Blogging can become an all-consuming job due to how demanding it can be sometimes. It might not be obvious from the start, but blogging is actually a career that takes an immense amount of concentration, dedication, and discipline.
If you miss even a single day of blogging, then you’ll fall behind on your schedule and lose readers. If you say something that isn’t popular with your readers, it could also have disastrous side effects and you might lose credibility when covering similar topics in the future.
Due to the immense popularity of blogging and the ability to turn it into a side-job or a fully-fledged career, it’s not uncommon to see or hear of people who risk their health just for their blog. Whether it’s creating ridiculous or shocking content that puts their life at risk or just staying up during incredibly late hours to finish a piece that will be published the next day, many bloggers would risk a lot just to please their fans.
Given the relationship between the blogger and the readers, it’s no surprise either. With all the wonderful comments and praise you get as a blogger, it’s natural to feel a sense of duty to please your viewers. If you report on news and happenings around the world or on the internet, then you might even feel like you have a duty to report the facts that are free from media bias. No matter what type of subject you blog about, it’s normal to feel like you’re in a position of power and as such, you need to be constantly pumping out new content in order to please your readers. They are your lifeblood after all, and they are the main reason why you have a job in the first place.
So in order to set things straight, here’s an article dedicated to balancing your blog and your life. It’s not impossible to do, but it’s also not one of the easiest tasks to handle. Balancing your blog and your life is going to take a couple of brave steps, and you might even have a little less time to write, but it’s all for the greater good.
1.Look after your health
There are basic ways to look after your health, such as making sure you get regular exercise, taking vitamins, eating healthily and ensuring that you’re not chowing down on fast food. As a blogger, it’s easy to slump into a takeout-only mood because while you’re writing, you don’t really have much time for a break. By taking a breaking, you lose your train of thought and you might come back after eating to a blog that doesn’t make sense anymore. Rhythm is important when blogging, so it’s natural to write for long periods of time and not take a break.
This is why we need to look after our health as bloggers. We all instinctively push our bodies to the limit just to finish our train of thought and complete a blog post, which means long hours staring at a computer and the possibility of eating something bad because we’re only eating takeout food or microwave meals.
The first thing to keep in mind is your eyesight. Staring at a computer screen for a long period of time means that you’re going to have pains or aches in your eyes. To remedy this, make sure you install a program such as f.lux to help you dim your screen as it approaches the evening. This helps to reduce the amount of harmful blue light caused by your computer screen, making it more comfortable for you to type.
You should also ensure that you’re sitting in a comfortable chair with straight posture and that your seat is adjusted so that your wrists are comfortable when typing for long sessions. Once you’ve finished a blog post, take a few minutes to walk around, stretch, or even cook some food so you’re not eating junk all day.
On the topic of eating junk, make sure you watch what you eat and try to only order when absolutely necessary. The combination of a bad diet, stress and fatigue can easily lead to stomach problems that become chronic due to your bad habits. However, if you feel like the food is to blame (and it usually is, given the horrible cooking conditions) then you may want to contact a food poisoning attorney. Illnesses are some of the worst distractions we bloggers encounter because it eats up so much of our free time, so do your best to claim compensation for time lost if the incident wasn’t your fault.
2. Take regular breaks from writing
When writing for long periods of time, we tend to get painful wrists, a tired back, or maybe even droopy eyes. Between each article or long paragraph, make sure you take a moment to relax. However, you can also extend these breaks to give yourself more time to relax and de-stress. Researching for an article and building it from scratch can be quite difficult, so whenever you finish a post, make sure you take a couple of hours to unwind and relax your mind before tackling it again.
You want to try and set up a blogging schedule so that you and your viewers know when new content is coming out. For instance, you could schedule your blog to release articles on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This means you have ample time between each day to write an article, but it also means that you can afford to spend a weekend writing articles that could be posted throughout the week. Once you’ve established a schedule, you’ll know what the minimum you need to write is, and you can better adjust your week so that you have more regular breaks.
3. Strike a balance
Now comes the tricky part: actually striking a balance. The first thing you want to do is maintain a healthy sleeping schedule. Although blogging is a freelance venture, it doesn’t mean you can just sleep and wake up whenever you want. Your readers expect content on certain days at certain times, so for all intents and purposes, you do have a schedule to keep with.
Let’s say you wake up at 8 AM in the morning and your article is due for around 3 PM. You’ll have roughly six hours to complete your article, ample time in most cases. This means you can sleep at around midnight and get a good eight hours of sleep per day while still having a considerable amount of time to work on an article. In short, stick to a schedule even if your job is a freelancing career.
Next, let’s talk about rest. There’s no shame in resting over the weekend, but you need to be able to plan your articles in advance if your viewers are active during the weekend. For instance, if you want both Saturday and Sunday off, then schedule your blogs on the weekdays for the weekend.
This ensures you have a steady stream of content throughout the week, but it does require you to write a bit more during the weekday. Alternatively, you could go with skipping days so you always have a day off work between blog writing
And lastly, we should talk about food. It’s important that you stick to your regular amount of meals and, if possible, avoid the coffee. Although caffeine is very common in the workplace, it also makes you very tired when the high fades away and, unlike some other jobs, blogging is a creative task that requires you to be fully alert in order to get your creative juices flowing. As a result, try to skip coffee and make sure you eat plenty of healthy food and don’t skip meals.
To help you ensure you’re eating correctly, you can prepare food on your day off and keep it stored in tupperware boxes that are ready to be heated in a matter of minutes either in a microwave or a pan. For instance, you could prepare a week’s worth of food during your break on the weekend, then spread them out across the week and only get takeout food for Friday night.
Taking a break will also help you refresh your mind. When we type about a subject for a lengthy period of time, it’s easy to start blurring ideas or misinterpreting facts. As a result, the final product will be much lower quality than what we usually write. In order to get a different perspective on a subject or to just see something with fresh eyes, you need to take regular breaks and do some research in your own time. For instance, if you’re writing a lot about French food, then consider taking some time off and doing a couple of articles on Chinese food, or maybe write a cookware review to add a little variance in your blog posts. The more willing you are to diversify, the more time you have to research new things, take a break from blogging, and reach a wider audience with your newfound knowledge.
How are you balancing blogging and your health? Let me know! (This was a long one – grab a tea when reading)!