Balancing blogging

Sunday, 16 February 2014


Being a blogger and a A-Level student can sometimes be hard, I'm at Sixth Form five days a week from 8:30 till 3/4 and spend a lot of my spare time doing sport, so it's always hard to to balance my study time and my blogging time. After juggling both for over a year now, I've learnt many lessons..

Lists
Make lists of what you want to blog about - I have a little notepad and pen on my bedside table to jot down any ideas I have, whether it be a particular outfit/item of clothing or a review. There's been so many times I've thought of something great to blog about but not noted it down and forgotten about it! Also, the satisfaction you receive when you cross everything off your list is great.

Schedule Posts
I've always scheduled posts, especially when I've had exams. I know some bloggers aren't so keen on people writing posts months ahead, but at the end of the day, my education comes first and if that means having posts go up when they're no longer necessarily up to date, then so be it! Of course, don't go doing Christmas posts when it's mid-summer, but you know what I'm getting at here. I tend to make sure I have 2 or 3 drafted posts at a time so if something does pop-up, I have something that keeps my blog active.

Plan Ahead
I like to know when I'm going to blog. For example, I'll wake up on the weekends and set myself an hour or two to do a few blog posts in the morning, and again in the evening and I'll do some studying during the day. This way I know I'll get everything I need to do done. Similarly, sunlight isn't around every hour so sometimes it's a good idea to pick a certain time to take your photo's. During the week I don't have time to photograph my outfits, so normally I'll pick a day when I don't have much work to do and I'll go through and picture all of the outfits I wore that week during the day when there's the right light for photos.

Prioritize
You need to know where your priorities lie. For me, blogging is simply a hobby and my education will always come first, so sometimes my blog will have to take the back seat for a while, but that's okay. If you have a job, maybe that will take priority. Some people are lucky enough to have blogging as their job!

Only do it if you feel it
I am very guilty of doing posts simply because I have time, and not because I want to. I sometimes have days when I really aren't feeling it and am incapable of doing a fairly decent post. Nobody is forcing you to blog. Most readers are bloggers themselves and know what it's like. If you're not going to produce a good post, don't force yourself. Readers can wait that extra day, or maybe week!

What are your tips for balancing blogging?

14 comments :

  1. Making lists also works for me, and making a sort of schedule :)

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  2. Completely agree with you! Balancing school work and bloggy things can be really hard and you might end up neglecting one or the other!
    I usually spend 30mins a week taking outfit photos and then an hour or two doing other blogging things (:

    Yuen @ The Craziest Paradigm - a 'lil bit of rust & stardust

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  3. I'd advise you to write multiple blog posts when you have the time and have them ready to post on your drafts page, so that way I can update my blog even during exam season. It works really well and when I take five minutes off from studying, I quickly update my blog and that's that. This was a really helpful blog post, thank you so much! xxx

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  4. I write so many blog posts when I'm in the mood or if i know I will be having a busy week.

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    GreyWalls

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  5. These are great tips, I have the same situation with education. With deadlines getting closer, sometimes the blog will just have to suffer for a little bit

    laurensibs.com

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  6. I have recently done this and your right its great to think of posts and actually remember them haha :)


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  7. This is a great post. It is hard to maintain a fair balance between the two. I'm a College student and have many schedules posts as I know I won't always have the time but I like to know I haven't abandoned my blog in the mean time. Writing posts is fun, but I find that if you're a blogger reading another bloggers post, you can tell which is forced. Of course write! But don't let yourself write things for the sake of it if you know it's not something you would like to read yourself. Your blog is your baby, you wouldn't buy your baby a dirty grow just because you have the right amount of money. Good post!
    Amy xx
    www.peetjadeamy.blogspot.com

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  8. Some great tips Lucy, I recently engaged in a bloggers chat for balancing blogging and it seemed that we all had something in common (not being able to balance our day to day lives with our blogs). I did suggest using a diary and to schedule ahead.

    I am definitely going to use your lists idea, I think its wonderful.
    Take care and be sure to visit me at:
    www.zeenaxena.com

    x

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  9. This is such a good post for me, I've just started a full time job & feel like I have no routine or no time to blog atm. I really need to get myself a diary and a routine!

    Belle et Beaut | UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  10. Great advice.. I myself, am studing fashion at university and it is so intense sometimes my head explodes!
    I find drafting posts, or taking photographs when it's light helps so I can go home and blog at nighttime!

    A Fickle Fox | Fashion, Beauty, Lifestyle

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  11. Lots of good advice, even for a non-student! :)

    Tara xo

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  12. some great advice here Lucy! thank you :)

    Belinda | Fashion Crossing

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  13. I have the exact same pencil case! great tips here, totally agree
    peachy-milk.blogspot.co.uk

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