Welcome to the next instalment of my guest post series, How do you do it?
How Do You Do It?
Finding the time to blog
Let’s get straight to it. I find it tough to balance my home and blogging lives. When I’m playing with my girls or whipping the vacuum around the house, my phone is pinging with email notifications and social media mentions. And if I’m blogging I feel guilty about not being with the kids or my other half.
The reality of my blog is that I do most of my writing when the girls are asleep. This is not my natural creative time. I’m much more of a morning person, which means posts take a lot longer to come together when I am tired.
I aim to publish three times a week. One of these is a guest post feature, so the bulk of the content is not down to me but it still takes a couple of hours to lay out, edit the accompanying images and promote it across my social media.
Working with Brands
Inspiration for posts
A lot of my posts are based on things we’ve done, are planning on doing or relevant dates, like the school holidays. I also take inspiration for places we can go from other family travel and parenting blogs. However, I always try to come up with a new angle if I’m visiting the same place as one of my favourite bloggers. It’s sometimes easier said than done as I believe there are very few new ideas out there.
My main social media are Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. I’m on Twitter everyday both with scheduled and live content. The other two I’m a but less rigid about and post as I feel I have good content to share.
I use Hootsuite to manually schedule my tweets but enjoy using Twitter more when I’m tweeting live. I usually have one tweet scheduled each hour between 7am and 8pm using hashtags like #TTOT #Familytravel #Travelwithkids and #Travetips.
I’m currently working on my Pinterest account by updating my boards and creating pins for some of my ‘evergreen’ posts. It used to be one of my favourite platforms and now I hope to use it to bring in more traffic.
I take part in about 5 Linkys each week and not always the same ones. I find I get drawn into those little squares of blogging goodness and often comment on more than the required number of posts. Taking part in any more than five linkys would leave me no time for anything else. However they are a great way of attracting traffic to my posts and find new content to share on my own social media.
Taking a break
Last year I took six weeks off blogging – one after having my second baby, three for my summer holidays and two over Christmas and New Year when we were moving house.
I knew in advance that it was going to be difficult for me to fit in writing, publishing and promoting posts at times when we had family commitments or vey little access to the internet. So rather than stress about it, I took pre-planned breaks and popped a note on my blog saying I was signing off for a little while.
Each time it worked out really well. Yes, my stats dropped and only just about recovered by the time I took the next break (so frustrating), but I felt a weight was lifted from shoulders and I came back with lots of ideas.
When I say ‘a break’ I don’t mean I totally disconnected. I kept and eye on my social media (#addicted) and I drafted blog notes on my iPhone. I just didn’t actually post anything or take part in any linkys.
So that’s a little insight into how I blog. I can’t wait to read some more posts in this series!
Thank you Claire for taking part in my How Do You Do It? series. A really great insight into how you manage your time! If you would like to take part in this monthly series sharing how you manage your time, please do send me an email!