Running a blog whilst working full-time

Blogging whilst working full time

If blogging is your full-time job then I envy you a lot! I think there are so many bloggers out there that would love to blog full-time. Sadly, the reality is that there are bills to pay so a lot of bloggers are also working as well as blogging.

I launched Charlotte Shares back in May earlier this year. I’ve had blogs in the past that I’ve used for a month or so and then given up on it and deleted it. I tried to run a blog when I was doing my degree, but I could never find the time to spend working on it. I started working full time in 2015. Forward on to May 2017, I felt I was in a place that I could manage a blog and be working at the same time. My job is Monday – Friday, and it’s not a line of work that involves taking things home with me. When I walk out the door at the end of my shift, I can simply forget about work until the following day.

When I first started this blog back in May I just used to post whenever I felt like it. There was no real schedule and things were a bit all over the place. I was still posting a couple of times a week but I reached a point where I felt I needed to be more organised with my content and what I was doing.

My tips for fitting in blogging and working full-time 

Make a schedule that works for you 

Just because other bloggers post 4 or 5 times a week it doesn’t mean you have to. It’s really important to design a schedule that fit’s your lifestyle. As much as I would love to post 5 times a week, I know this isn’t realistic for me as I don’t have the time. I decided that I would post twice a week on Tuesdays and Fridays. This gives me the weekend to take any photos and write up content which is then published the following week. I’ve found that having this routine has really helped me stick to a schedule.

Use your lunch breaks wisely 

I only get a half an hour lunch break at work, so it’s not long. Recently, I’ve been trying to use my time wisely and focus the time on blogging. It’s not normally a time I spend working on my own blog, it’s time that I spend reading and commenting on other people’s blogs. It’s so important to connect with other bloggers. I find reading and commenting on just a couple of peoples blogs is time well spent.

Plan what you need to get done over the weekend 

I’m certainly not going to spend my whole weekend blogging. I have a life, I like to get out and about and spend time with Shaun and my family. Before I reach the weekend; I always write a list of what I need to get done. This allows me to plan my time wisely to make sure I get everything done over the weekend as well as enjoying some ‘me time’. I usually use the weekends to take photos as the lighting is much better during the day. And often I use a Sunday evening to schedule my tweets for the week ahead using Tweetdeck.

Work during the evenings 

I don’t spend all evening, every evening working on my blog. I enjoy chilling out and watching Netflix or films. That being said; I usually spend around 1-2 hours, 3 evenings a week working on my blog. I usually use this as a time to start writing up blog post ideas, or else I use the time to join in Twitter chats and connect with other bloggers.

Take a notepad everywhere 

Carrying a notepad everywhere can be a real lifesaver. Often, I’ll be sat on my lunch break or at my desk and an idea will suddenly come to me. Having somewhere to jot ideas down means you won’t forget them later on in the day.

How do you juggle full-time work with blogging? 

Charlotte xx

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24 Comments

  1. November 24, 2017 / 5:38 PM

    These are such good tips!!
    Even though I started this blog whilst in my previous job I don’t think my blog would have grown as much If I hadn’t had left my job earlier this year. (THAT’S NOT WHY I LEFT) haha!!! If only I earned more from blogging. But I would seriously struggle to manage blogging with working full time – sometimes I struggle now and it is pretty much fully down to doing it whenever I want. I got into such a good rhythm when I blogged every day, like last month. But it does consume your life and I would end up planning my life around making sure I got my blog post on time. Blogging definitely takes more time than most people would realise.

    One downside of balancing a blog with self-employment is that you can spend waaayyyy too long focusing on your blog than other things. If my blog generated more income I wouldn’t mind but I guess I am hoping it pays off in the long run.

    Hayley | hayleyxmartin

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 9:48 AM

      Yeah I imagine getting the balance right with being self employed/ blogging and having a social life must be really hard! It’s so easy to get wrapped up in your blog and forget everything else. I’m sure over time your blog will continue to grow and grow and hopefully bring in a good income for you!
      I’m glad you found these tips helpful 🙂 xx

  2. November 26, 2017 / 9:40 AM

    This is really interesting to read Charlotte 💕. It sounds like you have a good balance between work and blogging. Your tips are excellent – a 30 minute lunch break is a great opportunity to connect with other bloggers ☺️. I am trying to balance studying for my masters from home and do my blog. It’s hard to be disciplined and focus on studying when I just want to take photos or go on Twitter he he 🙈. I completely agree with having a notebook to hand to jot down blogging ideas whilst you are working on other things. It’s such a good idea! Thank you for sharing 💕 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 9:51 AM

      Thank you 💕 I feel like I have a relatively good routine! I just wish I had more time though! Yeah I can imagine trying to study from home and write a blog must be a real challenge. I’d just want to be on Twitter all the time 🙈😂 xx

  3. November 26, 2017 / 10:10 AM

    I’ve had several blogs in the past as well and the most difficult thing was to balance blogging, my full time job and personal life. I’m about to launch my new blog (again) because I just can’t help it – love the blogging community, writing, sharing… it’s just something I love. This time, I’m not going to compare myself to others or feel pressure to publish. I’m just going to be me 😊

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:19 PM

      I can’t wait to see your new blog that you’re launching! I think the key thing is to not compare yourself to others and do things your way 🙂

  4. November 26, 2017 / 3:19 PM

    Great tips! I’m always using my lunch breaks to read and interact with blogs!

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:20 PM

      Thank you! Yeah its a great way to spend a lunch break 🙂

  5. November 26, 2017 / 8:09 PM

    This is great! I’ve had blogs in the past too as well and deleted them very quickly. It’s so hard trying to juggle everything!

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:21 PM

      I agree trying to juggle everything can be so hard! I’m really trying to stick at it this time though 😀

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:22 PM

      Gotta love a good Disney pen! I follow you on Instagram and love seeing all of your Disney related photos! 🙂

  6. November 26, 2017 / 8:18 PM

    These are such good tips. I also work full time so most of my blogging is done at the weekend and bits in the evening when I’m not too tired. I’m definitely going to have to start using my lunch break more wisely though. I think I could get a lot more done and like you said interact more with other bloggers! X

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:23 PM

      I’m glad you found the tips useful! 🙂 I find lunch breaks the perfect time to interact as I’m on my own anyway with no distractions 🙂 x

  7. November 26, 2017 / 8:30 PM

    This is something I’ve struggled with recently! With working 3 part time jobs A levels and a blog it’s been apparent which has taken a back seat but your tips have been really helpful! I’ll be trying to use my free lessons in the morning to get some of my work done as it seems like such a great idea

    Ellie
    http://www.headintheclouds.me.uk

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:40 PM

      I completely get why you’ve been struggling! I remember when I did my A-levels I never had spare time. I always sat with my head in a book revising. I hope these tips help 🙂 xx

  8. November 26, 2017 / 8:32 PM

    Great tips ! I take my hat off to all those who can work full time and blog. I’m a stay at home mum and struggle to fit it in but it’s become my me time as writing is my passion 😃 would love to be able to do it and make a living from it in the future but pie in the sky at the moment !

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:42 PM

      To be honest I imagine being a stay at home mum to almost be like having a full time job! I’d love to be able to make a living from it as well some day 🙂 xx

  9. Zoe Jackson
    November 26, 2017 / 8:52 PM

    I admire bloggers who work full-time and full-time bloggers. I’m at the moment a stay at home mum who blogs whilst raising a one year old and three year old and I can agree with everything on your list. Anytime they have a nap or are sleeping I get as much blogging done as I can and having a notepad on my person at all times is a must! Great post!

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 8:56 PM

      I can imagine that trying to fit in blogging around young children must be so challenging! So well done you for managing it. I think it’s just about trying to use the free time wisely to get as much done as possible! 🙂

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      November 26, 2017 / 9:36 PM

      Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful 🙂

  10. December 7, 2017 / 11:17 AM

    great post. I’m also like that. i have a full job and a blog. i think that your tips are really good.

    • Charlotte Shares
      Author
      December 7, 2017 / 1:52 PM

      Thank you! It’s definitely hard trying to juggle both!

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