Monday, 13 February 2017

How do I find time to blog with a full time job?

alright blondie: blogging around a full time job

When I started my blog I didn't think that I would still be doing it two and a half years later but here we are and I'm still going. As I have a full time job and a boyfriend and etc etc etc it can sometimes be quite hard to juggle them all and find time for my blog but I manage and here's how.

1. Use any spare time I have to write.
I'm really lucky because when we have lulls at work we can go on the internet as long as we don't abuse the privelege. I use these quite moments to do any blog admin that needs doing, wether it's sorting out categories, scheduling tweets or writing posts. I also like to keep a pen and paper handy for when I'm on the move as you never know when inspiration might strike.

2. Take all my photos for the week on a weekend.
Working in an office Monday to Friday 9-5 means that it's really hard to get decent photos in the Winter without the use of artificial lighting because it's pretty much dark by the time I get home. Instead I plan all my posts the week before and take photos at the weekend when I'm guaranteed some natural daylight (although sometimes it's always grey and miserable in North Yorkshire and taking photos is a no go).

3. Edit photos on my phone using VSCO.
I've tried using desktop systems to edit my photos but for some reason I just don't really gel that well with them and they take forever to edit, taking up huge chunks of my evenings or weekends. I started using VSCO on my phone and it's a total game changer - I take photos on my DSLR then transfer them to my Samsung using the in built Wifi. It's a million times quicker and it means that I can edit photos on the move rather than having to lug my Macbook around with me.

4. Use Google Calendar to schedule posts.
I only recently started using Google Calendar but now it's my blogging BFF. As I plan all my posts a week or so in advance I can arrange them on my calender with dates to be posted and any notes on what is needed before publication. It's really handy to be able to see all my posts laid out in one place and see where I'm scheduled up too. It's also synced to my phone so I can check it on a morning to see what admin I have planned for the day (I know some prefer bullet journalling but that's not for me).

5. Write about anything and everything.
When you have a full time job it can sometimes be really hard to come up with content as it's pretty boring talking about how you went to work for nine hours, had tea, had a bath then watched tv until bed time. Despite this I'm still pushing out three posts a week and this is because I'll blog about anything and everything 'cos I'm quite a chatty Cathy. I love talking about what I got up to on a weekend, my latest purchases and anything I have planned and it all translates really well into blog post material. Your blog content doesn't have to be super glossy and refined to be appealing - In fact some people (myself included) prefer it a bit more messy and all over the place.

Do you blog around a full time job? Or are you in part time work or a student? How do you manage?

Tell me your secrets in the comments.
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8 comments

  1. Saw this title and KNEW I had to give it a read. I also have a full-time job and have found it ridiculously hard to maintain a blog. But obviously I love it so I guess we just have to find time where we can :)

    Rachel | www.imperfectlyrachel.com

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    1. It is hard (especially when you need to take photos but the weathers bad) but yep you're right, when you love something you find the time to do it somehow! x

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  2. I'm finding it really hard to balance, I love blogging but like you work full-time and when I do have spare time, I just want to relax. Going to use some of your tips and try and get my butt back into gear. XX

    www.melissanimrod.com

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    1. It is really hard! Since the start of the year I seem to have had this huge burst of motivation so I think that's been a major player but allocating specific times to blog has definitely made things a lot easier.

      xx

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  3. I have a toddler, so I guess it can be part classed as a full time job?! lol But I seriously don't know how people keep up with their blogs and a full time 9-5 job, as well as having loved ones/partners.. I have a part time job, a toddle run preschool, a dog and a full time 9-5 working husband who works most saturdays.lol I've gotten a good schedule going recently and Sundays are family time/take outfit photos day.lol

    Caroline.x
    www.carolineelgeywhite.com

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    1. Oh gosh definitely! I have a 9 month old niece and I find it exhausting looking after her for an hour, even with the help of my boyfriend! I think it's just finding a routine that works for you and letting go of your schedule a little bit! x

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  4. That's good that you can go on the internet at work sometimes, must really help with the little things like you said. I don't manage blogging very well as I spend too much time reading blogs rather than writing my own!
    Amy at Amy & More

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    1. Sorry for the late reply! Yeah it's great I get so much more done being able to blog at work xx

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