Balance, prioritizing , sanity and blogging. That’s what we’re talking about for this week’s Friend Friday. So let’s get on with keeping it real.
When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall?
Blogging for me is a habit as much as it is a hobby since I’ve been doing it for about 11 years now. I think it’s a great way to write pieces with editorial integrity and touch on subjects I feel passionately about. That being said, it’s an outlet and an escape for me from my everyday life. That doesn’t mean it takes priority over work, wedding planning or job hunting, but it may fall before reading magazines or watching television.
We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible?
First off, I’ve seen really great bloggers do their thing, and I’m not so sure I would want to dedicate that much time to blogging. I’m constantly impressed with how many go over and beyond the typical blogger routine.
As I write this, it’s about 1:15AM on Saturday night (hello to the future!). At 6AM, I’ll wake up, get my things together and head out on an Alternative Spring Break trip. That being said, this is just one instance when the “schedule post” option is a lifesaver when it comes to productivity. Though I’ll have less posts this week than usual, I think it’s important to stick to a schedule.
Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient?
Definitely learning how to schedule posts and also edit them over a period of days. Taking two or three days to write, edit and put the finishing touches on posts is incredibly helpful (which I won’t be doing for this post, so there’s always an exception to that short cut.) It may seem like it takes longer, but in the end you’ll have better streamlined content.
I also like editing photos in bulk to use later in posts. Oh! and also writing down ideas and taking notes about content for posts.
Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead?
I bought a planner with the specific purpose of writing down a schedule for posts though I haven’t really stuck to it. I usually think of ideas as I’m walking to or from work and write them down as they come. I also build off post ideas that interest me. In the past, I’ve done at least two series with two to three posts on a particular subject within a month of each other.
If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now?
Definitely more research on issues I’m interested in exploring, without a doubt. I love writing and I love interacting with people so I would probably increase time spent on other blogs as well as social media.
That’s that! Hope you all have a great weekend!