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Gifts You Use {Stay Sane While Blogging: Part #1 Blogging Rules}

Today, I am bursting at the seams because I get to introduce my first guest post! Kacey from Well Rounded Home is here to share the gifts she uses to stay sane while blogging. Lord knows we all could use some tips on how to keep it together. Make sure to comment here, then pay her a visit in her bloggy home! Now I'll turn it over to Kacey.
I've been blogging for over a year now, and I have to say, it's so much fun! The downside is it can also hog your time. So the question is, how does one fit blogging into what's probably an already full schedule filled with family, work, church, volunteer and other commitments without losing it? Here are a few blogging rules to help keep you sane:
  1. Don’t blog every day. Ignore advice that says you must blog everyday. Give yourself a break. Let your readers soak in your words. 
  2. Unplug at least one day a week. Pick one day to kiss social media goodbye. It'll help avoid burn-out and free up time to spend with family. 
  3. Give yourself permission to deviate from your blogging schedule. If you can't or don't want to post, it's ok. Good fans will understand, and chance is, they may not even notice minor changes. 
  4. Use guest posters. If you’re not convinced you can take a blogging break, guest posters are your friend. You get downtime while still publishing great content on your blog. 
  5. Keep your priorities in line. If you're working to grow your audience or even maintain a huge following, blogging is a big deal, but not that big of a deal. Make adjustments whenever you feel blogging is intruding on other priorities. 
  6. Plan ahead. Use a calendar to plan out post topics ahead of time. Be sure to note upcoming holidays, vacations or other calendar appointments. 
  7. Don’t do everything, everyday. Writing and editing posts, engaging in social media, responding to comments, promoting your blog, maintaining your blog site, reading other blogs...all of it can be a major time suck. Instead of doing everything, everyday, assign certain tasks to certain days. For example, you can Facebook on Fridays or use Twitter during the work week. Read other blogs on Saturdays or write only on odd-numbered days, whatever. Just don't do everything, everyday. 
  8. Try different systems. There’s not a shortage of advice about how to blog. Experiment with different systems until you find one that works for you. 
  9. Stockpile posts when you can. If you find yourself with extra time, use it to write a bunch of blog posts. You can then schedule them ahead of time or save them for those times when life gets hectic. 
  10. Use blogging tools to your advantage. There's an abundance of helpful apps, shortcuts, plugins, software, etc. to speed up your blogging tasks. Sites like Problogger, Savvy Blogging and SITS Girls are great resources for learning about these. Use them to your advantage. (Be sure to watch for Stay Sane While Blogging: Part #2 Blogging Tools) 
These are some of the rules that work for me, but I imagine your list may be a little different. Tell us, what are your go-to blogging rules?

With three busy bodies to care for, Kacey is a mom on a mission to turn her house into a home. Her blog, Well-Rounded Home, is filled with tales about wrangling kids, cooking, tackling never-ending DIY projects and more. She’d love to have you stop by for a visit.

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