Advice: Holding Down a Blog and a Job
I’ve never written an advice post like this one before (I’ve been blogging nearly 7 years), I saw a massive influx of them in the blogging community and thought ‘what does my opinion add?’ I’ve only seen maybe a few posts about blogging while working full time, so I thought I’d weigh in on this. I haven’t been the best at balancing both lately but I’m making steps in the right direction.
Now you could have different levels of work I suppose, maybe you work somewhere where it is possible to do your hours, leave on time and get home with plenty of time to blog. Or you might have a very demanding job which doesn’t leave you very many hours in the day. I’m not saying either one of these types of people would or wouldn’t have trouble managing their time, I can only speak from experience.
My job has seen me take on more responsibility over the years, all my work is done in front of a computer screen which makes staying motivated when you get home harder. Sometimes the last thing you want to do is open your laptop and write a few blog posts. I’ve found a couple of tricks that are helping me keep on top of things lately…
This is fundamental to your being able to manage your time effectively. I love Trello – it’s the perfect way to manage your time into different streams and you can also view your projects on a month calendar, perfect for printing out and sticking up in your office. Trello also has a mobile app, I use this to add any notes to my ideas board. You never know when inspiration might strike! You can sign up here
and give it a go.
I also always have a notebook on the go for jotting down ideas, something at work may spark an idea in my head and it’s not always convenient to get on your apps, a classic pad and pen will do the trick.
This is where a part time blogger can really trip-up, especially in the winter months. I’m not usually getting home until its already gotten dark. This is where mass photo taking comes in, if you know you need a bank of images for the week set them all up on a Sunday for example, then you won’t end up having to use terrible pictures because you ‘have to blog’ that day.
Don’t push yourself too much, you only end up resenting blogging when you get home. If I feel like I need a break I take one, this has mainly involved watching Ru Paul on Netflix. The great thing about not blogging for a living is the fact you can take a break without fear of loosing out on that all important pay check. You don’t have to say yes to every event and run yourself into the ground, this would only show through your content.