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?