Are you a new blogger like me? If so, read below on how I maintain blog life balance and inspiration!
If there’s anything I’ve learned as a new blogger, it’s that the struggle is real when it comes to blog life balance. It’s so addicting to check the real-time stats from Google Analytics to refreshing Instagram to see how many likes your last post has received. It’s so fun to chat with other blog friends and read the latest comment on your blog. From writing content to blog promotion across ALLTHESOCIALMEDIA, blog life can be a total time-suck. Sometimes, without you even realizing how much time has passed!
In order to keep blogging fun and enjoyable, I’ve been trying hard to not lose focus of my blog life balance. I think it’s important for my sanity and helps me not to lose inspiration as I get further along in this blogger journey.
These are a few blogger life rules I live by to maintain balance and inspiration.
1.) Set a Schedule
I’ve fallen into a groove of posting new content twice a week. I usually post on Mondays and Thursdays or Tuesdays and Fridays. But depending on the week, my inspiration (or lack thereof), there is much fluidity in my blog schedule. It’s been a good number for me and doesn’t impede on my work or family time during the week. I usually write at night after the kids are down for the night, but I also like to have nights off from writing so I can enjoy time with friends, my husband, or alone! I don’t beat myself up if I don’t post new content twice a week either.
2.) Read Other Blogs
While in the thick of promoting my content, I realized I come across hundreds of blogs from different Facebook groups that I participate in. This past month, I made it a point to read (instead of glossing over) these blogs and find inspiration from other bloggers. From their photos to content and writing skills, I’ve been mindful of connecting with bloggers that I truly enjoy following and reading. Instead of just whizzing by to fulfill FB group obligations, I thoughtfully choose other bloggers to learn from and have been so inspired by them.
3.) Find Your Tribe
The blogger life struggle can only be understood by other bloggers. I’ve been lucky enough to have connected with so many kind, thoughtful, and genuine mom bloggers who have become friends in such a short time. For real though, I feel like I’ve known some of them my whole life! Celebrating and commiserating with these women, outside of the blog life, has been so crucial to my blog life balance. Whether it is a coffee date, chats about our latest crazy Instastory, attending a fun blogger event or a moms’ night out to see “Bad Moms,” it’s been so much fun to spend quality time both on and offline with my new mama blogger friends. They just totally get me. And inspire me. And make me laugh. Yep, they’re all my #momgoals every day.
4.) Support is Key
My husband is my rock. He works a grueling work schedule and often gives me time to sleep in on the weekends. (Because DUH, blog life is addicting and sleep is your enemy.) He’s also training to become my Instagram Husband (aka Photog!), haha. It makes blog life so fun when we are working / having fun together for a post. And those off days when I’m just not feeling it? My husband is my number one fan. He’s the one that tells me how great I’m doing, even when I’m not. He gets more excited than I do when I have a great blog post that gets traffic. Seriously though, my love language is words of affirmation. Without his support, I think my head would be spinning almost daily trying to maintain sanity keeping up this blog.
5.) Take Time Off
Over the last month, I purposely avoided the blog and social media on weekends. I typically don’t post to Instagram. I don’t write, unless something really inspires me to write. And I only log on late Sunday nights to double check my schedule for the upcoming week. This is a key factor in not getting burnt out with the blogger life. Being disconnected and void of distractions makes me truly enjoy the moments of the weekends with my family and friends. It’s great for the blog too, because they are my greatest source of inspiration.
While there’s a whole slew of things I can do or change to get better at maintaining blog life balance, this is what I’m practicing right now, and for the most part, it’s working!