It's tough. That's the truth, but once you find a hobby you love - you shouldn't give it up.
Blogging seemed to be easy for me in my final year of university, I upped my game and began writing posts twice a week and I continued to enjoy every minute. Since getting a dream role straight out of uni, I began writing hundreds of words on a daily basis. Although I love it, some days you're just utterly exhausted with the idea of coming home from writing... to write. See my issue?
Sometimes a girl just needs to slide into pj's, say hello to a bowl of ice cream and a recorded episode of Gogglebox and do nothing else.
It's okay though, it's totally do-able. You just have to find a routine, take action when inspiration strikes and get planning. Luckily, I have yet to miss my Wednesday and Sunday deadlines but who knows when an ice cream day could be lurking - but if that happens, I'm totally fine with it.
Find a routine
Whether you post once or three times a week, find a routine which works for you. Be realistic and don't put too much pressure on yourself. This is a damn hobby, you should be loving it, not biting your nails worrying that your post hasn't gone live.
Get planning - it's the perfect excuse for a new notebook too. If you have five minutes, scribble down ideas for future posts, read blogs and find inspiration, talk to other bloggers and have a general think about your blog. Is the content your creating what you would read? What content do you enjoy reading? Get creative, but log your every creative thought for when inspiration hits.
Take action when inspiration strikes
It's currently 00:59 as I write this post. I've been meaning to write about this subject for a while but I never seemed to be in the right mindset. However, a night of watching Slum Dog Millionaire and getting into bed, I find myself typing on my keyboard... strange when inspiration can hit you.
I often become motivated after online shopping - it usually results in an hour of collage making... geek alert.
Scheduling is your best friend
We need a life and cannot stay glued to our computers 24/7. So, scheduling is a life saver by keeping your blog in check, staying connected and remaining on top of things. I often schedule blog posts in advance and before working full time I usually had more than three posts ready to go live. Now, it's just the one.
When it comes to social media there are plenty of options. At work I use the scheduling site Meet Edgar which is damn expensive but insanely useful. Buffer is free and is what I use regularly for my blog. You can keep your account fresh and constantly updated for users to read any time of day.
It's definitely important to be social when blogging. When I popped my blog on Twitter, I found so many inspiring bloggers and this way they can find you too. It's also one of the best ways to grow your blog - so keep it topped up with fresh content!
Remember why you started in the first place. Blogging is a great hobby and it can open doors to so many opportunities. Without my blog, there is no way in hell I'd have the job I have today. Stay positive, don't compare yourself to others and love what you do!
Your happiness is what's important
Blogging shouldn't be a chore. If you're feeling the pressure it's okay to take a break, this is a hobby and you should be doing it because you want to. Find the balance between blogging and work life, but also make time for yourself and others. Your happiness is what's important.