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Blog Organisation: Balancing Education And A Blog

Wednesday, 20 January 2016


So I'm a full time student, probably like a lot of you reading, and I know that this put me off starting a blog because it's a lot of work. I mean that's why it's people's full time job but I don't think this should put anyone off. I've found some helpful ways to make it easier to manage a blog and education.


1. Education should come first.
If you're in education, it should come first, if that's where you see your life taking you. GCSE's are important, A Levels are important and your degree is important. I know blogging is really fun and a lot of the the time it's more entertaining than school but your blog will always be there, time in education won't be. I've noticed since starting my blog my A level grades have suffered, which is something I'll have to work on over christmas, which means a hell of a lot of revision. Thankfully I've been working hard in college so it's not a massive deal and I can easily improve.
I just think that your education should be priority because your readers will understand if your posts are late but your teachers and grades won't wait. I say all of this while procrastinating by writing this post, haha!! To be honest thought, a lot of youtubers say exams dont matter but they do; if you dont do well dont worry but putting off work that you could be doing is not what you want to do.

2. Have a schedule.
I have a 3 time a week schedule for my posts; Wednesday and Sundays. This works for me because I produce my best work under a bit of pressure. I think having the pressure of knowing I need a post to be done for those days really helps me. However, if this would stress you out, your schedule could be once a week or just a more flexible schedule were you don't have a particular day but you know you want to post 1 or 2 times. I think having some idea about how often you want to post that week helps you organise your time best.


3. Pick days that work for you.
As I said, I post Wednesdays and Sundays and I chose these days based on my free time. I mean I could post on days that bring in the most traffic, which is also sensible but I don't have as much time those days so I schedule tweets instead. I have 3 half days a week (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) so I made my posting days fit around these, so that I can use my free time to take blog photos. I know I can write posts on the night but it's harder to take photos then, so I take photos when I have frees. You could choose to take all your photos at the weekend, I think it's all about choosing the days that fit around your week best and knowing when your have the spare time to plant ahead.
4. Have a calendar/diary.
I think printable calendars are really great because you can be messy with it and not mess up a pretty calendar, also you can stick it into your diary. I just think that having a place where you can keep your schedule and blog ideas is great because it's organised and you can always come back to it when you're lost for inspiration.
5. Schedule tweets.
I thought the concept of scheduling tweets was strange and spamming but it's helped so well. I find that updating people on your posts throughout the day helps to get your blog out there and increases your traffic, when you may not have time to go on twitter. I mean I like to take naps on the night, haha I'm lazy, so if I didn't schedule tweets people wouldn't even know I'd posted. I use Tweetdeck and there's so many options of sites that you can schedule on. It's also quite fun to leave some messages to future times like 'Hey I'm scheduling tweets, how are you all?'
6. It's ok to have a social life!!
I mean I have a blog because I don't go out all that much but I think that as much as you plan your blog and spend time on your education, you can't abandon people, haha. Planning and having such a time consuming hobby could mean that you forget to spend time on yourself doing when you want. Also most social things could be turned into a blog post, like christmas markets, ice skating, OOTD's.

Hope this post helps someone and if you have any advice I'd love to hear!

16 comments

  1. Love all of these tips Sophie! I work full-time at the moment so these are all things I can definitely apply to my own situation too. Thanks for sharing!

    x Krista
    www.love-krista.com

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  2. These tips are so true! I always struggle with my schedule when I have uni but these are the actual things I do to help me with that!
    The only thing I´d add is plan ahead. If the blogger guilt is all too real when you miss a post, plan ahead for times when you know you won´t have much time to spend on your blog. That´s what I always do for my exam periods.
    xx Lisa | Following Lisa

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  3. Great tips, I really struggle to do both work and blogging! I have to write posts on my days off and in the evenings when really all I want to do is curl up on the sofa! It takes some planning but you do get used to the balance :) xx

    Bethan Likes

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  4. Love all of these tips! I sometimes think it's hard to juggle both work, blogging, and still having a social life. I'll try using these tips in the future :)

    Www.Thesparklingdarling.com

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  5. Love these tips! I had to take a break from blogging last summer for my GCSE exams but now I'm doing my A-Levels I've tried to balance my time more effectively. I think it's also important to take a break from blogging for a week or two if you need it to focus on education! Haha I'm with you in that I don't go out that much; I'd rather be blogging or relaxing with a film, as sad as that may sound! :)

    Zoe x
    http://stylingthechapters.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. This is such a great post, I struggle with all the same kind of issues! I completely neglected my blog over exam time last year and I'm only just starting to get back in the swing of it...
    I love your little fox notebook by the way! Where did you find it?! :)
    Kate x

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  7. I love this post so much! Great advice! Running a blog while studying is definitely a lot of work!

    Be | lovefrombe

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  8. These tips are 100% true for students. I got into blogging as a hobby, and I want to keep it that way not make it a chore. Scheduling tweets and having a blog post schedule helps me stay organised so much

    Emily xx | emilyclairewrites.com

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  9. love ur blog!! Great tips! :)

    http://alifyalifestyle.com/

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  10. This are such wonderful tips!!! And the photos are just beautiful!! I thankfully seem to have managed to keep my grades up but I am thankful I don't have to do revision just a hell load of essays! I don't know how I make time in the day for everything but I seem to! I swear time stops sometimes! One thing is for sure I don't have much of a soical life! If I am not at my laptop writing an essay I am at my phone buffering tweets! Ahh the life of a blogger! Xx

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/5-seo-tips-for-complete-beginners.html

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  11. Nice post! I love reading about how other people go about running their blogs! Some really good tips here too!

    aimee-barnes.blogspot.co.uk

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  12. I am FINALLY on your blog, honey! Super sorry it took ages - it's kind of like I have been saving best for last :) Anyway, what a great post, honey. Even though I am not in school or uni but these tips apply for even a busy work/home/social/blog life. Getting your priorities right + creating a schedule that actually works is the key. I love the simple yet such an important tip - don't abandon people <3 :)
    Really enjoyed this, sweets! Hope your weekend is going great!
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com/

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  13. Great tips! I know it's easy to put blogging before school because it was a bit of an issue at certain times last semester. These are the 'rules' I try to go by too so I can keep my grades up, because (obviously) getting my degree is very important to me - otherwise I wouldn't be at university! Good luck with school this semester!

    - Courtney
    courtneylthings.blogspot.com

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  14. I'm also a student and recently struggling on balancing my education and my blog. This blogpost inspired me to do well in both aspects. Thank you, this was helpful.
    Love, Fads

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  15. This tips are great and I love this post as I'm trying to get much more organised recentley, espicially this year! I am OBSSESSED with Tweetdeck, Hootsuite and scheduling my tweets or messages about my blog posts and find is so useful when working as I work full time currently, and when I was at college also.

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  16. This is such a great post, as a masters student struggling between education and blogging is huge! You're so mature and intelligent for your age, I really respect that and you definitely have great advice. What a lovely blog post. Thank you for sharing, I'm a new follower, so happy to have found you! :)
    Elle du Jour xxx

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