As I mentioned in my post earlier this week about how to blog more often without taking more time – the balance between blogging and the rest of life never works the way you want it to. We always wish there was more time in the day to blog, and more time to spend with family and friends, and more time to just kick back with a movie. Finding that right balance is certainly in large part a product of trial and error. You give a little too much to blogging, your job or personal life suffers and you pull back. Spend a little too much time unwinding and your blog goes dormant for longer than you’d like. So how do you do it all? To be honest – you can’t. But a lot of it comes down to prioritizing, time management and having the right tools are your disposal to make the most of the time you do have.
This week’s Friend Friday questions focus on the issue of finding the balance. Every one whose ever lived knows this is a sticky topic and we could all probably use to take a page from another bloggers book of how-to. So here’s what I have to say about the subject at hand and below, as usual, will be the links for what other bloggers have to say. And as always, thanks for reading.
1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall? This is a tricky one to answer. In the overall scheme of things, I suppose it falls somewhere around sixth most important. Faith, family, friends, health, and my profession all rank above the blog. Sure someday I hope to say the blog IS my profession and to be able to move it up to the top 5 slot, but for now it’s holding its own as #6. In terms of hobbies and fun things I like to do… I’ll blog over read a good book, and lately I’ll blog rather than add pages to the novel – although that might be changing.
2. 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? I think I outlined a lot of this in the post earlier in the week: How to Blog More Often without More Time. I really do try and take advantage of the little down moments. That is when I get in most of my blog commenting and the rough drafts of some posts. For instance, when I am running an errand I always take my camera with me so that if I come across a place to take a photo I can shoot an outfit pic quickly and continue on my way.
3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient? My phone I’d say is the biggest lifesaver of this whole thing. I get to read and respond to emails, tweets, check my blog and others, etc… I also keep a running to-do list for the blog in the tasks app and a note with post ideas and topics to refer to later. Since I’m always with my phone I’m able to access it when waiting in line and an idea comes up, or running at the gym, or sitting down about to write.
4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead? I plan about two weeks in advance, and when I am not in the midst of the 30 for 30, I try to post one article at least 5 days a week. (Now in the challenge, I occasionally post more than once a day.) Ideally, I write pre-post articles on Sunday and then on Wednesday or Thursday each week. That allows for the content to remain fresh but also for me to be on top of frequent posts.
5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now? I think I would be taking shots in some more exciting and exotic places, scouting locations and really turning each outfit pic into a mini photo shoot. I’d also like to do more in-depth pieces that require more of the skills from my journalism background. I really like writing the how-to posts, blogging 101 tips, etc…