Monday, 15 August 2016

Balancing Blogging With A Busy Schedule


We all have those days where we're just so busy, and at the end of the day, we look back and wonder where all the time went! Whether you've been blogging for a few days, months or years, you'll know how much of a commitment it is - and it's definitely something that you really have to enjoy to stay committed. Trying to balance a blog with everyday life, work, other hobbies and responsibilities can be really hard -  I know that I've struggled in the past, and it affected my content. Recently I've been working on my university assignments over the summer, but that didn't mean I wanted to hit pause on the blog! I found some useful ways in which I could stay on top of both my workload and my blog posts without feeling too stressed, so I thought I'd share these with you today:

1. Plan your ideas in advance.
I like to print out a monthly calendar and write in all my blog post plans for each week. I also write in any key dates or important events so that I know when I have to schedule my posts earlier than usual. I would recommend leaving some blogging days blank as well, in case you get emails from other bloggers or brands that you want to collaborate with as well. Having this sort of monthly overview really helps you stay organised, especially if your a visual sort-of person like me! 

2. Write posts as soon as inspiration strikes.
This one is super important for me. As soon as I have an idea, I have to write it down. If I'm out and about, I type it into my notes section on my phone, or in my little notebook. It just means that life becomes so much easier when you actually sit down at your computer to type it all up. I'm often travelling to and from places - I find the journeys to be wonderful pockets of time to jot down any ideas for the upcoming weeks. 

3. Shoot your photography in bulk.
I like setting aside an hour or two to shoot photographs for several blog posts in one go. That way you don't have to keep assembling lights, setting up and taking photos every time that you want to write a post. It doesn't take very long, and if you know exactly what you're blogging about, you'll know exactly what to photograph too - so point number one is really the most important! It's much more time efficient too.

4. Have some 'stock' photos at hand.
This is so important for when life suddenly (and unexpectedly) gets busier than you anticipated. Having a folder full of 'stock' photos that can be used for multiple post ideas can really save the day when it's too dark to take new photos, or you've just not got the time. I can do a separate post on some stock photography ideas/tips if that's something that interests you guys - let me know!

5. Make use of the 'schedule' button.
I always like to upload my posts at the same time every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Having that set schedule is useful for your readers and yourself. But sometimes, you're busy at that time, or you don't have access to a computer, there are a thousand things that could get in the way! That's why scheduling in advance can be so important, and I always do this now. You can set a date and a time to publish your posts and it will go up automatically - it's honestly such a useful feature for when you're blogging on the go.

Do you have any tips for balancing blogging when you have a busy schedule?
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