I don’t know about you, but summer’s get crazy for me. Living in Wisconsin we only get a few months to truly enjoy warm weather so our trips get compacted into a short time span and before I know it, it’s time to carve pumpkins for Halloween. Because of this, my blogging sometimes becomes a bit more sporadic and it’s much harder to keep up on all of the things (commenting, blog reading, emails, etc) that I try to keep up on. So here are five tips I have for keeping your sanity during the upcoming blogging season.
1. No guilt allowed
Remember this post on getting rid of blogger’s guilt? It’s super important right now. It doesn’t matter if your last post was a week ago, or that you skipped a week with one of your series, or that you haven’t been posting the same types of posts as you did a few months ago. There’s no need for you to feel bad about any of that. Life happens and we move on. If you start feeling guilty, go grab a summer drink and get some sun – it’ll do much more for you than feeling bad for something that probably wasn’t even noticed by many other people.
2. Show off what you’re doing
Chances are you aren’t blogging less because you’re sitting around and twiddling your thumbs during the warmer months. I’m guessing you’re getting outside, spending time with family, and going places instead. So share it with everyone! Showcase what you’re doing with photo dumps if you don’t have the time to write lengthy posts about what you’ve been up to. Phone photos work, too, so there’s no need to invest in expensive equipment for this to work!
3. Take a break
It’s okay to take a break from your blog, a series you love writing, or even posting on the weekends (or any other days for that matter) to make time for the things that summer brings. Take the time you need to be able to enjoy the hot days and warm nights in whatever way that works best for you. The beauty of blogging is that it’s your blog and you get to make the rules. You decide what’s right for you and your blog so decide what best helps you live the life you want to in the upcoming months.
4. Plan ahead
Can’t give yourself some time to getaway? Plan ahead! Ask for some guest posters, re-post old content, share old pictures you never got around to posting, ask for ideas for an upcoming vacation, share your tips for planning a vacation or an older vacation you went on, etc. Writing your posts ahead of time with no scheduled date in mind for them allows you to write content for your blog when you’re not under pressure to post something so you can enjoy the some time away from the computer. Then when you need something to go up, you’ll have some choices to pick from!
5. Accept that you’re not alone
You may feel like you’re the only one not having enough time to blog, but you’re not. Whether people are away on vacation, or kids are out of school, or the backyard and grill are just more appealing than staying inside with the computer – other bloggers are going through the exact same thing. This means that most, if not all, bloggers are going to completely understand what you’re going through because they are right there with you. You most likely don’t hold them to the high standards you hold yourself to with blogging so now’s a great time to cut yourself some slack.
The How-To/5 Tips is a weekly series that will be moving to Thursdays next week! It is dedicated to answering some of the most popular questions I’ve been asked through consulting and on my blog. Want tips on something similar in nature? Or maybe you want more personalized advice? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.