How to balance blogging with real life and keep staying inspired

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Hey Ladies

If you regular read my blog ( which i hope you are;)) you surely notice the absence of my presents and the looooong silence. Since i had a lot going on in my private life, i hit a writers block and really struggled with motivation. However, i am here to break it today with a new post full of insights into how to balance blogging and regular life. You should be able to continue doing what you love without burning out. Blogging is not always what people imagine and i hate to say it but the struggle is real when it comes to balancing it all.

How to balance blogging and real life

If you are a blogger you know how addictive blogging can get. yes shocking! As a blogger you are either brainstorming, writing, photographing or editing a new post. If you are not directly busy with your blog you are researching new blogging resources, pitching ideas to companies, networking…i mean the list goes on and on. Blogging never stops. So it’s really hard to step away. However, sometimes it’s exactly what you NEED to do; both for the good of your sanity and your blog. In order to balance blogging and still keep it all fun and enjoyable here are a few tips i have learned and used since starting my blog.

Don’t take pressure!

Blogging should be enjoyable, especially since the reason why you probably started your blog in the first place is because you had a passion for something and wanted to share it with the world. Once it is a pressure to you its time to evaluate the purpose of your blog. Really focus on the reason why you started the blog and let everything else not be that important to you. Don’t feel pressured to write, unless something really inspires you.

Set a schedule

I am a wife, mom and work part time so its quiet hard to find time to blog. In addition, there is so much to do when i don’t blog. Like promote my content, social shares and edit that i felt like i am busy all day with blogging. It got to a point where i felt so overwhelmed by it and could not keep up. Now i set a time and day that i devote solely to my blog and the rest of time i try hard not to be busy with it at all.

Find your niche of blogging friends

Only other bloggers can understand the struggles you face. I’ve been lucky enough to have connected with so many amazing, helpful and fun bloggers who have become friends in such a short time. For real, I feel like i know these girls since forever, even though some of them i have never met. Celebrating each others highlights and venting about the hardships has become essential in keeping my blog life balance in tact. You can find bloggers in your city or through platforms such as Stylecollective.com

Take a step away from social media

After evaluating what takes up most of my time and gives me most pressure i realized it’s definitely social media rather then my blog itself. The constant struggle to keep the numbers growing and maintaining a presence is overwhelming. Especially since blogging has become rather a money making business then just a creative outlet. So i stopped posting everyday and left a few comment groups to ease the pressure. And guess what so what if i lose followers, that’s not why i started my blog!

Take a break

Too keep the Inspiration flowing its sometimes good to just take a break from it all. Go out and just enjoy the world without thinking what you are going to write next. Simply look at the inspiration around you, whether that be reading other blogs, browsing Pinterest, or simply talking to friends. Over the past few months, I purposely avoided the blog and surprisingly feel so much better and more inspired then ever. Weekends are also great to disconnect and just focus on family and friends. This is a key factor in not getting burnt out with the blogger life.

Don’t look at what others are doing

Its easier said then done. It’s very easy to compare yourself to others. When seeing how far or great others are, you tend to lose motivation. It’s constantly in your face and you can easily get sidetracked by numbers, likes, and comments – we all say we won’t let it bother us but it does. When this happens its time to just focus on your stuff and not get sucked into what everyone else is doing. This is your journey and you should enjoy it!

Have you ever felt overwhelmed with blogging? If so what tips did you use? How do you maintain a healthy balance with blogging and life? I would love to hear your comments.

xx Toby

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29 Comments

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      haha we all have these days!

  1. June 12, 2017 / 5:19 pm

    This is exactly what I needed to read! I’m having the worst time trying to keep up with work and blogging. Its so stressful!

    Xx,
    Kat | http://DeliriumStyle.com

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:50 pm

      i hear you kat! just don’t get sidetracked by all the social media upkeep that should be second, your main focus should be your blog!

  2. June 12, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Welcome back! I love your tips and totally agree with them. xo

  3. June 12, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    You’re so right! Sometimes we put too much pressure and inspiration starts to go away when you’re under such stress! Thank you so much for this!

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:49 pm

      your welcome! and yes blogging gets very pressured these days especially since its becoming more a money making business then just a creative outlet.

  4. June 12, 2017 / 10:21 pm

    Great post! This is exactly how it is. But, like you said, you have to know when to take time off. I write my posts only once or maybe twice a week, and I’m so grateful for the community of bloggers like Style Collective. Thanks for sharing!

    Brigita
    http://www.mjzfashion.si

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:48 pm

      thank you Brigita!

  5. June 12, 2017 / 11:35 pm

    Toby love the post great advice there ! Share your sentiments too ! I just have fun along the way and don’t take blogging life too seriously ! xoxo
    Miki
    http://www.blogtrendz.com/

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:47 pm

      i am so glad you agree Miki and take it all with a dose of fun! xx

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      haha thanks girl!

  6. June 13, 2017 / 3:00 am

    welcome back! great blogging tips! I’m loving it!

    ♡Courtney Bentley ||http://www.starsystemz.com

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:46 pm

      thank you courtney! x

  7. Alyssa
    June 13, 2017 / 5:19 am

    Love these tips! Been blogging for about 6 months and am already feeling the pressure. I am saving this post, for sure!!

    xx
    Alyssa || http://www.teddybearsandlipstick.com

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:44 pm

      i know it can be overwhelming but just stick to what you are passionate about xx

  8. June 13, 2017 / 12:32 pm

    These are great tips! And you are so right, blogging never stops!

  9. June 13, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    I recently hit a blogging block but I think after about 10 days of no content, I’m coming out of the dark depths. Thanks for sharing part of your blogging journey with us!

    http://www.katiesartz.com

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      oh wow nice to hear i am not the only one struggling. i am happy you found your voice again x

  10. June 13, 2017 / 3:36 pm

    These are such great tips! And I am a strong believer of taking a break; especially when you need it!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • Toby
      June 13, 2017 / 3:45 pm

      thanks belle x

  11. June 20, 2017 / 1:27 am

    Superb advice! Super agree with each one!

    Courtney Bentley ||http://www.starsystemz.com

  12. June 20, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    These are such great tips! I’ve taken a few social media breaks through the year already and they’re so helpful. Also, when I focus on what I’m doing and no one else it’s amazing how things flourish. Thanks so much for sharing these tips.

    xoxo,
    Bianca Dottin
    https://www.biancadottin.com

    • Toby
      June 20, 2017 / 3:27 pm

      thank you bianca for reading! xx

  13. June 20, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Okay yes yes yes to that social media pressure! I’ve definitely learned I need to step back from it every once in a while. It does no good to keep refreshing my feed every few min to see if I gained followers.

    I LOVE your insta though! So pretty and bright.

  14. June 20, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    Ugh I need to be better about stepping away from the social media — it’s a black vortex that sucks my time!

  15. June 23, 2017 / 3:38 pm

    Thanks for the advice! Always good reminders because it can be a lot.

  16. June 27, 2017 / 6:52 pm

    I find this to be a struggle on a regular basis. It’s hard to keep up sometimes with the blogging, social media and working on growing all the time. I just have to reminder myself it’s ok if your late, it’s ok if it’s not where you want it to be and remember why you started. You love what you are creating which is what is important.

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