#BlogTrends – Managing It All – Sept 17

Let’s be honest, blogging can take up vast amounts of time, which in turn takes time away from other important aspects of our life. From major life events such as having a baby and getting married to families and friends to jobs to quiet alone time, everything needs some attention. In this #BlogTrends chat we discuss how to manage it all: What organizational tools to utilize to keep everything in order, how to incorporate family and friends into blogging, how to allow time for blogging when it seems as though you have no time, and much, much more.

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Q1 What’s the best organization method for managing a full schedule? #blogtrends

miffalicious @Blog_Trends A1 plan out your posts for the week and schedule them in advance. Set aside a few days for brainstorming. #blogtrends
wickedcheap A1 Write EVERYTHING down. Don’t trust your brain to keep everything straight! #blogtrends
jstprfectbeauty a1: i’m beginning to thing that keeping a detailed calendar is the way to go…editorial and otherwise #blogtrends
SquirrellyMinds A1: I swear by Google Calendar and colour coding all posts according to subject #blogtrends
blackblondeone @Blog_Trends CALENDAR wherever you go. I keep mine in gmail & iphone. Kept me sane during #NYFW. #blogtrends
HouseOfJeffers A1 I like to use a calendar – old school ones – so I can visually plan and keep track of posts. #blogtrends
Sephyday @Blog_Trends I try to take one thing at a time and plan out what I want to do. I usually try to get the big stuff over with 1st #blogtrends
blackblondeone @Blog_Trends A1 Color coordinate your calendar. Mine is green for bills, red for events, yellow for school, etc. #blogtrends
blackblondeone A1 I can’t do traditional planners, stuff gets lost. Teaux deaux online is also super helpful! #blogtrends
justsitpretty A1: Editorial Calendars are THE best! Or any calendar just mapping out your direction for the week, month, or year. #blogtrends
prettyandfun A1: Prioritize, organize and simplify. Be realistic about how many hours you have in each day & plan accordingly. #blogtrends

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Q2 How do I allow for blogging time while having a meaningful event in life? Ie-wedding, baby #blogtrends

KatiePetix A2 scheduling posts ahead and guest bloggers are life savers! #blogtrends
LO_TS People should release you don’t have to constantly blog and you can have time out for personal life/events #blogtrends
blackblondeone A2 Guest posts rule! Let your readers in on your life. Blog about the updates. They’ll understand and appreciate it! #blogtrends
NorthOnHarper @Blog_Trends Q2 Know your limitations and remember your life makes your blog more interesting! #blogtrends
HouseOfJeffers A2 Priorities. Having a life is important. And if a blog becomes a burden, then it might be time to hang it up. #blogtrends
Her_Castle A2. If you schedule time to post, schedule time to live life! We are strict with no posting on weekends or Friday nights #blogtrends
acc_stylish I take advantage of my lunch hour. Eat, read, blog, tweet, repeat. 🙂 That way family time is uninterrupted..except Monday night #blogtrends
KatiePetix A2 Depending on your blogs focus, dont be afraid to share your event planning, frustrations, successes, exhaustion with readers. #blogtrends
OneWomansStyle A2 I also roped in an intern today, my little brother to help with the back-end maintenance stuff I don’t have time for. #blogtrends

Let’s be honest, blogging can take up vast amounts of time, which in turn takes time away from other important aspects of our life. From major life events such as having a baby and getting married to families and friends to jobs to quiet alone time, everything needs some attention. In this #BlogTrends chat we discuss how to manage it all: What organizational tools to utilize to keep everything in order, how to incorporate family and friends into blogging, how to allow time for blogging when it seems as though you have no time, and much, much more.

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Q1 What’s the best organization method for managing a full schedule? #blogtrends

miffalicious @Blog_Trends A1 plan out your posts for the week and schedule them in advance. Set aside a few days for brainstorming. #blogtrends
wickedcheap A1 Write EVERYTHING down. Don’t trust your brain to keep everything straight! #blogtrends
jstprfectbeauty a1: i’m beginning to thing that keeping a detailed calendar is the way to go…editorial and otherwise #blogtrends
SquirrellyMinds A1: I swear by Google Calendar and colour coding all posts according to subject #blogtrends
blackblondeone @Blog_Trends CALENDAR wherever you go. I keep mine in gmail & iphone. Kept me sane during #NYFW. #blogtrends
HouseOfJeffers A1 I like to use a calendar – old school ones – so I can visually plan and keep track of posts. #blogtrends
Sephyday @Blog_Trends I try to take one thing at a time and plan out what I want to do. I usually try to get the big stuff over with 1st #blogtrends
blackblondeone @Blog_Trends A1 Color coordinate your calendar. Mine is green for bills, red for events, yellow for school, etc. #blogtrends
blackblondeone A1 I can’t do traditional planners, stuff gets lost. Teaux deaux online is also super helpful! #blogtrends
justsitpretty A1: Editorial Calendars are THE best! Or any calendar just mapping out your direction for the week, month, or year. #blogtrends
prettyandfun A1: Prioritize, organize and simplify. Be realistic about how many hours you have in each day & plan accordingly. #blogtrends

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Q2 How do I allow for blogging time while having a meaningful event in life? Ie-wedding, baby #blogtrends

KatiePetix A2 scheduling posts ahead and guest bloggers are life savers! #blogtrends
LO_TS People should release you don’t have to constantly blog and you can have time out for personal life/events #blogtrends
blackblondeone A2 Guest posts rule! Let your readers in on your life. Blog about the updates. They’ll understand and appreciate it! #blogtrends
NorthOnHarper @Blog_Trends Q2 Know your limitations and remember your life makes your blog more interesting! #blogtrends
HouseOfJeffers A2 Priorities. Having a life is important. And if a blog becomes a burden, then it might be time to hang it up. #blogtrends
Her_Castle A2. If you schedule time to post, schedule time to live life! We are strict with no posting on weekends or Friday nights #blogtrends
acc_stylish I take advantage of my lunch hour. Eat, read, blog, tweet, repeat. 🙂 That way family time is uninterrupted..except Monday night #blogtrends
KatiePetix A2 Depending on your blogs focus, dont be afraid to share your event planning, frustrations, successes, exhaustion with readers. #blogtrends
OneWomansStyle A2 I also roped in an intern today, my little brother to help with the back-end maintenance stuff I don’t have time for. #blogtrends

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Q3 Are there any ways to use my full time job to my benefit for blogging? #blogtrends

KatiePetix A3 This can be verrrrry sticky. proceed with caution. #blogtrends
ChasingDavies @Blog_Trends I work in digital media so am able to apply a lot of my professional learnings to my blog! #blogtrends Q3
WowYouWoreThat Your full time job can fund your blog. It can also help you with your blog by forcing you to create a schedule. #blogtrends
rachelmaleady @Blog_Trends A3: I work in the SEO field and it’s helped my blog a ton! There are many ways to relate your job and blog #blogtrends
blackblondeone @Blog_Trends A3 I use it mostly to network. I work in buying, so often I get to go to gift show and find cool things to feature. #blogtrends
prettyandfun A3: I do social marketing for a large ad agency – my blog and job complement each other well. Very cool to be on both sides. #blogtrends
HouseOfJeffers My job funds things related to my blog, but doesn’t provide an income. So I keep the two seperated. #blogtrends
Her_Castle A3 I would go to my job early, blog for 30 min then work in my corporate job. I would not blog during the work day. Dangerous. #blogtrends
GoSimplySavvy As an organizer and int stylist I use the blog as an extension of my website – & portfolio. It’s a reference & brings clients #blogtrends
TyrasLilSis It depends on the job, but my job recognizes what do with blogging and social media&have allowed me opps based on that! #blogtrends
decormusings A3: Sometimes your contacts may overlap & you form relationships that make sense for your blog. #blogtrends
ScorchingStyle @CreativelyYours Excellent advice! So many people don’t see past that open door. You need to WORK once you get in! #BlogTrends

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Q4 How can I incorporate my family and friends into my blogging passion? #BlogTrends

linmuemuse @Blog_Trends Family members make for great photographers #blogtrends
NorthOnHarper @Blog_Trends A4 1st make sure they want to me. 2nd Capitalize on their strengths (mom a great baker? share a recipe!) #blogtrends
TheGorgeousBlog @Blog_Trends A4. My guys are hams so I incorporate them into my stories. funny #Blogtrends
HouseOfJeffers A4 Family and friends can be your biggest supporters. And they often give good word of mouth. #blogtrends
BlitzAndGlam @Blog_Trends A4. My family reads regularly and whenever one attends a football game or other event with me, they are featured. #blogtrends
acc_stylish A4 I exchange ideas and tips with my blogger friends and family. Motivates us to push for better content. Inspiration. #blogtrends
ScorchingStyle A4. I sometimes style friends and family: for weddings, grads, parties, etc. but I NEVER put them on my blog w/o permission. #Blogtrends
jstprfectbeauty @Blog_Trends a4: if friends/family are willing, ask to interview or to model for a makeover or a fashion shoot. #blogtrends
wickedcheap A4 I always love when my boyfriend finds a local event and says “we should go to this and you can blog about it!” #blogtrends
kdesignthoughts A4: I have a design and lifestyle blog /Design Thoughts. so I dedicate every Friday to mommy moments/art projects w my 3 yr old #blogtrends
jstprfectbeauty a4: ask them if they’d be willing to test new product or take photos, but only if they have some photog talent! #blogtrends
blackblondeone A4 Husband is helpful in teaching me photo tips and photoshop. Couldn’t do it without him! #blogtrends
wickedcheap A4 My boyfriend actually wrote a guest post (his first blog post ever!) a couple weeks ago about a bookshelf he made. #blogtrends
NorthOnHarper @Blog_Trends A4 My husband is my photog & I consult him on men’s fashion. Friends who’ve guest posted: Stylists Trainers & Chefs #blogtrends

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Q5 Does scheduling blogging time take away the fun of it? #blogtrends

wickedcheap A5 For me it does. I may not be at my most creative or thoughtful during scheduled “blogging times” which makes it less fun. #blogtrends
BlitzAndGlam @Blog_Trends Q5 No. I enjoy working on my blog and growing my brand. Sometimes though I don’t force it if I’m not in the mood. #blogtrends
TheBlogWorkshop Q5 I think once you get to a point that you want your blog to grow seriously… you understand that it’s somewhat a necessity #blogtrends
Glam__Slam @Blog_Trends A5: I don’t think so! I think it helps you stay sane! 🙂 #blogtrends
KatiePetix A5 I don’t think so, I do as many as I can until I run out of time or loose inspiration. Allows me to focus on life and love. #blogtrends
HouseOfJeffers A5 I never blog if I feel it’s a burden. I let marinate for a day (or two) until I feel it’s right to post. #blogtrends
ScorchingStyle A5. No, but it does add a measure of anxiety sometimes if I don’t get to where my editorial calendar says I should be. #Blogtrends
acc_stylish A5 To a certain extent yes. Some planning and pre scheduling is good but don’t want it to start to feel like its work. #blogtrends
WokeUpPretty @Blog_Trends A5. It takes discipline to make sure that I write and post regularly but it’s something I enjoy so it’s worth it. #BlogTrends
kdesignthoughts A5: yes a little but if I’m on vacay I don’t want to tink about it. Its worth it ( for me)#blogtrends
CreativelyYours A5. Remember that there isn’t a right or wrong way to get it done. As long as it doesn’t feel like a task #Blogtrend

 

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