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 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.
#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.
#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.
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 more productive. It will mean you are focused on the tasks you need to work on for your blog.
#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.
#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.
#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!
It took some time for me to get organised with the blog, but now I have a good routine, it has become somewhat easier. It doesn’t mean I don’t find it handwork at times, but I know it is worth it!
What is your day job? Or do you blog full-time? I’d love to hear in the comments.