How I balance blogging with a 12h a day job

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I would say that I’m a full time investment banking analyst who blogs part time. I spend my weekdays in an office, and on the weekends I blog. Investment banking is not a 9-5 job – in my team, I get into the office between 7.30-8am (tends to get later and later as the week goes on), and I leave anywhere between 7.30 and 11pm – but, I’d say on average I’m out between 8 and 8.30. And this is the case everyday. But weirdly, since I’ve started working full time, I’ve become a ‘better blogger’ – my content quality has increased, my blog is more consistent, and if anything, my blog has grown since finishing university. I guess working so many hours during the week but still having a desire to maintain a good blog forces you into efficiency, and this is how I do it…

 

Get organised – plan ahead

One thing I never had when I was in university was a schedule – I’d post when I felt like it (which is fine), but I’d often lose track of when I’d last posted and before you know it a week would’ve passed with nothing new on my blog. I also wouldn’t plan my posts, I’d just post whatever popped into my mind that day, and sometimes when you’re working that last minute there’s not much flexibility regarding what you post. For example – I’ll decide I want to do an outfit post – but do I have any photos prepared? Or perhaps I want to review a beauty item – but wait, is there even enough lighting outside to take good photos to get something posted? Often, I’d end up being restricted and just not post at all. But – now that I basically spend my life in an office – I needed to get myself organised. I post twice a week – Mondays and Thursdays. Mondays (like today) I typically post some sort of advice post, something chatty. Thursdays, it’s usually an outfit post, and now in 2017, I also want to expand this to beauty posts. I probably know a good three weeks in advance what I’m posting and when (I literally have lists of blog posts planned out for the weeks ahead along with a calendar in Excel to track when I’ll need to take the appropriate photos for the posts). I think being more consistent with my blog has helped it grow – readers now know what they’re probably going to see, and when.

 

Utilise the weekends

Given that I post twice a week, I typically write up one post on a Saturday, and one post on a Sunday. I edit the photos for the posts, input the correct widgets, but all in all the posts are rough and riddled with grammatical and spelling errors, that I check during the weekdays as I prepare the posts to go live. When I first started working, I was under the impression that I could come home from work and prepare a post start to finish to go live, but I realised very quickly that this was just not possible because I would be way too tired. I learned very soon that although it’d be great to spend the entire weekend chilling, if my aim was to maintain a blog outside of working hours, then I really had no choice but to utilise the weekends when I’m fresh and have time on my hands.

Have social media scheduled

There are some great apps that you can download that schedule your social media content such that you don’t have to lift a finger – one of these is Hootsuite. I’ve used these tools in the past, but I can’t say that I’m always consistent with them (although I see there value). Usually, since I’ll be at work doing repetitive things, I’m able to ‘self schedule’. For example, if I post up a new blog (usually at night after work), I’ll retweet the post out again the next day at lunch. Since I’m usually eating, it’s ingrained in me now to automatically do this. The same goes for dinner time. Social media is a big part of blogging and promoting your posts to make sure they don’t get lost, so it’s important to always keep it in mind with regards to consistency.

 

Use all the time you’ve got

I’m currently proof reading this post to go live on my phone in the cab home from work (today was a really late night – past 12.30am), I’m doing this because when I get home all I plan to do is brush my teeth and sleep. Sometimes during my lunch breaks, I’ll even start to plan blog posts and a schedule for photos. Any free time you’ve got – utilise it in the most efficient way possible to make your life as easy as you can.

 

Enjoy what you’re doing

Blogging isn’t easy, especially when you’re trying to balance it with a full time job, hence, you really need to enjoy what you’re doing. If you enjoy blogging, everything is that little bit easier, things don’t seem like a chore – you’re doing it because you love it and you want to be successful in it. If that is your mind set, one way or another, you will find away to blog regardless of what else is taking up your time. Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing and what your aims are. And the fact that I’ve managed to start blogging more consistently, whilst working in investment banking, is my testament to that.

What are your tips for effectively balancing blogging with school / uni / work?

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24 Responses to "How I balance blogging with a 12h a day job"

I’m a big fan of planning posts ahead and getting Buffer to schedule most of my social media items – saves so much time! πŸ™‚ Tania Michele xx

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Kemi replied on January 17, 2017 at 23:07

Haven’t used that before, will have to take a look!

January 17, 2017 at 10:49 Tania Michele

Very good read. I have also recently finished college and was losing hope in being able to manage my blog and work. But this has been so helpful!❀️

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Kemi replied on January 17, 2017 at 23:07

Thank you – it’s definitely possible, glad it could help!

January 17, 2017 at 12:57 Mwarianesu

I also work full time and it is so hard! I end up scheduling social media posts and replying to emails on my lunch break or train home all of the time. So worth it when you love blogging though! x

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Kemi replied on January 17, 2017 at 23:08

It’s so tiring, but definitely worth it! x

January 17, 2017 at 20:35 Holly

I loved reading this because I think this is a struggle most bloggers face then we just end up feeling guilty. I use Buffer to schedule tweets on Twitter but I need to utilise the weekends more for daylight etc!

Shannon // Shannonkara.com

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Kemi replied on January 17, 2017 at 23:11

Thank you girl! Weekends definitely need to be 100% utilized πŸ™‚ x

January 17, 2017 at 21:49 Shannon Kara

Your right about enjoying what your doing. Some bloggers I noticed different ones will always start to sound robotic and their own true selves don’t come out. They forget why they started to begin with. I love your blog because it is chic, unique, and you stay honest and true to yourself. I think that is very important. I love how you balance working and blogging. It is good how your job has made you a more organised blogger. Ever since I saw your site I always thought you were anyway though. Thanks for sharing I loved reading this πŸ™‚ http://www.bauchlefashion.com/2017/01/7-ways-to-elevate-your-wardrobe.html

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January 19, 2017 at 00:07 Heather Noire

Great post girl. I also blog at http://myfashionmusings.com and I have always wanted to have a career in finance/Investment. I always thought I’d have to trade one for the other but you just inspired me.
Thank you!

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January 19, 2017 at 17:29 Your Name

Great post girl. I also blog at http://myfashionmusings.com and I have always wanted to have a career in finance/Investment. I always thought I’d have to trade one for the other but you just inspired me.
Thank you!

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Kemi replied on January 19, 2017 at 23:13

It’s definitely possible, best of luck and glad I could help! xxx

January 19, 2017 at 17:30 Subomi Salami

Great tips. I’m having a hard time staying consistent.

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Kemi replied on January 20, 2017 at 23:26

Thanks love! x

January 19, 2017 at 23:11 Cinnamon

I totally agree with you on all tips. While in school, it was really hard to blog due to school schedule and scheduling posts has really helped me. Thank you on the advice on Hootsuite and mostly all using the time available to you.

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Kemi replied on January 20, 2017 at 23:31

I only just discovered how good it is to schedule over these past few months – it’s so helpful!

January 20, 2017 at 08:45 juliettsstyleglam

Oh wow, this post is super inspiring! πŸ™‚ At the moment I’m working approximately 45 hours a week + studying but if you can do it this fine I should not have any problems with being busy. I think I’ll start planning more and concentrate even more on quality!

XO Nora / http://dreamerachiever.com

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Kemi replied on January 20, 2017 at 23:32

Aw thankyou, that means a lot! Being busy can suck when it takes you away from spending time on your passions, but it’s definitely manageable! πŸ™‚ x

January 20, 2017 at 18:26 Your Name

I really enjoyed reading this. Working full time on my placement right now, I can relate to you – although mine is more of 9 – 5 job. I think the first point i.e. keeping organised is important. I used to just blog whenever I wanted to each week but I am now more organised which has allowed my content to be much better than just “filler” content! :’)

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January 22, 2017 at 14:32 Pauline

These are such great and helpful tips. Thank you!

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January 24, 2017 at 13:30 Magalys

Such an insightful post. Thank you for this. One of my 2017 goals is to be more consistent with my blog & i will surely use this. I don’t work 12hours but i have different shifts so it is sometimes difficult to manage posts.

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January 28, 2017 at 09:09 Nyasha Nicole

Thanks for sharing!

I have been thinking of getting a full time job for the longest time but was skeptical cos I’m used to be a full time creative. Your post ffirms my thought process that extra income is not a bad thing and neither is gaining corporate experience.

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February 2, 2017 at 13:38 MJ Junior

Like! Wrote a post on this and it’s literally the same advice I gave. Because working in London as a lawyer is SO not a 9-5! Good to see you balance it well.

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February 8, 2017 at 08:04 Kachee

Your dedication is so inspiring because I know it must be tough juggling a job and a full time blog.

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March 18, 2017 at 02:50 Magalys


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