The A to Z of Handy Tips for #BookBloggers – B is for Balance

January 4, 2016 A to Z of Handy Tips for Book Bloggers 27

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

A to Z of handy tips for book bloggers

 

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.

 

Talk to Trish: How do you balance blogging with real life?  

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27 Responses to “The A to Z of Handy Tips for #BookBloggers – B is for Balance”

  1. Greg

    All great advice. You are so right about it expanding to take up time- I think the more time you give it the more stuff wants to be done. 🙂 If only we got paid for it, we could be all set (and quit our day jobs!).

    Have a great week Trish!
    Greg recently posted…Sunday Post #123

    • trish

      That really is the way it works, the more time you put it, the more you see that needs doing! Like you I wish it was a paying job as I really do love it!

  2. Berls

    I’m still trying really hard to find this – like you balance is not my strong suit. But scheduling time for the blog is definitely helpful. I just need to schedule more time than I have 🙁 My days are too short – I need more than 24 hours! Lol, but could you imagine longer days? They’d make us work longer for sure 🙁 Great post!
    Berls recently posted…December & End of Year Report Card! | #2015HW

    • trish

      Ummhh, pass on longer days, I’m already worn out by the end of every day! I struggle with balance but I am aware of that and do try to achieve some middle ground. It’s a work in progress!

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    Ooh, this is a BIGGIE, Trish. I’m still trying to find the perfect balance. I’m like you in that I go gung-ho when I find something I enjoy doing. I did over-commit for a year – maybe two. I scaled back in 2015 and will probably scale back a bit more in 2016. I’m using a lot of your tips on planning for my blog. 😀 And that’s very helpful. Accepting that I can’t do it all is hard and takes a lot of work. *ha* But I’m working at it…working at it all. Thanks for sharing tips on balance.
    Bookworm Brandee recently posted…Review ~ Masters for Life ~ Ginger Voight

    • trish

      I’m scaling back in 2016 too, it just makes more sense for the time I have available. Hopefully that way I will still enjoy blogging but also have more free time for other stuff. We’ll see!

  4. Jade @ Reading With Jade

    These are all great pieces of advice – I think finding a balance can be hard in any type of blogging, but I find more so in book blogging because if you’re overextending yourself on the blog, then it’s highly likely you aren’t reading.

    I feel like I settled in to my own a little in the later stages of 2015, and am working a good balance so far this new year. Your first tip is a large part of that though – planning and scheduling!

    • trish

      I find planning and scheduling is essential for a stress free blog life for me, I know it’s not for everyone but looks like it suits both of us. Well done on finding some balance last year, I know it’s not easy!

  5. Laurel-Rain Snow

    It is perfect timing for me to read this post today, after I decided on my One Word for the year…balance.

    I am happy to see that I am already doing some of what you recommend…like setting aside certain times for blogging, and keeping deadlines for ARCs manageable.

    My time for blogging is early morning, although sometimes I will go online in the evening to set up one post.

    Thanks for sharing. Great tips!
    Laurel-Rain Snow recently posted…AUTHOR’S HOME PAGE

    • trish

      I used to blog early mornings (and still do at the weekend) but don’t any more during the week. It was making me tired before work. Maybe once the summer comes and we have more daylight, I’ll get back into that again as I used to enjoy my quiet time with the blog.

  6. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    I could not agree more with what you said! Blogging breaks are NOT bad. In fact, they can be exactly what you need. And it’s all about keeping it fun. I got away from that last year and it ended with me not wanting to have anything to do with the blog. But this year I have been rejuvenated and excited to add some new things to the blog!

    Finding a balance is always hard, but you’re right. Do what you can, when you can!

    Such great advice Trish. I’m glad you’re doing this!
    Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros recently posted…The Monday Musts- The Bridgertons, Highly Suspect, Tennessee football

    • trish

      I used to be afraid of blogging breaks but now I just take them as I need them. And it feels so refreshing to leave it all aside for a little bit. Now that I’m back in the blogging zone again though, I do remember how much I love it!
      I love how passionate you are about blogging again, it’s inspiring Jess.

  7. Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library

    Balance is definitely one of the hardest things about blogging. I could work on blogging 24/7 and still probably wouldn’t get everything done! I have done better at letting it go lately but this year I’m trying to focus more on scheduling my time so I’m being more efficient.
    Katherine @ I Wish I Lived in a Library recently posted…Agatha Christie101

    • trish

      Blogwork is never EVER done! That’s why letting it go is so important too! 😀 I hope scheduling more works for you, I personally find it’s a lifesaver.

  8. Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek)

    Fab post, and feature idea! Balance is so hard to get right. I’ve gone through phases of spending far too much time blogging, and needing to take a step back, because it isn’t my job and I need to live in reality, to doing hardly any blogging at all because other interests came into my life, and I needed to plan my time better. I’m starting a new journal/planner in 2016, and I’m hoping to become super organised to take control of a lot of areas, be it blogging, working, or other areas of my life. A big help for me was removing myself from the ARC cycle. Sure, the appeal of “free” books was fun at the start, but they’re not really free because of the commitment attached to them, and as a serious mood reader, and back-list reader, I just went back to reading what I want when I want, and reviewing them in my own time. Blogging should be fun, and doesn’t have to be about ARCs!
    Rachel (Confessions of a Book Geek) recently posted…How Much Do You Spend On Books? 2016 Edition

    • trish

      I don’t think I could cut ARCs out of my life completely as I do love the excitement of getting one but I am keeping a very tight rein on them! And I’ve been in both places you mentioned, too much blogging and too little blogging, so I’m striving this year to cut back a bit but still be present. Balance will never be easy for me (it’s just not in my personality) but I am trying!

  9. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

    Yes! I learned this in my first year of blogging. The overkill on ARCs is something I am still dealing with. I take breaks and I think it helps. You have to find balance in whatever form it means to you. Great post!

  10. Tanya Patrice

    Balance is a big thing for me too. What has been working lately is knowing where I can cut back, and doing so. Also scheduling ahead is a must for me. I also make sure that however I plan my blogging – I have access to it all the time for when I get post ideas. This means using apps on my phone too.
    Tanya Patrice recently posted…Winter Goals {The 2016 Edition}

  11. Lola

    Great tips! For me scheduling posts ahead really helps. That way I don’t stress and as I am workign a few weeks ahead it’s easier to balance things, that way I can do more or less blog work depending on if my work is busy or not.
    I use templates to make scheduling posts and formatting easier. They only include some basic things, like the header and some html codes, but it still helsp not to have to that up every time.
    And don’t over commit is a good oen too, I kinda made that mistake this month again with 3 deadline books in a row. I am still managing it, but it’s a good reminder to keep that in mind next month.
    And sometimes knowing that you can’t do everything and just let it go is a good thing too. Great post Trish!
    Lola recently posted…Sunday Post #161

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