Hey Guys, Today I want to do a helpful tip/discussion type post for you. One focused on how I juggle my book blog, my third year of university and my job. When I first thought about starting a blog I thought it would be really easy, in my head I just thought ‘Oh it’s just writing about the books I love…’.
What a shock that was. Blogging takes time, finding images, making headers, replying to comments, making posts etc there is a lot of work that goes into it. Now I’m in my third year of university and in all honesty I’m struggling a little bit because second year was hard but now the pressure is really on. Here are some little tips that I hope help you if you ever feel the way I do;
F O R G I V E Y O U R S E L F
This one is the number one big rule. You missed a posting day? You didn’t reply to comments as fast as you would like? You haven’t posted in a week?
That’s all ok and I know that’s easier said than done right?
I’ve been there, I’ve beaten myself up about all the above. I always feel like I’m letting you down by not posting regularly or as often as others but now I’ve learnt that it’s ok for me to miss a day or even a week.
Forgive yourself for missing a day, don’t force yourself to post for the pure sake that you need to get something out there. I’ve done that before and you guys can probably tell my heart isn’t 100% in the post. Your followers are still going to be there when you return.
S C H E D U L E
That schedule button became my best friend last year, up until then I was writing posts on the day they went up. Now when I have some time to kill and some ideas I think hey, I should get some posts underway on my blog so that when things get hectic again I know I still have posts going up.
If you are also struggling to think of posts you could schedule then why not look for some tags which run each week? Then you have a constant post going out one day of the week on your blog. There are a ton of tag’s out there, be sure to check goodreads for them!
T H E S T R U G G L E F O R I D E A S
Finding ideas for posts outside of reviews can be really hard, some days the inspiration stick really doesn’t hit you or theirs days you have tons of ideas and then you spend the day with your anxious mind telling you ‘nobody wants to read them’. That’s pretty much how mine goes.
If you are interested in something then post about it, politics – pfft why not. Throw in a discussion section on your blog where you talk about what you are interested in.
A rule I am so guilty of forgetting is – Never forget that your blog is for you, it’s what you like so make it all about you. Don’t get too wrapped up in statistics, you will make yourself crazy comparing yourself to others blogs who may be more successful. Just write posts you would want to read for yourself, readers come I promise. Do this because you love it, when you lose the love that’s when you might want to question is this right for me? Do I need a break?
C O M M U N I C A T E – F E L L O W B L O G G E R S
If your feeling stressed or just need someone to talk to, then don’t be afraid to message your fellow bloggers perhaps for advice or even just a chat. Through blogging I’ve met (online of course) some wonderful girls who are located all over the world, girls who have helped me with my anxiety, blogging worries and girls who have been there just to have a lovely chat to. Bloggers don’t bite, I promise. We reign in the vampire and leave that for Cullens. ( Bad book joke?)
Here are some of the girls who have wonderful inspiring blogs you should 100% follow. Be sure to check them out:
Gretchen – https://chicnerdreads.wordpress.com/
N O T I M E
This one links up to scheduling, frankly being in third year now I am really having trouble to find the time to read. I study English Literature so I do read but I never really post about the books on my course, right now I’m doing a-lot of Shakespeare. I read the texts I need to for that week, then the secondary sources I need to on top of that whilst trying to do my assignments and my research for my dissertation. Frankly I’ve felt like I’ve been drowning for a while under the work load.
I’ve had to learn to push away the guilt for not reading a book I really want to, one I want to review or talk about because it’s not healthy to bog myself down like that.
How can you fix this?
Remember it’s ok to not have time right now, it’s ok to take a break. If you have a spare few minutes here or there just open a word document, write some ideas or start a blog post and work on it day by day. When your studying be sure to take breaks, once you’ve done a certain amount then treat yourself to a chapter of your book!
So there we have it. My little tips for trying to juggle a busy schedule. Let me know in the comments if your guilty for feeling any of the emotions I mention in my post or if there are any further tips you would give perhaps to a new blogger struggling?
Be sure to let me know if this helps you!