December 7, 2007

"Find the time and energy to run a blog and manage a stable life at the same time."

Managing your life and a blog - or more than one blog, if you're crazy - can be difficult. If you don't use your blog to make a living, you most likely have a day job that takes up the majority of your time. And if you have a family then all of your time is practically taken. Plus if you live on your own you have bills to pay, chores to do, shopping, and more.

So how can bloggers like yourself find the time and energy to run a blog and manage a stable life at the same time? Believe it or not, there are a few ways to consider managing both your blog(s) and your life. Here are a few that are strongly recommended:

Live first, blog second.

Blogging should be - first and foremost - fun. If you wake up one morning and aren't feeling well enough to post, you don't have to, and you don't need to apologize to your readers for not posting afterwards either. It's YOUR blog that should be filled with YOUR thoughts. So if you aren't up for it, don't do it.

Similarly to not feeling up to posting everyday on your blog, if you find yourself extremely busy on a day and can't sit down to write up a post, don't worry. You don't need to post every single day. It's great if you try to, but nobody will hold you accountable for missing a day because you were too busy with your real life.

If you're really dedicated to your blog readers and subscribers, you could take some advice and plan ahead for those days when you're too sick or too busy to write something new.

But under no circumstances should you ever feel guilty about not posting, or disappointed in yourself for being too busy to manage your blog everyday.

Blogs come and go, life is a one-shot deal.

Write about your life.

Sometimes you may be too sick or down to write a new post for your blog, or you may have some personal issues that are preventing you from writing really great content. Fortunately you don't have to let life stand in your way of blogging all the time. You can turn things around and write about what's going on in your life.

There are obvious drawbacks to writing about your life on your blog, but there are more benefits to doing so; as long as you don't get too personal.

First you should make whatever you are writing about relate to your niche. Whatever it is that's going on in your life, try to find a way to relate it to your niche, and then present it to your readers.

If you allow comments on your blog, your readers could provide you with quality feedback that will help you take care of your problem, while at the same time creating a great topic for your readers and subscribers to learn from. You're writing from personal experience, and that's what makes the best content for blogs. It's a win-win situation.

Take a break from blogging (or life).

Feeling sick and not wanting to write is horrible, but feeling overwhelmed is even worse.

One of the most tried and true methods for dealing for stress and a feeling of being overwhelmed is to take a break. Like the previous points: life comes first, then blogging. So if life is stressing you out, go ahead and take a break. It's a good idea to let your readers know that you will be doing so (and if you can, it would be a great idea to setup someone to guest blog while you're gone).

If, however, life is becoming a bit too overwhelming, nothing is wrong with taking a few days off of work - with giving notice to your boss, of course - and just writing. You may find blogging to be extremely therapeutic and it will help you organize your thoughts and feelings.

We are all human, and we all get overwhelmed from time to time. Nothing is wrong with walking away for a bit. Nobody will blame you.

Don't stress the little things.

These points about finding the time and energy to run a blog while managing a stable life are all focused on one main principle: don't stress the little things.

Blogging - unless it is how you make a living - is a little thing. In twenty years from now your blog may be huge, or it may be non-existent, but letting your blog overwhelm your life is definitely a mistake you will regret.

Managing a blog can be difficult to do while living an average life, but by focusing on your life before blogging, by bringing your life into your blog and vice-versa, and by taking a break when necessary, managing both your blog(s) and life can be fun and rewarding.

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