blog, read, do regular commenting rounds and all that when you know, they’re also working or going to school. Right now, I barely have time to do reading but it doesn’t stop me from requesting more ARCs.

    Oh, Mel, I really hope that we can find a good solution to this dilemma without sacrificing anything. 😀

  25. Kelly says:

    It’s been a while since I was at school (okay, a really long while), but there’s no way I could have maintained a blog (although back then no one knew what a blog was) and school, as well as having a social life. It would have been just too hard. School of course is more important, but I think being able to socialise offline and with friends is far more important than reading or blogging to be honest. Yes, I can hear the gasps of booknerds all over the world. But being able to mix and relate really sets you to be able mature emotionally, something that only real life experiences can bring. It sounds like even though it’s a real juggling act, you’ve got a great balance going.

    You’re like a mini super poppet Mel. But remember first and foremost though, to take care of yourself <3
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  26. PREACH! *holds hands in the air* Mel, you just covered everything. 😀 It’s difficult, I totally have to admit that! But thanks to the blogosphere and the wonderful people who are part of it, we feel like it’s a priority, but it’s definitely not a job. Blogging is our hobby, our lives, and the reason why we keep doing it when things like school and working (for some) are in the way is because we adore it. There’s been so many times when I felt like giving up because there were times when I was seriously struggling and/or nothing was working out and I got no comments or views on the blog. But I stayed, and I’m not planning on leaving! Blogging is forever!

    I’m going to be in my first year of high school in six days, and I’m literally freaking out. I’m going to miss my bloggy friends and checking my Twitter during class! xD I’m going to be in this special program that’s a whole lot tougher, and of course, things are going to get crazier. But I guess all we have to do is take a deep breath and go on. Thank you so much for this brilliant post! <3
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  27. Even though I never blogged during high school, I blog during uni – and I can tell you (sadly) that it doesn’t get better. There is no homework (that the gods), but there are little itty bitty assignments that are JUST AS ANNOYING IF NOT MORE SO than homework.

    It feels like there is never any free time, and that blogging and reading occur on academic borrowed time. Like you’re doing something WRONG, and that you should be doing academic work. Or at least that’s how I feel. Sigh.

    But you have to balance it, I think. School/uni/whatever – sure they are uber important, but so are the things that make you happy. Like reading and blogging and tweeting at your blogging friends. So even though school is being evil, give it a shove every now and then and do the things that make you happy. Otherwise you’ll just transform into a seething cesspool of school hatred. Which no one wants.
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