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How To Be A Book Blogger If You Have No Time

Having a book blog takes a lot of time, organization, and dedication but it’s worth it because it’s so rewarding and fun too!

Not only do you create a platform where you can express your own style and voice, it’s also a great way to connect with other readers/bloggers and have the chance to connect with authors and review their books.

I literally don’t have time.

The problem is, everyone is so busy these days. School, work, other hobbies, and family are all things that take up time during our day so what time do you have to even run a blog?

I struggled before making this commitment.

The two main things I struggled with when deciding whether or not to start this blog are:

  • Do I have time?
  • Can I commit to this & be sustainable?

I’m a full-time high school teacher juggling daily teaching/marking, running a Christian podcast with my friend, attending weekly Zoom meetings for my church small groups, working on my WIP, cooking meals, doing housework, and getting through books I need to review. It sounds like a lot – and it is, but throughout all of this, I’m thankful.

Thankful to be doing all of these and for being able to keep busy but most of all, thankful that I love doing all these things!

These are some tips that have helped me be a book blogger despite my busy schedule:

  1. Make a firm commitment 

You’re either in or you’re out. Once you make a commitment to your blog, there’s no more “I didn’t have time for it”. If you’re committed, you’ll need to schedule it in and get it done just like you would with other ‘must-do’s’ in your life.

  1. Make a detailed calendar

Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, or even a physical calendar/planner – it all works! Personally, I prefer to plan everything onto a calendar online because I’m constantly changing and moving things around and it’s easy to just copy/paste/delete online. 

Here are some things I include on the calendar:

  • Post names
  • Blog post process (colour-coded into ‘in progres’, ‘finished & scheduled’, and ‘posted’)
  • Books I need to review

Having this all down ensures that I’m able to write posts and plan out what will upload when. It also allows me to see my posts visually and be able to write a variety of posts and avoid having similar blog post topics upload around the same time.

  1. Brainstorm ahead of time

I’m a natural planner so I like to know what’s happening ahead of time. The topics I blog about are always decided ahead of time. I have a doc full of possible blog ideas and choose from my list when I sit down and actually write my blogs. This saves me a lot of time!

  1. Create a schedule and stick to it

If you’re someone that’s busy, you’ll need to intentionally schedule in time to work on your blog. Leaving it to ‘whenever I have time’ means you’ll likely never get to it. The solution is to set goals for yourself – how many blog posts do you want to post per week? Then, at the beginning of each week decide how many blog posts you’ll write and prepare. Schedule them into your to-do list and get it done!

  1. Always have your phone or journal nearby

I find that blog post ideas always come to me whenever I’m out and about or doing something other than blogging. Whenever a good idea comes to me, I just pull out my phone or journal and jot it down. This way, I always have a list of ideas that are ready to go and I don’t need to find time to sit down and brainstorm about what to blog about.

  1. Make yourself focus

If you need music to focus, turn on your favourite music. If you need it to be silent, shut yourself in a quiet room. Give yourself whatever you need to focus, eliminate distractions, lock in, and get it done!

  1. Take advantage of your passion

At the end of the day, you should only blog if it’s something you want to do or else it’ll feel like work. But if you love writing, reading, and want to have a platform where you can share your thoughts, do it! Take advantage of what you love and put it into your blog – it’ll be very rewarding.

Whether you want to start a book blog or you’re already a book blogger, I hope the tips I mentioned can remind, inspire, and encourage you toward your goals. 

If you’re not looking to start a blog but you’re curious, here it is. Here’s how it gets done and maybe these tips can be helpful for whatever other endeavours you have.


Published by Andrea's Book Corner

Lover of books, book reviewer, book blogger & YA fantasy author in progress! WIP: Project Arenegedden

33 thoughts on “How To Be A Book Blogger If You Have No Time

  1. As a fellow book blogger, I absolutely agree with all these points. As a planner, I’m all about organization and I too keep to a schedule. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I plan my blog content a month in advance so I’m never stumped on what to post. Making a firm commitment is difficult, but so worth it. I love blogging.

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  3. These are such phenomenal tips! I’ve been full-time blogging for years but since rebranding from fashion to books, I’ve begun to consider myself a hobby blogger since I don’t make money anymore. However, I still have the habits of a full-time blogger, despite having another full-time job now haha! I definitely need to learn how to manage my blog in a more reasonable way, so I appreciate this!

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  4. I’m not a book blogger but these are nice tips that could work for any blogger out there. I juggle blogging with school. I have been blogging for a little over 7 months now and believe me it’s stressful. I use a number of these tips and some I could swear by is brainstorming ahead of time and allowing your passion to drive you.

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  5. These are wonderful tips! It sounds like there’s a lot on your plate – kudos for your organization and making the time you do for your passions and your blog! For me, I’m all about schedules and they really help me with keeping track of my time but also ensuring I don’t get too in over my head (which still does happen from time to time!).

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  6. I do agree that being committed, organized and creating an environment conducive to blogging are imperative to working on your blog and maintaining it. This is not limited to book blogs. It can apply to other types of blogs as well so it’s very helpful for anyone interested in getting started. Great post!

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  7. Great tips, Andrea! I also struggle with finding the time for blogging along with other things but it is a commitment I’m passionate about. I use Notion to stay organized and it greatly helps me stay on top of things. In the end, it requires some work but its so rewarding.

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