For the majority of us bloggers, working full-time in an unrelated field is the norm. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to turn your blog into a success overnight, so most of us work during the day and spend our nights and weekends blogging.
I have no photography experience, I didn’t go to school for Shakespearean literature or hell, even English. I have no idea what I’m doing but I love doing it! I work a minimum of 40 hours during the week so I constantly need to squeeze in time for my blog before & after work. SO far I have done this for about 2 years – balancing the two I learned a lot along the way. So for today’s Blogging 101, I wanted to share with you a few tips on how to run a blog while working full-time without going completely insane. It’s possible, or at least that’s what i tell myself
Work With Your Schedule
Clearly, your days are taken up by work but if you find ways to easily incorporate photo-shoots into your daily life, you’ll be able to get a lot done. For example, I would often shoot my outfits in the morning on my way to work, just before leaving my house or catching what’s left of daylight on my way home. Nights are meant for editing and writing. Weekends are great too because I can get a lot of writing in and maybe a quick photo-shoot to plan for a rainy day Instagram addition. Sundays are also a great day to work on a few posts you can schedule out ahead of time for the week. Which I try to always have at least three waiting to be posted. Life happens and so do happy hours, so in my downtime I blog
Your Blog is “You Time”
I think when you start looking at your blog as a job, and you already have one, it can be too stressful. Remember why you started blogging and make sure you’re getting what you want out of it. Shift your perspective and look at blogging as some downtime for you. It’s your time to be creative, play with photography, learn more about topics you enjoy writing about, improve your writing, socialize with similar people, and more. Let yourself enjoy those aspects and don’t put so much pressure on yourself.
Don’t Get Frustrated
Speaking of taking off some pressure, make sure you are setting realistic goals for yourself that won’t make you go crazy. Maybe you’d like to post 5 times a week, but if that’s not realistic, then that shouldn’t be your goal. Start with once a week or 2-3 times — whatever you find feasible. Remember, you have a full-time job and it’s okay to post less often than your ideal. I post Monday/ Wednesday/ Friday. That is all my schedule allows.
The same goes for growing your blog. It’s easy to look at others’ Instagram accounts and feel envious of their large readership. DO NOT drive yourself crazy by trying to reach 100k followers when you currently have 2k is just not worth it. I would love to be Pink Peonies or Happily Grey but it’s not going to happen. There are times I wanted to quit when someone makes a jab at my minimal followers or I don’t get the response I’m looking for but that’s not why I started. I started because of the feeling I get when someone I know says hey I saw your blog post about tutus and I ended up buying one! That literally makes my whole month! Love what you do and never forget it.
Living Your Life is Most Important
For me, life will always supersede work. I think it’s important to check in with yourself while trying to balance your blog and your job. Are you happy? Are you enjoying spending your time on these things? Do you feel like you’re missing out on life? Make sure you remember what’s most important to you and prioritize your happiness. (Plus, the happier you are, the better your work will be!)
So that’s that. My fellow bloggers what are your thoughts? And those who are just here to read, tell me what you think! Until next time loves.