Juggling Blogging and University

Juggling Blogging and University

or a full time job/school/children- I reckon the principle is largely the same? (maybe the children one might be a little harder to work around since they’re actual people who can’t be side-lined)

As I didn’t start my blog until I was in my second year of uni you’d be forgiven for thinking making time for both was second nature for me- but second and third year are two completely different entities.

Now I’m on the final stretch, with just over two months left, and any time I take away from working on my dissertation makes me feel guilty, but so does not regularly posting on my blog- so it’s a real catch 22.

In an attempt to remind myself that it’s important to find a balance and make time for both- and also time to have a life in between- AND to help other people in my situation, I thought I’d set out my top tips for fitting in blogging when you feel like you really should be doing something else…

  1. Plan ahead: this is probably where I suck the most- I like to write about things as I think of them and blog about whatever is taking my fancy at the minute, my posts are normally written on the day they’re published which means I don’t really have a regular schedule at the minute. BUT I’m going to start setting one day aside a week to write and photograph a few posts so that I know I’ve always got something to publish which I’m sure will take the pressure off a little.
  2. Make use of the time you do have: I’m constantly half writing posts on the notes app on my phone whilst I commute to and from classes or waiting for the bus- you really never know when inspiration will strike and there’s nothing worse than coming to your laptop at the end of the day and forgetting what you wanted to say. I know this is in kinda contradicting no.1 but really they work so well together- if I jot things down when they pop into my head it’ll be so much easier to get multiple posts written in one day!
  3. Schedule you social media: I tend to use and app called ‘Buffer’ and schedule a few for the next day just before I go to bed- I’d do it on the tube but seen as it’s underground I don’t have the internet to make it work. You could even do it whilst you’re waiting for the kettle to boil or for your dinner to cook. With Buffer you can re-buffer old tweets too so it makes it quicker and easier to remind people of your old posts and ensure your timeline isn’t just full of the last one you published. I can’t vouch for any other apps but there are SO MANY there has to be one that works for you.
  4. Bulk take photographs: this will get even easier as the days (and nights/mornings) get lighter and good natural light isn’t as fleeting. AS the days get longer there’ll also be more hours to work with too- sorry sleep! Plus, taking a whole load of photos at once means you don’t have to get all your props out just for one post! I like to take a few that aren’t related to any posts too so that I’ve got them for Instagram if I’m struggling for content.
  5. Use blogging as a break from studying: yes, you still need to get away from your computer at some point, but for me, and I’m sure most bloggers, writing is a hobby, it’s fun and it’s an escape- so why not write a post, or share some love on other blogs, when you’ve read enough historical/political/medical* articles for one day (*delete/change where appropriate)
  6. & finally… Don’t feel obliged to post: the classic quality over quantity. If you’re posting for the sake of it and you don’t love the post, how can you expect any readers to like it either?! We all need to take a step back every now and then and your blog will always be there to come back to once the deadlines have passed.

This is definitely an occasion where I need to take my own advice! How do you keep on top of your blog when it feels like you’ve got no time to spare? I need alllll the tips so keep ’em coming!

Tara xo

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