How do you keep organised? How do you juggle your blog with school work and your personal life?
These are both questions that I have been asked a million times, and my default answer always used to be "I don't!" But a few weeks ago I came to realise that I do...but in a strange way that probably only works for me.
That's why I said the way I juggle running a blog with school and other things probably only works for me. In the summer holidays of 2013, there was a day when I literally had nothing to do, and it was incredibly boring. So, what did I do? I grabbed the laptop and almost killed the keyboard by writing and scheduling twelve blog posts. And then I did it the next day. And the next. It was like I was possessed, but I had 36 posts of reviews, tags, discussions and giveaways scheduled. For once in my then-fourteen years of my existence, I felt organised. I was ahead of myself, and I've kept that up ever since. I am always at least a month ahead of myself with blog posts, because then I have time to do homework, film and edit videos, write columns for work, and anything else I have to do. At the moment I'm scheduled until the beginning of October but I've left a few gaps for urgent reviews.
If I've just finished a book and I'm desperate to review it instantly, well...I'm at an advantage. I go to school on the Internet. There is nothing to stop me from opening a new tab and writing a couple of sentences of a review. Usually I don't have to resort to this, but occasionally I'm just so desperate to get my thoughts down before I forget! Obviously, those who go to regular school won't be able to do this, unless you can act like a ninja and jot some thoughts down on paper while no one is looking. Advantage of online school: no one can see you!
This is going to sound totally not logical, but occasionally I prioritise blogging over homework. Not often, because most of the time I just want to get my homework out of the way so I can do fun things like sleeping. The thing is I don't let myself read another book until I've written my review for the last one, so it's irritating and sometimes stressful if I know there's a review that I need to write which I haven't done. This will bug me and I won't feel like doing homework, so I'll write the whole/most of the review and then do homework. You might think that sounds stupid but it works for me and I've never missed a homework assignment...
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~My top tip for staying on top of things~
I remember late 2012 when someone asked me if I scheduled my posts or just wrote them and published them straight away, and I said no, I didn't schedule posts. They were shocked, and now I understand why; I can't bear to think about running out of scheduled posts and having to write and then publish one on the spot. So, if you're finding it hard to get organised with your blog posts or you're finding it hard to post regularly, the one and only tip I have is create a 'bank' of written posts. Try to find the time to write a few blog posts in one go, if you can - maybe during a hiatus or school holiday - and then line them up to publish at regular intervals which work for you. Leave the rest in drafts, and then when you realise you're out of scheduled posts, you can just go into your drafts and schedule a couple more pre-written posts. It's easier said than done, but it's so worth it, and you'll feel better. Trust me.
How do you balance blogging with school and work? Do you have any tips to share with others?