Set Blogging Limits

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So confession time. I am getting really terrible at time management. My blog has become this monster of a thing that has taken over my laptop, mailbox, front porch, dining room table, and my life.  Does anyone out there relate? Maybe for you it is not your blog, but maybe it is shopping, couponing, television, crafts, or something else. I suppose you could let anything begin to rule your life if you are not careful. It is my strong belief that God alone should be the ruler of my life.

So I am making some slight changes.

I am going to set blogging limits.

Nothing drastic. Just a better way to utilize my time on this blog. I now have a plan. Some organization. I want to share more than reviews and giveaways. I want to share me as well. But I don’t want to do it at the detriment of family time, devotional time, or homeschool time.

Set Blogging Limits


Sunday: Spiritual Matters Sunday

Monday: Money Monday (Reviews, Sponsored Posts, Affiliate Posts)

Tuesday: Top Ten Tuesday (Pinterest and crafts will be found here too.)

Wednesday: Wordless Wednesday, Win It Wednesday (Giveaways will be posted on this day.)

Thursday: Travel Thursday, Tasty Thursday (Our family travel destinations and food posts.)

Friday: Family Friday – all things family related will be featured. (Homeschool updates will be found here.)

Saturday: My day off!


What do you all think? Do you see any room for improvement? I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

I found an online free printable blog calendar. I filled it all out for this month. It is so pretty all filled out. I feel like I have accomplished something great to have my entire month planned out. Focus. That is what I was lacking.

Pray for me. I can always use it.

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. Ephesians 5: 15-17 ESV

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  1. says

    I can see how it can get overwhelming. I work full-time as a teacher, so I already have a lot of work to do at home for that as well. I just do what I can, when I can, and hope for the best.

    • LaVonne says

      Yes, Dede. That is what I am going to do. I will not neccesarily have a post every day but on the days I do – they will be organized this way. Thank you for coming by and commenting. I really appreciate you. Heading to your blog next!

    • LaVonne says

      It is very hard. To get great products you have to work very hard. A job for sure. I just don’t need this job. I enjoy blogging but I need to put family and homeschool first. {More late nights for me though to keep up, which is fine.}

  2. says

    Setting limits for what you can do and how much time you can realistically spend doing it is so important, especially when it comes to blogging. I have made out a schedule for my blog several times, but always seem to deviate from it. I need to get a lot better with time management myself, and maybe a blog calendar is the way to go.

  3. Hollyn says

    I just had this discussion with my husband 2 nights ago! He told me I need to set “hours” for myself and find some balance (otherwise I end up blogging until midnight every day)!

    He was right… it’s so easy to be wrapped up in just a little bit more or just a little bit longer… or just one more post.

    Even in the last couple of days I’ve felt better! I love the schedule idea too!

    • LaVonne says

      My husband loves the things and money we get from the blog – but we don’t need it. It is supposed to be a hobby. So less time online is good for our family. He does not mind me staying up late though – I am a bit of a night owl. Midnight is the norm for me. The rest of my family is in bed by 9pm so having those uninterrupted hours is bliss.

  4. says

    Having a plan makes it so much easier to get things posted. It can also create a writers block some weeks when you can’t think of content to write to fit the “mold”. Try not to limit yourself and use this schedule as a guideline and I’m sure you’ll find success! Cannot wait to continue reading your content.

  5. says

    I have started using an editorial calendar so I can see how many posts are due and when. I try my best to space them out. Unfortunately I forget to schedule time off…so then I have to shift things around. I try not to post more than 2-3 times a day, but I see I have a few weeks coming up that might be more like 4 posts a day. Eeps. Lots of work for me and a lot of reading for my readers.

    • says

      Darcy – I’m in the same boat. I never schedule a break for myself and I’ve been feeling run down for the last two weeks.
      An editorial calendar has helped me plan a lot. I use a big desk calendar with different color pens & markers to remind me when posts are due & when I’ll be paid from sponsors.

  6. says

    I’ve been unplugging over the weekend b/c I felt the same way you do….I haven’t actually made a plan but I really need to….I need to start scheduling things more too. : )

  7. says

    I like that you know what categories you are posting on what day. I am more eclectic, so I manage time by putting everything on my calender, then working like crazy two days a week so I can have a more mellow rest of the week.

  8. says

    I used to do what you are planning: A post every day. Even that gets to feel more like an obligation and why blog if that’s how it feels? I now do 3-4 posts a week, and if I miss one or two it’s not the end of the world. I do try to be consistent, because I do have readers who notice things… but I don’t let my blog run my life or dictate my time any more. Keep it simple, or at least manageable! :)

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