Maintaining a Blog/Life Balance

Tuesday, 4 August 2015



Blogging on its own is seriously hard work, but when you combine that with full time study or a full time job, along with that all important social life, it can be incredibly hard to keep on top of everything. All throughout University and my 1 year internship I managed to keep up a posting schedule and on average posted around 4 times a week, but as soon as I graduated and went straight into full time work, it's fair to say my blog suffered. At first I found it incredibly hard to keep on top of everything and stay organised whilst also settling into my new job, new city and new lifestyle. Being a blogger, you spend a lot of your spare time photographing products, planning content and writing posts and tweaking every last detail until your hearts content. I'm not saying that as a negative thing, not at all. I love blogging and wouldn't change my hobby for the world, but finding myself with a lot less free time and changing priorities has meant that I've had to change the way I do things around here. 

As I seem to have cracked the whole blogging and full time work thing (for now!), I thought I would share my tips with you incase any of you find yourself in a similar situation to myself. 

1. Plan posts in advance. 

Now that I work full time I just don't have the time I need to come up with an idea and then get working on it straight away like I used to, so planning posts in advance is crucial. There seems to be some kind of negative feeling in the blogging world to do with scheduled posts, however I really find the scheduling tool to be a complete lifesaver. Scheduling posts means that you don't have that last minute stress of 'will I get this written in time' as it's all ready to go a couple of days before you actually need it. Plus, it means you've got plenty of time to tweak the posts after you've written them...there's nothing worse than a rushed post! 

2. Take photographs in bulk and have some standby stock photos. 

Taking photos in bulk is probably my number one tip. Every Saturday or Sunday morning I spend a few hours taking the photos I need for the week ahead and edit them straight away. I'm the type of blogger who needs the photos to inspire the writing for the post, so taking them in bulk and in advance means that I have the inspiration and materials I need to write and publish the post during the week. Also, it really minimises the time you spend setting up the perfect backgrounds, lighting, etc as you only have to do it once for a whole weeks worth of content! 

I also find that having a couple of stock photos saved up is a great idea. Sometimes I like to publish posts, a lot like this one, where I don't necessarily have a photo to go with it, so having stock photos saved on to my laptop is ideal. There's plenty of sites which publish free stock photos for bloggers too. My favourites are Pexels and Picjumbo

3. Have a routine. 

Having a routine is one of the most important things for keeping your blog updated while working or studying full time. As I mentioned before, I take my photos in bulk on Saturday or Sunday mornings after planning which posts I want to publish that week, and then sit down to write them in the evenings after work a couple of days before I want to publish the post. Now, I'm not saying that what I do will be perfect for you, however having a routine will definitely help you to keep on top of everything. I notice that as soon as I forget to spend time taking my photos in bulk or planning my posts, my whole week goes out of the window and I'm back to square one. 

4. Don't put too much pressure on yourself. 

Blogging is supposed to be fun, and for most of us its not work. Putting pressure on yourself to stick to a strict routine and be as good as the professionals will more often than not make you miserable and result in bloggers blog (well, that's what happens to me at least). If you think about it, there are plenty of things which should come before your blog (work, family, friends, etc...) so I'm sure your readers won't mind if you really can't post for a few days or there's a slight change in your schedule. Speaking from experience, I can definitely say that blog readers and followers are very supportive and understanding, so if you can't post one day don't sweat it. 

5. Keep a notebook handy. 

Inspiration can strike at any time, so keeping a journal or note pad handy is essential. Long gone are the days when I could think of an idea and instantly get to work on it. Many of my ideas now come to me during the day when I'm working, so I find keeping a little notebook handy is really helpful as it allows me to quickly jot down the idea and get back to work knowing that I won't forget to work on it later, in my own free time. 



Lots of Love,

Becky xo

10 comments:

  1. Great tips! I started keeping a folder of stock photos to use, I hate publishing posts with no images so they come in handy quite often!

    Molly
    whatmollyloves.com
    xx

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  2. I love these tips! I do the exact same thing, taking pictures in bulk and writing in bulk. It definitely helps you relax and focus on the quality of content you're putting out. I also recommend UnSplash for stock photos too, although they tend to be more nature/dreamy oriented.

    Tiana xx // alwaysneedher.com

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  3. great tips. I definitely take photos in bulk and keep a few posts ready for when I'm extremely busy :)

    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  4. Scheduling posts is a must for me as well. As much as I love those spur of the moment posts....I would rather save myself the stress, post something I care about, and put up a quality post! Thanks for these tips :)
    the-creationofbeauty.blogspot.com

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  5. Great tips. i take my photos in advance too. i agree it can be so hard maintaining a blog with a full time job and it;s so easy to put pressure on yourself. xx

    franklyflawless.com

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  6. These are all really great tips :) I do try to follow most of those in my current job but now I'm starting a grad scheme in September things are going to be turned up a few notches! As you say, I'm just going to see how I go and not put too much pressure on myself to deliver the amount of content I can do at the moment xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  7. Great post, i havent taken pictures in ages, i usually just grab for my phone but i really need to start getting back into using my dslr =]

    emyii90.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Having some standby stock photos is always such a good idea! Especially something random like flowers, as you can really write anything beneath it! x

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  9. i always take my pictures in bulk as well! thanks for all great tips x
    www.sparklethiscity.blogspot.com

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  10. This was a great post! Thank you for the tips it does get difficult to have a balance, so this has helped a lot :) x

    www.lifeaslissy.com

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