06/03/2016

How To Balance Work & Blogging 2016 (Updated)


I can't believe it's been two years since I first wrote this blog post I actually though I had only written it last year turns out I actually wrote it the year before. In today's blog post I'm going to be sharing with you an updated version of "Blogging whilst working". I have been at my current job for a year and eight months now which is amazing considering it's my first real job. 

As I am currently looking for a full time job in relation to social media, digital marketing or media in general. I know that once again I am going to have to change my dynamics when it comes to blogging and uploading videos. When I mean dynamics I mean the days that I choose to sit down and write blog posts or film a video.

Something that I wrote two years ago I still stick by on a daily basis and this is "Remember blogging is for YOU and not your viewers it's a way to express your thoughts & feelings kind of like an online diary". I still stick by this as I have felt that over the time that I have blogged it has become a lot more competitive. Unfortunately nowadays some bloggers/youtubers are just in it for the free gifts, subscriber count or events they could get invited to.

Plan In Advance
This is something I have just started doing I have no idea why I haven't done it before because it's really helpful. At the beginning of each week/month I will sit down and plan out the videos/blog posts that I will be uploading during that time period. I love to use a colour code so that I know what stage I am at with each thing. For example red would mean I haven't even started it, orange would be it's half complete and green would be it's been published or scheduled to go live. 

Schedule blog posts/videos
This brings me onto my next point if you don't already know most blogging platforms such as Blogger, Square Space and Wordpress have the ability to schedule blog posts. For example, if you wanted to upload a blog post for next Saturday because you won't be able to access a computer this feature would come in really handy. YouTube also has this feature although you have to reach a certain point in your channel's life for it to be activated. 

P.S. this is a great thing to do when you are on holiday because it means you can upload something even when you can't access the internet!!

Relax
This is something I have learnt over time in my opinion there is no point in stressing over a blog post that didn't go up or a video that was supposed to go up at 5pm but went up at 8pm instead. Your readers/viewers honestly won't mind because they are there to read your blog posts and watch your videos. They 100% understand if you are super busy one day and cannot upload something. Being relaxed about my blog/channel is something I am glad about. 

I remember a time when I was always worried about what people would think if I missed a day of blogging. Now I know that they don't really care because they know that for me it's a hobby and and not a job. Therefore I have so many other things going on in my life that sometimes life does get in the way first. 

Be Patient
Just because you are busy at the moment doesn't always mean you will be this busy. So be patient. Running a blog or channel is very flexible in a way as you can easily change the days you upload a video or blog post to fit around what's easiest for you. Sometimes I know that at this particular time I will be super busy so I try to plan easy things to put up. Whereas when I'm less busy I try and pre-write/film things so that I have some backed up.

Useful blog posts to read:
- Ways To Discover New Blog Posts

Do you have any tips for balancing work & blogging?
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