Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer, where you answer a question and join a “hop”. The purpose is to help bloggers discover and get to know one another.
For this week’s question, Danielle @ PoetryBooksYA asks:
For all of you worker bees out there! How do you balance having a day job/career and managing your blog at night? Is it hard or easy to do, and what do people in your work life think of your blogs?
What a great question, Danielle! I can’t wait to see everyone’s answers this week!
I am incredibly busy. I have one full time job, one part time job, one appointment-based job, I’m in crunch time of planning our wedding, I’m in two book clubs, I run this book blog and try to stay on schedule with honest reviews, and then of course I have all of your standard life things to juggle; cleaning, cooking, errands, appointments, exercise, family/friend time, et cetera.
To be totally honest, my book blog has taken a bit of a hit. I’ve been making sure to take my own advice and I try to keep this book blog fun! When things are too stressful, and I work to balance things out, this blog is unfortunately the lowest on the totem pole of importance. Not that this isn’t incredibly important to me, but my paid job and the wedding most definitely come first.
I used to have blog posts written, formatted and ready to go days and even weeks in advance. Now I simply blog as I go. If I finish a book, I write up my review that day if I can, and then publish. Occasionally I manage to block out some time on a weekend where I am able to write up a few posts to scatter throughout the month. I love when this happens, so I know I have a few things in my content pipeline, but unfortunately I haven’t had the time to do this in quite awhile.
As for what people in my work life think about my blog…
I showed my blog to a couple of coworkers that seemed interested (Hello, if you guys are reading this!). After talking about using flooring samples as my backgrounds for bookish photos, one coworker snagged some wood flooring samples for me from our showroom when we were breaking it down to make room for more desk space. These samples have been amazing! It gives me better options than just using the same old surfaces in our town house.
I also showed my blog to my manager one day to give her a bunch of book recommendations that she wrote on a couple of post-it notes. And I even sent a business book review link to my director when he forwarded our team a blog post from the same author. He came over immediately to high-five me in his excitement that I had read the book.
Thanks for reading!
For multiple-plate spinners like me, how do you balance out your time?