If there is one thing that I struggle with, it is blogging and keeping up with my full time job. I want to succeed at both, but it’s hard when both take up so much time and energy. I have changed things up with my blog to help accommodate my job, but still making myself happy.
When my office moved downtown, I knew that I had to do something about my blog. I wanted to keep blogging, but I wasn’t sure what to do. I’m listing the tips that I used to help me balance both the blog and my job. It has completely changed the way I blog and it has helped me be more present at work.
Write posts over the weekend.
I have said this over and over, but this is a huge win for me. I’m not perfect at it, but it has helped me tremendously during the week. I use the CoSchedule calendar to schedule my drafts and keep up with my social media mentions. I keep it open when I am working on posts to help me keep on track. I have post ideas for a few months on the calendar and I work on each one for the next week over the weekend.
Figure out a consistent posting schedule.
I don’t know who decided that posting 5 times a week was the only option. It’s not. I am slowly moving my blog schedule to M-W-F to make it consistent. This will not only lead to less content each week for me, but better content. I can focus more time on scheduling social media mentions on the days I don’t post blog content.
You don’t have to post only 3 times a week, but figure out a good schedule for you and go from there. I decided that 3 times a week (except on the weeks that Between the Lines happens), will work best for me. Figure out what works best for you and just stick with it.
Reply to comments after work.
This step was a huge shift for me. I used to reply to comments immediately after the comment was made – or shortly thereafter. This not only made me extremely unproductive at work, but it made my comment replies to feel rushed.
Use your phone to jot down ideas when they come to you.
I use Evernote on my phone to help me with blog post ideas. I use Evernote because it syncs to my phone and computer and I can jot something down any time an idea comes to me. I get ideas at the weirdest time – like in the shower or right before bed. Quickly using my phone really helps me jot things down.
After I put an idea on my phone, I open CoSchedule when I have a chance to put it on my editorial calendar. Trust me, a calendar is a huge win for blogging and having a full time job.
Edit posts the night before they go live.
If you have written your posts over the weekend, all you probably need to do is edit them one last time. I do this the night before (or a few nights before) it is supposed to go live. This is when I make sure the images are the right sizes, my grammar is correct and everything flows properly.
What else should be added to this list?