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Finding that "Blogging Balance"


I wrote my first blog post back in September.  I didn't really know what I was doing, I just thought it would be fun to have a space where I could document my life and share some recipes or beauty tips.  Almost 6 months and 115 posts later, I've fallen in love with blogging!  I hope to continue for a long, long time but I've realized I need to find a bit of a balance in the time consuming hobby that is blogging.

The blogosphere never stops - there is always a comment to respond to, a friends blog to catch up on, a post to write or a layout feature to work on.  I love doing all of these things but there don't seem to be enough hours in the day to do all of this and to keep up with my everyday life!  The past couple of weeks have been pretty busy and I know going into the summer months, I'll only be busier.  It makes me sad at the end of the day to still have comments I wasn't able to respond to or never had the time to visit some of my favorite blogs to show them some love.  So, how do you all do it??

*Do you respond to every single comment left on your page?

*Do you visit every person's blog that leaves you a comment and comment back?

*When do you find the time in between all the other "stuff" that comes with blogging to actually write your posts?

*Do you find the time to visit new blogs each day?

*How do you keep up with social media?

TELL ME YOUR SECRETS!

And please don't get me wrong - I definitely don't feel pressured to do all of these things "just because" it comes with blogging, I WANT to do all of these things because I enjoy it so much!  I'm lucky enough to have a part-time job which allows me more time to set aside for blogging but lately, it just hasn't been enough.  I'd love to hear any of your tips and tricks when it comes to creating a happy medium between your blogging life and your everyday life!

I hope you all know just how much I adore you and am so thankful to this crazy blogging world for the relationships I've created!  You've all made blogging a million times better than I ever thought it would be!


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  1. Now that I'm working full time again I struggle to find this balance because I want to do all of the above genuinely. First and foremost I respond to all of my comments because I know if I was commenting on someone's blog, I would like a response. I don't expect them, but I like them :) And usually right after I respond I head to that person's blog and leave a comment back. It may take me a whole day to get through my emails in my free time, but it's worth it to build those relationships :) I check out new blogs on the weekends if I make time and as far as social media, well I'm a sucker for it so I probably spend too much time at least checking it... It's a tough balance. That's for sure!

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  2. As much as I also love blogging it can be exhausting. From having to take a picture of everything I do to having to come up with posts daily to commenting on other's blogs to responding to comments on my blog. It's a lot! I know I don't have to blog daily but that's my choice and i couldn't imagine a day without sweet comments from readers. They truly make my day! I try to comment on other blogs who comment on mine or I read daily and if I have extra time in my day I'll search out other blogs and comment on theirs. As for responding to comments I'm pretty slack about it But I always answer questions. It's also hard because ppl who don't blog don't get it. It could easily be a full time job! But never let it feel like something you have to do. It should always be for fun and if you skip a day of commenting or posting it's not the end of the world. There's always tomorrow!

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  3. I'm with Ally...I definitely feel bad not having taken a picture of my dinner or an outfit, but then I remember I do this for me!! I try to respond to everyone that comments on my blog (as for non-reply bloggers) those are a bit trickier but sometimes I'm able to find their email addresses!! I think coming up with good content will win over me posting every single day...I don't really mind when I take a day off - because I do still read other people's blogs. As for social media, i'm definitely more active on instagram than on facebook or twitter- but I'm slowly getting back into twitter. I try to stay ahead of my posts as well...so if the mood strikes me I write about something and just keep it on the back burner until I need content!! It's been almost 4 months of blogging for me and I can't imagine doing it for 5+ years like some people have - but it would be great!! :)

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  4. It is certainly hard to find a balance! I've had this blog for a year, but only around last August did I really get serious about it. I try to reply via email to every comment that is posted (but some days it just doesn't happen!) But that certainly doesn't mean I don't appreciate the comments -- because I absolutely love hearing from the people who are reading! I do try to visit the blogs of people who visit mine, but again, it doesn't always happen, unfortunately! And I spend plenty of time on social media -- which is probably not a good thing!3
    xo

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  5. I definitely respond to every one that has a email address attached & I try to visit them as well. I then usually have a list of people that respond to me &I appreciate that, so I make sure I have a "favorites" list that I check out every day. If I miss other blogs I just sorta check out & they don't care to respond, I don't mind missing some of their posts. I like blogLovin' to keep blogs organized like that "favorites" "Runners" "Health blogs"... its just easy to stream that way. I'll let you know - blogging for 8 years - summers die down a lot around blog world, so don't feel the pressure of having to keep up the blog pace. Its normal. :)

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  6. I make sure to respond to all comments (and get really sad when people are "no reply" bloggers), and if I can't get to it right away, that's ok as long as I get around to it at some point in the next few days. I try to visit a few new blogs each week whether in blog hops that I join or commenters on my blog. I try to keep up with twitter, but I just don't have the time to see everything, but will scroll through at night while preparing blog posts and try to play catch up.

    Don't get upset if you feel you need some time to just live your life instead of "living to blog". You'll feel so refreshed when you drop back in

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  7. Totally feel you girl, it's hard work! But I truly love it too. With everything that has gone on with my family in the last few months it's been extra hard to make time. I try to spend as much time during the weekend getting blog posts ready for my week, but sometimes my weekends are too busy too! In January I started getting up about an hour earlier than what I used to, that helped a little. I definitely try to respond to all comments, sometimes some get missed. Some days I feel great and caught up and some days I feel super stressed. So basically, I'm still working on finding a balance too haha. I LOVE blogging, reading blogs and all the friendships I've made :)

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  8. I try to reply to every single comment and sometimes I do click on their picture to check out their blog or if they leave it in the comment, I go to it and leave some love back. I don't do it every time, but at least once a month. I also follow some fellow bloggers' advice about how you can optimize your social media such as Pinterest. You should check out what she said here: http://www.colormebrave.com/2014/02/how-to-get-more-pinterest-followers.html

    I think you can also use her tips in other sites like Twitter. Just doing a little here and there will take you a long way. I hope that helps and don't stress out too much about not doing enough or in time. If you need to reply to comments weeks or months later, better late than never right?

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  9. I will comment as much as I can and most of the time I do! Especially weekly posts versus link-ups where you know your follower sought your blog out solely versus seeing it on a link-up if that makes sense? Going back and commenting just because they did on their actual blog I try not to do so that it doesn't look like the only reason I am visiting them is because of that. I have a handful of favs (yours included duh) and will try to bookmark/save them so I can pop in and out. I save my new blog explorations for Friday for sure with the Friday 5 link-up. That linkup has such an overwhelming response and I always seem to find cute new blogs to follow. But WHEW yes it is exhausting and sometimes you'll find yourself looking for more hours in the day for this creative outlet! But I am so happy with the blogging world and cannot believe some of the friends I feel like I have know for YEARS but have never actually met!!! :) :)

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  10. It can be totally overwhelming. I have found that I can only do so much. I reply to comments always, but I don't always comment as much as I should. My time at home with Tyler is important to me, so I try to do as much as I can in the morning or on my lunch break and just have to let it go after that!

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  11. Girl I feel ya. Luckily, at the moment I have a lot of time to dedicate to this blog but there is SO much to learn I am constantly calling Elise and asking her advice and questions. I definitely respond to comments/emails (unless no reply) because it makes me feel good to hear from others too! It's exciting + fun but shouldn't ever be stressful...that's how I feel about it! Xx.

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  12. I am right there with you girl! I only just joined the wonderful world of blogging in Janurary! I try to respond to all the comments left on my page and In return go checkout their post of the day. I wish I had more time to read all the ones I want to! Sometimes I find myself late at night just realizing I forgot to write my post for the next day which kinda sucks cause I like to spend time with Gavin at night. But when it happens I ask him if he wants to play a game on the xbox and I only give myself one games worth of time and then call it a night. I respond to most ppl on my lunch break. There really is so much to see and read. I use to try and post everyday. But I've decided to only do 4 a week which helps give time to read others instead of writing and responding to comments. I don't know how the girls do it who have millions of readers!!!

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  13. I wish I had the time to comment on every single comment but it's just not feasible! Not that I have a million comments but with a full time job, a two year old and a start up company, there isn't a whole lot of time left! I try to respond to all questions or suggestions though! Same goes with visiting every person's blog - I try to do that during link-ups but sometimes, I can't get through them all! I usually find time to post at night or I work over the weekend to write several posts and schedule them for the week ahead which is super helpful! I don't always have time to find new blogs but on Fridays and Tuesdays, I am able to find a few every week through the linkups that I participate in! Oh social media... I'd be lost without my iPhone! For me, Instagram and Twitter have been the best resources... and Pinterest. I try to do it all but sometimes just don't have the time. I blog because I love the creativity behind it and connecting with other people! Thanks for joining us today and happy Tuesday! xo

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    1. You are one busy lady! There is definitely a never ending list of things to do when it comes to blogging.. sounds like we are all just trying to hang in there!

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  14. Just this morning, as I was rushing to get dressed for work, I told my husband "there's just not enough hours in the day". I'm so glad you posed this question because I needed to hear the answers too!

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  15. You are certainly not alone in this one, girl! And all these glorious comments prove that. For me, at work, we're a bit slow. So during those times where I have little going on, or I have lunch at my desk, I try to play catch-up and respond to comments, read some blog posts, find new blogs, etc. but you're so right! You love it, but it definitely takes up a lot of time! I respond to every comment someone leaves me, even if it's late in the day, simply because I so very much appreciate them taking the time to read my blog, read my posts and comment. But it's definitely a balancing act! If I have a free few hours on the weekend (or even a full day) I try to plan out and write out as many posts as I can, so if my week is a bit nutty, I already have the posts done, and all I have to do is push that "publish" button : ) That really helps me! Then, I feel I have some more freedom and time to catch up on others' blogs too! Thank you so much for writing this! I know it's something many of us struggle with! And THANK YOU for linking up with us today! xo

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  16. I recently became more organized and started placing blogs I follow and comment on, on Bloglovin. I add to it all the time. My biggest time suck is the layout that I do a lot of work on myself (today's post). I do love it though!

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    1. I haven't used Bloglovin too much but a lot of people have recommended creating a favorites tab to help keep things more manageable. Thanks for the tip!

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  17. I love blogging too even though it's hard work. Sometimes I feel like I spend too much time doing it, so I try limiting my time to an hour or so reading and commenting in the mornings then at night I sit and write my post for the next day and also reply to any other comments I've gotten since the morning.
    I love having a blog though and I think it's crazy that between email, BlogLovin and GFC I have over 100 readers!?!?!
    I find a lot of cute blogs on Five on Friday and try commenting on their blogs.

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  18. This is such a good post idea and I'm definitely going to come back and read what others have to say! I use bloglovin' to go through posts and sometimes when I get 300-400 posts behind it can be overwhelming to go through all- or any of them! I usually go to my favorite blogs tab and make sure to hit my "must read" blogs. I've been thinking about a regular schedule of posts, but as of now our thankful linkup is really the only consistent post I do!

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  19. I;m new to blogging (Decemeber) and have so many of the same questions. My biggest one is regarding comments...I have replied to all of the comments (keep in mind I'm new so this is doable) but I wonder if people are being notified of my replies. So I started replying via email. There's such a learning curve! Having said all of that, I LOVE BLOGGING! Happy I started! Found you through the link up...glad I did!

    Anne
    www.lovethehereandnow.com

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  20. Preach sister! I'm with you on this one. It's tough, especially now that I'm back to a full time job. I use bloglovin a lot to keep up with the blogs that I like. Since it's been so crappy out, I stay in for lunch and try to comment on other blogs during my lunch hour and return comments at that time as well. It helps break up the day and then I don't feel as overwhelmed when I get home. I still spend a lot of time on it in the evenings and weekends too and I need a better balance myself!

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    1. I'm glad we are all at least in the same boat! Time management seems to be key and I need to get better at that!

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  21. Girl, I didn't realize we started at the same time. I am struggling with some of the same exact things so I don't have much of an answer for you! :)
    www.wearflowersinyourhair.com

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    1. I hope some of these comments helped.. lots of good advice here!!

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  22. As a newbie blogger I feel the same...it can be addicting! I like to respond back to my comments but only do what I can. I could probably spend all day doing blog stuff if I could!

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  23. I write back to every single person by email....it's hard though because I am such a talker and it really get's going sometimes ;-) I try to take time to visit every blog but it's sometimes not on the same day because my real job gets in the way sometimes!

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  24. I respond to every single comment (through email) that people leave me, unless they're a "No Reply Blogger." I just hate that. Sometimes if I have extra time, I will find a way to contact the person and tell them that they're a no-replyer, but other times I just don't have the time.

    Also, I usually try to comment on someone elses' blog who comments on mine. However, there are a few blogs that I check daily and always comment, whether or not they comment on mine. Haha!

    I think it's totally a learning experience. I was the same way when I first started blogging!

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  25. Balancing blogging can be really hard! I've been doing this for a few years now, and I"m still getting the hang of it and I go to other bloggers for advice ALL THE TIME.

    Comments- I try my best to reply to every single comment. But you know, sometimes you just don't have the time or don't know how to respond. That's okay! I think if your readers know you're making an effort, they'll know you care.

    Visiting other blogs- I am trying to get better at this. I do my best to check out other bloggers and comment, but sometimes it just doesn't happen. Again, make an effort, but if it's not 100% of the time it's okay. But do try to reach out to other bloggers. They're in the same boat as you!

    Time- it's just a matter of what works for you. I've been lucky enough to be able to have a somewhat flexible schedule where I can block out some time each day to do everything. (Read blogs, comment, answer emails, etc.) But not everyone can have that. Maybe spread it out through the day, or catch up on weekends.

    New blogs- I don't always have time to visit new blogs. I have the blogs I visit everyday no matter what, and others I just check them out if the topic looks interesting. Then I search out new ones if 1) I see someone new is following me or 2) another blogger reccomends them

    Social Media- I have my blog posts go up automatically, so at least I don't have to worry about those. (You can set it up through Bloglovin and Networked Blogs) Beyond that - my phone and iPad! And I'm just addicted to social media so... it's kinda a problem for me. lol

    If you need any other advice or tips please let me know!

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  26. Great questions!! I feel your growing pains :) I love blogging but it definitely requires a time commitment. I keep up with my favorite blogs on Bloglovin. I do my best to respond to all commenters who are NRP within a few days. I will sometimes go and visit their blogs but I don't always have time for this step. I try to write several posts in one sitting and schedule them to post. Then on days when I'm not writing, I catch up on my favorite blogs.

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  27. I'm right there with you! Blogging can kind of take over so there is definitely a way to find balance. I love to try to respond to every comment (it just makes me feel like I'm engaging) and I try to read as many blogs daily as I can but I do it when I'm drinking my morning coffee, or doing some cardio workouts, or relaxing and watching TV at night. I usually do my posts one day at a time or if I have ideas brewing, then I do a few once, but that comes and goes in wave.

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  28. Over time I've become much better at this, taking mini reading breaks, always thinking about blog content, making friendships with bloggers outside of just the comments on their blog - it all makes me feel more connected and less like I have to always be the first to comment something clever. Keep up the great work, you've come a long way in a short time!

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  29. I feel your pain as I am feeling the same pressure. I try to choose a day in the week where I dedicate it exclusively to commenting on posts and replying to comments on my own blog. It is time consuming and sometimes it feels stressful because I want to catch up, but I also want to live life.
    Anytime you have a lot of down time, which I'm sure does not happen often, schedule as many blog posts as possible.
    I hope that helps, but honestly I have all the same questions you have.

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  30. Check out Jess Lively blog to live a balanced life with intention..she will help you

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion! I'll definitely check it out!

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  31. I've got nothing more than all these ladies got. It's funny because if you read through all the comments, everyone is BUSY and there's so much insecurity with blogging yet we all do it mostly for ourselves and the encouragement we receive. I guess the answer is we all are trying to figure this crazy blog world out... :)

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    1. So true! I think we are all in the same crazy boat!

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  32. Hey Katie! Just dropping in from Tueseday Tea... late. HA! Speaking of replying to everyone!
    I absolutely love this post & all the dialogue that everyone has said.
    My story is similar to everyone else's but one thing I will add is Quality of Quantity should win every time! I sometimes fall into looking at numbers & what I think other's might think. BUT people come here for you & you want them to connect with the real you!
    Thanks so much for linking up with us & can't wait to see you next week!

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    1. I definitely agree- quality over quantity! I'd much rather leave (and receive!) thoughtful comments rather than just get to as many blogs as I can in one day :)

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  33. These are some awesome questions!
    One thing I have such a hard time with is leaving comments on other blogs. Not because I don't want to, but because the internet or the server is not working, and then when I have to type in all those weird letters, I start to second guess myself about leaving a comment in the first place. Grr.
    I use netvibes, and I put in the url's of the blogs I follow. Then I check netvibes on a regular basis and see when my blogs have been updated- and I can read them right there!
    I also reply to all comments I get, but I usually only get 2-3 comments on each post, and approximately 2 of those are usually my Mom...hahahaha!
    Then I try to leave comments on blogs that I visit. My goal is 10 comments a week...so more than one day.
    But of course, right now I happen to have a lot of extra time on my hands and that is what works for me!

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    1. Oooh yes! The word verification always throws me off - I swear it takes me like 3 tries to get it right! I've never heard of Netvibes but I'll for sure check it out. Anything to make life a little easier!

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