FBFF: It's a Balancing Act

As many of you know, I am both a full-time student and a blogger, so when I realized that this week’s Fashion Beauty Friend Friday (via Katy at ModlyChic) was all about balancing blogging and the other parts of life, I will admit that I was a little excited.

1. When it comes to prioritizing your life, in what place does blogging fall?

Between my faith, my classes, homework, intramural sports, hanging out with friends, doing some freelance writing work, and blogging, things can get a little crazy. Luckily, I am a fairly organized person, so I have a mental to-do list every day in my head. I typically consider blogging as part of my job as a student; it’s kind of like homework, except I truly love to blog about my personal style, so it’s an enjoyable type of homework. School comes first, though.

2. We all wish we had more free time to dedicate to blogging and all it entails. What are your tricks for taking advantage of the time you do have to be as productive as possible?

College students are notorious for procrastinating, but I honestly hate procrastinating. I don’t like to feel rushed, so I make sure I have time to do the things that are priorities (like homework, blogging, friends, etc.). I have free hours scattered throughout the day (by free, I mean that I don’t have class), so I use those times to do homework. I also love to divide up homework into tinier sections and take breaks in between them, which makes it easy for me to take outfit photos or write my blog post during those breaks.

3. Have you discovered any short-cuts that make blogging easier or more time-efficient?

Despite some of its recent technical issues, Tumblr is a great and easy tool for making blogging more time-efficient. I’ve found that it helps to have a system when going through pictures and writing posts. I’m always thinking about what to talk about in my post or about titles throughout the day, and if I get an idea, I’ll jot it down.

4. Do you have an editorial calendar or something similar that helps you plan ahead? 

I do! I loved the concept of B. Jones’s StyleIt, so my mom helped me come up with my own version of it. I have a monthly calendar to make note of any big events or themed weeks in which I want to participate. I also have each day marked with the outline of a girl so I can draw each outfit I want to wear and plan ahead. Greatest thing ever.

5. If time wasn’t an issue, what would you be doing on your blog or for your blog that you aren’t doing now?

I would love to take some web design classes and learn how to use HTML. I love bloggers who are able to use their knowledge to create their own personally-designed blog (and it saves money, too!).