June 22, 2015

Balancing Blogging and School

Recently, I haven't been able to make youtube videos, type up blog posts, or read. I constantly told myself I would make time, but I just wasn't able to. A normal day for me consisted of school, track practice, dance, dinner, and then homework and studying until I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore Obviously, that left an extremely limited amount of time for me to do what I wanted, and the second I ended track was around the same time I had to start studying for finals and SAT subject tests. 

So, that begged the question, what do you do when you want to be a blogger but truly do not have the time? I still don't know the answer. Scheduling posts helped, but I could only get so many done in the limited amount of free time I had. Then there was the issue of not being able to review any new books because I had no time to read them! 

Athletics, school, and blogging are extremely hard to balance for me, but I wont give up. Hopefully I'll have a free period in my schedule next year which will possibly give me some time to write posts or read or get work done to free up time at home. I really want to improve my blog content and my youtube, which is extremely difficult and frustrating when I have practically no time. 

I'm sure many other high school students can relate to this, and I'm dying to know how you guys balance everything, because I clearly can't. 

Update: I'm out of school for the summer now, so I don't have to stress as much! 


  1. That's my story. I'm in college, though. It's really difficult trying to organize my reading with all the study I have to do. I can't imagine what it is to blog AND to booktube. Good luck!

    Vane at Books With Chemistry

  2. I'm not in school anymore but I do work full time, so I understand where you're coming from. It's hard to make time for reading and blogging when your day is filled with other things that you have to do. I think the best way to do it is scheduling, like you mentioned. If I didn't schedule my posts, I'd never have anything on my blog. I take the one day I have free and work on the blog as much as I can. You have to make time to do fun things for yourself, like reading, or you'll be burned out. Hopefully the summer will allow you to get a nice head start for next year and you can get some stuff lined up to take the pressure off.

    Cayt @ Vicarious Caytastrophe

  3. Hmmm. I honestly can't imagine doing this if I were in high school. I was constantly doing things like band, jazz band, One Act Play, Debate, and dual credit college classes. There would have been no way for me to even think about blogging, so hats off to you!

    Now, I'm in graduate school with a part time job and volunteer work, so I stay pretty busy. I generally have a schedule, and I plan ahead... A LOT ahead sometimes. There was one time I had almost a month scheduled. It was crazy. I have noticed that I can't post enough reviews running a blog alone, so what I've done in the past is do a bookshelf culling and taken the books that I no longer want, and offer them up to people who will review them on my blog. So I've done that in the past, and I actually plan on doing that again next week. That helps with keeping up with reviews. As far as other memes go, I try to work on one meme per day. So if I have a couple of hours to work on Saturday, I will get as many/all Top Ten Tuesdays done and scheduled. Then my next couple hours I have free, I will work on a different meme. Sometimes it's all a matter of not stressing yourself out too. Do what you can. People have lives outside of blogging. It's okay to live your story. Remember that!

  4. Well, I'm in college, and it's super hard balancing coming up with blog posts, reading, and writing reviews. I try to do as much blog work as I can at the campus, bc I'm super lazy at home XD. For me, the most important thing is to be aware that you can't do everything, and that most of the time you'll have to give priority to school, even though it sucks. It's totally okay. :)

  5. Yes! This is so relatable. My best tip is this: never, ever, ever procrastinate. On anything. I also try to get blogging/reading done in little pockets of free time throughout the day - for example, I'll sometimes read a few pages of my book if I get to class a couple minutes early. Oh, and figuring out what time of day I'm most productive has helped me so much. I'm a huge morning person, so I try to work on tasks that take a lot of mental effort, like writing essays or book reviews, in the morning before school.

    Good luck balancing everything! I'll be a senior this year, so college applications will just make everything worse. *cries*


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