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.