Last year I was at home, working solely on my blog. This year, I am back to grad school, attending classes, submitting weekly assignments, and working two jobs on campus. Soon enough, I realized the difficulty in creating a balance between work, study and blogging all at the same time, and I am trying my best to find ways to keep the blog running.
But I was sure that I was not the only one in this fix, as many bloggers around the world maintain full-time jobs, along with a fruitful blogging career. They all face the same struggle, and each one of us try to improvise every single day, for the pure love for our blogs. This collaboration post, brings together eight such Travel Bloggers from around the world, sharing tips from their personal experiences on how they are maintaining the perfect BLOG+WORK Balance…
Write 3-4 posts one day and schedule them for later
At the beginning of the week I set one main goal for my blog and each morning thereafter I set my priorities that coincide with that one main goal. One of most important time savers I utilize is setting up a specified list of things that must get done on a given day. I’ll take a walk early in the morning to develop this list and identify each point that must get done on a given day. The primary trick I have to use to save time is to write 3-4 posts during one day and schedule them to publish through Hootsuite. This way the posts and marketing are scheduled in advance to go out throughout the week. This considerably decreases the amount of time needed in each program and consolidates the process.
Use your commute time productively
An easy tip to follow is to use your commute time productively. For example, I’m writing this on the iOS notes app as I await my bus. I can always go back to reading what I’ve written later and fine tune it. Another application that we as couple have found useful is Evernote. It syncs over devices seamlessly, is great for list making and dumping travel related links in different notes that can be categorized under notebooks assigned by you. We use it regularly and right before we travel we take prints of the notes created over months. It also makes it easy for us to look back on what we did, where we went, when we are blogging about it.
Set short-term goals for your blog
I’ve started setting very specific short-term monthly goals for myself now – say x% of growth in Pinterest followers, 1 blog post a week, n% of overall site-traffic growth, and then I sieve it down to a rough weekly plan in terms of tasks I need to complete to achieve my monthly goals. I have to say that I’m still at about 50% of where I want to be in terms of achieving my own goals, but it’s a start. I’m one of those idiots that can work his ass off for someone else, but I really struggle to motivate myself when I’m working for myself.
By Sanket Dhume of Nomadic Lives
Set schedules and put reminders
Of-course if I get time during the week, I also write additionally, and whenever I get any ideas for posts, I email them to myself or put them in drafts to follow up later. For scheduling posts, I use Buffer, and also participate in weekly social media sharing threads. Another thing I have found to be useful is using a productivity tool or planner, like Asana, to plan out stories/tasks and schedule dates, so that I get reminder emails and have a clear idea of what all needs to be done.
By Menorca Chaturvedi of Europe Diaries
Plan 15-minute increments each week
I don’t just plan out blog posts, though that is essential, I also plan out 15-minute increments each week during which I will focus on each of my social media channels (programming content, growing followers and engaging), reply to comments on my blog, and work on long-term projects.
By Laura Lynch of Savored Journeys
Be smart with your content and post ideas
I schedule posts for weeks and I also have a weekly series, Featured Blogger, that fills up for months at a time. I also try listicle posts related to travel, such as best travel accessories/apps or the best Xmas gifts for a traveler. Facebook is great for networking and getting ideas for new posts and collaborating with other bloggers – anything to keep your name out there! It’s tough but if you love blogging you’ll find a way.
By Samantha Tricia of Samantha En Route
Think differently about your day job
At the start of each month I schedule an entire month’s worth of posts, tweets and shares, so that I don’t get bogged down with it on a daily basis. Keep a dictaphone in your car – for all those inspirational ideas you have for your next article that always seem to come along at the most inappropriate of times. Have a separate blog diary to keep you on target for posting articles. I try and post once a week on Monday evenings, having a schedule keeps me on track otherwise I’d probably just mess about on the internet and never get any actual work done.
By Heather Cole of Conversant Traveller
Stop comparing your blog with others
That means that instead of posting average content 2 or 3 times a week just so I could say I had something new up, I’ve concentrated on posting one good piece of work per week. If I don’t have time to post and miss a week, I don’t beat myself up about it. With all the time I’ve saved not writing average content I’ve had time to develop my photo editing skills and improve my social media presence – which is now delivering far more than those average posts ever did.
I’m a big fan of ifttt.com for automation of low value tasks. I have recipes set up that link my Instagram, Facebook and Twitter content. Everyone will tell you that you get less Facebook engagement by publishing via a scheduling tool, but if the option is that you don’t publish anything. I also use Buffer to schedule Twitter content and use the auto share widget in WordPress to share new posts – every bit helps.
By Jo Karnaghan of Frugal First Class Travel
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