So little time, so much to do. We know it can be difficult trying to juggle a full time job, education or parenting with blogging. You don’t want to have to compromise, especially when it’s your favourite hobby. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to see blog posts with the words: “sorry I haven’t posted in so long – life got in the way.” That’s ok! Life does get in the way sometimes but your blogging schedule shouldn’t have to suffer as a consequence. A good schedule to aim for is posting at least once a week.
We have some tips for organising your blog life around your busy life, whatever your situation:
If you know that you’re about to have a day free before another hectic week, take some time to plan out or even write a couple of posts in one go. The great thing is that you can schedule your posts to go up across the week, so your blog is consistently active. If you run a regular blog feature, it might be helpful to write out a template that you can use, so that it’s not as time consuming each time around.
Who says you can’t blog on the go? Having a smartphone or tablet means that you can always get in some writing time when you’re in between places, whether that be on public transportation, in a car (not whilst driving, of course!) or even when waiting for a friend to arrive. You can write up ideas/posts in your phone’s note-taking app or download the Blogger or WordPress apps, which allow you to include photos for instant on-the-go blogging.
If you can, choose one or two days of the week to sit down and get a blog post written no matter what. If you create set days for posting, you might be more inclined to stick to them and followers will know exactly when they can expect your next post.
Prioritize your free time. Do you really need to watch another hour of that TV show? If you want to be productive regarding your blog, see how you spend your free time and if there are any areas which could be replaced with updating your site.
School, college or university all come with the extra baggage of homework/coursework that makes us not want to get out of bed in the morning. Blogging is so much more fun, right? (Right!) But education should always come first. If you’re going to school everyday or regularly working on essays, take advantage of free periods or essay breaks to visit your blog dashboard and write up a post. Blogging shouldn’t be a chore, so it’ll be a nice brain relaxer before getting back into your schoolwork.
Unless you’re lucky enough to blog as your profession, it can definitely be difficult to fit in a regular blogging schedule around changing work rotas or full-time hours. Lunch breaks can be a good time to catch up and be sure to make use of days off to fit in some blog time! If you work from home, it’s important that you make sure to separate blog writing with your work, so that both can be done efficiently. Making a to-do list at the beginning of each week can be helpful, as you can check off what you do as you go along and keep on top of everything.
They say that parenting is a full-time job and we completely understand that. Some parents start blogging as an easy hobby for when they have downtime from the kids, though especially with babies and toddlers, this doesn’t come around very often! But it is completely feasible that you can have a regular blogging schedule whilst still looking after your young ones. How? Post scheduling is your friend. As we mentioned further up, you can write a bulk of posts in advance when you do have some free time and then have them go live whenever you want.
Remember, the most important thing is your well being and happiness – if you feel like life is getting overwhelming, take a step back and take some time for yourself. It’s hard not to feel an obligation to your followers to update regularly but after all, it’s your blog! And a stressed blogger is never good! Readers will understand if you have to focus on other things and you can always use Twitter and Instagram to keep them updated when you’re on the move.
Do you have any tips that we might have missed for managing blogging with a busy life?