In case you missed Monday’s post, one of the things y’all seemed to be interested in on the reader survey was Q+A posts. I received some questions to get started in the survey, so I thought I’d share one today! If you have a question, you can email email@example.com and I will try to answer on the blog. You can also visit the new Posts by Category page to see if your question has already been answered.
How do you keep up your blogging hobby when your life gets too busy? I have a really difficult time blogging regularly when I wish I could, and it ends up being just another to-do.
1. Remember why you blog
I think the most important thing when you get busy is to remember why you blog in the first place. Is it just supposed to be a fun hobby? Then don’t feel guilty for skipping posts when it isn’t fun for you! Are you working to build a business? Then remind yourself of the end goal so it’s not just another chore to do, it’s something to help you reach your goal. Put a note by your computer if it keeps you motivated!
Honestly? I didn’t really feel like blogging today — I have so much to do before I go to Palm Springs. But ultimately I know that my blog helps my business, and once I just got started and forgot about everything else I have to do, I started enjoying it. Sometimes you just need to start.
This has always been my favorite way to balance life and blogging: use your blog as a way to cross something else off of your to-do list! Stop thinking so much about blogging itself as a hobby, but rather a way to document your other hobbies or whatever you are doing/want to do in your life. Do you want to decorate your bedroom? You’re going to be searching for inspiration and shopping for products anyway, so write blog posts about it — then, you’ve blogged, AND you’re that much closer to completing another project in your life. Also, when things get super busy, it feels less like a chore when you’re writing about something you’re planning to do.
I’ve also always had a much easier time keeping up with blogging when I’m talking about whatever I’m thinking about anyway. These days, I spend a lot of time running my business and helping clients, so the topics I write about come up throughout my day. They’re on my mind anyway, so it doesn’t take me as much time to just write about it. I once wrote about how I thought my life was boring, because I had absolutely nothing else to write about, and I ended up having so many conversations on Twitter that day with others who were feeling the same way — you just never know!
3. Make a plan
When do you enjoy blogging the most? Set aside that time for blogging, and do what you can in that amount of time. Maybe you love spending Sunday afternoons blogging while catching up on TV but can only finish 3 posts during that time. Then stop posting 5 days a week! Set the expectation on your blog that you only blog 3 times a week, then you can blog when you enjoy it the most and not stress yourself out doing more work. When that plan no longer works for you, change it. I congratulate anyone who’s been able to blog 5 days a week consistently for years, but personally, I can’t do it. I think I’ve gone maybe 2 months tops before skipping a post for some reason or another. It happens.
Also… make an editorial calendar. I know you’re probably tired of hearing me say that. But blogging usually feels less like a chore if you actually have somewhere to start. And the more time you save, the more time you have to do other things! (By the way, other tips for saving time).
Despite these tips, I certainly don’t have it all together — lately I’ve had a hard time keeping up! So I would love to hear any tips you have for finding balance, share in the comments!