Hey guys! So, I’m coming up to my blog anniversary soon and I can’t believe I’ve had it almost a year now! I can’t imagine doing anything else, though, and I’m so grateful to you guys for your support and being the most amazing readers in the world. I’m looking forward to the best year coming up, too, as I have lots planned to move this blog forward – I’m doing a post about this soon so make sure you follow my blog so you can see what more I have in store! Anyway, I also work in a full time 9-5 job which doesn’t leave as much time for blogging as I would like so I thought I would share how I run my blog and work full time at the same time!
Let’s get down to it!
I don’t know about you guys but when I get home from work, I’m absolutely exhausted. I literally barely have the energy to do anything – but I do have a long term freelance contract which I dedicate a lot of my evening time to so I’m often doing that up until I go to bed. But I know that this obviously doesn’t leave a lot of time for writing my blog posts so I dedicate the weekends to my blog. I write up posts on Saturday and then I take the blog photos / do any of the makeup looks that I have on the way on Sunday. I don’t know why I do it this way, it’s just a routine that I’ve gotten into. I find that if I try and force out a post then it’s never as good as I want it to be but it’s like my brain knows that Saturday is blog-day because I’m always inspired to write up the posts I have planned.
PLAN IN ADVANCE.
I may be a bit of a planning freak but I have my content planned loosely up until June. Why I say loosely is it’s not a strict schedule that I’m going to stick to solidly – I sometimes will add posts if a sponsored post comes in or if I’m suddenly inspired for something or if a new product comes out etc. But I found that sitting down and planning what content I wanted to do and when really helped me because it’s not like I had to think about new ideas straight away, either. Everyone works differently so this might not work for you but it’s changed my blogging game so much.
These are all kind of in the same breath as each other but scheduling posts is the best thing ever. This is what I do with my blog – I very rarely will write a post and then post it the same day of writing. I was in a really good habit around December that I didn’t have to write any posts for two weeks because I had scheduled that far in advance. It gives you time to breathe because you know that you have content coming up. I’m a little behind right now but I’m hoping to catch up – if you guys want a full on tutorial about scheduling posts and using WordPress to write your posts in general then let me know and I’ll write one up!
BUFFER IS YOUR FRIEND.
Social media is the most important thing you need when you’re blogging – apart from a blog, of course. I’ve stressed the importance of social media in so many posts but when you’ve got a full-time job, you can’t solidly be on social media. I will admit that I sometimes cheekily run out to the bathroom to make a Tweet while I’m at work but I’d never risk doing it while I’m working – I’d like to keep my job, thank you very much! But apps like Tweetdeck and Buffer are your best friend. You can only post 10 tweets ahead of time with Buffer unless you pay so I would personally recommend Tweetdeck – the only difference is that the interface is a lot easier to use on Buffer.
Finally, be realistic and honest with both yourself and your viewers. I aim to post three times a week but sometimes – like last week – it just doesn’t work out. Alongside work and blogging, you need to fit in some you time and some social times, too. Don’t ever risk any of these things because you can get burned out really quickly. I never try and force a post out so what I always do is make a Tweet to say that there won’t be a post – and the response I’ve had is amazing. The blogging community is seriously so supportive so don’t be scared. It won’t mean you’re any less of a blogger than someone else.
So, there you have it! Do you guys have any tips? Let me know in the comments below. Seriously, I am really grateful to you guys for being so helpful and supportive when I get a bit busy. I love you all so much. See you next time.
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