I’ve been asked a few times now how I juggle blogging, reading and working full-time. The truth is, with great difficulty! I’m yet to suss out a fool-proof way of being amazing and keeping on top of all three, but here are some top-tips you might want to try if you’re struggling to fit everything in too:
Draft Blog Posts Whenever You Can… Plan Ahead!
This is the main one. I very rarely have time to sit down at my laptop and write out full posts, especially if I’m wanting to blog regularly. I have the WordPress app on my phone, so if I ever have a quiet moment when I’m out and about, I’ll quickly type up some bullet points or draft a post to come back to later.
The key to this is to plan in advance what you want to blog about. Set up some draft headers that you can just keep dipping in and out of.
Scheduling Blog Posts
If I have a day or a weekend off, I’ll type up some posts and the schedule them to be posted automatically throughout the week. This way, I know that even if I can’t physically blog, I’ve got some posts going live and keeping my blog active.
I’ve made the mistake in the past of writing a few posts and then posting them one after the other, only to the not have anything going up for several weeks after that. If you only get chance to write a couple, schedule them for one per week. Blogging is still blogging; no matter how infrequently you post people are still going to enjoy reading your content.
Type Up Reviews ASAP, or Make Notes
I’m the worst for this one… The amount of times I have read a book and then left it weeks, or even months before writing my review, and then realising that I’ve totally forgotten everything about it. I remember I enjoyed it… but why?
Top-tip for this one is to do it as soon as you can, or if you know you won’t be able to write the whole thing then at least make a few notes to remind yourself of specifics.
Find Out What Works For You
Everyone’s schedule is different. Don’t think that you won’t be a successful blogger if you don’t post everyday. Remember: quality, not quantity! What works for me might not work for you, so just figure out what time you have available and then work around that.
This is key. Don’t stress yourself out about not posting enough. Blogging should be fun! Most of us do it as a hobby, so the worst thing we can do is add even more stress to our already hectic lives – that takes the fun out of it and goes against why we started in the first place, so just do what you can and do it for you, because you love it, not for anyone else.
Do you have any tips that might help me and other busy bees make the most of our limited blogging time? Let me know in the comments below!