With half term just around the corner now’s a good time for parent bloggers to think of ways to keep your blog active while you enjoy some family time. These suggestions will help you avoid the dreaded Blogger’s Guilt that we all feel from time to time whether it be due to family commitments, writer’s block or too few hours in the day.
PLAN AHEAD: The most obvious and effective way to keep things ticking along is to plan well in advance. Scheduling new posts, tweets, Facebook updates etc for the week ahead takes the pressure off trying to ‘fit it all in’. Your blog will continue to get views while you’re busy building sandcastles and finally making use of your National Trust membership.
BLOG-MIN: If (like me) you are nowhere near organised enough to plan posts in advance use this time to do all the other bloggy bits and bobs on your to-do list e.g:
- Find and fix broken links
- Contact a blogger you would like to guest-post for
- Update your media-kit
- Respond to/follow up on emails
- Refresh and share an old post
- Pin your posts to Pinterest
- Update your editorial calendar
All are great ways of being productive when it’s not possible to work on new ideas. Personally I need total silence to be able to concentrate on writing a post but I could happily manage a bit of blog-min while the kids are busy watching a DVD.
BACK TO BASICS: Grab a notebook and pen and use this time to list 10 new post ideas or companies you would like to pitch to, draft out the bones of a post, write out your goals for the next few months. This is actually my preferred way to work as I like to scribble my thoughts down initially rather than type them straight up and it means if inspiration strikes in Aisle 12 I won’t have completely forgotten about it when I eventually sit down to write. Perfect for trips to the playground, soft play or just lazy days playing in the garden. My children are now old enough that they don’t necessarily need/want me to ‘join in’ so I take full advantage of this by grabbing a coffee on the way to the park and letting them run around like loons while I watch and scribble.
GET SOCIAL: Social media platforms are a great way to build blogger relationships and promote your work. On the flipside I often find myself being completely distracted from my to-do list and wasting precious hours looking at pretty squares or homemade glitter galaxy goop. On this occasion I say embrace the goop! You might not have the time or inclination to spend the morning in front of your PC but focusing on your Pinterest boards or catching up on (and sharing!) some of your favourite blogger posts are great, easy ways to be productive in those minutes spent queueing at the Post Office or sitting in the Doctor’s waiting room .
BE REALISTIC: Whatever the reason, if you know that you won’t be able to blog as much as you might like, don’t drive yourself crazy. A temporary dip in views/likes/shares is not the end of the world and you’ll soon be back into the swing of things.
I hope you find these ideas useful or at least feel slightly better about taking time out to focus on something else for a while. Remember: YOU are in charge of your blog, not vice-versa. Give yourself permission to stop stressing and you’ll feel so much better for it I promise!
If you have any more tips to add I’d love you to share them in the comments below!