Today did not go as planned, and it’s fitting that my blog post topic is about balancing blogging with everything else. Right now, I’m definitely feeling the time crunch as I sit down to write this. Yes, I have some tips and ideas that have helped me balance the time it takes to manage a blog with the demands of work and family. However, I hope that you will help me out by sharing some ideas of your own. I could really use some inspiration.
The Paradox of Blogging
Creating and managing a blog takes time. In order to have something to write about, a person needs to get out there and live life. Having adventures, attending events, and trying new things also takes time. It’s tricky to balance the need for living life while taking the time to write about the life that you’re trying to live. It seems impossible at times, yet many bloggers rise to meet this challenge. Here are some discoveries I’ve made.
Incorporate Your Real Life into Your Blog Whenever Possible
Going to an auction? Making your grandmother’s famous goulash? Write a blog post about it. Even though I have a list of blog topics planned out for the month, I leave room for those last-minute situations that crop up. Inspiration does not stick to a schedule. Be flexible about what you plan to post, and write about the sudden situations when they are fresh in your mind. Even though our recent trip to a local Oktoberfest was last-minute, I managed to create and post a video about it using an app I had written about recently in a post for bloggers making videos on the go.
Try to Create Visual Content With Your Phone
A big timesaver for me has been using the Canva app to create graphics with my phone, especially when I’m posting the graphic to a social media site. As previously noted, I’ve also been creating a lot of video projects using my phone. I also upload edited photos from my phone directly into the WordPress site in my phone’s web browser, rather than using the computer to upload the photos. Although I still type my blog posts using the keyboard on my laptop, I’m using my phone for my blog more and more.
Set Aside Time Every Day to Disconnect from Social Media
This can be a challenge. I’m forced to disconnect from social media during the work day, because all social media sites are blocked from use at the schools where I teach. So far, I think that’s a good thing. It forces me to limit my social media activity to a couple of set times each day. I don’t know about you, but I can become rather obsessive about checking for likes, followers, shares or retweets. After work, when I’m able to check up on my social media accounts, I am often pleasantly surprised by comments that have been posted or connections that have been made.
Keeping Things in Perspective
For now, my blog is not really about making money. Although I post the occasional affiliate link or two, right now I am more focused on making connections. There are a lot of awesome people out there with excellent ideas, and I’m enjoying learning all I can from them. I still have so many areas I need to improve upon. My use of Twitter, Pinterest and my Facebook business page is pretty feeble. Although my list of followers is growing in each of those areas, I don’t invest as much time in posting to those platforms as I do Instagram. I did create a YouTube channel, mainly so that I could embed videos into my blog posts. It’s all about baby steps, and avoiding the trap of comparing myself to others. Remember this: You are more than the number of likes you get for a post. Keep writing about what you enjoy and have fun.
A Little Help?
Now it’s your turn. What helps you keep the balance between blogging, work and family? I really need all of the help I can get. If you like what you’ve read, please consider subscribing to my blog. I wish you great success out there in the blogosphere!