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Saturday, May 3, 2014

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Blogging + Real Life: How Do You Balance Both? ~ Part 3

Yippee, and we're on to Part 3. I'm hoping to combine 2, but that's yet to be determined.

"I'm in a rush, but I completely forgot about a post and now I need to hurry!"

This happens to me often, especially since I'm currently in high school. Extracurriculars, homework, social life, family life – and why yes, blogging. In which I actually procrastinate every once in awhile.
And then there are people who wonder how the heck I can do all that and remain sane at the same time.

Here's a tidbit: I'm not exactly sane, at least to my mother. Personally I think weird's the new norm unless we're all robots.

But I do manage to juggle – how do I do that? I have terrible coordination and can't even balance on my own two feet – all of that with one thing:

Put It All Into HTML First.

I don't have internet at home. Procrastination CAN'T be my way of life if I want to keep myself out of trouble and continuing participating in future blog tours. But I do go to the library often – or use wifi in the late or wee hours of the morning – and I can download info from my inbox.

Then I put all of that into code on Notepad or OpenOffice Writer. That way, when the next time I get online, I can just copy and paste, upload photos, make final checks and then schedule.

In fact... if you're really worried, use Chrome. You can actually edit the code by inspecting the element without tampering with the actual blog – if you know what you're doing that is. But it'll probably give you a tad bit of idea on how the post might look like. Of course, no photos don't exactly help, especially if that post is littered with GIFs. Not that GIFs are bad since that would be saying me and a lot of other bloggers are well... bad.
So ends Part 3. Actually, no. I have another strategy of vital importance that I use and can't survive without. o_o

Actually, I can most certainly survive without this but...

Use a Calendar/Planner

If I told you guys I have 3-4 calendars, would you believe me? It's a fact. I have one mega cool widget on my desktop and 3 on Windows Calendar.

The desktop is for easy reference so I don't have to go all the way down to the right hand corner and click on it or go through Windows Calendar.

But I mainly use a calendar to set up reading times and how many chapters to read from my review pile, a regular schedule in which I mark down anything important from real life (work, school, etc) or ARC publication dates along with an estimation on when I should send the review through Netgalley, and a blogging schedule.

If you're in collaborative blog, Google Calendar or Outlook Calendar would probably work. Or maybe you're awesome and can schedule posts smoothly without a calendar.

I envy you then.

Anyone use a calendar or format their posts in HTML first, or am I forever alone? Also, Google and Outlook Calendar aren't the only tools, but if I list all the possible tools I've come across, this post would go on forever (thus, this shall be discussed in a separate post. Not Part 5). o_o

You can also check out Parts 1 and 2 here:
Kimba from Caffeinated Book Reviewer talks about helpful Plugins for Wordpress users HERE. I believe there's one that's a calendar too!

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Sophia is the owner and founder of Bookwyrming Thoughts. She also doesn't fit the Asian stereotype (maybe a little). She's a first year Communications major from the St. Louis area, though she sometimes wish she wasn't. Books, chocolate, technology, and music are among some of her favorite things. For more of her work, visit her personal website.

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