Blogging While Your Life is Already Busy


Blogging is hard when you have other activities going on in your life. It's been really hard with blogging lately because my schedule is crammed to the brim, and I'm having a hard time finding time in the day to relax.  I'm a high school student, a track and cross country athlete, i work part-time, and i have this blog. Those things keep me so busy that i practically have no work life balance, and my only new years resolution this year was to have a work life balance, and i really want to achieve that. I decided that i would only post twice a week if i have enough time to post twice a week. I mostly just want the flexibility to post when i can. My posting schedule will be every Tuesday, but if i decide to do a second post it will be on Friday like how it normally is.While i really want to post two times a week every week, it's just not realistic for the circumstances I'm in right now. This week will just be one post but if my work schedule is kind of chill next week there will be two posts. So that's the new schedule I'm doing, and i hope this inspires me to crank out better content since i will be able to think over my content more. 


Over the weekend when i was having a hard time finding time to hangout with my best friend Gabby. I was initially going to do my blog work, go on my long run, and do my Instagram post but i thought, "does the Instagram post really matter that much"? So you know what i did, i put it off until later, and i went on my long run, and then i invited her over. I knew that Sunday was the only day i would be able to hangout with her the whole week due to working 5 times this week, and having track practice, and school, so i made it work because i will not let myself become so busy that i can't make time for the people that matter in my life. I'm tired of over working myself, and pushing work on myself, so i want to make this blog change for the better. I want to work to live, not live to work. For all of the bloggers that also have a job on top of blogging, you know how busy it can get, and i think we all need to cut back sometimes and treat ourselves to a relaxing day every now and then. 


Blogging is kind of like having a business, you are your brand, and your audience is your audience, your audience consumes the things you post. As a blogger you have to maintain everything, and keep everything going. It is really fun to have a blog, but it also is a lot of work if you have other stuff going on in your life. It's cool to create content, create your brand, and to make an impact on people. That's why i am still here blogging because i truly enjoy doing it, and it helps you discover what you're truly passionate about. It's just awesome but it sucks that I'm having a hard time finding the time to blog. Since i am cutting down my blogging schedule i want to try to post some Youtube videos. My first video is above this body of text if you want to check it out. I still don't really have a clue about Youtube but I'm going for it anyways.


Now to go off topic a little bit let's talk about social media. In social media there is always an endless cycle of content, and it never stops, but you can stop scrolling at any time. I totally love Instagram, but at times it can all just seems a little pointless. The Instagram algorithm is worse than ever before, and not everyone may be seeing your post unless your engagement is really good. Since engagement is low a lot of people have been joining comment pods. Comment pods are groups where everyone has to like and comment on everyone's photos, and then when you have a new post you can get everyone to like and comment on your post. It helps out a lot with engagement, and it makes your post more likely to be seen by your followers because only the "best" photos get shown to your followers. Comment pods are good, but i recently had a problem with a comment pod. A woman was being very rude to me because i didn't comment on everyone's pictures supposedly. But the thing was that i commented and liked everyone's recent photos, and she was getting mad because i didn't comment on photos from like 1 month ago. It's like some of these people have to chill out for real, like it's not that deep. So for anyone in comment pods i would just make sure that the people in the pod are not psycho or anything, and if they are i would leave the group because it's not a good idea.


Point blank, blogging is hard, and it can sometimes be frustrating because it's like unpaid work. I enjoy doing it but sometimes it overwhelms me. I will still be active on all of my platforms, and i will try my best to post frequently. I hope you all have a great week, and i will see you all on Tuesday with another post.


90 comments:

  1. Oh yes! Blogging takes a serious amount of time, but I've really found it pays off. Keep up the great blogging work, Courtney! :)

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  2. It's so tough to find a balance sometimes, I hear ya, girl!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  3. The instagram algorithm is the worst these days and I participate in pods too, they are great in creating engagement and I also made some friends through them. But we always take it easy when someone is away and can't comment or like photos, it's totally normal since life gets in the way and we have more important things to do than sit all day and like photos. I can't believe that woman was mad at you, what a horrible person.

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  4. Loving your cozy chic look, and I hear ya on trying to find balance. I used to be crazy, and try to post 4-5 days a week. Since cutting back to 1-3 at the most, it's been super refreshing.

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  5. It can definitely be tough to balance everything. I love your socks you are wearing with the boots! Hope you are able to find a work life balance!

    Lauren,
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  6. If you only publish once a week that's fine! It's all about you and your self-care. As for Instagram, I'm so over it! I've noticed so many people buying followers and it's so disheartening.

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  7. It's ok to post as often as you feel like it! I also think that work-life balance is really hard, but we should all strive to find it!


    Love,
    Olga from Myme

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  8. It think it is good to just post as often as you feel like it, because otherwise the posts do not get good. :-)

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  9. I know just how you feel - blogging is so time-consuming and it can definitely get overwhelming at times, especially when you have a lot of other commitments. I think the most important thing is that it stays fun to do, and sometimes that means taking a step back!x

    Kate Louise Blogs

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  10. Amazing post! And the outfit is so comfy:)

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  11. I couldn't agree more about Instagram and the algorithm is getting worse and worse I think... I loved the post!

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  12. You go girl!! You have been doing a great job by finding the balance between everything you have to do!! Great job and keep going, we love your posts!! And don't feel bad if you ever need to take a break - you need it!

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

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  13. hope you will be able to balance everything in your life! blogging is really hard especially if I don't have the motivation but I just kept coming back to it no matter what.

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  14. So positive post, love this! 🙂
    Please check out my blog too. That are absolutely stunning photos!

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  15. Don't stress too much about it, post whenever you can, school comes first :). Wishing you a nice day! xx

    Andreea,
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  16. Blogging is like another full-time job. And instagram is like another blog, in itself! It's a lot of work, for sure!

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  17. Finding the balance in everything is definitely tough but I am sure you're doing amazing Court!
    x Rubi
    Pose & Repeat

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  18. I understand this post completely! I just got a new job and it's going to be interesting to see how I am going to fit in blogging. It's definitely 'unpaid work' but I really do enjoy it and making time for it makes me really happy. But I definitely agree with you that sometimes you need to ease up on some things to make room for others! You have so much going on you should be really proud of yourself!

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

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  19. Great post, truly inspiring, I love it. Thank you for sharing, cannot wait for the next exiting post.

    xxx



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  20. You are so right Courtney, Ig can seem pointless at times. It's good not to lose sight of our "real" friends either!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  21. This was a very interesting post and informative actually. Blogging is not at all easy especially when you are working full time or like you said have another thing going on. I am still struggling with it but I am to trying to schedule myself a bit better so that I am not on the computer all day. Instagram is another beast and it is quite disappointing. I have never heard of a comment pod but yes that's a good advice. I think there will always be someone that will rain down on your parade just keep your head up girl and keep on chugging!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  22. It's great that you are choosing balance in your life, to take some rest and enjoy time with the people that matters to you!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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  23. Glad you put it all off so that you two could hang out. Real friendships come first before blogging OR social media!

    Shauna

    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  24. I can completely relate. Blogging is a lot of work and sometimes there are just days where I can't do it. Finding a work life balance is so important. I am always a firm believer in posting when you can and your loyal followers will be there when you are. Sierra~Beautifully Candid

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  25. You said it right. Real friendships always comes first, besides, your true readers/followers will always be there no matter what. And btw, I'm loving your jacket.

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  27. Very true girl! Blogging is a very time taking task and requires lot of hard work and passion :) Lovely post!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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  28. You look so pretty <3

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  29. Love this cozy casual look and thanks for sharing how tough blogging can be. I feel ya!

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  30. Congrats on your youtube channel, it's amazing! Blogging is very hard indeed and time consuming. It's so important to have a good balance and to relax in between.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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  31. I know so many people who struggle to find the balance between blogging and a busy life! Hats off to anyone who can manage it, I know I certainly couldn't. It can suck when you have to put blogging last and focus on others things when all you want to do is blog. But you're so right in that you need to relax and take some time away from it when things get too much. Great post xx

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.blogspot.co.uk

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  32. Girl, I am so proud of you to continue to do blogging while you have such a busy schedule!!!
    Keep up your hard work <3

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  33. 100% understand what you mean!

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  34. Finding the time for everything you want to do is really tough, but this will help you as you get to college as well! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  35. I've had to cut back on my posting schedule many times in my blogging life! I've been blogging for just over 3 years now and I used to daily blog - I can't believe I did that on top of my school work at Uni! Then I went on an internship abroad (in the UK, I am from Belgium) and I had the best year of my life, but it did mean I had to cut back to 4 posts a week, then 3 and last year I decided to only blog twice a week. I'm comfortable with that schedule now, but I need to plan ahead and bulk photograph because of work during the week. You just have to do what makes you feel good, so if that's just posting once a week, that's completely fine!

    Love, Charline | Charline Has a Blog

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  36. You are right, blogging is very time consuming. Congrats on starting your youtube chanel.

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  37. Yes, blogging with a full schedule can be overwhelming, but you are so terrific at it! I really love this jacket, so cozy and warm!

    xx, ELise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  38. I definitely know how you feel, it can be so overwhelming! Hang in there things will get easier :)
    xx- Nina

    http://www.ninalnguyen.com/2018/01/camel-coat.html

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  39. Love this post! I totally agree that bloggin can be hard when you get busy in your everyday life but when you love what you do it makes it easier

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    Ellie xx

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  40. Nice and comfy! Lovely article! I have to admit that recently, I have almost no free time! :( ☃ ❄

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  41. It can definitely be tough to blog - it's like another job and for most of us, we don't get paid (or not much). I know I want to try and do better with scheduling ahead so I'm not doing so much last minute and stressing myself out.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  42. yes blogging is a full time job! I have found doing marathon weekends with taking 6 outfit photos and getting all the posts ready to auto schedule for 2 weeks really helps so i just have a couple big work days during the month on the blog! Good luck with everything!

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  44. Couldn't agree more! Blogging is definitely SO difficult - especially when you have equal and competing priorities. However, I saw something the other day that said you should be proud of your blogging journey, no matter how often or not you're posting and working on it!

    Lauren
    http://oliverstwistblog.com

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  45. I agree, it's alot of work!!! But worth it when you get good feedback

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  46. Loving your cute cozy look! Those boots are amazing!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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  47. i totally agree with you! It takes a lot of time and it's hard.
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  48. I know what you mean it is hard and you don't get paid most of the time. I love doing it and I think that is important. It sounds like you do too
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  49. I do agree with you that blogging is hard but I like the consistency of writing or publishing something to my audience and they can get something for it. I believe that we both love to inspire people through blogging, so let's do our best dear :)

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  50. Love your cozy chic look!
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
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  51. Wow, that comment pod sounds crazy! I hope that you manage to figure out the balance with blogging and social media :) It's definitely a lot to juggle when you have so much going on. I am in a nice routine with my blogging now which is good, I want to try get better at Youtube this year. Good luck with your channel! :)

    Hope that you are having a good week so far! Busy week here for me now that I'm back at work after my break.

    Away From The Blue Blog

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  52. I'm so impressed with you fitting blogging into your schedule!

    xx www.qustomquinns.com/blog

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  53. Blogging really takes up a lot of time although I do one post a week and sometimes two! I have to say that do love it though!
    xo Yvonne
    www.aproposh.com

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  54. Love
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  55. Hi, so positive post, love this! Love this look so much!
    Have a lovely day
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  56. Great post, I like it :)

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  57. Send you positives vibes!
    bisous

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  58. I know exactly what you mean Courtney and I actually took a year off blogging last year but what's important is you keep the passion burning even when doing unpaid posts, that's what will keep you going. All the best!!
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  59. I can certainly relate to the challenges of blogging while life is just so overwhelmingly busy, especially as a first time mom. I've learned that planning ahead as much as possible is KEY, though I don't always have the time to do so. When I do, I notice how much smoother my weeks go. As for IG, yup, it stinks these days. I hardly have any desire for using it any more. No matter how great your content is, they just keep making it harder and harder to grow. Thanks for sharing and I hope you're having a great week so far, babe!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    THE STYLE CONTOUR

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  60. Love your look today, especially that hoodie! Yes, so much to do! I admire that you fit all of that into your schedule . Time management is a great skill to master and you are doing that! Yay, you !!!
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  61. I agree with you, I always struggling with blogging and my other activities. Though I'm not a working person but there are a lot of other responsibilities when you are a mother of three. But still I manage it somehow.As far as Insta, it doesn't make exciting me now. Likes and comments are bought these days. It's really frustrating <3 You look so cute <3 Kisses <3
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  62. Oh, I know how time consuming blogging is in fact! Kudos to you you do it nevertheless!
    With love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  63. I didn't know you're only a high school student, you just write so well. I enjoyed reading this, social media consumes us, if we're not careful we can let go of the things and people that are more important. I only publish a blog post once a week because that's the only chance I get in between family and work. In Instagram I try 3 times a week but sometimes less too because like you said it requires a lot of engagement and interaction. Sometimes I think why I'm doing all these if it consumes so much of my time but I love blogging so much as it makes my creativity flow. Hope you can find your life balance.

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  64. We totally agree with you! Sometimes is really hard balance blogging and working! We do our best ;)
    kisses
    Agnese & Elisa
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  65. Wow, you sound very busy! Great pictures too!!
    Have a lovely weekend :)
    Rosanna x
    Rose's Rooftop

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  66. I totally understand and agree with you, blogging is super hard when is not a full time job, i can speak from myself, if i didnt love blogging so much i would have quit a long time!

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  67. You look very busy!Beautiful pictures.
    Have a great week:)
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  68. Blogging is another "job" - and does take a lot of time - so true!

    Lisa
    Daily Style Finds

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  69. I'm recently running into some of these problems, too! I would like to join an Instagram pod but they seem a bit intense for me. I also don't like to scroll forever haha.

    www.beautyfromkatie.blogspot.com

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  70. People get intense in comment pods! Sorry you had a pad experience. It's all a lot to balance.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  71. Omg yes blogging is such a huge commitment. And you're so good at always creating content, babe.

    xo | Cindy Elena
    www.boringclothes.com

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  72. It's very inspirational that you make time for blogging despite having a busy schedule!

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  73. Yes to prioritsing relationships! Gotta make time for friends. :)

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  74. Haha I definitely get the feeling of 'unpaid work'. It's the love of it that keeps us going! But finding a balance is so key. Especially being as busy as you are! And people on social media will ALWAYS find something to complain about. Just tell them to have a great day, and move on :).

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  75. Blogging is definitely hard when you have a lot of things to do! As long as you enjoy blogging as a hobby, it's all good :). I totally agree with you about how blogging is like having a business. It helps you grow a bit and see the world outside of your bubble :).

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  76. happy to know you are enjoying blogging..with all its consequences! And you are starting it at a very young age!

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  77. All the tasks that come with blogging can be difficult to balance sometimes, totally agreed! Your new posting schedule sounds as though it'll suit your routine a lot more. And uhhhhh know exactly what you mean about the Instagram algorithm haha...

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  78. I'm with you even though it can be fun sometimes, blogging can be really hard and overwhelming and trying to balance wit with you other life activities even makes it harder.
    Bernie, xx
    The Style Fanatic

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  79. Good decision! You should definitely try and hang out with your friends while you can! Often times, friends drift away once they go to college or graduate and start working. All of my friends have moved out of my state and I rarely see them now. Whereas, you can pick up Instagram anytime!

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  80. I can totally relate to this! With university, a part time job, blogging, and trying to have a social life things can get kind of crazy. I'm still trying to learn how to balance everything, but just realizing that sometimes it's ok to let the less important things go, like a blog post, makes things less stressful.

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  81. I can definitely identify this - with a full time job, house, dog, blog and social life to fit it, in can all get a bit overwhelming! I'm trying to get better at putting my blog second though as quite often I can find myself prioritising it.

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  82. I love your style!.
    xo

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  83. Good for you putting yourself first, as a student school is your first priority so don’t stress about the blog , only when you have time ! And I hear you about work life balance and the Instagram algorithm it sucks!

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  84. I totally relate to everything you're saying! Blogging is so time consuming but I do love it xx

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  85. Blogging is like a full time job. Actually more than that. People really underestimate how much time goes into creating posts. But it's not just posts, there's so many different elements that need work too. It does make it hard to keep up. I've certainly struggled the past year with this.

    Sxx
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  86. Yess, it's so difficult to try and find the divide between real life and blogging. Even though I don't get paid for it, I agree with the people above that it can be like a full time job, I invest so much time into this even though I rarely get any return. I've been doing it for six years now though, so I like to think that I'm slightly better at balancing the two lives haha.

    Amy;
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  87. I remember when I was blogging when I had so many things going on. But I never gave up and it turned into my full-time job. Then eventually I got very organised and had some free time that lead me to opening the jewellery store!
    So I am a strong believer it's all about being passionate about what you do and organised!
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  88. such a great blogpost!! :)


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  89. I totally agree with everything you pointed out! Blogging is time consuming and sometimes super stressful but it's one of my favorite hobbies! PS Your glasses are super cute!

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