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Showing posts with label Real life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Real life. Show all posts

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Tips for the Time-Challenged Blogger

Tine-challenged, bloggingIt's true that blogging will take over your life if you allow it to, and sometimes it's important to remind ourselves that we blog because that's what we love to do.

Here are my top 5 tips for getting ahead and making time for everything else when life is hectic and doesn't allow you the freedom to lavish as much time as you'd like on your blog...

1. Carry a pen, notebook and small camera around with you at all times. You never know when inspiration for a brilliant blog post, or that perfect photo op might arise - and it would be a shame to waste any idea that's potentially useful at a later date. Jot down a few notes (no matter how random) and snap a few photos as you go.

2. Aim to have several posts in reserve for when life gets in the way of everything and time is scarce. Make sure that the posts aren't seasonal or time-sensitive. Book reviews, blogging tips and recipes all work well.

3. Don't panic when you need to write a post in a hurry. If you only have an hour, log off social media, set a timer and commit to writing without interruption. It's amazing what you can achieve if put your mind to it. Get to know what type of posts you can write within a relatively short time scale. For me, it's The Week That Was posts that materialise almost effortlessly. These feature snippets of news from the previous week and, as I've often snapped a few photos during that time - these slot in rather well. Here's an example if you want to take a peek: The Week That Was.

4. Accept that there will be times when you can't be omnipresent on social media, or comment on as many blogs as you'd like to. When pushed for time, I tend to read and comment (or share) posts from twenty or so of my favourite blogs. I won't join in with linkies or comment threads if I know I won't have time to do these justice - as it's unfair to fellow bloggers and hosts. 

5. Remind yourself that it's not the end of the world if you need to step away from blogging for a while. What's going on in real life should always take precedence and because the blogging community is such a fabulous place to be - you'll be able to pick up exactly where you left off. You might even come back to blogging with a fresh outlook and lots of inspired ideas for brilliant new posts.

So that's my top 5 tips for bloggers who don't always have as much time as they'd like to lavish on their blogs.

Do you have any tips to add to the list?

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Monday, 29 February 2016

The Truth About Running a Home

Chaos, Real life, HomeMystified. Bewildered. Clueless.

Three words that spring to mind when I think about what it takes to run my home.

There's probably just one day of the week where the house looks normal. This will be the day I've cleaned from top to bottom and returned a hundred or more scattered items back to their original hiding places.

After that, I have no idea how the house manages to unravel itself during the course of a week. Do I not spend a ridiculous amount of time cleaning, tidying and attempting to pick off random tasks from the Snowball In Hell list? Yes, this is an actual list on my weekly planner...

Home, Real life, Chaos

What happens when I lock the door and head off to work? Do the following creatures move in and cause chaos?

The Bit Sprinkler
A creature that lurks in the depths. With scant regard for how recently I've hoovered, the carpet is covered in bits... mostly comprised of cat fluff, hair, dust and grit. For some bizarre reason, these mostly congregate on the stairs.

Dust Fairy
Closely related to the Bit Sprinkler, is the Dust Fairy. The house can go from freshly polished to freshly sprinkled in a layer of dust motes within a matter of hours. The thickness of motes increases with the days, until I cave and repeat the task all over again.

Paperwork Gremlin
There's this silly bit of paper covered with notes and scribblings that's essential to getting through the following day without losing the plot and having people realise what an idiot you are. The paper was last spotted on the noticeboard in the kitchen, where you'd mistakenly thought it might be safe and now, who knows? Did the Paperwork Gremlin file it under, 'Not to be found until no longer required?' Is the Gremlin also responsible for our shredder that needs a nap after shredding only ten pieces of paper? I guess it's trying to remind me that breaks are important and need to be respected.

Email Thief
There's always one, isn't there? An email of vital importance that you meant to respond sometime last week, but somehow got buried beneath several pages of emails you needed to delete. And now, the important email has disappeared altogether. Where do emails go when you've deleted them from virtual bin on your laptop? Does the cat update her Twitter account during the night and read all of your emails before deleting the ones that she considers mundane I wonder?

In addition to all of the above...

The cat lays in wait until I've wiped the sofa with fragrant almondy-scented wipes before finding a muddy puddle to traipse through outside, bounding back in through the cat flap and walking the entire length of both sofas.

It's Sod's Law that governs the weekly visit to the supermarket. After trying to come up with something inspired for dinner and attempting to recall all the items that never made it onto the list, I'll end up at the till and realise that I've been carrying the list upside down for the duration. You can guarantee that I'll arrive home again without that important item at the top of the list. Wine and chocolate however, are never forgotten, these are the only things keeping me sane.

After arriving home from the supermarket there will immediately be a conversation that goes something like this... 'Did you remember to buy.... (insert whatever)?

'No, did you ask me to?'


'No you didn't. I'd have remembered.'



The myth of a perfect room is actually not a myth. There's reward for putting in the time and effort required to make a room look fabulous enough for a photo shoot. Unfortunately, this will be at the expense of all other rooms in the house in which belongings from the picture-perfect room have taken up residence and created mess.

One final thought...
If a blogger chose to ignore all of the tasks that needed doing, would a house eventually reach a steady state of equilibrium where it neither deteriorated or improved?

Now if you'll excuse me I'm just nipping off to shred another ten pieces of paper before the shredder takes another nap. Maybe, I'll have a snooze too, and give up trying to unravel the chaos at home until tomorrow.

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