7 Practical Self Care Tips for Busy Bloggers
It’s no secret that as a blogger you wear many hats. You’re an editor and a writer who drafts and writes many blog posts. You’re sending emails. Creating Pinterest pins. Uploading Youtube videos. Posting Instagram content.
And the list goes on and on and on.
But you – yes you the busy blogger – should make sure you are making an effort to practice self care in every way that you can.
And as a blogger myself, I recognize the struggles and hardships that arise from feeling burnt out or overwhelmed.
But, let’s try to avoid getting to that point in the first place. Let’s dive into some simple self care tips for bloggers.
7 Self Care Tips for Bloggers
1. Don’t Compare Your Blog to Other Blogs
Whether you’re a new blogger or have been blogging for a while, you have probably compared your blog to several other blogs on the web. I know I have. Especially in the beginning.
But guess what? Your blog is meant to be unique. It shouldn’t be like any other blog on the internet because it’s yours. Your blog should be infused with your personality. It should be representative of who you are and what you stand for while also catering to your audience.
As long as you have well-written content, a clean and easy theme to navigate, and good speed, you’re doing great.
So don’t spend so much time worrying about what’s on the next blog. Instead, focus on how you can really set yourself apart on the web. What can you do to stand out?
2. Declare a Designated Work Space
Where are all my bloggers that like to work from the sofa with Netflix playing in the background? Are you giving 100% to your blog in these moments? Or is it more like 50% to the blog and the other 50% to Netflix.
Hmmm. I won’t tell anyone your secret.
But I’m going to need you to set up a designated workspace. Having a designated workspace allows you to be more effective and efficient in getting your work done.
And having a designated workspace doesn’t mean you need a decked-out home office with a fancy coffee maker, amazing wall art, and some cool beanbag chair.
Just find a room where you can eliminate distractions and work in peace.
So, does that mean you can work from your sofa after all? Yep, as long as the TV is turned off.
While I do have a home office space, I prefer working at my dining table. I can move around with ease plus I get a lot of natural sunlight in that area. Go Sun!
3. Use an Editorial Calendar
It’s 6 am, you open up your laptop, and you have no idea what the heck you’re supposed to be working on.
Please create an editorial calendar! It’s a game-changer.
Editorial calendars are all about planning out your future content.
The benefits of an editorial calendar are endless, but the main benefit is that it guarantees you can work on your blog consistently. And blog consistency equals growth. And growth means more opportunities for income.
So, how do I create an editorial calendar? I’m so glad you asked.
Start by thinking about all the tasks you do for your blog on a monthly basis. Then add those tasks to a calendar with deadlines.
Here are some things I currently have in my editorial calendar:
- Blog posting schedule along with ideas and keywords
- Pinterest pinning schedule along with pin titles and pin descriptions
- Published blog posts with the date posted, URL, and affiliate status
Feel free to add whatever variables you need to help you stay on track.
4. Create Systems to Streamline Processes
Who loves systems and processes? I do. Creating systems and processes for your blog is another way to keep you on track.
One of the most popular systems is batching content. Batching is simply doing similar tasks at one time. For example, instead of creating one pin a day for 30 days, you create 30 pins in one day.
Think about what tasks you complete often that you can batch. Here are some things I batch.
- Keyword research
- Blog Post Outlines
- Pinterest pins, descriptions, and titles
I do not batch writing posts because it takes a little more effort and time to write good content. And if I’m being honest, I’m not about writing 5 blog posts in one day. No, thank you.
And here’s an example of my blogging process. It starts with keyword research and ends with blog promotion.
5. Hire Help for Blog Tasks
Listen, you do not have to do it all unless you want to do it all. Hand over some of the tasks that you don’t like doing or are pushing you towards burnout.
To get started, think about the immediate goals you have for your blog. What is it you’re trying to accomplish right now? Do you need more content published on your blog? Are you trying to grow your Pinterest account?
Once you have clarity on the immediate tasks at hand, start seeking out someone who you feel will be a good fit.
6. Continue Your Blog Education
There is always something new to learn as a blogger. Things are always changing in the blogging industry and you owe it to yourself to stay on top of those things so that you remain successful.
There are endless workshops and tons of new courses popping up all the time. Here are some things you can look into to continue your professional development.
- Mastermind sessions
- Mindset coaching
- Blog content audits
- Blog SEO audits
- Pinterest audits
- SEO courses
- Email list courses
- Affiliate marketing courses
If you’re looking for some tools to level up your blogging career, here are some blogging resources I’ve invested in that have helped me on my blog journey.
7. Build in Breaks
Don’t forget to take a break!!! Yes. Build in your break time by scheduling time off. Put it on your calendar. Give yourself an actual hour-long lunch break. Maybe schedule two additional 15-minute breaks every day as well.
And take time off on the weekend. Even if you can’t do Saturday & Sunday. Maybe just do Saturdays, and on that day don’t work on your blog at all. Just enjoy some me-time or time with family.
How Do You Practice Self Care as a Blogger
As you know all too well, being a blogger requires us to play many roles. So why not make the process a little bit easier by practicing these simple self care tips.
How do you practice self care as a blogger? I’d love to know, so tell me all about it in the comments!
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