I’ve learned a lot over the past 7 years of my blogging journey and I wish I’d known more back when I started! You can find tons of articles on things like taking better photos, SEO and some of the more technical stuff that we all worry about. But there are some less technical things to think about too so you don’t end up with blogger burnout. And burnout is biggest mistake we can make as bloggers!
Organization is something that is constantly evolving for me and in the beginning I barely had any at all. Everyone has a different way of getting organized. I personally love my spreadsheet in the cloud. I track my content calendar and due dates, my income, and even ideas for future posts all in one spreadsheet. But I know others enjoy writing things down in a planner. No matter how you decide to do it, just do it. Get organized on the business side of things as well as the content side. Start recording due dates for posts and start tracking payments that you have outstanding and when they should be paid. Mark down items that you’ll need to send an invoice for and keep track of the money you’ve earned!
Protect Your Time
If you’re looking to turn blogging into more than a hobby, you should know just how much time and work is ahead of you. There’s nothing wrong with the time it takes but it’s important to work to find a balance as you get busier and busier. Finding balance is once of the biggest challenges and can be a huge problem for you if you don’t find it. So protect your time. Set up office hours where you’re focused on the blog. Then set hours that are dedicated to time for yourself and your family. Even if you don’t work out in the corporate world, you can still set a work schedule for yourself.
There’s No One Way
For a long time I paid a lot of attention to what other bloggers where doing. I learned a lot about what I liked and what I didn’t like in a variety of areas from formatting and layouts to different writing styles. But I also found that I quickly started to compare myself to people and not in a good way. I would focus a lot on what work they were doing and discount my own work. I began to lose myself so don’t do it! Be you. There’s no one way to find blogging success. You have to follow your heart and your gut. Take on projects that matter to you and that fit your blog. It’s easy to say but it’s so easy to forget. Just because someone else finds success one way, that doesn’t mean it’s the only way. I’ve had to remind myself that many times. So get yourself in order and take care of yourself behind the scenes so you avoid the mistake of blogger burnout!
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~ This has been a sponsored contributionĀ post by top parenting blogger and TapInfluence member Mariah Moon. For more from Mariah, visit her blog at TheSimpleParent.com.