Posted on August 11, 2014

#socialbloggers 25 // Blogging and Time Management

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blogging time management

Hello you social bloggers, you. 🙂

We had a great chat on Saturday around how you manage your time and blogging.

It’s a time consuming hobby, is blogging. You’re never really ‘done’. There’s always something that you could be doing, pre-writing posts, commenting on other blogs, tweeting, taking photos, redesigning your blog etc.

The problem with being a blogger is that there is something called real life that can get in the way. Fuck that shit man.

I publish a post every day on this blog. I also work full time. That means I have to be very aware of how much time I have and plan my blog posts well.

I probably spend between 30-40 hours a week blogging.This is the same amount of time I spend working. Help.

When I say blogging – I mean doing anything blog related such as:

  • Writing blog posts
  • Taking photographs
  • Editing photos and graphics
  • Commenting on other blogs
  • Promoting across social media
  • Reading and replying to e-mails
  • Researching blog related topics
  • Checking statistics

Typically, I’ll spend between 4-6 hours blogging after work and all day on a day off blogging, unless I have plans.

How do I manage all this? Well, I have made some sacrifices. There are some things I don’t do as much since I started blogging.

I’m not sure if sacrifice is the right word – it’s more that my priorities have shifted. Things I once enjoyed doing a lot are now not currently as important to me as my blog is.

I used to play a lot of video games before blogging. I was your typical teenage boy (what?). I spent hours on Minecraft, Call of Duty, Skyrim. I played all the Assassins Creed games, Final Fantasy and clocked around 120 hours on Oblivion. But now? – I’ve not switched my xBox on in months.

I also don’t watch as many TV shows as before, nor keep up with YouTubers as much. I used to watch LOADS of YouTube videos, but now I only really keep up with the Shaytards vlogs and will sometimes watch some others while getting ready/straightening my hair etc. I’m very behind on some of my favourite TV shows!

As a general rule – if I’m at home, I’m online blogging. Even if I do watch TV, I’m usually reading blogs at the same time. I can’t just sit and do nothing. People used to judge me at work for playing video games, saying it’s sad and a waste. But I enjoyed it because I was interacting with the game. I can’t just sit and watch TV. I’ve always been like that, even before the blog I would be on my laptop or playing a game on my iPhone while I was watching the telly!

I just feel like if I’m not doing something productive with my time, I’m wasting it. Blogging is a productive thing for me as it gives me many benefits. To grow a blog, grow it’s readers, traffic and build relationships and connections with others is something that is important to me and it gives me a real sense of.. job satisfaction?

With that being said, it is sometimes difficult to keep up with daily posting. I am full of ideas and I have a list of posts I want to write, it’s just the time that I struggle with! I plan my posts out in a calendar so I know what posts I am going to post on what day. I’ll try to get all the photos into the post as a draft as soon as possible and I’ll write what I can. I have around 10-15 posts in draft mode, some are more complete than others!

As my new job is going to get a bit demanding very soon, I’m starting to plan ahead. When I went on holiday to Florida, I somehow managed to write 15 posts and schedule them all so I did not miss a day while I was away. I’m going to try and do something similar in September as I’m going to just be SO busy between now and the end of September! It’s all in the planning!

Let’s get on with the chat 🙂

Q1: How much time do you spend blogging? #socialbloggers

 

Q2: Have you had to sacrifice something you love so you can keep up your blog? #socialbloggers

Q3: How do you keep an good balance between life and blogging? #socialbloggers

Q4: How do you stop burning out? #socialbloggers

Q5: What’s your best time management tip? #socialbloggers

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15 Comments

  • Reply Liz @distract_me August 11, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Wow, I am genuinely shocked at how much time blogging take when you do it properly! I think I’ll stick with my half-assed little online scrapbook, but props to everyone who is prepared to put the real time and effort in!
    Xx

  • Reply pilar domínguez August 11, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Wow! 6 hours! It takes me a lot of time to do my posts( photos, editing, writing) and answer other blogs but six hours it is a lot of time. Sacrifice is the word, no doubt( I make sacrifices too)Kisses, Corinne:)

  • Reply KizzyDoll August 11, 2014 at 11:12 am

    Time management is very much needed. I have my two daughters at home with it being summer, a house to take care of and lots of others jobs. My blog keeps me very busy too, so having the right balance is needed to keep from burning out. Posts take a lot more than some realise, I hope you have a great week doll xx

  • Reply Jackie Harrison August 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

    I try to manage everything sometimes I get burn out.
    Great tips is very helpful.
    http://tifi11.blogspot.com

  • Reply India Benjamin August 11, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Bloody real life. I wish I had a Bernard’s watch 🙂 I like commenting while I’m watching crap on TV, it’s only Hemlock Grove I can’t have my laptop out!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  • Reply DEV August 11, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    management is important , i have my own business so i need to organize my days
    great tips
    xo

  • Reply Amy August 11, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Glad to hear someone say you have to make sacrifices to blog. Although you can’t tell from mine, it does take me a while to blog (photos, writing, commenting etc). Partly because it’s all new to me. I don’t watch half as much TV anymore either which is fine, but one thing it is stopping me from doing is finding another job! Tut tut Amy!

    Why don’t you try cutting down to every other day when your job gets really busy? x

    Amy at Amy & More

  • Reply Francesca August 11, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Wow, this post has seriously inspired me to get myself dedicated to my blog, again. So nice to hear someone acknowledge the sacrifice that dedicating time to your blog requires, sometimes I think it’s just me that has to work out such a thorough schedule! xx

  • Reply Lauren Michelle August 11, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    I know what you mean. I work 40 hours and spend about 20 hours a week blogging (meaning anything blog related). The rest of the time is spent on quality time with my husband and dog, sleeping, or working on my personal writing projects. It’s a busy world!

    http://howtomakehome.blogspot.com

  • Reply Lucy August 11, 2014 at 10:04 pm

    A really good bloggers chat, I find that I currently don’t have the right balance. If I don’t set a time limit I can spend hours preparing blogs. Setting a time limit is definitely helpful and scheduling post in advance. Time is what I need and lots of it Lucy x

  • Reply i.s. August 11, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    so true x
    http://www.vicariousLA.com

  • Reply Rebeca August 12, 2014 at 4:36 am

    Hi Corine! Actually I usually organize my post for the week even so I think I should spend more than 5 hours a day on blogging, because I also have to manage social networking communities like Lookbook and Chictopia so it’s not easy for me I am also mother family and freelance designer.

    http://www.urbanikamoda.blogspot.com

  • Reply Olivia August 12, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    Great tips! I’m starting out in college right now and I’m worried about my balance between school and blogging and personal life, etc. I hope that my blogging will still be something I will be invested in as I am now so crossing my fingers:) Thank you for your post!
    xo Olivia

  • Reply Emma Luxton August 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    A great blogger chat. I definitely struggle with time management and blogging, If I’m super busy blogging slacks, but sometimes I feel like I spend too much time blogging and not enough time on other things.

    Emma x
    Writing Essays With Wine

  • Reply Amber August 13, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I’ve definitely cut back on a lot of things since I’ve been more actively blogging. I don’t get to watch a lot of TV or YouTube videos anymore, and pretty much my whole morning is consumed by blogging. But I don’t really consider this a bad thing, because I love blogging and I wouldn’t give it up just to watch a little more TV (:

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