1. Don't procrastinateThis is like the hardest one for me. I'm like always tired for whatever it is that I made that day. Every excuse seems like a good excuse to lay on my bed watching episodes of Friends. But procrastinating will only take time away from things you're going to have to do anyway.
2. Keep an agendaOkay, so I know a lot of people have a special agenda/book/binder just for blogging, but I use only one for everything. I mean, it's already hard for me to do everything in my only agenda, image if I had more than one! Also, since there is only one of me, I'd like to see everything I have to do on one day at the same time. If I have plans, or I have stuff to do for Uni, I'll work on my posts a different day.
And a mini tip, I like to use different colors for different things. I've actually been using the same color code since high school:
- Blue for birthdays
- Pink for plans
- Purple for deadlines
- Green for exams (because it's the color of good luck, and I need A LOT of that!=
- Orange for my blog (I used to use yellow for school days and orange for holidays, but when I started blogging I realized I needed a new color so yellow disappeared from my agenda)
- Black pen for everything else
3. Keep up to dateThis has a lot to do with not procrastinating. I like to keep up with uni so I will have free time for blogging. And so I can concentrate entirely on blogging and not be like "omg! will I have time to finish that assignment on time? Wait when was the midterm exam again?".
4. Don't make blogging a choreIf you don't feel like blogging, either because you have exams, or assignments, or an actual social life, or you're not feeling well, well, take a break. It's ok. Your blog can wait. And your readers will wait too. I blog because I love to blog, but if blogging became a chore, I'm pretty sure I'd hate doing it.
5. Write down all your ideasIf you have a blog, and you say you've never suffered from bloggers block, I do not believe you. Nope. That's impossible. So what I do is, every time I have an idea for a blog post, I write it down so I won't forget about it. And when I don't know what to blog that week, or I'm trying to overcome bloggers block, I will go back to my list of post ideas.
Another mini tip: if you have an iPhone, I like to use the reminders app. I have a list just for blog post ideas. I always have my iPhone with me, so I can add ideas in this list at any moment and you can check them when you've posted them.
6. Draft and scheduleWhen I have some free time, I like to go to that list of post ideas that I just mentioned before and start working on those blog posts. That way, when I don't have time to write new posts, I don't have to! And in those moments, I swear I wish I could travel back in time and hug my past self and tell her (her? or me?) how much I love her and how thankful I am.
7. Recycle your photos
Taking and editing the photos for my posts takes so much time. And the worst thing is that you cannot take them at any time, you have to take your photos when there is daylight. And I'm usually in class then so that's an added difficulty. So what I sometimes do (although maybe I should keep it as a secret) is to go through my phone and try to look for a photo that I had previously taken and I could use for that post.
Question of the day
How do you balance blogging with the rest of your activities?
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