I believe that the day a person starts a blog, their life changes.
They may not realize it at first, but over time they will.
Blogs are like children. Constantly needed our attention and weighing on our minds at all hours of the day.
Some can’t handle the pressure and they quit. Others love it and can go far in the blogosphere.
In my opinion, the ones who blog for the long haul are the ones who understand how to find balance between blogging and life outside the computer screen.
Some of you might be laughing at the word balance. I know, some days it feels like balance is part of a fairy tale land where unicorns run through fields filled with pots of gold.
Oh how I would love to live there. I would call my unicorn Princess and…
Sorry, I got distracted. Back to my point….so maybe balance isn’t always achieved with blogging and life but the long term bloggers at least figure out how to juggle it all.
So, today I thought I would share a few tips with you on how to have a blog and a life.
Because after all…if you don’t have a life, you won’t have much to blog about.
And instead of me spouting off words of wisdom I’ve learned in the past almost 2 years, I went to my online friends for their advice.
The question on my Facebook page was “What is your best tip for balancing having a life and a blog?”
Some of the answers:
Leigh Ann Torres over at Genie In A Blog says “Remember that life comes first. The blog will still be there after you play LEGO with your kids.”
Lauren Weber at Mrs. Weber’s Neighborhood says “Remember it takes great memories to make great blog posts, so people first, blog second.”
The Koala Bear Writer says “Scribble ideas when they come to you…. Write fast. Prioritize what needs to be done.”
Katie Sluiter at Sluiter Nation says “Quit sleeping. Just Kidding. Sort of.” oh and “I set aside a block of time since I work full-time as well”
And because I just have to share some of my own advice:
Use some type of editorial calendar to help you stay organized.
Follow the tips in this post on how to not lose your awesome blog post ideas.
Close Facebook, Twitter, and your email when you are working on your blog. It’s distracting to have all of these sites open when trying to write. This one might take some getting used to but I promise it will help you manage your time better.
What tips would YOU add to this list?