This week I wanted to talk about something that has been on my mind lately. Blogging is something that a lot of people do out of joy, and a few for money. It’s much more likely to cost you than it is to earn you anything. It’s also a lot of hard work. So how are you supposed to juggle something like this along with real life?
It’s actually really tough, so sorry if you were expecting a sugar coat – I won’t lie! There are times when I just have nothing to write about, or when I’m so busy with work that I can’t fit in a post. I’m sure you have noticed a few times when I missed a post! But the important thing is to keep going and try to make sure you don’t miss another too soon. Here’s my tips for juggling blogging and real life.
- When you have time to make posts, do as many as you can at once and queue them up
- That goes for cooking too!
- Make a recipe and film it the first time. If it doesn’t work you can make it again. If it does, you already have the video ready and this saves having to cook everything twice
- Write posts on your phone on the bus or train or waiting room
- Make quick notes right after eating so you can then type up the full review when you have time
- Use Buffer to queue up your social media posts, and plugins to make those updates go to Buffer automatically
- Take advantage of opportunities! If you are going out for a meal anyway, choose something that fits your blog
- Blogging doesn’t have to be about who can spend most. Review cheap products that everyone can afford
- Substitute expensive ingredients in recipes
- Get in contact with brands who might offer you free samples in exchange for a review
- Try free promotion opportunities, like Facebook groups and Project Wonderful
- Follow other bloggers! Of course!
- Look at your favourite celebrities in your niche. For example, I might check out Deliciously Ella’s latest recipes
- Browse tags on Pinterest and Instagram
- Use collection sites, eg TheKitchn for recipes
It’s not easy, but it is rewarding, and I love keeping my blog up to date. Have you got any more tips about fitting in your blog with real life, or stories about how you didn’t manage it in the past? I would love to hear them in the comments!