We are all busy. There simply isn’t enough time in a day to do everything we want or even need to do. We have jobs, school, families and millions of other obligations. Finding time to blog is hard. Not that I would ever want to give it up. I love blogging and all the benefits that come with it – writing practice, new friends, connections, amazing books, etc.
What I find most difficult is balancing time between work and blogging. Both Gina and I are teachers. Teaching is really a full-time and all consuming occupation. I love it and wouldn’t change a thing, but when I’m not at work, I’m constantly thinking of lesson plans, grading and whatnot. I started blogging as an escape, something I was doing for me that didn’t involve school. It still is, but near the end of the school year I started to panic. It was becoming harder and harder to find time to read let alone write posts.
What I always have to tell myself is that it’s alright if I miss a Top Ten Tuesday or don’t finish a certain book by a certain date. I can try my best, but work, friends and family must come first. Blogging was supposed to relieve stress not cause it. I’ve worked out a system that has been successful for me so far (which I discuss below), but I would love to know how you balance the time between blogging and other life obligations.
- I always have a book on hand to read whenever I have some downtime. Yeah, I’m the crazy book lady to my friends but whatever! Waiting for an appointment? Read. Alone at lunch? Read. In between classes? Read.
- Don’t over request books on NetGalley (I made this mistake and oh my gosh did I pay for it) or make promises to have a review done by a certain date. I sometimes go on NetGalley requesting rampages. I swear it’s like I’m possessed. I had 10 books approved all at the same time (I nearly died with shock) and was determined to get them all read before they were released. This goal was completely ridiculous! Reviews don’t need to be done before the book’s release date. ALL reviews are helpful no matter what time they are posted. The same goes for physical books from an author or publisher. Try to make the date, but if you don’t no sweat. You’ll get to it eventually.
- Queuing…my dear, dear friend! Almost all of my posts are queued. I try my best to plan ahead and do this when I do have free time to work on the blog. Lots of memes have their topics posted for weeks ahead such as Top Ten Tuesday or Waiting on Wednesday is just highlighting any future release that you are excited about.
- Related to the above point, if you know that you will be too busy to blog or on vacation you can always queue posts to keep things going. Comments can always wait. The blog won’t fall apart if you aren’t there. Don’t worry!
- I often have posts formatted and left as a draft to be worked on later. This usually includes the basics, graphics and some reminders or notes. I can go back to them at any time and Gina can also give feedback if she wants.
- Blogging with Gina has been a godsend. Seriously, I don’t know what I would do without her. Having someone else who writes helps lessen the load. It’s also helped our friend evolve. We never talked about books before and now we are giddy about Throne of Glass and book mail. 🙂