Balancing Blogging and University10/06/2014 06:31:00 pm
I started my blog in February, and then it didn't have a following- no one relied upon regular posts nor was I in the mind to post as I didn't really have a clue what I was doing! Over the summer, I've gained SO many more followers (which I am super super thankful for) and had the time to post whenever and whatever I liked. Back to uni and it's a whole different kettle of fish.
I use blogging as a bit of an escape. I write posts when I feel inspired and am in the mind frame to do so, and like to keep it casual and as a "treat" for myself. If I've done a good day of work, then why not spend the evening looking at different blogs and writing my own posts.
Equally, if I'm feeling very stressed out, or maybe even homesick (happens more often than you think) then it's quite nice just to sit down and write a post about a product I've been loving, or an outing that I've gone on. So in that sense, I don't consciously tell myself I have to write a post, because I don't want to take the fun aspect out of it, and I do want it to continue being a relaxing and rewarding experience.
I DO feel, however, that a slightly more structured blogging schedule wouldn't go a miss for me. I am so grateful for the set time and days for the teen blog series, as it know each Sunday or Monday I should sit down and out the pen to paper. I also try and put another post up a couple of days later, so that I have about 2-3 posts up each week and I'm always actively improving my blog. But I try not to stress out if I haven't written that extra post- in an ideal world I'd be able to write a post each day, or minimum every second day while staying on top of everything else, but in reality it's not that simple. With essay deadlines starting to seem very real and very close, and tutorial work and reading beginning to pile up, I do feel guilty taking time away from my stacks of books.
But that's when the benefits of having a blog kick in. When I need half an hour off from reading, or I've just come back from a full day of lectures, sitting down at my laptop and taking my mind off of everything is the perfect release.
So this post has absolutely no advice on how to get that perfect balance of blogging and staying on top of work, whether it's university or school work. But what I'm trying to get across is that my way of balancing blogging and work is to keep things fun and use my blog to give myself a much deserved break or a distraction from the stress. And really, it's what works for you. Whether it's having a schedule that you stick to and pre planning each week of posts (something I could never do as I like to post whatever comes to mind) or just coming back and forth to the blogging world, then great! If I feel I want to spend my train ride writing blog posts rather than reading that book that is due back next week (totally not doing that now) then I feel like that is a wise decision as the time that I would spend blogging tomorrow will be spent reading instead. I think it's all about flexibility.
What tips do you have on balancing work and blogging? Or are you more of a "throw it together and hope for the best" girl like me? Let me know in the comments below, and send me links to your blog posts for this weeks topic!
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