If anyone thinks its all frills, freebies and tweeting cute little messages to get some views, they are wrongly mistaken!
If you are a fellow blogger, than you know what I am talking about.
We thrive to do better, create great content for our current readers, and content that will draw new ones too! We would love to work with as many reputable companies as possible as well as experience nice places.
With that comes scheduling of tweets, posts, interacting on every social media platform possible, as well as prepare photo sessions and upcoming events, days out and activities to make sure you don’t run out of content or material.
Not forgetting, this is all on top of a full time job, being social with friends, family and maintaining a healthy life!
You see, there’s a lot that goes on behind the blogger header. And when you’re a blogger who works, it’s even harder.
Not all of us have made ‘it’ yet, and so slogging to get regular and prompt new material out often is a hard and gruelling process.
I have struggled with finding a happy routine that gives me time outside work and blogging, to be myself, and have a life, as well as progress with my blog content, engagement and opportunities.
Sometimes there are a few hiccups, as with everything, but 9 times out of 10, there is content every day, scheduled tweets, 2 Instagram posts and posts on Facebook.
So how do I do it?
Everything is on a schedule
Everything I do is on a schedule. Whether it’s a tweet, post or idea, it’s pencilled in and timed. I leave gaps for alterations and upcoming opportunities of course, but everything else is scheduled and ready. I leave myself enough time to prep and plan a post, as well as push back if I have to.
I find this the best practice to create new post series, and make sure I offer readers a variety of content topics.
I try a dedicate a hour after work to make sure posts are finished and scheduled and tweets are ready to go. I also dedicate some time at the weekend, a hour or two, to draft and schedule future post ideas and series. I try and not work myself up if it doesn’t happen, and rather remind myself I am human and can’t do everything – unfortunately.
Drafts & Scheduled Posts
Every idea is popped into a post and drafted. Whether I am on the go or in the bath, I grab my phone and pop the idea into my notes. This is ideal when I need posts to create and I’m having a writers block.
Don’t over promise!
It’s really easy to jump and say yes to every opportunity available. Yet, it can put you under added stress and strain if you over commit and under deliver. You’re building a name and brand for yourself, and the last thing you want to do is create a name of under delivering.
Do not be afraid to say no, nor push ‘deadlines’ back or be honest on post schedules.
Take a break from writing hours and the blogging world in general. Whether it’s for a evening a week or a week long holiday every couple of months, it’s completely up to you. Having a break and a bit of you time is really important to stop from crashing and burning.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
It takes balls to be a blogger. Putting yourself out there with your writing in a way not everyone can. So don’t be too hard on yourself when a post doesn’t get the response you had hoped. It’s all a learning curve and none us really know what the hell we are doing! Don’t over work yourself for the sake of a blog schedule. Mould a schedule that works around your lifestyle. Whether you blog once a week, month or even a year. Do you!
Ultimately, we are all in this together, and all are juggling multiple balls. Whether its a job, family, relationships or home life. Juggling effectively is all down to preparation and understanding when you need to alter and change something to make it more effective.
I created a daily sheet online that I print and scribble on day to day. Some times I forget and other times it’s my go to when making sure I’m on track to progress and grow in my blogging.
Use it, print it and see how it works for you, for FREE by saving the image below!