10 Tips For Blogging on A Busy Schedule…

Tips For Blogging On A Busy Schedule

As summer rolls to an end, many bloggers prepare to pack their bags for the classroom whilst the rest of us battle furiously with busy work schedules *sigh* In the midst of all this chaos being able to repetitively maintain a regular blog schedule can induce a few premature grey follicles (or) the increased consumption of nerve shattering caffeine/vino/energy drinks *delete as appropriate folks*. Trying to keep up with work commitments or a full time education whilst blogging can ultimately end up draining the life and soul clean out of you…. however, I bring tidings of joy in saying you can make it work & even mildly enjoyable in the process *gasp*

Naturally (as a responsible parent) schooling & work gotta come 1st. But fear not; for those of you searching for a resolution that doesn’t involve spending a fortune on hair dye or midnight trips to the coffee cupboard, here’s a few handy tips on how to keep your blogging schedule maintained and sanity intact…

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No Comparisons

One of the biggest faux-pas us bloggers are consistently guilty off is comparing ourselves to others… should that be through comparing content, how many times we post, interactions, design etc etc etc. Comparing your blog to someone else’s is incredibly dangerous territory and usually only leads to negatively questioning your own abilities. Keep in mind that what works for one person doesn’t essentially work for everyone else – there’s no magic blog potion or virtual wand, just you & your creativity so make the best of what you’ve got. It’s so much healthier for your productivity (and mental health) being able to find a realistic pattern that works solely for you, no one else! Trust me, you’ll enjoy blogging a whole lot better when you STOP comparing your blogging habits to others and putting unnecessary pressure on your shoulders. Reading other blogs should always be a tool to inspire, never to make negative comparisons by!

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Tools

I’ve said it a million times before & I’ll say it yet again – note pads/jotters/cute little owl patterned books are all an ESSENTIAL piece of a bloggers tool kit. It’s utterly amazing the amount of times I’ve been out and about when an exciting blog post has sprung to mind. Scrawling it down is vital before the idea vanishes once again into thin air – there’s a limit on how many mental notes one stressed out mama can take! Keep a notepad & pen handy and you’ll very quickly find yourself waving goodbye to bloggers block or a sudden lack of creativity.

Another essential tool is a calendar. Those ideas you scribbled down in your notebook… get them onto a wall planner or calendar/diary pronto. I personally prefer good old paper & pencil as opposed to computerised, but embrace whatever works for you. In fact, think of it this way: for a blogger who posts 3 times a week (which is a pretty busy schedule)  jotting down 10 ideas is almost a whole months worth of blogging material! Watching your calendar fill up with ideas and posts will make you feel super organised and help you to manage your time SO much better, rather than creating posts on a whim at the very last minute… having been shoe horned into it by guilt; which in turn will leave you stressed to the bones & zapped of all creativity.

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Write Opportunity

Yes, we’ve all got busy lives with school, work, families, socialising… etc. However between all the hustle & bustle of our everyday lives there are little snippets of time that can make a huge difference to help boosting the blog schedule. Think of all the bus journey’s, train commutes, lunch breaks, tea breaks, waiting on dinner heating in the oven breaks… it’s all valuable time & if we just utilise a few of those little windows a week to simply outline the foundations of a blog post or jot down some more great ideas it all adds up and helps keep your mindset as organised as can be.

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Short n Sweet

This is important for a couple of reasons – firstly it doesn’t overwhelm readers being swamped in a screen full of text & secondly it makes your job as a blogger so much easier. Structuring your features into smaller bite size bullet points make it much more effective for you to write and much easier for your reader to take in. It’s also really good to commit yourself to a word limit (particularly, if like me, you can waffle for hours on end) For example, keeping your features to a limit of 500 words will certainly test your editing skills & you’ll be amazed at how much more productive you can be!

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Guest

Not only will this give your blog a fresh dose of content, it helps drive extra traffic, introduces your readers to new friends & of course takes a teeny bit of pressure of your schedule. However to successfully invite guest bloggers onto your site it’s incredibly important that you:

1) Have received your guest bloggers posts well in advance to give yourself time to pre-schedule – remember the object of this is to take pressure OFF you, not result in chasing blog buddies for their pending features.

2) Stay true to the content subject on your blog. If you’ve established a reputation for being a regular fashionista yet start introducing a mish-mash of guest blog topics on: ‘The benefits of talking to house plants’ (that clearly bare no relevance to your own content) readers may get a little disinterested or in some cases disgruntled.

3) Make an effort. If indeed one of your blog chums has made the commitment to write a great piece for your blog the least you can do is support his/her hard work by sharing on social media & being quick to respond to any interactions. Okay, it may help keep your blog relevant and fresh in new content but always be sure to support your blog buddies or you might not get the same in return.

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Picture This

Okay so blogging’s not Instagram, we get that, but us readers are a nosey bunch & often devour a great post with lots of interesting piccies to look at. It could be a girls night out (or in), a jolly holiday (or rainy weekend break) or maybe even a few snaps from a shopping spree/day trip/walk along the beach. It’s nice to inject a little personality into your blog so readers can get a small glimpse into your lifestyle. You be amazed at how easy it is to write a few sentences for each picture which soon builds up to another fun post – voila, you’ve cracked the schedule deadline once again!

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Recycle

As time moves on & your blog evolves in size don’t forget to re-share some of your previous features that some new readers may have missed out on. In fact I done the same thing very recently by combining a few of my older posts into one – not only did my new readers love catching up on stuff they missed but some of my older blog buddies really appreciated re-reading it too. It also helped drive oodles of extra new traffic to various parts of my blog and was incredibly quick to compose! Check it out by *clicking here* if you need some inspiration on how to lay out a recycled post –  maybe you could do it with previous make-up looks or some of your favourite posts to date?

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Daily inspiration

Although many bloggers hit a stage when creativity drains and the dreaded bloggers block looms like a grumbling storm cloud in the distance, usually this is just a case of being burnt-out of fresh ideas to treat your readers too. However many of us often miss the great little opportunities for easy peasy posts that can help our schedules and keep readers happy into the bargain. For example:

1) A daily makeup look: Just set everything you’ve smeared your face in to one side & when you’re finished simply take a picture of the finished look and what products you used by laying them on a pretty back ground or desk top.

2) An updated what’s in my handbag:  yes, us gals love a good ‘What’s in my bag?’ as our curiosity never seems to dwindle with these topics. You could also try a ‘What’s in my make-up bag’ or ‘What’s in my college bag’. Not only do we get a quick peak at your gorgeous hand luggage but you get to run us through all the contents and have a damn good clear out into the bargain. A win win if you ask me!

Pattern

Rolling mercilessly from week to week, not sure of what the next post will be is heading straight for a blog crash in my humble opinion. To avoid, why not start categorising certain topics for set days… for example; Monday’s feature could be fashion inspired, Wednesday guest blogger day & Friday all about make-up & getting sassy for the weekend. Although you don’t have to necessarily stick to this rhythm I personally find it helps to eliminate getting caught in a rut or (worse still) running out of ideas completely!

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Peace and Prescheduling

You all know by now that Sunday is my marathon writing day when the opportunity arises. It’s often the one day where I pad around the house in my comfies whilst Emma plays in the garden with her friends & Steve is torturing his ear-drums with a selection of questionable rock music. I however, am happily perched at my desk, flicking through my notepad filled with ideas & outlines… and considering that I’ve done most of the outlining on little breaks throughout the week, all’s left to do is glue everything together on the computer. Having those few solitary hours to absorb myself in scheduling posts makes me feel super organised and on top of my blog for the week ahead.

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Have you any tips for blogging on a busy scheduling? What works for you? Or, what’s your greatest obstacle when it comes to keeping your blog updated? Whatever your thought’s I’d love to read them in the comments below so do stop by and say a quick hello.

Cheerio chums…

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110 thoughts on “10 Tips For Blogging on A Busy Schedule…

    • Awwh Emma, I know that feeling only too well – it’s really tough when a new routine comes along. You can only do what you can – maybe when you get settled in the routine you’ll find little pockets of time to get your blogging nailed 🙂 XXX

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      • Ye hopefully 😊 ended up having to stay an extra 6 hours today so never got around to writing a post at all 🙈 I think I’m going to have to be less strict with my post schedule 🙈 x

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      • You just have to go with what works for you & whatever you do don’t be too harsh on yourself for missing these things – we bloggers tend to wrap ourselves in guilt if we can’t get enough done! Only so many hours in the day 🙂 XX

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      • Yet I always get so annoyed with myself for not getting things for my blog done 🙈 I definitely need to take things a bit slower now 🙂 x

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      • I promise you we all go through that Emma, but you’re right – a bit slower… cup of tea, feet up & batteries recharged before doing anything!! 😀 hehe Have a fab day lovely Xx

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    • Yes, I find it sooooo incredibly handy. It’s been a lifesaver for me otherwise my schedule would be up the left lol Yep, that’s exactly what I do – schedule a weeks worth and then that gives me time for other things too 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by XXX

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  1. Such good tips, thank you! I still feel pretty new to blogging and I’ve had such a busy summer that my blog had unfortunately taken a backseat but I’m determined to make sure I can fit in my posts now! X

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  2. Such great tips, at uni the balance was easy but now I work 9 to 5 its harder to balance. I totally agree with your writting opportuny bit, I plan everything out and even write bits of posts on my lunch break. Photos is a bit harder to find time for so block out a morning/afternoon to take a months worth of photos as I manage to keep up with my Tuesdays and Fridays schedule x

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  3. Can I just say that you’re such a good writer! You know how to engage readers in the fabulous information that you write 🙂 love your tips!!! I’m almost 99.9% sure. Wait, 100% certain that I repost the same pictures that I’ve done from before. Yes, for new readers. All in all thank you for your advice that maybe we didn’t even think about, ya’ll. ha, I like the word ya’ll 😀 xoxoxo

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  4. These tips are amazing! You are now my blogging guru! Lol. Another great tip I think is to allow yourself breaks every now and then. Life events happen and you don’t want to be over stressing yourself out about your blog on top of everything else. I know my blog will be taking a break while I move across country and I probably won’t be able to post much until internet gets turned on in the new place and things get a bit organized. Hopefully it won’t take long for internet to be set up lol. Because then I could just do some personal updates about the move and such. Anyway, I will let you go lovely lady! Have a beautiful day! 🙂 XXXXXXX

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  5. I installed the WordPress app on my phone to jot down drafts of blog posts on the move, that really helps. My Instagram feed inspires me and the photos I take act as prompts too. Like you I try to schedule posts so even if I can’t physically write a post a day it looks like I did!

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    • Oh what a brill idea – that is really helpful too!! Isn’t Instagram great? As you say, a huge source of inspiration – I’m really getting into it now… only took a few years mins lol Scheduling is super essential for me, without it I’m lost 😀 Thanks so much for leaving such great feedback – very helpful indeed! Xo

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  6. Good tips worth remembering!
    For keeping note of blog ideas, I’ve started using the quick draft things on the wordpress dashboard – if I’m browsing the internet and am struck with an idea I just write it as a title and save it as a draft so when I’m looking for something to post I can scroll through the draft section. At the moment I have about 15 drafts there if I’m stuck for ideas 🙂

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    • What a brill idea Emma – that sounds really helpful, a great way of keeping upcoming ideas indexed 🙂 Love it!!! Might have to start doing that too 😉 Thanks so much for this, incredibly useful huni XX

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  7. Great tips as always Karen! I think re-sharing content is a great idea as your readers may not have been following you when you originally posted. Also, I found that jotting ideas down is great as well as trying to keep it concise and to the point. 🙂

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  8. I break a lot of your rules! lol I do compare myself often to other bloggers as far as pumping out content. Some months I’m on point with the schedule I have for myself and then other months I’m doing the bare minimum and they’re not much I can do about that when other things keep me bus and away from my beauty blog. I have to often tell myself their life and my life are so different and I’m not able to be in front of my mac book as much as I would like. Prescheduling helps a lot when I’m on vacation, I’ve done this a few times so far and it’s great! I’ve been toying around with the idea of guest bloggers, hopefully I can figure out how and when to do it. Anyways all wonderful tips, these are all legit ways to keep everything rolling smoothly. Xx ❤

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    • Thanks so much indeed Jen – really glad you enjoyed the post lovely 🙂 It’s so difficult not to compare to others but hopefully if it has positive effects then all for it lol You sound very similar to me Jen, all depends from month to month on the schedule – with Emma being up a little bit I find things getting easier! Not easy but easier lol You have a super blog & always put tons of energy into it so keep up the awesome work chum 🙂 X

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      • Aw, thanks Karen! I love your blog too! ❤ I feel like I need some peace and quiet to get blogging done. If the kids are around which is often they always want something from me. The older they get though the easier they are and less needed. School started for my youngest and the older one goes back on Thursday so it will be a bit different once they're out of the house. Then I'll have ample time. Does your daughter start school soon? People complain where I live that our kids go back too earlier but I love that they start in Aug.

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  9. Such great tips Karen (as always). It can be a little overwhelming at times, but scheduling in little notebooks and planning ahead are truly lifesavers 🙂
    Hope you have a lovely week hun!
    xx Anne

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    • Thank you so much huni, really glad it might come in useful for you 😀 Wishing you a fabulous new term ahead – I’m sure you’ll be super organised & in a great routine in no time 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by XXX

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    • Thank you so much Sharon – much appreciated huni!!! 😀 Yes, #1 rings true with many of us… always comparing & often negatively! *tut tut* Hope you’re keeping well & having a great week lovely 🙂 XXX

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