People are always surprised to find that I blog whilst working full-time in what can only be described as demanding. I’ve managed to improve my blog quite a bit since starting a full time job, and I set out steps to take to balancing both in this post – but it definitely isn’t as easy as it seems. What you see is the finished product – but behind this, the process comes equipped with a whole load of late nights, constant tiredness and pressure to be extremely organised to stay on your game… So, coming from someone who is living it, what are the realities of being a blogger, when you spend the large majority of your life in a corporate job?
Last year, I was invited down to an all-expense paid day trip to Paris with a well-known company (that I actually use a lot to browse), which offers out designer goods. Of course – I was extremely excited to see this e-mail pop up in my inbox. But, checking the dates, I saw that they wanted to take me and other bloggers out during my first week on the desk of my new job – and there was no way I was going to take holiday during my first week on the desk. So (painfully), I turned the opportunity down. Recently, I was contacted by a big UK hair brand who wanted me to participate in an Instagram campaign they were filming, but unfortunately I only heard about the campaign so last minute that it wouldn’t have been enough notice to take a day off work to go and do the filming. So (reluctantly), I had to turn that down also. It definitely can be quite disheartening to have to turn down such great opportunities due to conflicting schedules, and at times I do worry if – going forward – I was to continue to be offered these amazing opportunities – I’ll continue having to turn them down. However, what stops me from ever getting too bothered is that, in the grand scheme of things, there will always be new opportunities. So just because you couldn’t utilise one now, doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do so in the future.
I try and write my two blog posts for the week during the weekend – which sounds easy, right? Two days, one blog post a day, shouldn’t be too tough. And sometimes, it isn’t. But sometimes, life gets in the way. For example, this weekend, my boyfriend’s family threw him a BBQ on Saturday – so Saturday, gone. On Sunday, I started my day in the gym, had a blog shoot, had some lunch, then headed back to my family home for the bank holiday weekend. This came with a lot of catching up with my family, then my older brother just so happened to sprain his leg badly on holiday, meaning that I spend the rest of my night in a hospital with my dad and brother waiting for an x-ray (literally waited over 3 hours). I got home, tired as can be, and slept. And that’s the end of the weekend – gone. This happens quite a lot – before you know it, it’s 10:00pm after a day of work and I’m struggling to even keep my eyes open to write up, edit and publish a post. Sometimes, I get so tired that I skip posting all together. Of course, consistency is pretty key when it comes to growing your blog, so I always hate doing this – but have to put quality over quantity.
There are times when work is so busy that I have no time to do anything but work, blog (on Mondays/Thursdays) and sleep. I have HootSuite set up on my phone such that I can promote different blogs I publish without me having to even be by my phone – so sometimes I take a look at my social media accounts after a few days of disappearance and find it’s spammed completely with nothing else but me promoting my blog posts on Twitter; and on Instagram, there may as well be a tumbleweed going over my account. So if you follow me on social media, you can find that I am sometimes sporadic in terms of when I pop up and am active. Life gets in the way: if we’re really busy at work, closing a deal or producing some presentations for upcoming meetings, I really just don’t have the time to VSCO cam all my photos for Instagram and be active on Twitter until things quieten down again. And these days, social media pretty much goes hand in hand with blogging.
Aside from shooting, editing and posting – there is a whole lot more that comes with blogging. Be it pitching, keeping up with e-mails and general admin, being active in the community, and more. I sometimes find it incredibly hard to keep up with these things, as essentially I only have time to do these two days a week, which really isn’t much time in the grand scheme of things. This is where more late nights come in, and sometimes frustration if I feel like I haven’t been productive enough in terms of taking the right steps to grow my blog.
Although there are a number of downsides when it comes to having to maintain a blog alongside working full time, I can say that (at least for the most part), since I’ve started working, blogging outside of this hasn’t been too much of a hassle. Having so much of your time taken up elsewhere forces you to be organised and look ahead when it comes to your blog – otherwise you’ll quickly find yourself falling behind. For the moment, I’m comfy; and if that changes, you guys will be the first to know…
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I totally understand where your coming from as a new entrepreneur it’s so hard after a long day to keep up but I try my best and the having shows to catch up in is a another story to itself lol, I always enjoy your posts so just continue doing your best
I can totally relate! Last year I was working and had just started blogging, it was soooo hectic! So I decided to test reun being a full time blogger through out this month I feel more inspired and I’ve really got more content out. But I’m sure you’ll figure everything out and it’ll get easier soon enough!
Thanks for sharing!
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Glad there is someone who understands!! Sometimes I feel like everyone just has so much time and I’m the only one left behind. Add blogging to a VERY demanding job and an equally demanding postgraduate course and life suddenly becomes too much
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I can understand what you mean. It can be tough to not go to certain opportunities but honestly, you made the right choice not taking time from work to be part of these. They may even come along again you never know but it is more responsible that you decided not to do that. I had a similar issue occur when I was offered a few jobs and campaigns I had to turn down because of it messing with my schedule ext. This was a lovely post and taking time for the admin I think is very important 🙂 I tend to miss out on posting things when I am busy traveling this month and other affairs. I hope your having a lovely week 🙂
Thank you, it’s always a hard decision to make but work comes first ofc as opportunities will come back around. Hope you also had a great week!
Can totally relate!! Loving that pink jacket! 🙂
I can easily relate to this. I am a full time ITU nurse and often have to study for post grad courses. I too have had to turn down blogging opps. But since I don’t make enough money from blogging full time I have to know where my priorities lie and hope that other opportunities will come again. Great post and great blog, keep going x