Even though blogging may be just a hobby for most, it can actually become like a full-time job. I wish that there were more ‘behind-the-scenes’ posts published on blogs, so everyone could appreciate how much effort blog writers put into them. As well as creating content for your blog there’s also the blogmin, running a house and working full-time too. I’m not complaining at all because I feel a deep sense of gratitude as to where my blog has taken me and the amazing doors that it has opened for me. I’m also grateful to my amazing readers, because it’s your incredible support that has allowed my blog to grow the way it has.
What I wanted to touch base with today is the issue of blogging and remaining organised as part of a busy lifestyle. I’m extremely fortunate that I can now work from home, but not so long ago I was commuting to London everyday and waking up and getting home at ridiculous o’clock most days. Like many of you all know too well, this combination can make for a very tired blogger. I’m sure many of you have had times where you didn’t feel like blogging at all because it wasn’t feeling like a hobby anymore. It can definitely ‘zap’ the fun out of blogging and become overwhelming sometimes. Blogging should be fun, not a chore. There are now lots of resources out there that can help you run your blog and stay organised. Here are a few things that I have found really helpful and I hope you will too:
Use a blog post planner
More often than not, there are lots of ideas for my blog floating in my head. Currently I have a list of blog posts that I want to write that is as long as my arm. To help to maintain my sanity I use a planner to schedule my posts week by week. I personally find this way so much easier than just having a long list of post ideas jotted in my notebook. It allows me to plan ahead, see what is coming up on my blog and fill in any gaps that I may have. There are some cute printable blog planners around and I love some of the ones in this round-up.
Set time aside to write your posts in advance
Something that really helped me (and still does!) was setting time at the weekend or in the evening to write my posts for the week. This isn’t for everyone, but I found that writing my planned posts at a designated time at the weekend freed up some time in my week, especially if I knew that I would be busy. I still do this now and it allows me to be one step ahead of myself each week.
Schedule your posts
Linked to the point above, I’m not sure about Blogger, but WordPress allows you to schedule when you publish your posts; such a handy tool to have! If you have written a bundle of posts in advance, you can decide when you’re going to publish them down to the very last minute.
Write a to-do list
The good ol’ to-do list, what would I do without you. I love a good list, sad I know! At the beginning of the week I write down my tasks for the week and every morning I will make a to-do list based on this list, breaking it down into manageable chunks. It’s so satisfying crossing things off my list and it keeps me organised.
I’ve already spoken about Revive Old Post on the blog, which is a plugin specific to WordPress. Buffer app is a universal online feature that links to your Facebook and Twitter feeds. It’s not necessarily going to keep you organised, but I thought that it was worth mentioning because you can pre-schedule posts to your feeds. If you haven’t got time to update your social media feeds this is a great way to keep them active with enticing content that hopefully your readers will enjoy.
These are just a couple of things that I find helpful to keep me organised. We’re all different, so I know that these will not work for everyone. Honestly you guys are probably doing a better job of it than me. Hopefully you found some of this helpful and I’m sure that we can all relate to the blogging/life balance issue.
How do you stay organised where blogging is concerned? Do you find it difficult at times to manage your blog and everyday life sometimes? How do you manage?