Balancing University & Blogging | The Uni Series

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Welcome to the first post in my 2018 University Series! Now that I am a graduate, I felt it was time to share all my tips and tricks for getting you through those crazy three years. I have written a lot about university and my experience on here but I thought I’d put together a little collection of posts in one place for anyone heading off this September or thinking about applying in the future…

So to start things off, I’m talking all about how I balanced studying for my degree and maintaining a blog (well sort of). I only really found the motivation to turn my blog into something more while I was at uni, I somehow found this motivation while I was here and decided I wanted to go for it and produce more content. I think this happened very quickly into starting my new term, as I realised my course wouldn’t be as production heavy as I originally thought. I needed this space as my creative outlet and therefore it became a bigger priority on my to-do list.

Settle Yourself In…

I was quiet on here during my freshers weeks but no one was visiting my site regularly so it didn’t matter too much for me. However, one thing I would suggest is to make the absolute most of those first few weeks at university. If you have to take a break for a week or two, don’t feel guilty about it! Maybe make your followers aware that you have just moved away to uni and therefore you may be quieter on social media for the coming weeks while you settle in, but the likelihood is they will be excited for you and appreciate your content when you return.

Shoot in Bulk…

As you get into the swing of things and the initial fresher excitement wears off you will be able to make time in your week for planning content, shooting photos and writing. I found this more difficult in the winter months as I would have to plan shoots around when I would be home in daylight to shoot with natural lighting. I used to take one afternoon a week or every other week to sit down and get a big chunk of photography done and then when I had time throughout the week I would write and plan what I would have coming up. I would suggest keeping a notebook separate to any uni ones and keep lists of what you need to get done and when you might have time to do it. Don’t stress yourself out if plans come up and you can’t get those few photos done straight away, just reschedule and be sure to shoot in bulk so you’ll always have some backup content if it’s been a while without anything being published.

Make the Most of the People Around You…

Another tip I have is to make your friends and flatmates aware that you write a blog and therefore they might get rilled in as your photographer. Many of my friends knew that if we were going out for coffee or doing something in Brighton for the day that I would ask them to take photos or ask to take photos of them while rigorously rearranging the coffee cups to get the perfect flatlay (sorry guys!).

Prioritise…

I was lucky enough to start getting invited to local blogger events, they usually tended to be in the evening or on the weekend so they didn’t tend to interrupt any university work. Although these opportunities were great and I was so grateful to be invited when third-year rolled around I knew I had to prioritise uni work and my job. This didn’t mean missing out on an awful lot of events but I was always wary of the fact my weeks were filling up quick, this was when I started to take full advantage of the calendar on my phone so that I none of the events clashed with tutor meetings and scheduled library days.

Accept the FOMO…

If something exciting does come into your inbox that clashes with an important lecture or work shift that can’t be changed it can be really hard to reject invites. I am a massive sufferer of FOMO, I think everyone is to a certain extent, but it can be hard when you then see the event via everyone else’s Instagram stories and photos. Obviously, it does depend on the stage of university that you are at but sometimes blogging does have to take a back seat! At the end of the day, something else will always come up again.

So, those are just a few of the tips I have if you’re starting university with a blog or plan to start writing one as a student! As my blog is mainly a hobby I find it easier to be able to dip in and out when uni gets full on.

Whether you’re a full-time blogger or an occasional blogger like me, its all about finding the right balance that works for you!

Amelia x

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. September 10, 2018 / 7:36 pm

    I’m not going to uni just yet hehe, but I’ll definitely be using some of these tips to help balance blogging with school… I’ve just begun Year 10 (which is the beginning of learning the GCSE course eeep!), so I definitely need to knuckle down this year!

    PS. Just found your blog and Insta through the girls support girls group chat, and I’m loving your blog so far💗

    Lexie x
    http://www.whatlexieloves.com

    • ameliagilmoreblog
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      September 11, 2018 / 4:22 pm

      I’m glad you found them useful! Good luck with your GCSE’s ⭐️⭐️

  2. September 11, 2018 / 4:20 pm

    Thanks so much for this post – an absolute life-saver for GCSEs too <3
    Lana x

    • ameliagilmoreblog
      Author
      September 11, 2018 / 4:23 pm

      I’m glad you found it useful! Best of luck with your GCSE’s xx

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