How To Balance Blogging with Academics
As a student, blogging can be very challenging, especially if you are in a school like mine. I do not think that I have cracked the code to balance blogging with my academics, but I dare say I have done better than I expected.
In this article, I will be sharing tips on how to balance blogging with academics.
The one thing you should not forget is that your parents sent you to school to study, so your main focus should be to keep your grades up. You should ensure that running your blog does not disrupt your academics in any way
For those of you who are not students, the information in this post is still applicable for balancing a blog/work balance of your blog part-time and working at another job or a blog/life balance if you are a full-time blogger.
Here’s How To Balance Blogging With Academics: 5 steps
- Make a list of priorities and decide on what commitments to cut and make a list of priorities
- Write content in advance
- Allocate time for each commitment
- Make blogging a hobby
- Let people know when things are busy
1. Decide on what commitments to cut and make a list of priorities
If blogging is as important to you as it is to me, you may have to weigh your options and leave out some of your student life commitments. I know, everything seems important, and the university experience is all about the student experience.
With all the school stress – assignments to do, presentations, tests to read for, etc, the choice of cutting down on some activities came naturally to me. With the time freed up from the commitments I was on previously, I had more time to blog.
The annoying part is that sometimes, you can’t actually cut out anything and you just get overloaded with stress. When you’re in such a situation, just do what you can to ensure your blog isn’t neglected.
Unless we learn to prioritize and plan our commitments within the given time constraints, we may burn out before the semester is over.
2. Write content in advance
In the University, there are times when we have so many assignments, presentations, etc. During that period, how does one find time to write and publish new blog posts?
You probably will not. However, that does not mean that you should not publish any new blog posts.
The right thing to do is to have drafts of articles for times when you are too occupied. It gives you this feeling of satisfaction knowing that you have those drafts to tide you through busy periods at school.
On some days, knowing I have content prepared in advance is more of a psychological reassurance than anything else!
3. Allocate time for each commitment
Of course, academic grades remain the top priority. Why else would we pay so much a year in university fees? The one thing you should not forget is that your parents sent you to school to study, so your main focus should be to keep your grades up. You should ensure that running your blog does not disrupt your academics in any way.
Blogging can be addictive because there are numerous blogs to read and even more readers to reach out to. As a result, blogging competes with schoolwork for our attention.
Not just your blog, allocate time for everything on your list of priorities. You really do not want to be overwhelmed with one of your priorities while the rest are still waiting to be taken care of. Also, it’s not just about making a timetable to allocate your time, ensure you stick to it!
4. Make blogging a hobby
I don’t think it’s possible to do school and also the whole blogging thing if blogging isn’t something you consider enjoyable and relaxing. Blogging has to be your study break and what you do for fun, or else it won’t be possible to balance everything. I recommend niching into something you are really interested in so that you enjoy talking about it all the time on your blog, and so that you can kill two birds with one stone- blogging and unwinding/having fun.
Not to mention, the best thing you can do is to turn what you love doing into an income stream 😉
5. Let people know when things are busy
This is something that depends on the person involved. It’s important to let friends and coursemates know that you have a lot of things to do.. Let people know when you’ll be able to do something if you don’t have time to do it at the moment. I mean some people might think you don’t just want to make out for a time, but sometimes things are actually beyond your control.
It’s sad actually, cause there was this time that I was really busy and my lecturer told me to do something and I respectfully told him I couldn’t because I had a lot of things to do, This thing wasn’t even an assignment on the course and he kept sending me out of class until I did what he asked. So yeah.
Nevertheless, It’s important to let people know when you’re too occupied – just in case they’re willing to lend a helping hand to you.
I love blogging, and I am trying my best to balance the amount of time I spend studying and blogging. It is a fine line, and sometimes, blogging encroaches on the time meant for school work. On other occasions, schoolwork could mean that I do not check in on my blog at all.
Now, over to you. Regardless of whether you are working a day job or studying for a degree, what are some tips that you have to balance your academics with blogging? Not just about blogging…How do you balance something with some other thing?
I am excited to hear what you have to say about balancing whatever you do. As always, thanks for reading, have a beautiful day!