How to keep your blogging mojo alive
Hi there, I’m Sneha, and I blog over on lifewithsneha.com, where I mainly post about beauty, travel and food. I’m originally from Mumbai, although I have called the UK home for a good few years. I work full-time in marketing, and my evenings and weekends are usually filled with long walks with my husband, my cat running around the house and too much Nutella on toast.
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It’s 6pm and you’ve just gotten home from a long day at work. You’re tired and stressed but you have a blog post to write. Your head hurts but you haven’t posted in two weeks! We’ve all been there and it’s not fun. Working full-time and blogging is challenging, but it shouldn’t come at the cost of your sanity (or your sleep).
I started a blog a few years ago and tried to do too much all at once. Because of this, I got overwhelmed quickly and quit after a couple of months. This time around, I’m finding it a lot easier to manage AND I’m posting a lot more than I used to. So what’s changed? Here’s what I’m doing differently.
Take it slow
Whether you’re a new blogger or you’ve been around for a while, remember to take it easy. As I said earlier, I overstretched myself a few years ago and that burned me out to the point of quitting altogether. Yes, there are blog posts to write, photos to take and a community to build, but you need to space it all out. I’d like to think of myself as being a good multi-tasker who works well under a little pressure, but even I can’t argue that past a certain point, things start to go downhill.
Wouldn’t you rather take the time to do something well, than do a half-hearted job that you’re not really a fan of? I tell myself this every time I’m scrambling to cross a hundred different tasks crossed off, and it helps to slow me down.
Figure out your most productive times
I’m a morning person, and I have finally embraced that. This means that I feel my most productive, creative and energetic in the hours right after I wake up. On the flip side, this means that sometime around 3pm, my energy starts to flag. Come 8pm, I’m in my PJs and ready to curl into bed with my phone or a book. This doesn’t sound ideal for a blogger who works 9-5, but hear me out.
Figuring out my most productive times helps me to plan things a lot better. I know I’m not going to be in the right creative frame of mind in the evening after work, so I write most of my content and take photos over the weekend. And I’ll use my evenings for less intense tasks, like making sure my Pinterest account stays active or participating in Twitter chats.
Study your habits and your mood and use it to your advantage. Everyone has a time of day when they feel like they can accomplish (almost) anything. All you have to do is find yours.
Automate where you can
One of the best things about living in 2018 is that we have access to some amazing technology to make our lives run smoothly and efficiently. Whether that’s an app on your phone or your Amazon Echo, if you’re not leveraging tech, you’re missing out.
When it comes to blogging, there are a whole host of things you can use to automate, schedule, plan and post for you. This will save you loads of time and give you your evenings back. Don’t have time to tweet every day? Just load up your posts in Tweetdeck (it’s free!) on a Sunday afternoon and you’re set for the rest of the week. Want to make sure your blog posts don’t have any typos in them? Grammarly is a really nifty, free tool that you can add as a browser extension.
Analyse the repetitive tasks that you spend the most time on each week, and then look for something to automate it. Chances are, you will find something to make your life a whole lot easier.
One of the best things about blogging is that it allows us to explore our creative side, makes us better planners and gives us something to work towards. It’s an exhilarating, exhausting process, so keeping that blogging mojo alive is incredibly important. I hope that you have found these tips useful!