It can be so hard balancing the things that come with life, some things we choose to do and some things we have to do. When I restarted my blog this year I didn’t realise that it would be like a full time job and I already have a full time job. I know some fellow blogging friends of mine have families and kids they have to look after too, so I cant even image running a blog and having to juggle all of that.
I often get asked how I post so much and how I manage to balance everything to stay afloat. So this is why this post is here! I want to share what I personally do to keep onto of my blog whilst having a full time job and other commitments. It’s not easy, but I hope these tips can help to take some weight off of your shoulders.
I WRITE BLOG POSTS IN BULK
This is one thing I have started doing recently and have noticed it works wonders for me. My own personal schedule consists of me writing majority of my posts a week in advance. So by Friday I have all of my posts scheduled for the next week. I achieve this by writing posts in bulk in the evenings and at weekends when I get a chance.
Whenever I think of a blog idea I always write it in my drafts too, and if I have extra info I want to write about on that post I add that in as-well. That way when it’s time to write I can go back to it and get writing straight away. Doing this really helps with my productivity and helps me to not get writers block or get frustrated that I’m not coming up with content ideas.
I INVITE GUEST POSTERS
One thing I really love and utilise on my blog are guest posters. Im very thankful and fortunate that a-lot of the time people approach me to guest post on my blog. This helps so much because it means one or two days you don’t need to think of or write content. Its so helpful especially when you have a really busy week.
Having your blog open to guest posters really helps you to build that community behind you. Just be careful of people who want to guest post for the wrong intentions. I have had people approach me to guest post but in reality all they want to do is advertise their new business or product, when they know that I charge for advertisements. So just make sure their intentions are right first!
If you are interested in guest posting for this blog, please visit my Guest Post page.
I HAVE CREATED A SCHEDULE THAT WORKS FOR ME
The last thing you want is your hobby turning into a chore. A blogging schedule is really important to stay on top of your posts, it also tells you when its time to write and when it’s time to step away. Create the perfect blogging schedule for your own schedule and try to merge them into one.
As I mentioned earlier, I always bulk write my posts in advance and I do that with my Instagram posts too. I have my favourite mobile apps that help me to keep on top of my photo editing. One thing I really like about Instagram is that it allows you to write posts and save them as drafts, and thats what I tend to do for my Instagram posts. Then in the week when I need to post my Instagram content I don’t need to worry about writing up the posts before hand.
I TEND TO PLAN IN ADVANCE
As I have already said, I plan my content in advance. There are people who have planners and plan months in advance but I’m not quite there yet. I plan my posts a week in advance, which really suits me and my own time scales. Planning in advance really saves you the trouble later on. I didn’t always do this, but have seen so much benefit in being more organised with my blog. Your future self will thank you for it!
How do you manage your blog around your schedule? What tips do you have that could share with us?
I always want to mention on posts like this that you need to remember to be kind to yourself too. Its really not the end of the world if you cant get a post out because something has come up or you simply don’t have time. I think as bloggers we put pressure on ourselves to post as much as possible and be as active as possible, but remember that the pressure you put on yourself is just that, your pressure. Blogging should be fun! And once we take away the fun it then starts to feel more like a chore.
Allow yourself to take time off to rest and relax and do nothing. Your readers will understand if you need a break from blogging!