Juggling life and blogging

Now I’m in the real world and back in employment, blogging is going to be taking a backseat.

I was so scared at the lack of time I’d have for the blog that I was intending to quit. 4 years of blogging down the drain.

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After speaking to friends and family, it made me realise how much work I’ve put into the blog over the past year or two, and why I need to continue.

I don’t want to burn myself out though. This new addition in my life is going to mean I won’t be posting most days and I wouldn’t be able to guarantee I’ll be quick at responding to your messages or comments. There may be some scheduled content as well on my social media.


Listening to my own advice

I’m the worst person when it comes to listening to my own advice. I’m more than happy to give advice to others, but when something happens in my own life, the advice goes in one ear and out the other.

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Life happens. I have to remember this. At times, I won’t have loads of time to blog. I’m not a full-time blogger like many people thought I was. I’ve only just started attending PR events and working with brands.

I have to remind myself that blogging will always be there for me when I need it/want it to be. I have to remind myself that blogging isn’t my job and I don’t have all the time in the world to produce content.


Walkabout Leicester

When I do have time, I need to decide how I’d like to spend it.

I recently attended a PR event at Walkabout Leicester with Lucre, trying some of their menu, whilst enjoying a drink or two (Mocktails for me) and watching the Manchester United v Tottenham match.

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Walkabout is a chain of Australian Bars with the best seats in the house for watching sport. The menu as well isn’t too shabby.

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Attending the event with Jade, we got stuck into an Australian Banquet, enjoying the wizardry that is the Mac & Cheese filled Nacho tower and the Walkabout Platter.

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Combining BBQ Chicken Wings (which were lush), crispy chicken goujons, breaded prawns (by far my favourite) and garlic bread slices, just to name a few, the food got us instantly talking about going back.

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The drinks won us over even more. As someone that doesn’t drink, I stuck with the mocktails.

Never having tried a mocktail before (I tend to stick with Coca Cola), I couldn’t resist trying their ‘Virgin Aussie Sunset’ and ‘Virgin Strawberry Daiquiri’.

I loved them. I loved the food too! I can’t praise Walkabout Leicester enough for their hospitality and their scrumptious menu.

If you live in the area or planning a trip to Leicester, Walkabout Leicester is the place to be!

 

*I was invited to the PR event in exchange for social media and blog features.

I’ve never been one to just ‘chill’…

I’ve always had a busy life. I prefer to be busy. It all started when I was volunteering and helped several charities at once. I’ve lived this way since.

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Being in employment and wanting to ensure I have a life balance, I’m not going to come home to open up the laptop, take part in a Twitter chat or just come online for a browse, because that’s not what I want to do.

I want to interact when I want to interact. I want to post when I want to post. There’s such a big expectation of bloggers, that it becomes hard not to be swallowed up in the mix of things.

We as bloggers need to take ownership of our own journeys. We need to stop comparing. We don’t need to live up to an expectation. What works for one person may not work for us.

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I definitely need to get to grips with this. It’s just a process that takes time. Just the same as it takes time to get used to a new job.


I’m not going anywhere

I’m not going anywhere. If I don’t respond straight away, don’t worry, I will. I’m going to be living my life from now on without a thought of worry. What happens happens.

There’ll be another post on Sunday, maybe on Monday too, but can’t say what’ll happen after that. That’s why I stopped posting about ‘expect a blog tonight’, because between then and that evening, anything could happen.

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We need to do what’s best for us and what’s best at the time.

I do hope you stay with me and enjoy this new chapter in my life and I’ll be sharing parts when the time is right.

Thanks as always for your support!

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48 thoughts on “Juggling life and blogging

  1. I’ve just made the decision to drop a post a week because blogging was taking over and I wasn’t letting myself relax and do some of the things that I wanted because it didn’t fit into my blog schedule. It’s so encouraging to know that I’m not the only one finding juggling hard and that, yes, it is okay to step back. Great post!

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  2. I’ve only been blogging since May but in that time I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to blog consistently, engage & comment. I’m on maternity leave and have done other personal new chapters starting. I woke up a couple weeks ago and for the first time I didn’t want to blog. I wanted to spend all my last 2 weeks before school starts with my smalls. So that’s what I’ve done and my god I feel so much better for it. I also feel refreshed, have new ideas and feel ready to engage again so a break or a scale down is sometimes very much needed.

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  3. I’m glad you are trying to find a way to balance everything! I’m somewhat a newbie on the blogging world and I’ve already struggled with the pressure of posting on time and everything. Even if you cannot post as many times as you were previously used to, as long as you’re happy with the content you are creating and everything that is what matters!

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  4. The mac and cheese nachos look amazing!
    Being someone who lives by only suggesting advice they live by. Why do you offer advice if you don’t adhere to it?
    It’s insincere in my opinion.

    For example, someone giving advice on running a business but they’ve never ran one. Someone saying that being sober is the best way to live but have a bottle in their hand.
    Good honesty/upfrontness though 👍

    Hope you find your balance in blogging!
    Best Wishes!
    Nicole
    http://Www.ReliClothing.com

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  5. Blogging is something I love to do but the balance of family and blogging can be a little rough. My son was sick for 3 weeks and I had to be there for him. Somehow, I managed to get posts done. I’ve accepted the fact that there will never be a balance between family and blogging and I am ok with that now.

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  6. This is a little relatable. While I haven’t blogged seemingly full time like you have in the last 2.5 years, I feel like I started putting a lot of extra effort into mine and promoting mine this summer and now I’m about to go back to University and I know I will not be able to keep on doing all of this. It also made me feel like I should just quit but there’s no need to do that as there doesn’t have to be any pressure or expectations. we do this because we like blogging, right? So it’s okay to have our own schedules. I hope it will work out well for you!

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  7. Finding a balance can be so difficult! So glad you decided to stick around and I look forward to reading more of your posts.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

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  8. Thanks for your comments! It’s interesting to see how you feel after blogging for a few years. I have been blogging regularly for the past two years and sometimes I find it hard to post things and I would rather do something else but I also enjoy it immensely.

    Good luck in your future endeavours!

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  9. “We as bloggers need to take ownership of our own journeys. We need to stop comparing. We don’t need to live up to an expectation. What works for one person may not work for us.”

    I HEAR YOU. This hits me on so many levels. I see a bunch of my Twitter pals crushing their goals on their blogs all the time and think to myself, “Why isn’t that me?” But then I realize they’re doing things much differently than me, and that’s totally fine. Like you, I’m probably not going to hop on a Twitter chat. I would like to be a full-time blogger, but there are lot of things I see others doing that just don’t feel authentic to me. Pull me aside into a small group or DM one-on-one though and I’m in. I vibe with that kind of communication much more easily.

    Never feel guilty about doing what you can when you can.

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  10. I totally agree with you – it can be hard to juggle different things going on. It’s totally fine to take a break if you have to! Quitting is a whole different story. Pretty cool that you got to attend a PR event! Hang on in there!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  11. John personally I’m glad you’re not quitting. It’s about finding a balance that works for you. I work full time and I’m training for a half marathon so I haven’t been able to partake in as much of the other side of blogging. I’m still managing to stick to my two posts per week schedule but some of these have been guest posts which has helped when I’ve been busier.

    Also I’m glad you’ve tried mocktails – that’s what I have when I’m out and driving lush! Also feels a bit more special than just sticking to Coke all night.

    Rachael | https://rachaelstray.com

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  12. That food looks so nice, I’m glad you enjoyed your night out! I completely agree that we need to take time for ourselves. I sometimes worry when it’s a posting day if I haven’t got a post written but life does get in the way every so often and we shouldn’t feel like we have to stick to a strict schedule, bloggers have social lives too and it’s important that we remember that and don’t beat ourselves up about it too much!

    Jess // foundationsandfairytales.wordpress.com
    xx

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  13. Congratulations on this new journey in your life. Working full-time and serving as a caregiver for my mother, I understand how difficult it can be to blog on a consistent basis. I keep telling myself, just like you are doing, that I will do what I can at this time and keep moving forward.

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  14. It’s tricky balancing life! I’ve recently started blogging and work full time and am looking after our daughter by myself quite a lot as having a husband who travels a lot. I tell myself over and over that I blog because I finally have found something I love doing! To me, blogging is something I want to enjoy- the whole full on journey! Eventually I will spend even more time in the blogging world so I one day can do this full time. But I refuse to stress about it.., we all do our best and what we can. Good luck! 🙏🏻😌

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  15. Congrats on the new venture! I work more than full time and manage to post 3x/week. The key for me is to be a couple of weeks ahead to avoid deadlines. It all tends to go the way it’s supposed to. Don’t be “too” invisible! As your blog is pretty awesome.

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  16. I’ve just started blogging again and given my blog a whole new look and it’s doing better than the first time around. I have realised I can’t treat my blogging like something I do in my spare time and that it actually requires some networking and interaction with others to help it become a success. Any tips as to how I can grow my audience and how often do I actually need to post to keep people engaged?

    By the way I enjoyed reading this post! 🙂

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  17. Finding a balance can be hard but it sounds like you have your priorities straight. Blogging, imho, should be on your terms, something you enjoy, not an obligation that causes worry or stress. Good luck with your new chapter!

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  18. The food at that place looks incredible!! 😍 Definitely somewhere I shall have to put on my To-Visit list!

    Great honest post as always, john! I have struggled myself every time in trying to set up a blog, due to work life also, but maybe I will get there one day!

    Really interested to kee reading your ongoing tips. If you don’t mind me asking, what job or what kind of job have you gone in to? Would be great to hear more about the person behind the blog/what your work interests are or if you think your job choice was influenced by your blogging at all?!

    Look forward to reading more!

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