How To Balance A Blog + Full-Time Job
The morning was crisp and bright and my creative juices were flowing. I gathered my thoughts and swiftly started writing my ideas into my journal. I quickly realized that a passion of mine has been growing and evolving over the years and I wanted an outlet to express it.
After much contemplation, I created an outlet that was a little corner where I can express my passions and interests, and most of all my be in my happy place. My blog, Christine Marie was born. I feel so passionately about my blog because it is a platform that I created and I love that it’s my opinions and aspirations. You get a glimpse into my life and personality. I also love connecting with like minded people who share the same interests as me. Collaborating and not competing with similar people who are all inspired by one another is a great community to be apart of.
Blogging is filled with hard work and time commitment. I work a full-time job and blog part-time and honestly some days can be difficult to find the time to keep up with everything and maintain consistency. Do you all feel that way too? After working full-time, blogging part-time, being a girlfriend and cat Mom full-time, it can be very time consuming! My boyfriend Ric, often feels the neglected, the down-side of the business. He’s very supportive of my blog, but I didn’t realize that I was not balancing my work life and home life very well!
To help me successfully maintain my blog and home life balance I decided to incorporate a few tools and tips into my routine.
First, use weekends to the fullest with creating content! Especially since day lights saving is here and the days are getting shorter and the to-do list is getting longer. I take all my photos during the weekend and edit them so that during the week I can post to social media quickly. I take about 10-15 outfit and product photos within one day. My car may look like a wreck but it’s so much easier to get them all taken at once! I love using apps such as, UNUM and Planoly to help me maintain, plan and schedule a cohesive feed.
Second, automated tools can be very helpful when you are short on time. A favorite of mine is Hootsuite. I’m able to manage my social media channels in one place. The convenience is so nice and I like being able to manage my social metrics ROI and have a better understanding of my analytics.
For pinterest I love using Tailwind to help schedule my content. It also has tools to manage my analytics and automatically pin for me which saves a lot of time!
Early Morning Tasks
Third, grab your morning coffee and wake up early to create a blog post and engage on social media. I’ve recently started waking up a little earlier to get caught up on my social channels and to jot down blog post content in my journal. When I get an idea I either jot it down or put it in my Notes section on my phone. You never know where inspiration will come from!
First thing I bought when I started doing collaborations with brands is a calendar. I make sure to write down when I received a product and the due date of the post. Another very helpful calendar is Google Calendar. Having multiple means of staying organized and prioritized is great. Google Calendar corresponds with my emails so it works nicely when prioritizing my emails and posts that are due.
Set Realistic Goals
Start realistically on how often you would like to post within a week. Posting between 2-3 times a week seems to be more manageable and easier to stay consistent. It’s also great to let your readers know that you will be posting specific days, so they know when to expect content from you. This helps with your engagement and loyalty with your readers. This is something I continue to work on and will be one of my goals! Don’t spread yourself too thin and create quality content that your readers will find value in.
I hope you found these tips useful whether you work full-time or part-time job. Finding the time, staying consistent and producing valuable content are the keys to becoming a successful blogger. Remember, this is your passion and you should have fun creating and sharing your content!
What are some tips and tricks you found useful when managing your blog and balancing work-life?