A little over a month ago, when Geeky Musings turned three, I shared some of the lessons I’ve learned since first creating this blog in 2013. But while I’m pretty good on the general, overarching themes of blogging, the day-to-day mechanics of running a site like this and all of its connected social media platforms is still a bit of a challenge. As I have mentioned before, I am not a full-time blogger (though I would totally love to be!) and I get the sense that many of you aren’t either. Because of that, I wanted to reach out to you to see what tips and tricks you’ve found helpful!
Planners: While I have a copy of Whitney Blake’s blog planner, I’m the first one to admit that I’m not so good at using it. Part of that is because I’m already using my Gmail calendar and Erin Condren LifePlanner to keep track of everything, and part of that is because it’s just one more thing I never get to on Sunday nights! But I’m curious to know, do you use blog planners or what have you found to be the most useful when planning content?
Spare Time: One of the most common threads I’ve read in other bloggers’ posts about being better at what they do involves getting up early and going to bed late. But while I’ve have tried this method in this past, it’s just not for me. I usually push through exhausted for a week (at most), but then my immune system crashes on me and I’m asleep on the couch for a few days. As such, I know I need to utilize my spare time more effectively and have begun using my morning and evening commutes, as well as my government-mandated lunch break, to look at/post links. That said, I can’t help feeling like there is a better way for me to be juggling everything, so I’d love to hear any tips or tricks you’ve picked up over the years as well!
Inspiration – Part I: Thanks to the Mysterious Mr. C, I’ve got a pretty good set of geekynerdy websites that I check on a regular basis for interesting posts, entertainment news, etc., but I also know that there are more sites currently in existence than I could ever hope to keep track of! And since it is also quite possible to simply stumble upon a great website, I thought I would see if you had any favorites that I should check out and add to my daily sweeps!
Inspiration – Part II: While it feels a bit weird to be talking about blogger burnout when I haven’t been blogging that long, it is definitely a thing. And though my bouts of malaise are likely tied to my aforementioned periods of exhaustion – especially when considering the fact that I have content planned, but just don’t get to it – I was wondering what you guys do to rest/recharge/re-inspire yourself when that happens to you. Maybe it’s doing something different, but still on theme, or maybe it’s just reading a book or watching a movie for fun. Perhaps you really challenge yourself and explore an entirely new activity! Whatever it is, I would love to know how you reset when blogging (or life) gets to be a little much.