If you’re a blogger or aspiring to become one, you might have a particular glory day in mind. It’s that moment when you walk out of your day job, free to focus on your blog full time because it’s bringing in enough money to support your lifestyle. Ah, a glorious day indeed!
A lot of bloggers have this dream. It looks like a glamorous life. Publishing blog posts, meeting up with other bloggers for lunch, traveling, having thousands of followers and hosting webinars. When you post a pic of your dog on IG it gets 10K likes – that’s big time influencer status right there!
Are you there yet? If not, let’s raise out hands in unison. Let me be clear, it is possible to be a full time blogger without the dramatics above. And I fully understand that not everyone wants to be a full time blogger. Until you get to full time status, however, you’re likely juggling running your blog while working a day job. It’s a hard fact that good blogging requires a lot of your time. To run a blog while working another gig takes much discipline. Here are some tips to help you with the juggling act.
What are you normally doing on your lunch break? Checking your personal emails? Talking to Bae? Reading the latest gossip websites? Cut it out! OK, minus talking to Bae – do that. But seriously your lunch breaks would be a great time to check things off of your blog “to do” list.
Your blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter posts can ALL be scheduled with an app. This is one (4 technically) less thing that you have to concern yourself with throughout the day.
USE YOUR JOB TO COME UP WITH BLOG POST IDEAS
Maybe you have an interesting job where the shenanigans could easily be spun into a post. If you have a stressful career you could provide your readers with tips on how to manage negative emotions in the workplace. If your job has nice décor you could provide a guide for sprucing up the workplace. I know you can come up with something if you put on your thinking cap. I believe in you!
TAKE PHOTOS TO USE ON YOUR BLOG
Does the area surrounding your office have nice scenery? Maybe there’s a small coffee shop with cool art inside? Go ahead and snap come cool background photos for your blog or social media posts. You could even do this on your lunch break! Hey as long as it counts for blog productivity, go for it.
DON’T BRING WORK HOME
If you’re able to, leave the day job at the office and focus on your blog when you get off. Well Candace, I have a demanding job that requires my attention even away from the office. In that case you will have to be extremely disciplined about fitting blogging time into your schedule. Plot out when you’re going to cut off the work load for your day job to focus on your blog and stick with it. Don’t give another company 8+ hours of your time and leave no room to work on your own passion. I promise you’ll be unfulfilled.
This can be the most difficult part. Obviously your time is limited. Use it wisely. When you have 20 minutes to spare, use that time to comment on someone else’s blog or share stuff on social media. Every little thing counts when it comes to keeping your blog alive!
How well do you balance your blog with your day job? Do you want to become a full time blogger?
Until next time…