When I joined the book blogging community, I found lots of experienced bloggers were only too willing to share their blogging secrets and pass along tips that had worked for them. And I soaked up that knowledge and applied it to my blog. So now I wanted to do the same for others but rather than spewing it all out in one far too long blog post, I’ve decided to post in an A to Z format. As inspired by the A to Z April Challenge.
The A to Z of Handy Tips for BookBloggers
B is for Balance
For me personally balance is hard to get right. Not just in blogging but in everything in my life. When I like something I go at it gung ho until I burn out and never want to hear mention of it again. I didn’t want blogging to become another casualty in my life of this and I knew it could easily happen.
And if you read discussion posts on book blogs, then nearly every week you will find a blogger somewhere writing about trying to balance blogging and real life and how hard it all is. And I don’t think anyone will deny that it is a hobby that expands to fill all available time and more.
So I put a few measures in place that I think have worked for me :
- I schedule my blogging time and I follow a plan. This works so well for me that I wrote a whole series of posts about planning for your blog. But I find planning out my time makes me more time efficient and makes sure I have time for other hobbies too.
- I save time where I can. I use Ultimate Book Blogger as it saves me time when formatting posts and automatically creates review archives for me. And it does so much more than that but for those two things I adore it.
- Let it Go! Acknowledge that you can’t do it all. Unfortunately for most of us blogging is not a full time job and you can only do so much in the hours available. So just accept that and don’t strive for perfection that you can never achieve.
- Don’t over commit. Don’t take on too many ARCs or blog tours with dates, that extra time pressure is draining.
- Keep blogging fun. Remember why you started and if you feel too pressured then cut back a bit.
- Taking blogging breaks. We all need to step away from time to time and don’t ever feel guilty over that.