Like most of you, in addition to my blog, I have a pretty full life. I am active in my church, I volunteer weekly with an urban youth ministry, I am planning a wedding, I have the sweetest dog ever, I have fantastic family and friends that I try to stay connected to, I run (a lot) and oh yeah…I also have a day job that often takes me out of town for days at a time. With all that is going on, it can be a struggle to find time to blog, as much as I love it. With my current blogging schedule (five days a week, M – F), it means I have to be very intentional about writing or else posts would never get written. Here are my three tips to balancing your blog with your day job.
- Plan ahead. I’ve already highlighted the benefits of using an editorial calendar. I highly recommend that, but I also recommend thinking about times you’ll be traveling for work or the like. Will you have time to blog while traveling? If not, then either seek guest posts or have your blogging done before hand! If you plan ahead, it tends to not be as overwhelming.
- Utilize down time. I spend most of my lunch hours drafting or editing blog posts. I also blog while on the train (using the wordpress app on my phone) and I’m quick to start a post that just has the basic hint of an idea. I find that blogging during lunch works well for me because it’s down time but doesn’t affect my productivity during the work day.
- Think carefully about your blogging schedule. Don’t feel like you have to commit to blog 3 days a week, 4 days a week or any certain number of days a week. I think what is more important than the number of days a week you blog, is how consistent you are in your blogging schedule. If people know they can find a new blog post on your website on every Thursday, then they will check back on Thursdays. However, if you blog 5x a week one week and then don’t blog again for 2 months and then blog 2x a week for one month…you will probably lose readers because they won’t know when they can find your posts. Set a schedule that works for you and then do you best to stick to that schedule.
How do you maintain consistency with your blog and day job? Any tips that I missed?