As a third year student with work up to my eye balls I’m finding it increasingly difficult to balance University and my blog. It really upsets me that for days or maybe even a week you’ll see no new posts, and sometimes I even go silent on Twitter for a few hours (imagine that!?). I have a part-time job so I have to factor that in also, I know there are a lot of bloggers like me who have a million and one commitments alongside their blog!
I thought I’d share with you what I try to do to ensure I can enjoy blogging and try to keep on top of University work in the process.
Yes, I went with the elephant.
REMEMBER WHAT IS MORE IMPORTANT
I am terrible for this, when I started third year I was happy tweeting, blogging and well, focusing on the wrong thing! I neglected my University work which led to me not doing as well as I had wished in a couple of my assignments! It’s nothing too bad but has given me a little kick up the bum and shown me my blog doesn’t come first.
SCHEDULING IS YOUR BEST FRIEND
I know there are bloggers out there who think scheduling doesn’t make you or your blog look ‘real’, but at the end of the day, we all have lives! I see no problem with writing up a post and scheduling it for the next day? I usually publish my posts around 7:30am as people can read it on their commute to work/uni/wherever else (If they want…)! I am also making use of HootSuite which allows me to schedule tweets. At the end of the day, who is going to promote your blog if you don’t!? I try not to be too annoying though!
PLAN YOUR DAYS
I have days in the week where I only have an hour and a half of lectures, I try to use the time around these to do University work. I currently have six assignments and my dissertation to do so it can be difficult working out where to start, but I have plenty to be getting on with!
Wednesdays and Saturdays I have work and usually ban University work and use this time to join in #bbloggers chats (Wednesday), write up blog posts and read my favourites if I haven’t had chance on my commute to and from University and work.
Planning your days means your guaranteed to get what you want doing, done! Allow for a few hours of chatting to your friend, browsing Facebook and Twitter and eating biscuits though!
I am finding it an uphill struggle to fit in time for blog photos. I leave the house between 6-8am most days depending on lecture times and by the time I get home it’s dark again! I know daylight is a HUGE issue for a lot of British bloggers and I know a few who have invested in lights to help. I haven’t looked into this yet but my tip is to try and find a time slot in your week when you are at home in the middle of the day (or when the lighting is good) and take a weeks worth of photos. I usually take about 4/5 posts worth of blog photos and then upload them straight onto my laptop. Once you have them you can pick your favourites, edit them or whatever else at any time of the day regardless of the lighting outside!
MAKE A LIST
Or a few in my case. I’m an avid list maker and find it easiest if I have a notebook and pen! I know some people use their phones or even have a whiteboard at home to plan on. I have a whiteboard which has all of my University deadlines on, it makes me feel a little more organised! I usually have a little note book in my bag to write lists in but I’m quite happy ripping a sheet out of my University notebook too! I write lists on pretty much everything; Blog ideas, University work I have to do in that day/week, shopping lists etc.
MAKE TIME FOR YOU
I always make sure I go out in the week, whether it’s a quick Costa with a friend or an evening at my boyfriends playing GTA! It’s lovely to just step back and have time away from EVERYTHING, even if in the back of your mind you know that you have loads to do!
IF YOU CAN’T POST, DON’T!
If you feel you are struggling to write a post or take photos, just don’t bother! I know a lot of bloggers worry about neglecting their blog, I do too, but if it’s not possible for you to blog, don’t worry about it. I’m pretty sure your readers will still be there by the time the next ones published! Don’t be disheartened by page views either, I have days where I don’t publish and don’t promote my blog on any social media platform, I still get views but they’re aren’t anywhere near as many as when I ‘remind’ people my blogs still here! I just think it’s pretty cool to think that people are finding/looking for your blog without you even giving them a small reminder!
KEEP TELLING YOURSELF: IT WILL BE WORTH IT!
This is what I tell myself every time I feel I’m neglecting my blog to do something University related, or I get on the bus to work. Studying for my degree and earning enough money to fund my shopping addiction WILL be worth it in the long run. There will be people who think we are all just moaning over nothing and University can’t be that hard, but when you are given mountains of work it can be so overwhelming!
I know these are pretty obvious, but even I struggle to do them and I’ve just wrote this post…haha 😉