I’ve had this blog for about three months now, and I’ve been enjoying every minute since I started it.
However, running a blog takes a lot of time and effort, and one of my biggest concerns when starting was that it would turn me into one of those people who goes through life with their head constantly tilted down into their phone.
I have no problem putting in the effort; like I said, I really enjoy blogging, but I wanted to make sure that I maintained a balance between writing about my life and actually living it.
I think I’ve done a good job of keeping my blog going without neglecting my real life so far, so I wanted to share some methods I’ve used for running my blog and connected social media accounts while still being present in my day-to-day life.
Here are some ways I’ve been able to manage a blog without spending my whole life on my cell phone (or my laptop).
Set aside time dedicated to blogging, and time dedicated to not blogging.
Since I have a demanding full-time job outside of blogging, I need to make sure I set aside time dedicated to working on my blog and getting the word out about it.
I wake up a little earlier each morning so that I’ll have time to work on the blog and social media accounts that I have connected to it.
Then, when I get home from work, I’ll do some additional writing before dinner.
Late at night, when I’m relaxing in bed and watching TV, I’ll stay active on my Instagram and Pinterest accounts in order to make sure my blog has the highest possible visibility.
I try to stay off my phone during the day while I’m at work, when I’m spending time out with family and friends, or when I’m having meals.
Because I have dedicated time to work on my blog in the morning and late at night I don’t have to be as stressed during the day knowing that I am taking some time away from it to do other things.
Use the proper resources to help run your blog.
There are so many resources available to bloggers these days, so I would certainly recommend taking advantage of them.
Apps like Tailwind can schedule posts on Instagram, for example.
So you can plan out your post when you do have time or want to be on your phone, and then have it post automatically at a time later in the day without needing to be on your phone to actually post it.
WordPress allows you to do something similar; we are all probably familiar with the post scheduling option.
When I have more time in the mornings or at night I write my posts and then schedule them to post later in the day at a more highly trafficked time.
Make your screen time as productive as possible.
Before starting my blog I used to spend a lot of time on personal social media accounts.
Now that I do have the blog, I have made it my top priority, which means I spend much less time active on other forms of social media.
When I set aside time to work on my blog, I try to avoid distractions or browsing on other sites.
This keeps me on track and helps me not to add extra amounts of unnecessary screen time.
So yes, since starting my blog I have ironically been less active on social media according to my personal accounts like Facebook and Snapchat, but I actually feel that this has been an improvement in my life.
Even since starting my blog, weekly notifications from my phone state that my total screen time has been going decreasing each week.
It has become a personal goal of mine to keep weekly screen time as low while still giving my blog enough attention and keeping my more relevant social media accounts as active as possible.
I am not yet at the point where blogging has brought me financial gain, but I am still serious about it and consider it a form of a job.
Just like with any job, you have to know when to unplug or to step away in order to still have a personal life.
Even though my blog is centered on lifestyle, it’s still important for me to have a work/life balance.
And with a job in the advertising industry plus blogging in my free time, it’s as challenging, yet as crucial, as ever for me not to let work take over my life.
That is why it’s so important for me and, in my opinion, for other bloggers to reduce the amount of time we spend on our phones or laptops.
With a whole world of readers and peers out there, it’s easy to get pulled in and to spend your whole life on the Internet, but I don’t think this is the best way to live.
What makes our lives so interesting and gives us the experience we need to write compelling stories is what we are doing every day, not just what we say about it.
So make sure you take some time every day to shut out the word on the other side of the screen, and make new memories involving the people and the places you love the most.
Happy reading, writing, and living.
I’ll see you next time. 🙂 <3