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Many bloggers are not blogging full-time and are working another job. I am one of these bloggers. I work as well as I running my blog, so I know first hand how hard it can be to balance life, work and run a blog.
I am not going to tell you it is easy, I found it hard it keep up at first. I really struggled to be consistent with my blog. However, since organising a blogging schedule and following some of these tips I am sharing, have really helped. It has allowed me to post consistently on my blog and working my day job. It takes hard work, but you can do both!
I am sharing tips that can help you if you are struggling to balance work life and running your blog.
1. Manage your time
As you are working and away from your blog managing your time is key to running a successful blog. Being able to allocate time to solely work on your blog will help you be the most effective. Having allocated time in your schedule each week will allow you to work on content and post consistently on your blog. I like to dedicate a bulk of my time on my days off to working on my blog.
2. Scheduling is your friend
Scheduling content and posts ahead of time can be such a useful tool in being able to balance work and blog life. Scheduling tweets is a great way to stay active on social media whilst at work, to help keep engagement on your social media platforms. I currently use the Hootsuite app to schedule tweets throughout the day as well as promotional tweets for blog posts. Having content and posts scheduled ahead of time, really helped take the pressure off and I am really enjoying writing and blogging.
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3. Eliminate distractions
When you do have some down time, eliminating any distractions is key to make the most of your time and allowing you to be the most productive. It will mean you are focused on the tasks you need to work on for your blog.
4. Reach out for guest bloggers
If you are struggling to write posts for your blog, reaching out to other bloggers to guest post is great. It will allow your blog to have continuous content being published and have others engaging with your blog. Being consistent then means you are giving your audience what they expect at the same day and time whilst boosting your DA score.
5. Write and take photos in bulk
When you have your down time, writing in bulk is a great way to stay ahead of yourself and have plenty of content to put out. Once you have bulk content and photos taken, you can schedule all the content ahead of time. This is extremely helpful especially if work gets busier for you. This was so helpful for me over Christmas to have content already organised. I now have all blog content planned until May and I am working hard to schedule as much as I can in my down time.
6. Take a break
If all else fails, you can take a break from your blog until work becomes less hectic or you can devote more time to your blog. There is no pressure! You should never put out content unless it is quality and of value to your audience.
Your certInly right. Scheduling really is your best friend. I know myself I have to improve and schedule more content. Including socials.
Some really good tips here 💛 Thanks for sharing.
Glad you found them helpful. Thank you for reading and commenting!
Some great tips on here. I definitely need to work more on scheduling my posts!
I hope they help! Can you link your blog! X
Fab tips here Lauren! These are definitely some that I’m going to be trying really soon. I’ve got a week off for half term so hoping my planning will really get going during that. What do you do for work? I’m a school administrator in a private senior school for girls xx
I work in retail currently xx
Cee Arr @ Dora Reads says
‘I now have all blog content planned until May’ – rub it in 😉 I’m pleased if I finish a post two days before I wanna post it!
dorareads.co.uk (remembered again!)
Haha! I never used to be able to do it, but I have now. Thank you for reading and commenting!
Great post! Very helpful. Would love for you to guest post on my blog!! Let me know if you’re interested 😊
Yeah that would be fun! Give me an email and we can chat
Nic | Nic's Adventures & Bakes says
Great ideas, I have thought about Guest posts, it’s finding a budget for it though!
Nic | Nic’s Adventures & Bakes
Some bloggers like to do it for free too boost SEO x
Thank you for sharing these tips – I’m at the point where I’m struggling a bit with managing my time so I found these really helpful. I’m a digital marketing executive for a voucher code website and I pretty much write blogs and content all day long, which has given me a little bit of a leg up when it comes to SEO knowledge and such! Xx
Thank you for reading and commenting! That’s great you have that knowledge x
These are some great tips. I work full time in an office environment Monday – Friday, and fit in blogging during my lunch breaks, evenings and weekends. The most important thing for me is scheduling! I don’t know what I do without being able to schedule post or tweets in advance.
That’s great you have a schedule in place that works for you! Thank you for reading and commenting!
I use the free version too and it works just fine. I have a post on here about how I plan blog content it shows you how you can plan ahead x
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Jaya Avendel says
I love taking photos in bulk. It is also a lot easier to edit them in one mass rather then doing a picture a day. Some things need to be broken down into smaller steps, but not photography! 🙂
Yeah I need to take more photographs today actually.
Ming Qian says
Hey Lauren, I’m studying while blogging too. And I sneak in whatever time I have between lessons or before I sleep to manage my blog. I haven’t been very big on scheduling, but I may soon. Thanks for sharing these tips! 🙂
It will definitely save you a lot of time!
This is really helpful, I’ll definitely be using these tips and I’m really struggling with blogging and working full time at the moment. Dedicating time and planning is so important, loved this post!
I am glad you found this helpful. It helped me stay organised with my blog.
Rachel Schmeltzer says
I found this post through one of your other posts, and I love this one. I am new to blogging, social media, etc., and you just changed my life—I had no idea about apps that schedule your posts! 😂 Thank you for the great tips! I hope someday you can quit your day job and do writing full time.