1.14.2015

How To Balance Blogging

 Recently I have noticed a lot of people (especially bloggers who are also students!) talking about how they are having a rough time keeping up with blogging during the school year. I can definitely relate, but after 3 years I have my routine down for the most part.




1. Keep a running list of ideas- I keep a notebook where I write down any and every idea I get. Even if it is only half developed and I am not sure if it is good or not, I will write it down and go back to it later. I promise this is the only way I am able to post consistently because I ALWAYS have things to write about.

2. Write posts ahead of time- personally I have more time on the weekends to write, so I set aside a few hours to write and schedule all my posts for the week. I try to have my Monday-Friday posts scheduled by Sunday night at the latest so during the week I don't have to worry about writing posts and can focus on emails, comments, design, networking,  and other blog things during any down time.

3. Use an editorial calendar- I print out monthly calendars and use sticky notes to write down ideas. But find a way that works for you and stick to it! See how I organize mine here. Underneath the sticky notes I will note important dates for collabs and stuff like that. Any other info I need to note I will put in my planner that I use for everything else.

4. Make a daily to do list and make sure to include at least one blog related thing- It is no secret that I am a big fan of to do lists. Many days, especially during the week, I do not have time to do much blogging stuff. But I will try to put at least one blog item on my list to accomplish, whether it is tweaking a design element or replying to comments or emails.

5. Schedule tweets ahead of time- I use Hootsuite and swear by it. I am able to schedule all my tweets for the upcoming week and I don't even have to go on Twitter for a few days if I choose. I used to only schedule my posts for the day, but now I schedule old posts, other people's articles, and other fun tweets in as well! Don't worry, I do still "live tweet" from my phone. ;

6. Make sure to post at least a few times a week on every social media outlet even if you can't do once every day.  I personally try to Instagram once every day and tweet/pin multiple times a day. If I am following someone on Instagram who goes 8 weeks without posting a single pictures, there is a VERY HIGH chance I will unfollow them. I would prefer to follow people who post pictures I love on a regular basis

7. Organize your inbox- Use unroll me to get rid of newsletters you don't want anymore and delete any old emails. If your inbox has a system, it makes finding old emails and replying to important ones so much easier. I am planning on doing a separate post on how I organize my inbox, so let me know if you want to see that!

8. Pick a posting schedule that works for you- I don't mind if a blogger posts once a week, as long as it is a great post and they are consistent! I personally try to post Monday-Friday with the occasional weekend post as well, because that is what I have decided works for me. Maybe your schedule allows you to post twice a week. That is completely fine, but just remember that consistency is key!

How do you balance blogging and life? If you are a full time student or employee it can be extremely difficult to have enough time for it all, but I hope this post inspired you! 

xo, Scarlett

6 comments:

  1. Great ideas & v helpful - I'm trying to use schedules this year - one of my 2015 resolutions carolinefashionstyling.com

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  2. This is such a great post! Time management is hard to stick to when you get home at the end of the day and just want to shut your brain off.

    xo

    Alex | Mrs. Mason Dixon

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  3. These are very good tips I work full time and I am also trying to set up my own business in partnership with a friend so it is not often I have two minutes to myself! I dedicate one day a week to get posts written up that I have made notes on and schedule three posts a week now. Every Tuesday Thursday and Sunday hopefully this will work for me! I used to schedule tweets but couldn't keep it up!! I might try again now I am thinking ahead with my blog
    http://www.allthingskerri.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. This is a great resource! I often find it difficult to strike a good balance ... and it's something I'm hoping to do more of in 2015.


    xo
    Aleesha
    http://covetandacquire.blogspot.ca

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  5. Thanks for writing this. I am terrible at balancing my hobbies and this year I've decided to change that, so this post was great for me. Using a calendar and sticky notes is a great idea.

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  6. This is a great post. I work full-time and attempting to study full-time as well. I find it quite hard to keep up with blogging and going on social media. I've recently deleted my previous blog and restarted a new one so I'm having a hard time gaining followers. *sigh* Very helpful indeed.
    www.rachaelstylesme.blogspot.co.nz

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