Book Blogging 101 | How to Keep Blogging When You’re a Busy Bee

Ahem. So. I had a little hiatus for a bit. Sorry about that.

Ballet has started up, and soon I’ll be la papillon and la femme-ing my way through my local community college. Since that French course will all be in addition to my regular schoolwork, I’m going to be quite the busy bee. Ergo, this post.

  

 I am terrible at giving advice. Don’t listen to me ever.

Here’s a rule I heard for NaNoWriMo that could be quite helpful in blogging as well: Don’t go to bed until you’ve finished your word count blog post. (I did not follow this rule for NaNoWriMo. I have story-commitment issues and really love sleeping)

You could, of course, be lazy less extreme about it. Take 15-30 minutes before bed to work on your blog. No need to type up an entire polished post, but you can write a lot in half an hour. Just save it as a draft to work on it later!

 

If you ever have a bunch of free time, instead of typing up a few posts and publishing them all together you can schedule them to be published throughout the week. 

Scheduling is incredibly helpful for those of us who have short, sudden bursts of productivity followed by repulsive slothery. Scheduling is key, my friends.

  

Type on the go! It’s pretty hard to write a polished, publishable post on your phone, but you can get a lot of ideas down while waiting in disgusting doctor’s offices and whatnot. Then you can just save them as a draft and make sense of all those ramblings later.

Harry gets me.

 
  

It’s okay to have other priorities. Sleep, school, work, family. It’s okay if those things are more important to you that blogging! But here’s the thing, if you want to be successful in blogging, if it really means something to you, then you’ll find a way to put time into it. It’s fine to skip publishing a post to watch Dancing with the Stars every once in a while, but not all the time. 

If you really love blogging, show it. Put time into it.

  
Take a break if need be! Whether you’re busy or there’s a Gilmore Girls marathon on or you just need to disconnect for a while, it’s okay to take a little hiatus. Relax. Just be careful, remember the humble little blogging community!

Don’t take away the quality of your posts either. Don’t settle for post you know aren’t your best just because you’re busy. 

Or do whatever. It’s your life.

Are you a lazy busy little bee like me? How do you keep blogging when life is crazy? Is anyone going to follow my sleep tip I mean really?

51 thoughts on “Book Blogging 101 | How to Keep Blogging When You’re a Busy Bee

  1. AGGGHHH LET ME LOVE YOU. I WANT TO GIVE YOU A SCRUMPTIOUS HUG.
    No way! I bet your post would be THE BEST.
    Look at you, smart little cookie. Got this blogging thing under control! Go you!
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. AGHHHH I DON’T HAVE THE WORDS TO TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU AND THIS POST RIGHT NOW. (And that’s maybe a bit too many capital letters, but who cares, right?) This post is absolutely amazing—it’s funny, because I had actually been thinking of writing a post similar to this. You definitely put it all much better than I could have haha.

    I definitely agree; sleep is for the weak! XD (Even though it’s probably not the best philosophy to live off of, LOL) One of the things I do often is writing up posts for the next day before I go to bed. It can be hard sometimes, especially after a long day of school but I always push myself to do so; afterwards I can just post it in the morning the next day, no hassle! Amazing post, Becca!

  3. Such a helpful post! Thanks for sharing your tips. “Sleep is for the Weak” is my favorite one, even though it’s impossible to put in practice for me. I love sleeping way to much.

  4. I use the app to keep up with the reader, respond to comments, and comment on other people’s posts. Doing the social side of blogging from my tablet has made me a lot less stressed about keeping up. And when I do sit down with my laptop, I get more done because I know that time’s for writing and graphics. Separating the two has made the workload more manageable.

  5. Haha thank you! ๐Ÿ™‚ It is a lot, but when I started my blog I was still in school, and then I had the summer so I had the time- now that I’m working full time- time is a thing of the past! I feel like two is a good number, that’s why I cut it to three!
    Haha! It’s my own fault that I only have 8, it’s because I wanted the iPhone 5C, colours attract me, and those phones only come in one size sadly!

  6. Well it does save mine too!! Whenever I feel like I’m so late on my posts, and find out I’ve already started something in my drafts (even if it’s just, two sentences or something), I feel accomplished, hahaha :p
    Thank you so much !! โค

  7. I wish I could churn out blog posts within 15-30 minutes! If I do end up taking a break, I just start working on scheduled posts a month later and it has definitely helped me keep on top of things (even if it’s just drafting the post).

  8. Haha, I’m sure you’re very classy anyways (you take French so you’re automatically classy!) And if worse comes to worse, you can just start babbling random words in French, and everyone would think you’re just the classiest ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. I think it’s always a good idea to figure out when in the day you write better. For me, that’s the mornings, so rather than staying up till really late I usually get up early so I can get blogging done before I have to go to work.

  10. I agree! This blog is everything I do or else I would not have a blog haha! I write up the majority of my posts over the weekend, then I upload them three days a week. I had to cut down from 5 because lord I don’t have that much time lol. I used to have the WordPress app but I found I never used it and it just took up space on my phone (as I only have 8GBs kill me haha!) so I just use the notes instead! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. I used to be a pro at scheduling, but I had a pretty long break in-between finishing my final exam and starting college, so I was completely out of it when I started college ^^; I’m starting to get back into it though! Scheduling is definitely one of the best things to do when you’re busy. I wish I could agree on ‘sleep is for the weak’ but… I’m weak XD

  12. This is really a great post! I’ve started scheduling my posts recently, and it’s a time-saver, and it makes me so happy to do so, too. I do however check out other blogs on a daily basis, which can be time-consuming, but well, when you love it, it doesn’t matter ๐Ÿ˜‰ thank you for the great advice!

  13. hahaha, I loved this! Great post, really. I’ve been trying to schedule stuff lately. I think I might just find a few bloggers who want to have blogging sprints so we can motivate each other

  14. This is awesome! I definitely wouldn’t have been able to juggle book blogging while in uni. I just graduated so free time went up 900%.

  15. These are great ideas! During the holiday times I’m super active on my blog but then school comes around and it gets put on the back foot because of work and other life things. Last year, during school time, I was terrible with getting posts done so I’m going to be utilising a schedule much more. The “priorities” part of this is probably the one that I need to take on board the most (sometimes food and TV can top that list. Bad idea.) Thanks for the advice!

  16. Thank you so much! Your posts do the same for me ๐Ÿ™‚ And you’ll do great — plus you’ll be so good at French and everyone will think you’re really class ๐Ÿ˜‰

  17. Cool post, Becca! I try not to stress myself out with blogging since it’s supposed to be fun and all. I’ve found that scheduling posts make things so much easier! I only started doing that back in October, and now I’m addicted. I literally have posts scheduled months in advanced now, especially tags.

  18. School is very annoying when it comes to blogging!
    I was having a huge blogging slump and was forcing myself to write then I took a breakโ€”but then I got too lazy! It was just dragging on and getting ridiculous so I had to scold myself into working for it and soon enough I was loving it again ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Thanks for the advice! I really needed this because I’m so busy with college and whatnot. So far, I’ve just written whenever inspiration hits lol..
    I write in segments and save it as a draft too! That’s really helpful for me. I use to put up posts just for the sake of putting up a post but I didn’t feel excited about it so now I make sure I genuinely feel good about a post I put up.

  20. I’ll be a busy bee from March until November, my period of classes not only of high school, I have other classes and there is this one in particular that will take a lot of time. I don’t know how I’ll manage to blog, but I’ll re-read this post when the time comes!

  21. I started this blog over winter break when I had a lot of free time, and now with school, I have, like, no free time! This post is super encouraging. For the past few weeks I’ve been like, okay, there’s no way that I’ll be able to keep the blog up, but I think if I stay dedicated enough, I’ll be able to. Also, random thing but French is such a cool, beautiful language and it’s really cool that you’re taking it at your local community college ๐Ÿ™‚

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