Conversations (3): Juggling Blogging and Real Life

Real Life

Corralling Books and Fiddler Blue have begun a meme to inspire bloggers to engage in conversations.  Participants answer the question of the week and then discuss!  Even if you aren’t participating formally, feel free to leave a comment.  This week’s prompt is:

How do you juggle real life duties + blogging??

I think this question is perhaps less pertinent to me than it would be if I did not have Briana as my co-blogger.  In the past, there was a time when I couldn’t read or review for months; Briana covered my review days for me.  Later, Briana had less time to blog so I tried to cover for her.  And, in general, I have not found blogging detrimental to my real life.  Here are my secrets:

I don’t allow the blog to take priority in my life.

So the review archive hasn’t been updated for awhile or I missed a review day.  Oh well.  My health and well-being come first, as do my real-life commitments.  I am sure no one noticed, anyway.

I schedule in advance.

I currently have reviews scheduled through most of August.  I also have some events planned and a few others started, most of them occurring in August through October.  I do this by planning strategically.  I know that each year I like to do a week of Halloween reads.  That means if I read a book about witches in May, I’ll schedule the review for my Halloween week in October.  When fall rolls around, I’m not panicking trying to read and review a bunch of spooky reads.

I don’t procrastinate.

If I read a book, I try to write the review within the week.  I don’t want to forget the book, meaning I can no longer use it for the blog.

I prioritize.

Major posts like reviews and discussions come first.  Memes and features like our If You Like, Then Read series come next.  No one’s going to miss Top Ten Tuesday if we don’t do it and I’d rather have quality content filling the first page of our blog rather than twenty memes.  I also take care of our blog first.  I answer all our comments before I go to comment on other blogs, and I usually comment on other blogs in waves. I might not comment for awhile because I don’t have time, so when I do have time, I try to visit everyone.

I don’t sweat it.

Blogging is supposed to be fun, not a chore.  If I don’t feel like doing Top Ten Tuesday this week, I don’t.  If I start a review and am having writer’s block, I walk away. I’m not on a real time table here; I’m allowed to give myself a break and be productive in other areas of my life.  And after I write a post, I generally don’t obsess over revising it.  No one’s grading me on this.  Maybe the transition between paragraphs was a little rough in that last review, but life goes on.

Krysta 64

40 thoughts on “Conversations (3): Juggling Blogging and Real Life

  1. hermionefowl says:

    I think I need to join in on these posts, it sounds great! I’m like you, I schedule EVERYTHING. It makes life so much easier. I don’t do it that far in advance though, because like you said, I blog everything depending on my mood

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    • Krysta says:

      They are pretty fun!

      I usually end up scheduling so far in advance just because I have so much content. I prefer to fill in far ahead and then work my way back. So I usually don’t schedule two posts a week until I have one post a week scheduled for some time.

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  2. Penni says:

    This was a great post. This is pretty much my way of blogging as well. I know that I am new to the blogging community but I don’t put my blog as #1. It is my baby but it isn’t my #1. Life comes first.

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  3. Read Diverse Books says:

    You’ve got a great, healthy attitude about blogging. I let it take over most of my life when I initially start blogging, but over time I have built an audience and posting less content works well. I am able to spend more time reading and visiting other blogs because I don’t post 5 times a week like I did when I first started.
    For the next month or so, I will scale it back to 2 times a week (instead of 3) so I can relax and enjoy the books I read and not stress out about writing posts on time. I haven’t been able to find the time to schedule posts in advance, so I will attempt to build a back log of blog posts for the future.
    The best advice is definitely not to let the blog take over your life. If you let this happen, you will be miserable and the quality of your work will probably suffer. I don’t want this to happen to me so I will be posting less frequently, but every post will matter.

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    • Krysta says:

      I think when you start out it can feel like there’s a need to be incredibly active because you’re trying to demonstrate to your audience that you are consistent and won’t just disappear. When a blog only has two posts on it and it’s been active for a month, people might wonder if the blogger is really invested. Once you establish an audience, I think it is easier to sit back and relax because you’ve already proven yourself in a way. The problem is, if you start out too fast, you might burn out and actually disappear. It’s a real dilemma!

      I think taking time to enjoy the books you read can actually help your blog, though. It’s much easier for me to write and write well when I am happy and not stressed out in real life!

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  4. Jamie Wu says:

    Great points! I plan to start doing 4 posts a week next month, so I’m doing the work now so I don’t get stressed out in July. I like the “keeping a book review for a themed week” thing. I should start doing that too.

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  5. Fatima @ NoteablePad says:

    This is so important. I’m slowly beginning think like this too, and I’m not sure why it took me so long to realise. Blogging shouldn’t be taking over your life, and you shouldn’t feel pressurised into posting everyday. One thing I need to start doing is scheduling posts in advance 🙂

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  6. Jordon @ Simply Adrift says:

    Scheduling in advance is definitely the secret! I see people saying they write a post the day before or the day of publishing. And I’m like, damn girl, how do you do it? I don’t have any time to rely on coming up with content that soon to publishing! I also think that’s a sure-fire way to be inconsistent, irregular with content, perhaps have rushed content, and stressed about blogging. So I totally agree with scheduling in advance!

    I prioritize my posts too, and I don’t post a meme post if the topic doesn’t resonate with me. I hate posting mediocre content, so if I don’t have a strong opinion on the topic I won’t do they meme.

    Reviewing a book within the week of finishing is a great tip. If I wait to review a book then I often forget what my thoughts were or my examples were. Then it makes for short, not so fun to read review!

    Great tips! I use a lot of these 😀

    Jordon @ Simply Adrift

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    • Krysta says:

      I don’t know if I could regularly write a post the same day I publish it and I am amazed by people who do! I am busy all the time, so it’s much easier for me to schedule posts and then rest content knowing I don’t have to do anything but check the comments on it later.

      Yeah, I am doing fewer memes because they take some time to put together, and I don’t feel it’s worth it if I’m not invested in the topic. If I don’t care, why would our readers care? I’d rather work on a review or discussion post and have more time to polish it.

      Sometimes short reviews can be fun! Especially if you don’t have a lot of time to read! 😉

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    • Krysta says:

      I’m always fascinated to see how other people blog because everyone has such a different style! I know some people write as they go along, but I could never do that and am amazed by the people who can!

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  7. ChicNerdReads says:

    Loved this! Thanks for sharing. I like scheduling in advance, I feel like it keeps my balanced throughout my whole week. I also feel like not overwhelming yourself when it comes to your content helps keep the originality to your blog. I noticed that in the past when I would stress about my content (my Youtube days) and pressure myself, I wasn’t being myself nor original. I really liked this post, great tips.

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  8. luvtoread says:

    This is a great post! I don’t have a set posting schedule, although I just joined Hype or Like Friday which posts on Fridays. I try not to stress out about posting, I just post when I have the time.
    I usually have a few posts written, waiting for the time to post. I do mine in Word and then paste them into WordPress when I’m ready to post. I just don’t like to have a bunch of drafts in WordPress.
    I would love to be able to post every day, but I want to prioritize content rather than number of posts, and I just don’t have the time.
    I’m behind on my posting because life has gotten in the way, with good events happening and some really bad things happening as well, but even though I may not be able to post to my own blog, I still really try to read posts of those I follow and comment when I feel inspired.
    Inspiration is the key for me!
    Great discussion post.

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    • Krysta says:

      Posting every day is quite the challenge! I don’t think it’s really necessary to do so, however. If you have good content, I think people will keep coming, no matter the posting schedule. I follow people who barely post, but when they do–it’s great!

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  9. InkpenDaisy says:

    This is a great post. I am new to blogging and have yet to decide how many times to post every week. When I started I was trying to write a blog post within a day of finishing a novel, but if I was reading books quickly this meant a quick succession of posts, and if I read something that took a bit longer I felt bad about not posting for a while. I like the idea of having scheduled days for posts, and scheduling posts in advance seems like the peak of organisation. This has inspired me to really think about what and when I am posting – thank you! 🙂

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    • Krysta says:

      Yes, my reading habits can be quite erratic, so I find it’s better to schedule in advance than to have no posts for two months! I know some people who write as they go, but I would find that quite stressful!

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  10. anhdara13 says:

    OMG this is a thing I need to start doing – prioritizing and scheduling. As a new blogger, these are things I should be paying attention to going on so I don’t get too in over my head. (: So thank you!

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    • Krysta says:

      Scheduling is probably the single most useful thing I’ve done to make sure I don’t feel overwhelmed by blogging. It’s very comforting to know that I can find myself busy for two months and still have content going up.

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  11. BookerTalk says:

    Good advice about planning in advance which I really should be following. It would certainly help in weeks when I am travelling for work and simply don’t have the energy to turn out a post. Do yiu tend to write posts in batches? I’m wondering if this would be a good approach.

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    • Krysta says:

      I tend to read in batches because I sometimes can’t read for pleasure for a month or more, so by default I end up writing by reviews and posts in batches, too. Then I just schedule them ahead for the times when I know I won’t have time to read or write again!

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  12. Darcy @ Days & Mays says:

    I completely agree about not allowing blogging to take priority in your life! Unless you’re doing it professionally, blogging should be fun and not another source of stress. I never thought about scheduling posts in advance though– I feel like I /have/ to publish a post as soon as I write it! 😋

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  13. Laura says:

    You seem to have such a good perspective on blogging! Sometimes I get busy and miss a couple of posts and then really start to stress about it, but it really isn’t worth it. As you say, it’s meant to be fun, not a chore that you need to stress about! 🙂

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  14. Alise (Readers in Wonderland) says:

    I couldn’t agree more! I’m not sure what I would do without my co-blogger and scheduling; I’m pretty sure scheduling is the only reason I still have a blog, haha. I definitely need to take your last point to heart though, sometimes I stress about the blog too much. Great post!

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  15. rantandraveaboutbooks says:

    Nice post! That’s a good idea to schedule your reviews that far in advance. I usually save my horror books for October. But that’s smart that you write the review as you read them, so they’re already prepared for the month. When I have time to sit down and write a few at a time, I schedule for the week. I try not to worry about my posts after I’ve written them. Like you said, it’s a hobby and no one is grading us if we have a few typos in our review. I find plenty of errors in well known publications all the time. I don’t even look at the stats anymore. It doesn’t really matter to me. If I can have a conversation with a few people, that’s more important to me than who views my posts. And it’s not like we have the time to write posts, comment on other blogs, work, and have a personal life, so some people might not read a post for weeks.

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    • Krysta says:

      I don’t even know what to get from the stats sometimes except that few people blog on the weekends. Even if a post seems to have few views the day it’s published, it generally receives a few more over the course of the week, but I see no reason to go back and check exactly how many it received total. All that means to me is that it’s okay to miss a post now and then because not everyone is literally staring at their screens waiting for the Thursday review; they’re probably just checking their readers over the course of the week. I agree that having conversations is more meaningful than watching the stats bar.

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      • rantandraveaboutbooks says:

        Me either. I honestly have no idea what stats mean in relation to my post. This week I’ve had people comment on posts I wrote two months ago, and I don’t even bother looking at numbers. I’m happy when I can start a conversation with someone. That’s all I really care about, which is why I love discussions posts so much. I started taking more time off instead of posting every day like I was doing for a while. It was starting to feel like a job, so I said enough with that. And the best part is that I’ve read 5 or 6 books since I decided to do this. More time for reading. 😉

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        • Krysta says:

          I think posting every day would be quite exhausting! Sometimes I write three posts in a day but then that allows me to take time off later. And more time for reading is always a plus!

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          • rantandraveaboutbooks says:

            It was beyond exhausting. I was afraid if I kept up that rate I’d burn out and stop blogging. And I didn’t want that to happen. I love blogging. I do the same thing. I wrote a handful of posts over the weekend, and now I have more time to read during the week. 😉

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