It’s plastered all over my blog but just in case you missed it, I’m a copywriter at a digital advertising agency. We all know the advertising industry is a high-stress environment and I consider myself very lucky because unlike other agencies, mine respects employees’ personal time. I also do freelance social media work on the side and then I have my boyfriend and my friends that I do silly things with on a weekly basis. Life can get pretty busy but it’s manageable. To be honest, the real daily time-suck is the commute from home to office and back. The amount of time wasted stuck in traffic makes me so mad!
Early this month, Aneth sent out a tweet:
— Aneth (@anethfrdz) June 1, 2015
I’ve had this entry sitting in my drafts since May and Aneth’s tweet made me think it was high time I published it (of course it took me two weeks to finish it). Here are a few ways that I juggle work, life, and blogging:
I always say “I wish I had time” or “I don’t have time” but I believe that there’s no such thing as that. We make time for the things we want to do (which is why I have time to watch TV shows but no time for working out). If blogging is a priority, you will set aside a few hours each week for it. Some people find a free day (or half-day) to get all the week’s blog entries done and ready for posting while I tend to prepare the week’s images on a Sunday and then work on blog entries every night before bed. It’s up to you to find what works best.
Jot down notes
I had an idea notebook that I carried around with me everywhere but I unfortunately lost it… in Joey’s room WTF RIGHT. I considered getting a new notebook but decided to switch to digital note-taking (currently
ignoring using the Evernote app) because a lot of the things I find useful are online anyway.
Ideas aren’t the only things you should be writing down. Collect everything that inspires you like quotes, interesting articles, photos etc.
Use an editorial calendar
At the start of each month, I go through the ideas and notes I’ve collected and see which ones I can turn into a full blog entry. I then create a buttload of working titles and drafts and plot them on the calendar (WordPress users can either use the built-in calendar feature or shell out money for CoSchedule). Doing this and seeing my planned content mapped out oddly gives me a sense of purpose. Of course, getting those ideas executed or those drafts written is another story!
Set goals and stick to it
When I started getting back into blogging, I humored myself and made it my goal to double my monthly blog traffic. To do that, I’d need to totally change my content— something I’m not prepared for. So I decided to take it down a few notches by making it my goal to consistently blog at least 3x a week. It’s totally doable and because it’s kind of hard to fail at, I always feel a little good at meeting that goal.
Have weekly or monthly features
I do The Sunday Currently because they’re easy, no-brainer entries. It’s a bit on the fluff content side but I made a goal to reach 100 volumes so I’m going to keep at it.
I also have a weekly link-up called Friday’s 10 Happy Things which I start drafting every Monday because putting together a list of things that made you happy isn’t as easy as it sounds!
Soon, I hope to have more meaningful/useful monthly features, like Find of the Month (I had Find of the Week before which was too… demanding). Other monthly features I have to bring back are Font Crushes (everyone started doing their own version and I didn’t want to add to the clutter, so I stopped) and Instagram Favorites.
Do you have any tips on how to juggle blogging with life?