Friend Friday: Finding the Balance

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…

Katy Rose
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91 thoughts on “Friend Friday: Finding the Balance

  1. Krystle

    I totally agree on using your phone!! I used to even write posts from it every once in awhile. Just switched over to Blackberry, though, so not sure if I can post but I can do everything else. Great questions once again. :)
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    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I used to write posts on my blackberry in the notes and then email the note to myself. That made posting easy once I got to a computer. Posting from a phone is tricky because it is hard to see all the spacing and alignments, but at least if the text is prepped ahead of time it is just plug and play!

  2. Bekah

    I definitely second the “scouting new locations” part- I would love to be able to just walk around and find nice place to take my pictures. But for now, at least I am mastering outside pics!
    Bekah recently posted..FBFF- Finding The Balance

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Bekah – That’s one step in the right direction. I can’t wait for the weather to warm up a little more so I can walk out in my outfit and not look like an insane women the moment I step out on the street to take a photo.

  3. Kathrine

    I so agree with you, the phone is a life saver in so many ways!
    Finding the balance can be really hard, but it’s possible, if you plan ahead! There is no other way if you ask me.

    Have a happy Friday and a great weekend!
    Kathrine recently posted..Finding the balance – FBFF

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Kathrine – The planning ahead is totally key to all of this. If you are just going about it day by day, blogging becomes totally overwhelming and loses some of it’s enjoyment – at least for me.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I completely agree. For me it is a way to disconnect a little and it’s a relaxing hobby that I pursue doggedly.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Jessica – Glad this week’s questions were helpful and gave you some of that needed motivation. It’s so hard to keep up the constant blogging flow week after week. And sometimes these little ruts seem like a bigger deal than they really are. Hope your weekend turns out to be better than your week.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Michelle – I’s true. For some people it is life. And I have to admit that on occasion I do accidentally put it before other things but I have to keep reminding myself that there is a proper order and things need to fall into that rhythm. Although, I do love Facebook and Twitter too – LOL

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      It’s funny, because I only got a smartphone three years ago and I now don’t know how I wrote or blogged without one. It really does so many things all at once. (Now if I can figure out how to make the WordPress app function properly.)

  4. Kirstin Marie

    Your answers were definitely helpful! I too struggle with lack of time, especially now with my hectic work schedule. I heavily rely on my phone, and writing up posts that are scheduled to post at a later date, just so my blog doesn’t remain dormaint if I have no time.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      That too me is always the struggle… usually a couple other things in life can be put on hold a couple days or even a week or two. But blogging, if you don’t do it with some regularity you begin to lose influence. That’s the miracle of the pre-post especially when you foresee long periods of no time.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Thanks Caitlin – I’ve always been all about the writing. So as much as I love the basic outfit posts, I do enjoy when I get to write a little bit more. Look for more articles in the future.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I completely understand! That’s one of the reasons I’m hesitant to get a large camera. My basic point-and-shoot works for those quick shots and then I am not so obvious. But when I finally do make the upgrade I am going to need to really think through how outfit shots will change.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I haven’t gotten around to reading the other posts yet, but I am going to be sure to read these responses with a pen and pad close at hand for all the notes I’ll want to take.

  5. Stephanie

    I must say that I loved this weeks set of questions. I am really looing forward to reading my fellow bloggers responses to these questions 😀

    P.S Thank you sooo much Katy for the FBFF Buttons!! I love them =]
    Stephanie recently posted..FBFF

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Stephanie – Glad you like to buttons. Hopefully we will have more polished ones in the future. But they work for now. And I too loved this week’s questions.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Vonnie – Would love to get your questions, or the topics you would like to cover. You can email me directly if that is easier.

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      I agree – we do need to cut ourselves some slack in this area. We are definitely our own worst critics and judges.

  6. Sarah

    I wish I had more time to do editorial style photo shoots as well. I guess it’s not surprising because so many people who do outfit of the day blogs really like photography.

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  8. Casee Marie

    This was such a great series of questions! I’m excited to read everyone’s posts so I can gain more insight into how to balance blogging. Being so new to it I’ve tended to focus more on the how-tos of blogging rather than the little details that make it so much more efficient, so this is an excellent approach to that. I’ve been really considering getting a smartphone as my cell currently is only good for text messages (and sometimes not even then). I’m glad to know you consider your phone an invaluable tool, it certainly helps me when I’m weighing the pros and cons for myself!

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Once you have a smartphone I think you will see that it becomes integral to the whole process. Not that blogging can’t be done without one. It just makes it easier.

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  10. Anja

    Oh, I wanted so badly to write about this FBFF, but I got sick yesterday and I am definitely putting my blog after my health, so this FBFF will still have to do without me. Till next week, I will be back to my full self and until then I am reading the input by all the others taking part.
    Anja recently posted..Edge of Rock

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Anja – Sorry to hear you got sick. If you have time over the weekend feel free to write your post and link up at that point. A couple bloggers do that from time to time. No big deal.

  11. Elizabeth

    Thanks for these questions! I’m really looking forward to seeing what other people have to say so I can try to incorporate their tips for myself. I realized we had very similar answers for the fifth question.
    Elizabeth recently posted..friday Im in love

  12. amanda.

    pre-posting & scheduling are my new best friends – and i feel better knowing i’m not the only one who emails/texts herself with reminders & notes!

  13. Alex Elizabeth

    I wish there was more time in the day for everything! If days could be 36 hours long that would actually probably be ideal for me :) haha I really agree about using the phone for blogging, it’s much better than I thought on sites that are optimized for mobile. I just got got a MacBook Air two weeks ago and it’s been my constant companion ever since, so lately I’ve been using that as well. I definitely type faster on the computer than on my phone!
    Alex Elizabeth recently posted..FBFF &amp Winter Outerwear- Belted Coat

    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      For me the laptop is the first go-to for blogging, but in a pinch or in need to just taking notes I will pull out my phone instead. I tried the whole carry a notebook around but I ended up never having it when I wanted it near. PS totally jealous of he MacBook Air. They look so sleek!

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    1. katy_rose1 Post author

      Welcome to the group and congrats on linking up to your first FBFF. Easier than you thought – right? Looking forward to reading your responses and seeing your comments in the weeks ahead.

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  16. Kate

    I love this week’s questions as it is something I have been struggling with for the last few weeks. You miss a couple days/posts and it seems to throw your entire momentum and schedule off balance, making it difficult to get back into it.
    Kate recently posted..FBFF- Finding the Balance

  17. Shea

    I’m going to try to make use of the little pockets of time I have too. And my next goal is to get with this century and get a phone that has the internet, etc. so I can use my phone to help with blogging as well!
    Great questions, as usual Katy!
    Shea recently posted..Is it Really Over

  18. Elly

    Another set of great questions, thank you! I feel like all wish we had more time to spend blogging/being part of the blog community. And I absolutely agree with you on the point about having more time to do photo shoots and get some lovely pictures! Hadn’t thought of that when I was writing my answers, but that’s definitely true for me as well.
    Elly recently posted..FFB Roundup

  19. L

    I think this is a great topic for the FBFF, especially since I have some trouble with this myself! Thanks, and I can’t wait to see what everyone says :)

  20. Rachel

    I finally figured out the FBFF thing out so please add me. I linked up! Those were fun questions, thanks for doing this!!
    Rachel recently posted..FBFF

  21. Sara

    Loved the topic this week :) I’m currently struggling with how to balance life and blogging, so it was nice to read all the tips from other bloggers.

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