Blogging and me

Blogging and me

For the first time in two months, it dawned on me. I haven’t got my posts scheduled for two weeks in advance. It sent me into a bit of a mild panic. For the last few weeks I have been super organised and have felt so much more ‘at ease’ with the blogging lifestyle, upkeep and pretty much the entire process.

I started to think about what has changed for me to find myself in this mini predicament and then I realised – I’ve been doing so much more than just blogging lately.

Not only have I been trying to keep up with my Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother addiction(!), I’ve also been taking on other little tasks.

It started with the journey of going self hosted which I wrote about in a recent post. That took up a bit of time with getting the design and layout of my blog to the point I was super happy with it. I’m a faffer. I’m a perfectionist, so it took a little while. And admittedly a little longer than I hoped and it ate away into my writing time.

I’ve been linking up a lot more lately. This takes time and it is a little faffy if we’re going to be completely honest. I like to comment on other posts as soon as I link up whenever I can, so this also eats into my writing time. But it’s so important and I realise that. And I enjoy it obviously. Not only is it great to communicate and network with all of you lovely people but it’s brilliant for getting inspiration. It’s a win win. But again, it’s time consuming.

On top of all of this I’m studying for my Diploma in Social Media Management. This is crammed into my evenings, has been known to be my latest bedtime reading material and not only will it assist me in my working life it’s contributing towards my blogging journey. Helping me to grow this blog into something really special. I hope, anyway.


I’ve been talking more and more with brands about possible and upcoming collaborations. Arranging said collaborations and all the while still working my day job and looking after my family. It’s been a busy old time.

As if all this wasn’t enough I’ve also taken on building a website for my Brother In Law’s business. When I type that out it still doesn’t make it feel any more real. Me. Building a website. If you had told me a year ago that I’d be doing something that sounded so complicated I’d have had a bit of a giggle about it. But that is what blogging has done for me. It’s opened doors and my mind to things that I never thought I’d do.

Since going self hosted I’ve developed more self confidence. Confidence in myself and my abilities. Confidence in what I could maybe achieve.

It’s true when they say that you get out what you put in, because the more I do, the more I am getting out of blogging. It’s exciting, but it can be tricky getting the organisation right. Finding the time to get everything done in an efficient way is certainly on my list of things to get done, but it’s exactly that, finding the time! That’s going to take some getting used to. But the whole experience is a learning curve and I’m sure that it will come. With time…!

But for now, this is another blog post lined up, so the wave of panic has lifted a little. For now….

 

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91 Comments

  1. 29th August 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Wow! I have never had 2 weeks’ of scheduled posts ready to go! I have only been doing this a relatively short while though, almost 3 months! #AnythingGoes

    • Jaki
      29th August 2016 / 10:46 pm

      I never used to but I found I was far less stressy when I was all ready to go. I feel I can blog at a leisurely pace! I’m getting back into it now and have a few scheduled so feeling much more comfortable 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting x

  2. 30th August 2016 / 8:13 am

    It sounds like you are speculating to accumulate Hun so will all be worth while! Especially those courses. I’m hoping to do a bit more on earl mat leave as the admin side just gets left!! Good luck and hope it all works well for your blog xx #twinklytuesday

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 10:26 am

      Thank you, that’s kind. xx

  3. Rebecca Taylor
    30th August 2016 / 12:08 pm

    Wow! That’s amazing that you are juggling so much AND you usually have posts scheduled two weeks in advance. Well done you for all you are achieving and all the best with your course and building your brother-in-law’s website – amazing! #TwinklyTuesday

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 10:26 am

      Thank you so much. It wasn’t until I put it all down in words that I realised just how much I was doing!! 🙂

  4. 30th August 2016 / 8:02 pm

    I know exactly how you feel hon. I am also quite big on the tinkering and I won’t stop faffing until I get things looking just as I want them to. The thing I find with blogging is that just as you get things “perfect”, you learn about something else that you can do. This week I have designed my own social media share badges and my own business cards. Something I never even dreamed I would be able to do before now. You’re so right in that it definitely opens doors and widens horizons. Love your new self hosted site lovely. Thanks for sharing with #fartglitter x

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 10:25 am

      Ah thank you. I am very proud of it and of course all that I’ve achieved over the last six months. Well done on the badges & cards. That’s wonderful & it’s nice to know I’m not the only tinkerer!!! 😀 x

  5. 30th August 2016 / 9:02 pm

    This was a great post for me read on my return from a blogging break. As I’m feeling fairly nervous about dipping my toes in the water again. I’ve enjoyed having more time in the evenings but am excited about reading other blogs, articles and writing again too. I definitely need to get more organised – meant to do this this summer but I suppose having fun got in the way! Good luck with your brother-in-law’s website. x

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 10:23 am

      I definitely think organisation is key! I’m glad the post helped in some way. It’s nice to know you’re not alone 🙂 Thanks for leaving me a lovely comment.

  6. Oana - Blondie Mommy
    31st August 2016 / 8:52 am

    Wonderful post! I agree. Linkys are very important. #FartGlitter

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 10:22 am

      Thank you 🙂

  7. 31st August 2016 / 11:57 am

    Well done! It sounds like you have lots of exciting things happening with your blog and work! I used to be organised too, but find that sometimes I sit and write a post and then have to post it straight away…. #bestandworst

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Ah we’ve all been there. I had a nice little break over the weekend but have made up for it tonight. Back on schedule so much happier!! 🙂

  8. 31st August 2016 / 3:20 pm

    Your site looks fab so the tinkering paid off! I’m also a fellow perfectionist. There’s always something to do with blogging but hopefully it’ll pay dividends in the end, and as long as you enjoy the journey then it all sounds pretty worthwhile to me 🙂 #bloggerclubuk

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 9:48 pm

      Ah thank you. I am very pleased with how it’s looking. Not sure how long until I start getting itchy to change it though!! 🙂

  9. 31st August 2016 / 3:23 pm

    You sure have lot on the go! How do you manage all that? Between feeding and diaper changing, I barely have time to get my posts written and added to a linky or two. A good day for me is when I manage to squeeze in a shower. #BloggerClubUK

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 9:47 pm

      Ah bless you. Well my little one is almost four (cries) so he’s not quite so dependent on me anymore (although at times I wonder!!) I mainly do all my work in the evenings for a couple of hours. And again, for me it’s about being super organised and then none of it takes as long. Thanks for stopping by at my site. X

  10. 31st August 2016 / 4:32 pm

    Sounds like you are incredibly busy. I have 1 or 2 posts planned out at the most so kudos in keeping ahead. Sometimes other things in life take over. But you’ll get ahead of the game again soon and you’re still keeping on top of things in the mean time. It’s great to hear blogging has opened up new opportunities to you too. I’ve come from the other way and set-up my own site years ago, but continue to learn and get involved with the blogging communities out there.

    All the best with your diploma too!

    #BloggerClubUK

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 9:45 pm

      Ah thank you. I can’t wait to really get my teeth into that! That will be a whole new post in itself! 🙂
      I’ve worked hard this evening and am now content again, the next two weeks are scheduled and the next month’s content decided. I’ll be a lot more relaxed now knowing I’m back being organised! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and commenting too 🙂 x

  11. Nige
    31st August 2016 / 8:41 pm

    Sounds like you are doing really well I always have a few weeks of posts planned in advance blogging is tough and very hard work but worth it as I can testify it brought us many wonderful things #bloggerclubuk

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 9:43 pm

      I’ve certainly come a long way in six months. It does make it easier, being organised. I feel it’s ‘less work’ in the long run, if that makes sense!! Thanks for your visit and comments.

  12. Hannah (tuesdayschildblog)
    31st August 2016 / 9:02 pm

    You’ve got a lovely looking site – the faffing was worth it! I hadn’t even considered scheduling posts (still such a newbie to all this!) can definitely see how that would take the pressure of a little though. It took me a while to figure out linkys but so glad I did; they are fab! #bloggerclubuk

    • Jaki
      31st August 2016 / 9:41 pm

      Ah thank you, I really appreciate that!
      I’m feeling a little happier now that I’ve worked hard and got the next two weeks sorted and the content for the next month decided. I just feel I can relax into ‘normal life’ a little more when I’m organised. You’ll get there – I don’t think we ever stop learning new things! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by 🙂 x

  13. CaptainKirt
    31st August 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Whilst I don’t have my posts queued up like that I do have a few posts that I can slot in when it’s quiet.

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Always good to be prepared 🙂

  14. 31st August 2016 / 11:18 pm

    I’ve been blogging for ages and have only ever managed one scheduled post so 2 weeks sounds pretty impressive to me! I try to be organised but I find that blogging ends up being a bit haphazard as and when the inspiration hits and the child goes to sleep early enough for me to do it! #BloggerClubUK

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:17 pm

      I have been known to sit typing one up on my phone when my little one is having his dinner of an evening!! It all helps even though I have to edit later. But I know what you mean, it can be tricky. Thanks for reading and commenting.

  15. 1st September 2016 / 3:07 pm

    You know what they say – there’s no rest for the wicked. A mother’s work is never done, and a blogger’s work is never done either!! #twinklytuesday

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Yep! You got it!! Well they have to give us something to write about don’t they?! Thanks do much for commenting.

  16. 1st September 2016 / 5:50 pm

    Well you seem to be doing loads at one time and managing it all, well done you. I like to have a post at least nearly ready to go each week and it does help me to be less stressed to, which is silly really as my blogging is my stress relief!:)
    Mainy x
    #BloggingClubUK

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Totally get what you mean! Aren’t we crazy really?! As for managing it all, I think it’s called winging it!! I’m all up to date and back to normal now and the website is all finished, so it’s back to concentrating on me. Happy days. Thanks for stopping by x

  17. 1st September 2016 / 7:58 pm

    It’s so true. It all takes up so much time. I designed my entire blog from scratch last year. I try and update regularly and am starting to do more reviews and join more linkys. Having 3 kids home during the holidays and one computer between 5 has also been a struggle. I’ve also recently been made redundant so am in the process of looking for another job too. Phew. Us bloggers are a busy lot. Sarah #SharingTheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:13 pm

      Oh I’m so sorry to hear about your redundancy. I’ve been there before and it’s just awful. I hope you find a job soon. Thank you for popping by my post. Much appreciated. X

  18. 1st September 2016 / 9:03 pm

    I used to be like this but now am much more relaxed with blogging, I have to be otherwise it takes over my life!! Hope you feeling a little less stressed and thanks for linking up honey! #bestandworst

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:12 pm

      The website is done and I feel much better. I think that was probably my main cause of stress. All scheduled up now as well so much calmer! 🙂 thanks for hosting a great Linky 🙂

  19. 1st September 2016 / 10:12 pm

    Really like your website and I have enjoyed reading your posts…I’ll be stopping by more often for hints & tips…I am completely new to all this and am still finding my feet! I too am finding it hard to find time. I run my own business and look after a 2 year old, so blogging is mainly in the evenings. I am going to bed later and later each night! #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:08 pm

      Oh I’m very familiar with that! Although I’m trying to give myself a cut off time these days. And to give myself time for other interests too. I’m trying to find a nice happy balance. But I think that all takes time. But routine definitely helps!
      Thank you for the compliment about my site, I’m very proud of how far it’s come. I’ll be sure to stop by yours too 🙂

  20. 2nd September 2016 / 12:08 am

    Wow, you certainly have your hands full, I don’t know how you fit it all in! I would love to have two weeks of posts written up, hopefully once the oldest is back at school I can get into more of a routine.
    #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:06 pm

      Haha I’m not sure how I manage it either. Thankfully he the website is done now so I don’t feel quite as much pressure. Hope the back to school thing goes ok. Thanks for popping by 🙂

  21. 2nd September 2016 / 3:51 pm

    It’s hard finding a balance because the more you do, the more you want to do! I’m usually about a week ahead, but I still often finding myself writing posts as they’re due to go live!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂
    Debbie

    • Jaki
      2nd September 2016 / 9:05 pm

      You’ve hit the nail on the head here, it’s very tricky. I’ve been trying to get the balance right this week and I’ve manages a couple of nights off and not been tooooo late to bed either. Must keep at it! 🙂

  22. 3rd September 2016 / 1:32 pm

    good for you! sounds like its all under control and inner confidence just shines through! keep up the good work, great inspiration 🙂 #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      4th September 2016 / 12:44 pm

      Ah thank you that’s lovely to read 🙂 x

  23. alex
    3rd September 2016 / 1:53 pm

    Well your blog looks amazing so the faffing obviously payed off. Good look for the future! (I cant believe you have 2 weeks of posts lined up!) #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      4th September 2016 / 12:47 pm

      A lot of people are saying this! I thought it was the done thing, but apparently I’m super organised! Not sure if that’s just me being OTT but it works for me 🙂

  24. Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    3rd September 2016 / 3:52 pm

    I’m an organiser and I usually have a week’s worth of posts scheduled in advance, but I’ve slipped on that lately too. Partly due to running the linky, partly being out and about enjoying the summer, but it’s put me behind and I find that stresses me out a bit. I’m also not joining as many linkys as I used to and I need to sort that out, as I love that side of things! You certainly sound like you’re balancing lots of different plates – I hope you find a balance that works for you! Thanks so much for joining us again at #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      4th September 2016 / 12:50 pm

      I am aren’t I?! But the website is done now and so that’s one less, quite major thing off the list. I can concentrate on my own things now.
      I’ve found to do lists help big time! Thanks for hosting a lovely link, I’m glad I found this one! 🙂

  25. 3rd September 2016 / 4:38 pm

    I feel your pain. There is never enough time to do everything! Brilliant you have a post lined up. I do that in advance too especially as I like to post 3 times a week – which is a lot for me!! Great hearing your own experience. X Sunita #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      4th September 2016 / 12:50 pm

      Thanks so much 🙂

  26. 3rd September 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Good for you. A plan is a plan, and good to have, no matter if you’re not quite sticking to it….#FortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      4th September 2016 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you! 🙂

  27. 3rd September 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I am glad you have found a kind of peace with your blogging. Your blog looks great.
    #fortheloveofBLOG

    • Jaki
      4th September 2016 / 12:53 pm

      Thank you so much. I am very pleased with it.

  28. 4th September 2016 / 7:57 am

    Going self hosted really made a difference to me too and I started taking my blog so much more seriously. I agree linkys can be a bit faffy sometimes but then again I find so many more wonderful blogs to read and get so much from it so I’m happy to do it. Sometimes i take a little break though. It’s all about finding some balance I think between writing and exposure of posts 🙂 #sharingthebloglove

    • Jaki
      4th September 2016 / 12:55 pm

      I think the minute you invest in it it feels more important and so you automatically take it more seriously. That’s certainly the case for me. Thanks for stopping by my blog 🙂

  29. 6th September 2016 / 2:54 pm

    I’m a planner too and normally have posts scheduled ahead, but the summer has completely thrown me out. I find it quite stressful and overwhelming when my to do list is so long. I’m also redesigning my blog behind the scenes and that eats into my time. There just isn’t enough time to do everything! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove X

    • Jaki
      6th September 2016 / 9:29 pm

      We need to clone ourselves Laura – that’s the answer!! I hope you manage to get everything done without getting too stressed. I find to do lists a great help and only give myself the time at night it takes my laptop’s battery to run out before calling it a night. It’s a new method and so far it’s working well, I get the best of both worlds!! Thanks for stopping by! x

  30. 6th September 2016 / 6:52 pm

    Wow well done for having nearly two weeks of posts written, I’m always chasing my tail when it comes to writing posts. I love the new look of your blog, it’s a big step going self hosted. Good luck with the diploma lovely. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

    • Jaki
      6th September 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Ah thank you. I am quite pleased with myself for achieving all of it 🙂

  31. 8th September 2016 / 8:02 am

    I thought I was busy! I don’t know how you do it, but you seem to be doing it right! 😉 #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      8th September 2016 / 8:41 pm

      Ah thanks so much. I’m not sure how I’m doing it either!! 🙂

  32. 8th September 2016 / 10:14 am

    Two weeks’ worth of posts! I think I’ve scheduled about 3 in the whole course of my blog! It’s tough with craft blogging – the time spent making and photographing really eats into writing time. Try not to stress out about it too much – it sounds like you’re working on a lot of things which will improve your blogging longer term, so if the odd post doesn’t go up it’s not the end of the world. #sharingthebloglove

    • Jaki
      8th September 2016 / 8:39 pm

      I’ve chilled out a bit with it since, I think getting a few major things done has helped! I think I’m a natural stress-head though so that doensn’t help! Thank you for the kind words.

  33. 8th September 2016 / 11:04 am

    You sound super organised! At the moment I’m writing my posts the day before they go live, eek! x #sharingthebloglove

    • Jaki
      8th September 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Hey whatever works for you! At least that way you can’t procrastinate!! 🙂

  34. 8th September 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Wow it certainly sounds like you are very busy – blogging can take up a lot of time without having to study as well and building a website for your brother-in-law’s business. Good luck with juggling it all and glad to hear that going self-hosted has helped boost your confidence 🙂 #sharingthebloglove

    • Jaki
      8th September 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Ah thank you so much. It’s a great sense of achievement 🙂

  35. 8th September 2016 / 8:26 pm

    Posts written two weeks in advance, that mega awesome! I’ve got this week, nothing for next week (mild panic is now starting to set in!).

    You are doing so much! How do you find the hours! That’s just incredible.

    I agree the linkies are a little fiddly but they are great to do. Thanks for you post. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      8th September 2016 / 8:34 pm

      In all honesty? I actually don’t know! I was staying up until all hours but I’ve had to tame that down a bit – my eyebags weren’t thanking me! I’m trying to go the ‘to do list’ route now. And so far so good. Thanks for a lovely comment x

  36. 8th September 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Wow, scheduling 2 weeks out is impressive. I blog daily, and I’ve exhausted all of my draft posts, so I need to build them up again. But working full time and now back dancing a couple of evenings a week doesn’t help that. My aim for this year was to post less, but actually I’ve continued posting nearly the same, but I’ve cut down on linkies. #sharingthebloglove

    • Jaki
      8th September 2016 / 10:49 pm

      It’s difficult juggling it all isn’t it? I just find when I’m scheduled up I feel much more relaxed about it all. Everyone works differently. This was I don’t feel bad about having a few nights off. Thanks for reading & commenting.

  37. 9th September 2016 / 1:04 pm

    I was just thinking today I really need to allocate two whole days to writing content so I can be more organised! I want to self host so will check out your other posts too. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      9th September 2016 / 9:24 pm

      It can take some organising but I do feel it helps and is so worth it. Great, thanks – if I can be of any help just drop me a line 🙂

  38. 9th September 2016 / 1:22 pm

    My goodness! How do you find the time for all of that? I’m organised but I have to say I don’t think I could juggle that amount of work. Hats off to you! Good luck with everything.
    #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      9th September 2016 / 9:27 pm

      I’m not really sure if I’m honest – it used to be late nights and baggy eyes but just lately it’s to do lists! The latter is much more user friendly!! Thank you so much 🙂

    • Jaki
      9th September 2016 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you so much x

  39. 9th September 2016 / 10:19 pm

    I’m also a champion ‘faffer’!!! Sometimes feel like the blog is just another ball to try and juggle but it’s a ball I love and I’m so glad there are two of us sharing the work – or I’d be in a permanent state of ‘nothing to post’ panic!!!! X

    • Jaki
      10th September 2016 / 8:40 pm

      There is always that fear isn’t there? That’s why I like to be so organised! 🙂

  40. 10th September 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I’m a newbie blogger but would love to be able get ahead of myself. Not yet achieved! I’m a perfectionist just like you, so totally understand spending a lot of time faffing to get everything just right. It sounds like you’re managing incredibly well, so don’t beat yourself up. Keep going! x #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      10th September 2016 / 8:45 pm

      Ah thank you. It’s all working out now thanks. All organised for the next month, just got to get writing. That’s the easier part! 🙂 best of luck with your new blog. I’ll check it out 🙂 x

  41. 11th September 2016 / 7:32 am

    Your blog looks brilliant! I’m quite new to the blogging world and feel a little bit out of depth!! Still have no real idea what to do. Posts like this give me some ideas!! Just not sure how you find the time to do everything!! I need to get more organised…! Improving the look of my blog is definitely on the to do list! #sharingthebloglove

    • Jaki
      11th September 2016 / 9:11 am

      Ah thank you. It can be quite daunting when it’s all new but it all has a way of falling into place. Your blog looks great too, I had a quick look. As for the design I think that comes with time. Thanks for popping by mine 🙂

  42. 12th September 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Your blog is amazing, no need to worry. Sometimes, blogging is too overwhelming and I see nothing wrong with keeping it at bay for a week or two. I consider blogging as something I enjoy doing, not another stressful job to have done at all costs. #SharingtheBlogLove

    • Jaki
      12th September 2016 / 6:07 pm

      Oh thank you that’s so kind. It’s nice to hear lovely compliments, it makes it all worth while 🙂

  43. 15th September 2016 / 11:52 pm

    Oh well done you have done amazingly, your blog looks perfect and it sounds like you are WAY more organised with your time than me haha! I’d love to know more about your course you are doing, you will have to let me know as I’ve been looking into something like that. Thanks for linking up! #FriYAYLinky

    • Jaki
      16th September 2016 / 3:37 pm

      Definitely. It’s proving really useful. I don’t think the particular one I’m doing is available now but there are plenty more! And thanks for the blog compliment, I’m very proud of it 🙂 x

  44. 6th December 2016 / 1:30 am

    2 weeks in advance? You are a master! I’m still skidding into post day typing at full speed and slamming into that publish button with barely a second to lose. No, seriously, I am lucky if I have my posts lined up the evening before. I am trying to get better at that, but there just never seems to be enough time in the day.

    Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    • Jaki
      6th December 2016 / 9:16 pm

      My pleasure. I still have my moments. Not doing so great at the organisation at the moment but I blame the Christmas rush. 🙂

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