The theme for today’s Friend Friday is finding the balance between blogging and everything else. And as most of you know, I have struggled with that recently, and have gone to posting three times a week from daily. So I guess today is a good time for an update.
I’d love to be all positive, but unfortunately I still feel much the same as before. Some days I’m all optimistic and grateful for all the good things in my life, but some days I’m just really angry at what is happening in this country and feel like picking fights with people. And on some days I just want to crawl under a rock. So its ups and downs, and unfortunately I am nowhere near out of this difficult period yet.
On the blogging side, I am finding that posting three times a week works ok though, and I’ll continue with that schedule for the time being. It’s often enough not to feel like I have disappeared, but gives me a bit more time in between posts to prepare the next one and make the things I do post a bit more substantial. Though I am still way behind on answering my comments!
Its’s also taking a bit of time for me to adjust to posting less often, I’ve got so many ideas! At the moment, I have stored up, in addition to some outfits:
- an interview with my friend about the crafty shop she has opened
- a whole lot of diana vignette photos I’ve taken wandering about
- some cross-proccess vignettes
- photos Dave took at Saturday’s Decemberists gig
- fantastically elaborate street art I found in Germany at Christmas
- photo inspiration from working class London in the 60s
- people recreating their childhood snaps in minute detail
- An artist who camouflages exactly against his background
- pictures of me and my sister at all ages
Maybe I’ll find the time to post more often, otherwise these will find their way into my schedule, very very slowly!
After I posted about my overwhelmedness, I also got a lovely long email from Veronica Darling with the advice to make one thing your priority, and do that properly, and not worry about everything else. And I intend to take this advice. At the moment, my priority is the Feminist Fashion Bloggers stuff. So I may occasionally give Friend Friday a miss for the duration of March. I’ll do it if I can, but I won’t stress if I can’t. Or that’s the plan anyway. Not sure I can promise not to stress!
Anyhoo, on with this week’s questions:
1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall?
It was too high up the list recently, for sure. I’m not sure where it should go. It’s my most important hobby, but after friends and fun and actually doing stuff for sure. And work and studying.
2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible?
No tricks, I don’t think. I do do a lot of thinking about what I’m going to write about while on the bus, in the shower and so on. So when I actually come to writing stuff down, I know where I’m going already, and it doesn’t take as long. Also, I am very experienced at writing, since 80% of my day job is writing reports and briefings. So I’m pretty confident that even something typed in a hurry (such as this, hehe) of anything is at least going to make grammatical sense and be generally readable.
Ok, that’s not much of a tip, becoming a civil servant to improve blogging output. But I guess the tip is to just keep at it, writing and photo editing and whatever else, and over time it will take less time.
3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that makes blogging easier or more time efficient?
I always schedule posts. When I used to post daily, I would schedule Monday to Thursday on the weekend for the week ahead. Scheduling is really great if you have lots of time at some points and none at others. But in an of itself it obviously doesn’t reduce amount of time spent. Which is why I had to cut back in the end.
The only other thing I can think of is to keep images well organised either on your computer or on hosting sites like flickr. This is relevant if, like me, you occasionally reuse older photos, e.g. detail shots in outfit photos – I reuse pictures of my shoes all the time.
4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead?
When I used to do daily post, I did have an editorial calendar of sorts. Not an official one, with names like Wednesday outfit, Sunday inspirations etc, but usually it went like this:
- Monday – free day, the day for big thinky pieces or special features
- Tuesday – outfit
- Wednesday – my own photography
- Thursday – outfit
- Friday – Friend Friday
- Saturday – IFB Links a la mode and video
- Sunday – photography or fashion inspiration
At the moment I’m doing FFB on Wednesdays, and Friend Friday on Fridays, leaving me with Monday to fill with random shit. I have so many ideas I honestly don’t need to worry!
5. If time wasn’t an issue what you would be doing on your blog/for your blog that you aren’t doing now?
Oh, what wouldn’t I do! More thinking, definitely more thinking. Getting to grips with video posts. More time spent reading blogs, and the news, and more responses to other people’s ideas. Better pictures. More interviews with people. More time connecting on social networking. More engagement with stuff happening in my local area.
If this was my job, I would kick this blog into shape quicksmart. Alas it is not, so its just this.
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