blogging + full time job

How To Manage Blogging + Full Time Job

blogging + full time job

 

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. Many of us work full time, we are mothers, we have family commitments and we have a life that we want to keep living. After all – it gives us all the fantastic ideas for stories and content for our blogs.

So how do we juggle it all?

There’s a lot of work that goes into running a blog and it has taken me a while to figure out how to keep on top of it all while I’m working too, so I thought it was about time I shared with you how I do it.

The blog won’t write itself, ya know! Let’s get straight into it…

 

 Schedule Posts 

OK, so this is probably the main point so I thought it was the best place to start! The biggest thing I’ve found with trying to maintain my blog while I’m working is that it means I sometimes go for days without posting anything. For some people, this might suit them but posting regularly is something I consider quite important. I know traffic and views shouldn’t be the main reason why you publish a blog post – you should be doing it because you have something to say and you love doing it of course! – but let’s not pretend your stats don’t mean anything to you. If you want to build up a loyal readership base then having a regular posting schedule is key. The more you post, the less likely it is for your readers to forget about you. Simple.

I’ve learned over the past year or so that the easiest way to get around the problem of not being able to post for days is to pre-write your posts and set them ready to publish before-hand. It’s so easy to do, and this way you can keep your blog updated all throughout the week, without even having to press a button when you get home from work! Scheduling posts is the only way for me to stay organized.

 

Focus

Ah… the ‘F’ word… Focus. A lot easier said than done. This is the biggest one for me and I still work on it daily! I am so easily distracted by the simplest things so this is definitely a work in progress. But I have found that when I am able to focus I achieve so much more. This has meant only trying to do one thing at a time – not all the things at once. If I only have 15 minutes to work on the blog then I have a clear focus on what I want to achieve in those 15 minutes and I make it happen. It might be as simple as scheduling some tweets to go out or just spending 15 minutes writing. Focus during these short opportunities to work on your blog.

 

Rally Your Supporters

Your life, my life, everyone’s life is built on support. Support from family, from friends, coworkers, your 4-legged BFF, whatever it is, you are the best you can be because of the support of all of the wonderful people you surround yourself with. Let your hubby know your dreams and goals and use him to encourage you along the way. Tell your friends and family, even if they don’t quite understand (because as bloggers we tend to speak a different language) they will understand your passion and how important this is to you. I  may be the person behind KingdomofSequins, but this blog is made up of my family, my friends, the industry, other bloggers, and all of you. I’m not a one-woman show, and I’m so proud of that. I’m so lucky to be supported by so many that love and care about me and my only hope is that I can offer the same type of support to others.

 

Accept That You Can’t Do Everything

Sometimes I look at bloggers who post killer content each day, are posting pictures of their fabulous life on Instagram several times per day, creating new products to sell on their blog or shop, and maintaining a respectable social life. Why can’t I do that?? Then I remind myself that those women are full-time bloggers and have tons more time to devote! This is the time I remind myself that I can’t accomplish everything, and that’s okay. If you feel jealous of other bloggers because it seems like they can do everything, I guarantee another blogger or friend is thinking the same of you! Do what you can but make sure you are loving the process at the same time.

 

Shoot your blog photos in bulk 

This one is something I’ve been doing pretty much since day one . Quite often I will use my days off to shoot 3 or 4 different outfit posts one after the other, so that I’ve got a few stored in my drafts in case of emergencies! You never know when the bad weather’s gonna hit and you can’t get out to shoot, so plan your outfits in advance and get multiple shoots done in one go. I’ll tell you – my last 4 posts – all photographed on the same day! I know, right? But I don’t have time to be a “model” (I use the term loosely obviously – ha!) everyday. Once a week, I load up the car with clothes, shoes, accessories and head to cute locations to take pics. The blogger life ain’t glamorous y’all!  It’s either changing in the backseat or going into public restrooms in one outfit and coming out in another.  Oh the looks I sometimes get. Who cares?!

 

Be yourself. People like it.

 Just like with anything in life, you are going to run into problems if you start trying to be someone you’re not. This includes photoshopping your selfies and lying to your readers about your running times. People aren’t dumb. If you’re not being genuine, you will be found out. Just be yourself! The best part about blogging is the connections I’ve made along the way! As a full time 9 to (errr, 8 to) 5er M-F nose to the grindstone kinda girl who also has this passion for her fashion blog. People are reading your blog because they are interested in what you have to say or admire your interests. Embrace that.

 

Life is still the most important

For me, life will always come before 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!) I have to check myself sometimes when my son wants to play or wanting attention from me and I am on my phone or laptop. I have to snap out of it and remember this is hobby, he is my world. He also isnt going to be little forever. Balance is key!

home office reveal

 

I won’t tell you that blogging with a full-time job is ever easy. I won’t tell you that you’ll have way more free time than you think. Those things just aren’t true. It’s challenging, it’s stressful, and it is often a drain on a would-be social life. But it is manageable! And I guarantee if you follow these tips, you’ll become more efficient and less overwhelmed!

 

What are some things that help you balance blogging/work life?

Brittany 🙂

 

  • Definitely needed to see this post right now because I feel like I’m totally failing at juggling it all! Thank goodness for post scheduling and shooting outfits in bulk right?! Loved reading this!!

    Rosy Outlook

    • Yes girl… I would never get any shots if I didnt do them all together lol – Happy Wednesday! 😉

  • This post is so good and I hope a lot of bloggers will read it. Scheduling and shooting photos in bulk are key for me. I try to do as much work on the weekends as I can because things just don’t get done after work. I’m too tired most days! I’ve always heard that failing to plan is planning to fail and though it may sound extreme, it’s true, especially in blogging!

    • Thanks Hannah! I am totally the same… I have to spend time on the weekends to blog or it wouldn’t get done ever! 🙂

  • Living on Cloud Nine

    This was fabulous. I have really been struggling with this, especially this summer. Balance is so important but when my hearts not in it, I just have to step back and breathe. Have a great day beautiful lady!

    • I totally agree Andrea! Balance is key or we would all lose our minds lol 🙂

  • This is perfect, Brittany! I sometimes look at others and wish I could post killer content and multiple photos on Instagram a day. But I can’t, I just don’t have the time. Granted, once my summer break rolls around I have more time, but it’s always a constant battle of either doing more now or trying to get ahead for Fall. Such a struggle.
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lily

    • Thanks Lilly! I am totally the same… I aint got time to be blogging all day everyday! lol – glad you can relate! Happy Wednesday! 🙂

  • Steph K

    This is so perfect! I worked a full time job and blogged for a really long time. It’s difficult juggling both.. but your tips are great!

    xo, Steph

    http://www.urbanblonde.com

  • Amiee

    I really enjoyed this! It was a great reminder that I am human. I get super stressed out when I don’t cross everything off my to do list. I wish I was a full time blogger because that life looks awesome! I envy their glamorous lives. I am always having to remind myself that they too started from the bottom. At one time they had to juggle everything I am juggling. But with hard work and dedication I will get there too!

  • Rebecca BloggerNOTBillionaire

    I love this Brittany! I was always terrible at finishing posts ahead of time so I would bring my laptop on my 2 hr each way commute and finish them in the morning. Any way to best use the time you have!! Thanks so much for sharing this and always being such an inspiration ❤️❤️

    • Thanks Rebecca! You are so amazing and your style is flawless! I adore everything you wear and post!

  • Valerie Nguyen

    Thank you for these wonderful tips! I’ve been struggling to balance blogging with my full-time job. I’ve tried so many different things but I got burnt out. In the end, I had to change my posting schedule and cut down on how often I publish posts.

    I agree with your points though. Shooting pictures in bulk definitely help! And I absolutely love your little blog/work nook. x

    Valerie | avecvalerie.com

    • Thanks so much! Photos in bulk is key for all social media outlets too!

  • Kristi

    Girl, when you said “someone else or other bloggers are thinking the same about you”… it totally struck a chord! I read a quote recently with the same gist and it was the perfect time to hear it (and hear it again!). It’s so easy to get caught up in “oh they’re so cute, perfect and it just all works” but we don’t see a lot of the other side of things! I’m trying to balance work with my blog more and some days it just seems impossible or I don’t want to! So I need to get better at scheduling posts and getting more done in one day so I don’t have to do it all week! Thanks girl!

    • We are all guilty of comparing but we totally cant do that especially in this industry! We’ve all gotta stick together and support each other 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • I love the honesty here. All too often, I look at these bloggers and think, I wonder what they do?! Of course, there’s more story behind the beautiful images! So glad I got to read this!

    xx,
    Abby
    http://www.juleavenue.com

    Our Blog
    Shop Here

    • Thanks so much! Its definitely not all glamorous at it appears… at least not for me lol – Thanks for reading! 🙂

  • Shauna C

    These are great tips! And we ALL know the struggle of changing in the backseat, HA! It’s actually the worst – but what are we gonna do?! Anything to get those shots! 🙂

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

    • Oh totally… the struggle is real when it comes to photos lol 🙂

  • Rachel

    This is a great post, Brittany! The struggle is real when it comes to blogging and having a full-time job. Just recently, I started to shoot outfits in bulk to build a little bit of a back up. We use to shoot two outfit every weekend and now that I have these images ready and waiting, I’m wondering why I didn’t do it sooner! Have a great weekend and yay for Friday — enjoy your tacos and margaritas tonight!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

    • Thanks so much Rachel! Its so true… pictures in bulk are the way to go! The tacos were amazing lol 🙂

  • Yessss to all of this especially to be yourself! I’ve cut back significantly in how often I post (I can’t believe I used to put up 4-5 posts a week – I was in serious burnout mode). Cutting back to 2-3 times per week, scheduling posts, and shooting more than 1 outfit in a day has been a lifesaver. Cheers to juggling it all and Happy Friday <3

    Green Fashionista

    • Oh totally! I can barely get out 2-3 a week so good for you for doing that but it is hard to keep up working full time. Your blog is great! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • I would clicking around Disqus today and somehow stumbled upon this post after someone else commented on it, and I’m so glad I did! I don’t work full time but I do have two kiddos + a husband who is constantly gone with the Army, so fitting in blogging is a heck of a lot of work. I love love love it though and am passionate about it. I’m so glad you mentioned being yourself. That’s so important, and it kills me when I see a blogger who is very obviously trying to do exactly what a bigger blogger is doing. KILLS ME! You’re right – people want to hear what you have to do. Anyway… great post! So glad to have found your blog. 🙂 <3

    • Thanks so much for the awesome comment! I totally agree… always have to be yourself! Thats why people follow you because of your content and inspiration. Your blog is great! 🙂

  • I’m not a full time worker but I am a full time student. I started my blog at the end of my semester, so I have no idea how I will manage all of my blogger duties come August. I think taking pictures in bulk is a really great idea. That way you have a wide range of photos to choose from when searching for a post idea! xo

    • So true girl! Planning and preparing is the best thing you can do… keep up the good work! 🙂