The Book Blogging Balancing Act: Part Two

 I’m doing a little series since I’ve started a new job recently (after not really working for a while which meant I had TONS of time for reading and blogging) and have had a horrible time trying to balance reading, my blog and well….real life. I decided to ask some blogging friends how THEY find that balance..because after all…blogging is NOT a full time job for most of us (and we don’t get paid for it) even though it sure could be.

Last week we talked about finding TIME to read..this week I asked some bloggers how they find time to create consistent, quality content. It’s easy to post a ton of memes and giveaways..but it really does take some time to put together reviews, discussion posts and all sorts of other content unique to your blog.

Schedule! I try and schedule out posts in advance. I’m not great at this, in fact I’m a bit behind now, but even jotting down what’s coming up on a calendar helps me plan it out. I use Firefox as my browser and the add-on “ReminderFox” to give me pop-up reminders of what’s coming up. That way I know what’s coming up, even just future releases. Also, if I find extra time while I’m tweeting or watching TV I’ll draft up posts with titles and basic info ready to go for reviews. That way when I sit down to write reviews I don’t have to spend all that time on the details. It works well for features and memes as well, which all you have to do is add content. Templates basically. — Danielle from There’s A Book!


I try to keep up with my e-mail as it comes – there are a few that hang out in need-to-reply territory, but for the most part I attack these as soon as I can – which means any sort of interview or feature I’m cooking up gets going right away.

Reviews I write when I’m feeling particularly strong about a book – and this usually happens halfway through another book I am reading. If at any time during the new book I start thinking about the one I just read, I stop and go write the review.

As for *really* creative content? That is something that I let just go with the flow. If I’m talking to someone and we talk about how cool something would be, I go for it and see if it really would be cool. These are last priority for me, though, since reviews are the reason I made my blog.  — Shanyn from Chick Loves Lit

I schedule all of my blog posts at least a week in advance.  I feel like I’ve set up a consistency with my daily posts that I know ahead of time what to write (IMM, Daily Dose Monday, Tune in Tuesday, Waiting on Wednesday, etc.)  But every now & then I will throw in a post off the top of my head.  They are usually random & it’s a hit or miss.  I love to talk – so it’s sort of like my own social platform, haha. — Ginger from Greads!

I have OCD with my blog and I feel weird if I don’t post. So, I normally take one day out of the week, mostly on Sunday to schedule everything for that week. Yes, it’s really time consuming but I do feel good knowing my followers will have new content for the week. — Eleni from La Femme Reader

Creating consistent content is probably the hardest thing to do, so I actually map out a schedule of my ARCs and review copies the month before so I have a plan of what’s going up and when. Then, I try to read as far ahead of schedule as I can, and then write up the post and just schedule them to go up on a specific day. That way, the reviews are fresh in my mind when I write them, but they’re still relevant when they post. — Melissa from I Swim For Oceans

I don’t do a lot of features, I did one or two when I first started  blogging but the one thing I always have hated is feeling like I have to blog. I just write whatever I feel like in whatever time I have available. I try to write a review the second I put a finished book down, even if I just save the document for later and I don’t have time to post. I also keep a little notepad on my PC open and when I think of a topic that I might want to blog about I add it in there and if I have time write the first paragraph or two. I have been known to carry a journal and write out blog posts by hand and type them out when I am near a computer later on. –Pam from Bookalicious

I do most of my blogging on the weekends. The week tends to be filled with my full-time job, friends, boyfriend, family, and everything else. I try to relax as much as I can on the weekends but also schedule out my blog posts so that I’m not adding to the stress of the work week. I also write down any ideas that pop into my head immediately so I can hash them out later. — Tara from Fiction Folio


I dedicate a large chunk of Sunday afternoons/evenings to getting my blog ready for the week. I know I’ll be way too tired on a weeknight after a long day of work to write a great review or think of an interesting topic for a discussion post. On Sundays, I’m usually fresh and able to knock out 5 or 6 posts to keep my blog updated for the week. Jess from Cover to Cover

How do you find time to write reviews and come up with quality content?  Any tips/tricks you want to share?

Next week we’ll talk about finding time to interact and comment on other blogs!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 30 year old married lady who is in denial that she’s actually that old. When she’s not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, listening to music with oversized headphones and having adventures with her husband and dog.

Comments

  1. No tips or tricks, I'm afraid, I struggle with this like everyone else… I blog instead of coffee breaks at work, I have my coffee at my desk and do some writing. I don't really have time to do it any other time. I'd like to be more organised content-wise though so thanks for compiling all these answers from other bloggers!

  2. The most important thing I can say is ALWAYS avoid the temptation to make your blog into a stick to beat yourself with! Don't have time to write for a couple of days? NOT THE END OF THE WORLD! NOT WORTH STRESSING ABOUT! The regular readers totally understand and will still be there when you emerge.
    I am full of admiration for all your commentors who are so organised with their planning. My tips: if I'm going to write a post, I probably end up writing three, because I get into the groove and it takes a lot less time than cranking up the blogging engine again later on. I also tend to have written quite a lot of the post in my head, during my commute, before I actually get to the computer. I'm also a big writer-of-posts while watching TV and eating chocolate. Why not, right? 🙂

  3. Kate {The Parchment Girl} says:

    Like Danielle, I schedule posts in advance. I work a little every day and often have posts scheduled up to a month in advance (except for time-sensitive ones). That allows me to not write for a few days if I don't have the time, because I know that all the posts for the upcoming week are already done and set to publish automatically.

  4. Michelle (my books. my life.) says:

    I want to be one of those people who schedules posts in advance. Very badly. I'm always finishing up reviews right before I post them.

  5. The1stdaughter says:

    Looks like quite a few people work out their blogs on Sunday, which I do quite a bit as well. It's almost always a quiet day with help with the kiddos available. I'm definitely an advocate for grabbing a couple of seconds here and there to take care of the small things like emails just as Shanyn does. Those can really pile up if you get too many.

    Great tips!

  6. When I figured out how to schedule posts – a huge weight fell from my shoulders!

  7. Amazing post- it's full of really cool advice I never thought of. I'll try some of it.

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