How To Find Time For Blogging

As a full-time graduate student and a mother to a 3-year-old, it can be challenging finding time to blog. In this post I wanted to share the ways I find time to blog.

Set Time Aside

During the day while my daughter is at kindergarten, my time is spent on my master’s program. In the afternoon and evenings after I pick up my daughter from kindergarten, I am cooking and cleaning. However, when my daughter goes to sleep in the evening, I have free time to myself until I go to sleep as well. The time in the evening to myself I normally use to work on my blog whether it is writing a post, replying to comments, promoting my posts on social media, replying to emails, etc. I spend most of my evenings working on my blog, but I do have the occasional day off where I will watch a movie or play a video game instead. If you are having trouble finding time to blog, then I would suggest seeing what free time you have and possibly using that time to work on your blog.

 

Make a To-Do List

There is a lot to do when it comes to running a blog, and to manage my time wisely in the evenings I create a weekly to-do list of things to do. In my to-do list I will set a preliminary schedule for when I want to write a new post, take pictures for my blog posts, reply to comments and comment on other blogs, promote my blog posts on social media, etc. You can also make a daily or monthly to-do list depending on how often you blog or how much time you can put in to focus on your blog. By having a to-do list, you can break up the task of blogging into easier to manage tasks instead of trying to do everything at once. The to-do list will also help you keep track of what you need to do next for your blog.

 

Write Down Your Ideas

When I come up with an idea for a blog post, I immediately write it down in my notes app on my phone, and I include any other notes I have about that idea. You could also use a journal to write your ideas and create an outline of things you want to cover when you write about that idea. By writing down your ideas for posts as they come to you and possibly outlining the post as well, you are spending less time when you actually sit down to write that post since you already know what topic to write about and any points you want to cover. Also, at the beginning of every month I like to plan out my posts for the month using the ideas I have come up with. This planning takes the guesswork out when it comes time to writing a new post.

 

Use Time You Have

If you find it difficult to set time aside to blog, you can use the time that you do have. If you commute to work or school on a bus or train, you can use your commute time to write a new post. When you have breaks at work or your lunch break at school, you can use that time to reply to comments on your blog or schedule social media content. I definitely recommend having the WordPress app on your phone so you can easily write a new post or reply to comments without having to carry your laptop around. For scheduling social media content, you can the download the app Buffer or sign up for Tailwind. With the free plan on Buffer, you can schedule 10 posts at a time for Twitter and Instagram. With the free trial on Tailwind, you can schedule 100 pins for Pinterest or you can use my referral link and receive a whole month for free! By using apps and websites on your phone, you can easily and efficiently use the free time you have to focus on your blog.


How do you find time for blogging?

 

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30 thoughts on “How To Find Time For Blogging

  1. This was just the post I needed! I sometimes find that I either work on my blog too much, and then slack off for my other tasks, or vice versa. It’s important to find balance, and these tips definitely help.

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  2. Some great ideas here. I always have a To Do list on my phone each day, and I use my lunch break at work to get some social media interaction in the bag! Another thing is not to pressure yourself to the point where it becomes a chore. If you have a lot going on, it’s okay to recognise that you might not have as much time to blog for a little while. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. It can be so hard to find time for blogging! You really had some great tips, and the one I actually use the most is writing ideas down. That way, when I DO have some time to blog, I can just pick a subject that speaks to me and use that as a source of inspiration. Though I do hate it when I have a brilliant (or at least in my opinion) idea to blog about and want to do it right away, but don’t have the time. So frustrating!
    Lovely post and thanks for the ideas and inspiration!
    xo Emily
    https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

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    1. Thank you so much!
      I’m glad to hear that you write down your ideas since you can use it as inspiration. That has happened to me too! When I’m walking my daughter to kindergarten, I sometimes will think of an idea & main points but I can’t just stop & write it all down!

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  4. Blogging is definitely something that we would do because we want to. Finding time to blog and engage with others can be hard but it’s not impossible! I always use a notebook to write down my ideas! Thanks for sharing these tips :).

    Nancy โ™ฅ exquisitely.me

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  5. Great post and some really helpful tips! Iโ€™ve definitely found that setting aside my time in the evenings works well for blogging as itโ€™s when Iโ€™ve gotten everything else out of the way. In terms of social media and replying to comments, Iโ€™ve found itโ€™s easier to do during my lunch hour, and I can also read a few posts from other bloggers and I find this frees up more time to write and do some general admin bits in the evening. Iโ€™m definitely going to look into the Buffer plan for some social media posts as this is something I do occasionally fall flat on! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
    Amy | sassycatlady.com

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    1. You’re welcome! It is nice having everything else out of the way to focus on blogging in the evenings!
      I hope you’ll find Buffer helpful! It’s great being able to schedule tweets/posts!

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  6. Finding time to run a blog can be so difficult! Mostly because there a million things I could be doing. Love the tip about writing ideas down and have definitely found this to be the most helpful in my journey.

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    1. I feel like I can be more productive if I set time aside to just focus on blogging, but if finding time here & there works for you then you don’t have to ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  7. This is really beneficial, especially for me to read right now with how chaotic life is for us too. It has been really hard trying to balance life and blogging and everything else. Thank you for these practical tips, Karalee!

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  8. I used to think I was pretty good at staying on top of blog stuff, but I’ve literally dedicated hours this weekend trying to catch up because I’ve been neglecting it so much. Love this post! I’m currently stuck in the dilemma of Tailwind and whether to sign up or not. I’ve just finished the trial and really liked it.

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  9. Its certainly hard with 2 very young children aged sixteen months and 4 years old but I honestly think my blog keeps me sane as young mum. I look forward to exploring more of your blog very soon. I hope you check out my very successful food and lifestyle blog surrey kitchen.com very soon. My recent posts are about Dim Sum and I just passed the WSET level 1 award in wine at Leiths in London so if you love wine those posts are worth a read. Best wishes. Emma xxx

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