Aff links // Last year, I published a post talking about the lost art of blogging for fun. This post got QUITE a reaction, with a lot of people agreeing with what I was saying and also claiming that they need advice on that very topic. There not enough advice available for those who don’t want to turn their blog into a full-time job and because of that, I think we forget that that’s still a valid way to blog. I’m starting my advice today with some time management tips for hobby bloggers.

Time Management Tips

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In that particular post, I mentioned I was going to start a series of blog posts for hobby bloggers with advice and tips on how you can grow and manage your blog without the added pressure of feeling like you *have* to make money or take it full-time. And I’m thrilled to bring you the first of those posts todays! And first up, we have…

Time management tips for hobby bloggers

I wanted to address this first because it’s something that crops up over and over again. How to manage your time when you DON’T have all the time in the world to spend on your blog. Most of us have additional responsibilities but if your blog is a hobby, then chances are you also have a full-time job outside of that. Potentially along with kids, pets, husbands, health issues – you name it.

With any hobby, it’s important to find a balance. If something is a hobby, then chances are there are other things that take up more of your time and more of your energy. And there will DEFINITELY be other things that take up more responsibility than your blog. You don’t have all the time in the day to work on your blog – but that’s okay.

Let’s look into some time management tips specifically for hobby bloggers (although almost anyone can take these on board!):

Time Management Tips

Understand what you want from your blog first

In order to manage your time effectively for your blog, you need to understand what it is you want or need from your blog first. With full-time bloggers, this is much easier to identify. But if you’re blogging as a hobby, it can definitely be a bit harder and take a little more time to decipher.

So I urge you to get clear on the vision you have for your blog and YES you can have a plan and a vision even if you’re not looking to make money or go full-time. What are your core values and how do they related to your blog and what you write about? Do you want to help people with a certain topic?

Don’t spread yourself too thin

Once you have your vision and you know exactly what you want from your blog, it’s time to start thinking about how to best execute that. Let’s not beat around the bush, blogging and all the additional “stuff” that comes with it takes up a LOT of time. Creating and scheduling pins, creating Instagram content, writing blog posts, replying to comments, being active on Twitter. It is a LOT. Especially if you don’t have all the time in the world.

So this is where you’ll need to have a think about your platforms and how they’re performing and think about how to best utilize those platforms for what you want to get out of your blog. You might want to dedicate all your time to your blog and ONE other platform and grow that one to a higher standard before moving on to the next.

The last thing you want to do is half-ass everything and not grow anywhere.

Know where your priorities lie

This point ties in nicely with the above. Once you’ve established your best platforms and methods for growth, you’ll want to evaluate where your priorities lie within those platforms. So whilst yes, you might BE on all platforms (Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram etc), you need to realise where your priorities lie and which platforms you’re going to be focusing on the most.

For example, if you’re blogging as a hobby and have no intention of ever applying for AD networks, such as Mediavine, then getting a HUGE amount of monthly blog views might NOT be a priority for you. So you can put that time and effort elsewhere.

Get mega organized to aid time management

Organization is keyyyyy. If you know me at all, you’ll know being organized is one of my favourite things in the world and I would literally just be laying in bed staring at my ceiling if I didn’t keep my life organized because I wouldn’t know what to do. So for those of y’all who are hobby bloggers and need some time management tips, this is a BIG one.

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Use tools and resources to help make your life easier

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, it’s absolutely okay to spend money on a blogging even if you’re a hobby blogger. Most hobbies cost. And blogging is no different. So this is where this point comes in. Don’t be afraid to invest in tools and resources to make your life EASIER (if you can, of course).

For tweet scheduling I’d highly recommend Buffer. They have an upgraded version which you can pay for which allows you to schedule a TON of tweets, which would be really helpful for those with limited time throughout the week. Bulk scheduling tweets saves a LOT of time.

I’d also recommend things like Pinterest templates. We all know how much time an effort Pinterest can take so having pre-made pins is SO helpful. I absolutely love this bundle from Amber at The Unpredicted Page and I use these templates regularly. Grab her 45 Pretty Pinterest Templates Kit for just £6.99 here!

Create a blogging schedule

This point won’t resonate with everyone because some people don’t like schedules and that’s fine but it’s something I would highly recommend, especially for hobby bloggers. The reason I’d suggest this is because having a schedule takes away a lot of thinking time. And knowing exactly what you’re posting and when saves a lot of hassle and makes your blogging life a lot more productive.

Schedule your content in advance

And continuing with this point, I’d also recommend scheduling your content in advance. I will suggest this until I’m blue in the face but my GOD it doesn’t half boost your organization and productivity tenfold.

Time Management TIps

This example above is a very basic schedule that you can create on a spreadsheet to help keep track of your schedule and blog posts. This looks very similar to my own schedule and I can tell you that it helps me stay SO organized with what I’m posting and when.

If you’re a hobby blogger, then I hope you found this blog post helpful in finding tips and strategies to help you manage your time more effectively!

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115 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this Jenny, id love to be a full-time blogger but at the moment my actual full time job pays my bills and blogging doesnt so it can be hard to find a balance! I love the idea of the spreadsheet to plan a blog schedule!

  2. These are such great tips. I work 12 hour shifts and 2 weeks a month work 50 hours so being organised is super important for me, so I don’t end up feeling burnt out trying to blog and work at the same time but also because I don’t have a lot of spare time so if I do things in advance then I’m not stressing about it at the last minute.

  3. Thanks for sharing these wonderful tips Jenny, as a hobby blogger myself I will be following this series with interest. I do already use buffer for scheduling but might consider upgrading now thanks again

  4. Such a wonderful post, Jenny! I’ve always said that I’m a hobby blogger, but of course would be so happy if I happened to get lucky and start growing a lot. In any case, I want to be able to put more effort and time into blogging in 2021 and try to continue to find organic growth. This is such a great start to the series; I can’t wait to read the upcoming installments!! x

  5. These are very helpful tips Jenny! I consider myself a hobby blogger (at the moment) and I do find that even though I have all the different socials, I do tend to concentrate and a select few rather than all of them. Organisation is definitely key, I am trying to be more organised this year, and I have found that having a schedule for when I post to be really helpful for me! x

  6. Wow, Jenny! I’ve just read this whole post top to bottom and can’t believe how genuinely helpful it is. This may seem silly, but this is the first time I’ve genuinely felt SEEN and validated as I have a full time job and other priorities outside of blogging, so I can’t spend as much time on it as some people! Making a spreadsheet sounds like a fantastic idea too so I’ll definitely be doing that. Thank you so much for this helpful post <3 xxx

  7. Time management is SO important regardless of what you are doing in life. The tips that you’ve shared here are not only going to help a lot of hobby bloggers, but they are also actionable tips that can be applied by full-time bloggers as they are figuring out where to best spend their time. I love that you mentioned social media platforms. There is so much pressure in many corners of the blogging world to be active everywhere, but it’s just not practical – no one has THAT much free time! Instead, we need to identify which platforms will benefit us best and use that time wisely.

  8. These are such great time management tips. Since I work full time too sometimes it is hard to find the time to work on my blog like I want to!

  9. Brilliant post and I look forward to this series! As a fellow hobby blogger it does sometimes feel like a big ball of stress when I work full time, try to have a social life (not so much at the moment), exercise and then blog! I think the main thing for me is trying to comment on others, but I try my best and will do so when I have a tiny bit of time. I agree with being organised though! I always like to have posts done in advance xx

  10. Time management is a great thing to make into a habit! It is too easy to get roped into dawdling and then being horrified at how much time scrolling has taken up . . . I have a simple blogging schedule and a couple hours a day to get everything done. That is the balance that works for me. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. I can relate to all of that and more. It feels that I am in a rat race trying to satisfy everything and everyone than me. My blog has been going for few years now but I am definitely strecthing myself too thin.

  12. Oh I love this! I just started my blog and kept seeing everyone talk about how to monetise etc and I was sat thinking but what if I don’t want to? Can I not just blog for fun?! The bit about platforms was really good, I mostly use Twitter but am looking to set up a Pinterest account as a lot of people have said it’s good for blogging! But I absolutely loved this post and will be following your blog for more hobby tips 🥰

  13. Very well informative post, Jenny. As a hobby blogger, I agree with the points that you made. This one in particular, I harp on the most: “The last thing you want to do is half-ass everything and not grow anywhere.”

    So many people mess this up! How is this concept so difficult for people to understand!? They want to be pros on every platform so they end up being mediocre or below average in everything as a result. Some of the most successful entrepreneurs focus on one thing (two things max) and ditch the rest. People who dominate YouTube for example, don’t usually dominate Facebook, podcasts, blogging, Twitter, SnapChat, e-mails inboxes etc. too.

    I want to get good at establishing relationships on WordPress so that’s where you’ll find me. I’m not on social media – it eats up way too much time. One day, I might return to IG once I get better at WordPress. I still don’t have a domain name yet which is why I’m stuck with the free version. I haven’t exhausted the GB storage yet and plan to keep writing until I have to upgrade. Writing is important for my future job and it’s a skill I don’t want to lose.

  14. So, not gonna lie, I’ve read this post three times so far today! It is so useful! I’d never even considered stop trying to keep on top of all the platforms and just focus on what works for you, and definitely going to be changing that now and focusing that time on what actually has a benefit/I enjoy. Also, your thing about hobbies costing even if it’s blogging – I think you mentioned it in a previous post? – literally changed so much for me in regards to investing in platforms that actually help free up time. Can’t wait for the rest of the series, love this!

  15. I’ve been blogging for quite a long time now and time management was always something I struggled with the most. When I first started I was going to high-school so I needed to focus more on school and now that I’m on my last year at university I always needed to balance both studying and publishing posts. Scheduling content in advance is something that saved me so many times but also something I should’ve done much more.

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

  16. I’ve been so excited for this new series of yours, Jenny. I started out as a hobby blogger although it’s now turned into a part-time job (I know, I’m very lucky) but time management is something I really struggle with, especially with working in the morning and now homeschooling again too. Love these tips, thank you so much! xx

  17. As I told you in your previous post, I’m a bit in between a hobby blogger and wanting to do it professionally someday, I’ll see when the opportunity opens up. These tips therefore really fit with my schedule next to my fulltime job, so thanks for sharing!