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How to find the time to blog (and make your blog a success)!

Want to make your blog a raging success but don't think you have the time? Read this first.

Let’s not beat around the bush. Building a blog is hard. Not everybody talks about it because everybody wants everyone else to think that their blog became an overnight success, because their content is just that fabulous and their blog is just that beautiful. Sadly for most of us, we need to put in the hours and the love to make our blogs a success and guess what? There is no shame in that. In fact, building your blog in the “slow and steady” way could even be a more successful strategy for you in the long run.

Here’s why:

If you have been blogging for only a short time, and you create one “viral” content piece, you may not be able to fully capitalize on that traffic. If you don’t have a lot of content for your readers to browse or an easy to implement email capture strategy (to build your subscribers) all that traffic could be a complete loss to you- and we don’t want that.

Starting slow and steady with some small (but solid) wins for the first few months I have found to be a great strategy for me. After a few months of just focusing on building content I was happy with how my blog was looking and I really wanted to ramp up.

Well, I wanted to, but I didn’t have time to make it happen. Or so I thought.

I had a look at where I was spending my time.

I work full time at a job that demands my attention 24/7 if need be. I’m a social media manager for a big global brand, so if something “comes up” (which it inevitably does) I need to be there to manage it.

Outside of my full time work hours (8:30 to 5pm) I don’t need to jump online all that often, but would probably spend a couple of extra hours a month working from home.

OK so assuming you (mentally) include work from Monday to Friday and consider an extra 20/30 mins on the weekend, here is what my schedule looked like:

(Psst. If you want this planner plus a 2016 calendar, you can download it completely free here)

Finding time to blog

So here’s what I found:

  • I spent a LOT of my spare time on YouTube/ Netflix (actually bordering on addiction…)
  • I had a commute to work where I didn’t really do anything productive (just read a few articles and caught up on social media)
  • I woke up at 7, had breakfast and then had to get ready and leave the house by 7:50 am

My goal was to dedicate 2 hours to my blog every day (without affecting any of my work) so I thought about where I could save time and what I could do to “create” an extra 2 hours every day, without completely giving up on my favourite thing (YouTube and Netflix) entirely!

Here are the changes I made:

  • I wake up an hour earlier every morning now. Between 6:00 am and 7:15 am I make my breakfast and coffee and sit on my balcony with my laptop. I will do mostly blog admin, promote articles and comment on my favourite blog posts
  • 7:15 am until 7:50 I watch/listen to YouTube or Netflix while doing my makeup and straightening my hair (I can’t completely say goodbye to it! I just wanted to find a more productive way to incorporate it into my schedule, and reduce the total time spent on it). #MultiTasking
  • 7:50 am I enjoy my beautiful walk to the ferry and once on the ferry, get to writing a blog post on my phone (I wrote most of this post in the one 2 stop commute)!
  • If I’m not working through lunch, I’ll check in with a few blog stats in my lunch break. Will reply to some comments. Post in some Facebook Groups.
  • I usually keep writing on my commute home. I honestly find that I am so insanely productive while writing on the commute on my phone – and I worked out why. No distractions!
  • When I arrive home at around 6ish, I put on YouTube or Netflix while cooking and eating. Then when I finish eating, I get right back to blogging or generally just being more productive (admin, outreach etc.).

I know it’s one thing to make the recommendation to find the time and quite another to see whether this restructure of priorities actually effected any change in my blog (after all the proof is in the pudding) so I wanted to share with you the results I have achieved since finding and committing to dedicate this extra time to my blogging activities.

After 1 month of dedicating at least 2 hours every day to my blog:

  •  I have increased my blog traffic from 30 visits per day to 220 visits per day (it’s still early days, but now I’m well on my way to my goal of cracking 10k per month and it’s so exciting to see such a huge increase in such a short amount of time)
  •  I tripled by email subscriber list (and increased the conversion rate of visitors to my website by 17.00%)
  • I increased by blog comments (which I consider to be my primary metric for engagement) by 375%
  • I increased my new visitors by 295%  and my returning visitors by 80%

So far I am thrilled- and I was able to make time for my blog without making any hugely significant changes in my lifestyle (well, except making the decision to create content over consuming so much YouTube content).

So how can you find the time to make your blog a success? I recommend printing out my printable weekly planner, writing down where you spend your time and assessing whether there are a few small changes you can make that will allow you to free up some time.

[question]What are some areas of your life you might be able to “cut back” on to make room for the things you want to prioritise? Share your tips in the comments below![/question]

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  • Mikayla
    October 10, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I try my hardest to find more time in my day to work on my blog, but it doesn’t happen. My 10 MO old isn’t a fan of sleep. I only get things done when he has a nap.

    • kate
      October 10, 2015 at 8:16 am

      Hi Mikayla, Thank you for your comment. I can totally appreciate that it’s a different challenge entirely for mums. You have a full time job with absolutely NO downtime whatsoever (and in some cases many mums have this job in addition to a 9 – 5 job as well). I guess in that instance, I would look for ways I might be able to provide valuable content, but in a timely manner. So would host guest blogs frequently (still adding value to my readers, but without having to write the content myself) or would lean on tools such as SourceBottle to run a callout on a topic, then collect everyone’s thoughts, add a paragraph of my own thoughts and post. If you don’t have a lot of time, gaining contributions from other bloggers could be a great way to post more content and build relationships with those bloggers as well :)

      • Mikayla
        October 11, 2015 at 4:48 pm

        thank you so much for your advice, I might looking into hosting some guest bloggers as you would have seen my blog is still pretty new and does not have a lot of content. So need to look into providing useful content for my followers. Thanks again x

  • Hannah Ward
    October 10, 2015 at 10:37 am

    I am so happy i stumbled across your blog! This has been so helpful thank you! I am defiantly going to be on her for the next few hours ahah.

    • kate
      October 10, 2015 at 10:54 am

      Thank you so much for stopping by Hannah <3 Kate

  • Emily | Mama Deer Blog
    October 10, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Great advice! Thanks so much for sharing!

    ♥ Emily
    http://www.mamadeer.com

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Of course. Thanks for stopping by Emily! Beautiful blog <3

  • Petra
    October 12, 2015 at 4:49 am

    I have a very similar problem. I have a full time job, and I’ve just started doing a freelance thing on the side – so finding extra time to spend on my blog is quite challenging! I’m really impressed with how you manage to dedicate 2h a day to blogging – I feel like I have to step up my game now! This post was very motivating :)

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 6:07 am

      Thanks for your comment Petra! I can say it wasn’t super easy to make the changes (especially when it comes to waking up early). I just decided I really wanted to do it. I saw one of those Pinterest quotes that says “A year ago, you will have wished you started today” and I just thought “Right, that’s it. I’m going to make this bog actually be something by this time next year”. The goal was set, I made the commitment and had to follow through.

      It’s so not easy though. Sure, people tell you blogging is hard work, but I find that it’s more just time consuming than “hard”. You have to love it, because it means saying “goodbye” to your “me time” :)

  • Karen Hopkins
    October 12, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Great advice! We just revamped our blog and trying to find ways to get more traffic. Finding time is always a struggle too so this was very helpful!! Keep up the good work! Check us out too!

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 6:02 pm

      Thanks for your comment Karen! I will definitely check out your blog :)

  • Denise
    October 12, 2015 at 9:00 am

    How do you blog from your phone? I find typing on my keypad extremely frustrating.

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 7:39 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Denise. Well, I’m a social media manager by day, so I am constantly typing on Instagram and Twitter – so I guess it’s just practice? If you’re not a fan then I recommend getting a wireless keyboard (works best with a tablet though) as it can be a great way of blogging/working “on the go” :)

  • Becki s
    October 12, 2015 at 9:28 am

    i would love to know more about how and what you are doing to get those page views a day. I have been blogging for about 4 months, 3 times a week and I have about 50 views a day. I’d like to get to 100 views by next month. Any tips, specific Facebook groups or specific suggestions would be helpful!! Thanks a bunch

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Thanks Becki! Looks like a couple of people have requested a follow up post so I will certainly do that :) In terms of “quick tips” I would suggest looking at “sessions” over page views. How are you tracking your on site statistics? Through your blog channel (WordPress/Blogger) or through Google Analytics? I’ll be posting a free blogging dashboard for Google Analytics this week which will help you to keep track of things like this. In term of promotion, I have found the Facebook “Blogging Boost” to be great as well as “The Blog Loft” and a group I have recently joined based on a free blogging “Summer School” program called Secret Bloggers Business. Other than that, just Pinterest and reaching out to people who have taken the time to comment on my blog. SEO (making sure your web pages show in search results for certain keywords) is also a big part of my strategy! I will be sharing lots of free tips and worksheets on my blog to help my readers with digital marketing that will help take their blog to the next level and will eventually offer some paid courses as well. Stay tuned if you’re interested in knowing more (and for the follow up post of “My Blogging Routine”) :) K x

  • Felicita Moncada
    October 12, 2015 at 9:38 am

    I have a full time job too and struggle with finding more time for my blog. My issue – KIDS! I have 2 small kids that demand my attention when I’m not blogging so it makes it harder for me to find extra time. One day I’ll figure it out!

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      I can’t imagine how much tougher it is for a mum to find time to blog!! Being a mum is so much more than a full time job – no downtime – ever!! That being said, I mentioned to another mum in the comments here, there are ways to create (and curate) great content without spending hours and hours doing so. Have you heard of SourceBottle? You can put out a “callout” asking people for tips/insights on a topic. When you have a collection of answers you can simply pull them all together and add your own two cents. Plus – if you reach out and share the finished post with the people who were featured, they will probably “share” your post too (people love a free shoutout) which is free advertising and exposure for you :)

  • Roger MacRae
    October 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Great post and a great example of how the time can be had if it is wanted bad enough. I feel like you left me hanging a little bit though as I am clear about the extra time you gained but unclear about what exactly you did to drive up your numbers.

    Care to elaborate a but more? Perhaps in a follow up post? :)

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 7:35 pm

      Thanks Rodger! Definitely will follow up with a post – thank you so much for the great suggestion! I have wanted to do a post about “my blogging routine” for a little while. I will be sure to let you know when it’s live :)

      • Roger MacRae
        October 13, 2015 at 6:05 am

        Yes please do, I enjoy your writing style.

  • Sam // DIY JUST CUZ
    October 12, 2015 at 11:08 am

    Great advice! I am pinning this article to share with others. I love the fact that you wake up earlier to work on your blog, that’s awesome. I have a full time job and a baby/husband but I tend to take your route and find out where I’m “wasting my time” and fit productivity in. I notice the weekends or my random days off are when I knock out most of the big stuff which is helpful. Gosh what would we do without smart phones also? Imagine trying to type up this article with a flip phone in your notes or something! Technology for the win.

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks very much for sharing Sam! I can’t imagine how much harder it is for you with kids! I also go through stages where I am obsessed with blogging as much as I possibly can, and other times I need a little break. It’s great when I know I have a back log of content on my phone. Then on a weekend if I’m not really “feeling it” I can just find something I wrote, upload it to my WordPress app as a draft, a few edits on my laptop and I’m good to post. Thank for stopping by :)

  • valerie hansen
    October 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

    This is great! Thanks for sharing..the email list is what keeps me held back..I am having a tough time with the techy stuff getting mailchimp going. Hopefully I will figure it out soon, I know having email subscribers is important…best to you!

    Valerie

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Valerie! I actually recently wrote a post (you may have seen it above) about how to easily implement this great free widget to help capture your emails. Let me know if you have any issues with it – I’d be happy to help!

  • Hege | Repolished
    October 12, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Love your post! I am totally with you on the amount of time being spent on Netflix! What did you primarily focus on during your two extra hours? Writing more posts, engaging on other bloggers posts or backend?

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Oh my gosh I know right? Netflix is a black hole of time and productivity :( re: those two hours. I am actually going to follow up this post with “My Blogging Routine” as a few people have asked. Generally speaking, first thing in the morning I do a little blog admin (reply to comments, comment on my favourite blog posts, a little SEO or editing and checking my stats) and at night I will write/polish articles and schedule them along with social media posts. More to come on this :) Thanks for stopping by. K

  • Gilian
    October 12, 2015 at 11:58 am

    The phone blogging! I do it all the time. It saves a lot of time. I hope there’s an app for offline blogging. Then edit it later when there’s net. Sometimes, I do most of my posts on phone and just edit the categories and other stuff when in front of my laptop (which is very rare). If only apps work so well. =) They are 80% ok. But sometimes, I still have to check how they’ll look like on a desktop view. =) Great post.

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm

      So handy right Gilian? I love knowing that I can just grab my phone and pick up writing a post where I left off. I always write on the plane too (while on airplane ode of course) and find it a great way to pass the time while flying. Thanks for stopping by! K

  • Dia
    October 12, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing! I think I am going to have to try the same thing. If I can get up one hour early a day and dedicate 6-7p.m. on my blog it would make a huge difference. I watch way too much tv an have wasted the past 3 Sundays hungover/ packing for my move in a few weeks. Right now, I write when I feel like I have something to say and Wednesdays I “workshop” I leave the house go to a cafe and just write for about 3 hours. I do a lot of my network and online marketing while watching tv but I need to devote more time to getting my blog out there.

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Hi Dia – I completely know what you mean. I totally tricked myself into thinking I “didn’t have time”. It wasn’t until I really took the time to write it all down and look at it – staring back at me that I realised just how much time I was spending consuming content over creating it. I really wanted to be a content creator – so I just made the commitment.

      I am SO not a morning person so I had to gradually wake up 15 mins earlier each day until I felt comfortable getting up earlier. Now when I wake up I can’t wait to get my hot coffee and sit in the sun my balcony with my laptop- it’s my little morning ritual now and it’s perfect! I hope you find something that works for you :)

      Best of luck with the move as well!!

  • Kristin
    October 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    I love the idea of getting up early. That hour of quiet time in the morning does make a huge difference!

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      I couldn’t agree more Kristin! While the world is still asleep… bloggers gonna blog! ;)

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 6:01 pm

      Massive! Nothing better than getting things done while the world is still sleeping :)

  • Dijana
    October 12, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    This is really great reminder of how important it is to find time for everything and what a huge difference it makes. I try to do spend 3-4h a week on serious business such as writing and tweaking, and one hour a day networking and creating community which is important in my niche. I love your blog. It’s beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks so much for the beautiful words Djana!

  • Britney
    October 12, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Your link to an email capture strategy doesn’t appear to have any content. Just a heads up.

    Thank you so much for the stats on your increases! You’re right, it’s great to hear strategy but so much better to actually see the results.

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks Britney! What do you mean doesn’t appear to have any content? I’m working on a freebie at the moment but it’s not available yet. Will be soon. Stay tuned :)

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Hi Britney – I just realised what you mean and have fixed that up. Thank you very much for the heads up!!

  • Bree Hogan
    October 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    Thank you Kate for pulling this together in such a succinct and easy-to-follow way. It has made me take a hard look at my schedule to see where I can fit in more productive bloggy time and still have a life! At the moment I squeeze in blogging wherever I get a spare minute, but it’s a scatter-gun approach and it means I feel like I am never switched off from blogging (which can be both good and bad!) and it’s not always the most productive use of my time (thank you procrastination!). Thanks again!

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Bree! Life is all about balance and I agree – it can be really hard at times to fit everything in. I find I also go through stages where I am utterly obsessed with blogging (and can sit for hours and hours just writing posts) and other times when I need a “blogging break” but I know now, that when I go through those really passionate moments where I can be super productive, I can create content in a back log that allows me to get through the times when I need a break! Thanks for stopping by :) K

  • Joann Woolley
    October 12, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    It is so helpful to see a real break down in someone’s schedule to factor in “how” to find the extra time. For the most part I am not an advocate of multi-tasking but clearly when the extra item is a fun thing you can listen to while doing something else like cooking – that is a total WIN!

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 5:37 pm

      Thanks for your comment Joann! I think it was clear I was spending an unhealthy amount of time on consuming content.. and to be honest, it was quite hard to be honest with myself in writing it all down! All the better for it I suppose though.

  • Molly
    October 12, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Great article!

    • kate
      October 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

      Thanks Molly!

  • Denise
    October 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Great job Kate! Thank you for the tips. I was laid off in May and made it my goal to kick our blog up a notch over the next three months. I had great success! Putting time into social media, commenting and misc blog administrative things really do make a big difference in traffic. Now I’m looking for full time work and fearful of loosing all the time I was dedicating to our blog. Your tips are good! I’ll have to carve out some space and focus on what really works.

    • kate
      October 13, 2015 at 6:18 am

      Hi Denise. So great to have a goal to keep that momentum going. It is hard to juggle a full time job and blogging and in my case, my full time job just has to come before anything else – which can make it hard to stick to my blogging goals sometimes. That said, once I reevaluated my time and saw how much of it I was spending consuming (mostly useless) content on YouTube, I made the conscious decision to create over consume and from there – it’s been easy! Best of luck at the new job!!

  • Davina
    October 13, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Hi Kate,

    This was a great post. I’m glad to read about your excellent results. I’m still trying to schedule my time to get the most efficient results for my blog. Just wrote a post on boosting productivity, and it might help you out if you’re still looking at more strategies to get more done in those 2 hours. Best of luck with your blog.

    http://www.businessbrokendown.com/business-tips/stop-wasting-time-burning-the-midnight-oil/

    • kate
      October 13, 2015 at 6:14 am

      Great thanks so much Davina! I will check it out :) K

  • Renee Groskreutz
    October 13, 2015 at 4:07 am

    So I am curious, do you feel that you did something specific to increase traffic? Was it about just being more social or more content or?

    • kate
      October 13, 2015 at 6:09 am

      Hi Renee! Thanks for stopping by :) A few people have requested the details here so I will be uploading a post around “My Blogging Process” very shortly (which will detail exactly what I do in those 2 hours each day to grow my blog). That said, in the meantime I can certainly say that I dedicate time in the morning to being more “social”. I will participate in blog groups, comment on other people’s threads and Facebook/Instagram pages (my readers pages) and their blogs. I write content on my commute and then when I get home, will finish off the piece that I started and do all of my image editing/SEO and polishing at that point. During my lunch break at work I will also look at a few stats, see if I have any emails I need to reply to (relating to my blog, guest posting and consulting) and will look at my influencer networks to see if I have any brands have reached out to me as well. I hope that helps provide some insight until I publish my “Blogging Routine”. K

  • Shannon Ketchum
    October 13, 2015 at 4:36 am

    Thank you for the great tips! I am in the same boat. I work full time and my blog is my heart and soul, but it doesn’t pay anything (at least for now), so it can’t be my main focus. I was building momentum and then things got crazy at home, so I need to crack down again. I think you gave me the kick in the pants that I needed.

    • kate
      October 13, 2015 at 6:12 am

      Hi Shannon, so glad this was able to inspire you!! It can be hard when you’re first starting out. I’ve been focusing on all of the “little wins” to keep my momentum going. I also see my blog as a very long term focus towards building some additional cash to supplement my full-time income. Would you be keen to see some posts around how I am working towards that goal? Maybe we could share tips with one another as well. Thanks for connecting! K

  • Loralee Hutton
    October 13, 2015 at 10:03 am

    Great advice, even for someone who hasn’t worked a 9-5 job in 15+ years. My blogging gets neglected far too often, and carving out time for it every day, without sacrificing anything really – is quite do-able.

    I miss writing on my blackberry keypad. I used to write blog posts on it all the time. I’m going to start by spending 20 min curled up with my tablet and write, instead of netflix, and see where that takes me :)

    Great post!

    • kate
      October 14, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Thanks for stopping by Loralee! I used to have a Blackberry and was in love with it!! I’ve had lots of practice with my iPhone though so I’m (nearly) as fast now. I can totally relate – sometimes Netflix is calling.. such a nice easy way to relax/spend some time. I have been so much happier now that I’ve reduced the time spent on it though – it’s nice to look back at my blog and see that I’ve channeled my energy into getting me where I want to be :) K

  • Emmi
    October 13, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Being a grad student, I find it SO hard to have the time and energy to keep my blog going. It’s especially hard when I feel like I am dedicating the time, and not getting much in return. It’s a constant battle! I really appreciate this post just to know that I’m not the only one out there struggling for time!

    -Emmi

    • kate
      October 14, 2015 at 5:18 am

      Hi Emmi – I can totally relate! It’s so hard before you start seeing any of those “little wins” to inspire you to spend more time on it and keep going – it will happen though. All good things take time I guess. Thanks for stopping by :) K

  • Emily
    October 13, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    This is a really brilliant post to read – it’s a great idea to sit down and figure out where you are losing time which you could be making the most of! This is something I think I’ll have to do – once I have more time!

    Musings & More

    • kate
      October 14, 2015 at 5:19 am

      Haha love it Emily. Best of luck with it! :) K

  • blake mandelberg
    October 21, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Kate, bravo! This is a really well written, terrific, and informative article. There are a million and one articles and blogs out there and the info though all great does get pretty redunant, you know? A lot of the same regergatated ideas. But this post was refreshing, and offered new ideas and thoughts. I really loved reading it and have kept it open in my web browser for weeks. I kept finding myself saying, ‘ well i really doubt just adding a few hours of work per week actually makes your traffic go up’ , scoffing at it – but then I realized, did I actually put in that extra time at all – and if I did, would I have to admit to putting my foot in my mouth? It’s easy to say it may not work, if you don’t try to do it. So thank you for inspiring me to stop just talking, and really start doing and making sure I give quality time to writing quality posts – I never have a problem with finding content, or finding great brands to work with – my issue continues to be actual traffic, and #’s…. Excited to have found you, and hopefully learn and grow more! Thanks so much! xoxo Bee – http://www.style-island.com

    • kate
      October 21, 2015 at 6:09 am

      Hi Blake, thank you so much for your kind words. I know it can seem like “2 hours is nothing” but for me, every little bit counts and it all adds up. I’ve had a few requests to do a “Blogging Routine” posts where I outline exactly what I do in those 2 hours every day, so that’s coming soon! Thanks for stopping by :) Kate

  • Chloe
    November 4, 2015 at 1:15 am

    Hi Kate, what an eye opener! This has made me realised how much time I spend scrolling through Instagram. I see patients with my job and found today I have managed to draft a post in between when I would normal check Instagram – I checked at Lunch; turns out I didn’t miss much! Thankyou – hours have been found in my day Cx

  • Jodie
    November 8, 2015 at 10:15 am

    I’ve just stumbled on your blog and wow – I am hooked. So many helpful tips for us newbie bloggers and amazing printables!

    Thank you so much for all your advice – I find your posts so relatable compared to other similiar blogs out there who sound like they are writing things just for the views. I can tell you’re just writing from personal experience and sharing your knowledge!

    Keep up the amazing blog – you’ve gained another regular reader!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

    http://jodetopia.blogspot.co.uk/

    • kate
      November 8, 2015 at 8:04 pm

      Jodie – thank you SO MUCH. Your comment truly made my night. I have often wondered where I “fit in” in this blogging world with so many other people who have a similar set of skills to me, blogging about blogging, business and digital marketing and I would often wonder “Am I adding anything different here?” but you have completely inspired me to shift my mindset. You’re right – it’s all about perspective. I always want to be talking to my readers as though we’re having a good old chin wag over the phone (as opposed to using lots of technical words and digital marketing terminology that so many of the blogs I read and love do) and I’m just so happy that you enjoyed it as I’ll continue along that path :) Thank you for taking the time to leave your thoughtful and kind words. I popped over to your blog and you have convinced me to look into Glossy Box in Australia! Always love meeting new blogging buddies. Stay in touch! Kate x

  • Margarita Chi
    November 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Some great tips! I am finding it hard to blog frequently because I’m super busy between work and a busy social life… but this puts it into perspective! Thanks Kate x

    Margarita Chi | MARGARITACHI.CO

  • Meg
    December 22, 2015 at 1:13 am

    Thank god for this post! I have just stared a blog and am currently getting to grips with how much effort and time it takes up, please check out my blog and if you like it I would really appreciate a follow off you!
    Meg x
    http://www.missmegx.blogspot.co.uk

  • Avery
    December 27, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Loved this post! You have a wonderful blog with really helpful tips and always the best, most well-written and professional posts and photos. I’m so happy I found your blog :)

  • Andrea
    January 10, 2016 at 6:15 am

    This is great advice. Being in EMT school, as well as being in actual college at the same time while working, I find that blogging and posting my youtube videos a bit more difficult. Using this advice and really looking at my schedule I am able to manage a good amount of time to manage and grow my blog. I believe this post is really going to help me in the long run! Thanks for such good information and perspective on how to manage my time. It is much appreciated!

  • feuza
    April 25, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I love how you mention you still want to have time for your blog with jeopardizing your routine, as a mom that can be rough and for moms with day jobs even rougher. But your approach is great. What has helped me has been batch processing, game changer! before I would spend hours upon hours trying to get one single blog post out now I batch it. One day for just writing a few posts, send to my proof editor, then when it comes back it is add links, graphics and double check day. Then I publish and I am loving using coschedule now to share onto many social media platforms, it is integrated right inside of my wordpress, works with other blog platforms too and I am loving this freeing feeling of automation and keeping things flowing

    • Kate
      May 1, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Yes I definitely can’t imagine what it would like to juggle work/blogging and being a mother (being a mother is a full time job too)! I definitely need to get into batch processing again. You have a proof editor? That’s amazing! I may need to do that too…

      I also use CoSchedule and I LOVE it. I will never use anything else!! xx

  • feuza
    April 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    p.s love how you schedule you the sleep in for your calendar? I do struggle with not being in work mode all the time so that is one thing I am working on, how to be more focused, present, less phone time, more being time, taking care of my personal health and yes SLEEP

  • kate
    January 22, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Hello Kaylee! I’m so sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I would be happy to help (hopefully I’m not too late)! My blog is based on WordPress and it is definitely my favourite platform of those available. I also definitely recommend starting to build your email list from the very beginning as it will become so valuable for you down the track especially if you would like to monetize down the track. I am slowly but surely working through a post with all of my best blogging recommendations however in the meantime, feel free to contact me directly if you want to tee up a chat :) Send me a link to your blog when it’s up so I can check it out!

    K xx