I have been pouring over Pinterest (follow me here) trying to get strategies on how to blog and work full time. Let me tell you something, nothing was ground breaking. “Make sure you write good content” “consistency is key” etc etc….yeah thanks, I already knew that. I don’t consider myself an expert by any means but I do consider myself well researched. My two biggest blog building posts on how to grow your blog with pinterest and so you want to start a blog put it all out there. Also where I uncovered the “dark side of blogging” if you will. So here are my tips on how to build your blog while working full time. You all know by now I am the Queen of multi tasking.
Time Your Blog Writing
I have a tendencies to go on tangents when I write. Ohhhh let’s see what’s going on with tumblr, I think I should change my blog header, let’s watch youtube videos on how to make custom headers in photoshop…….and before I know it, 4 hours have gone by, my butt is numb and I still haven’t finished my post. So I set an hour countdown. Most of my posts take longer than that (like way longer) but if I know I have a deadline, it helps me to stay on task and not procrastinate.
Eliminate Your Distractions
I tend to leave my phone in the other room when I’m writing. It never fails, I sit down to write and then get a text message, which turns into another message and then let’s check pinterest quickly and before I know it….time zapper.
The Only Tab That is Open is My Blog
I know when I have Facebook open or Pinterest, my ability to stay on task completely diminishes. If I’m writing a post, that is the only tab that is open. When I’m done laying down the content of the post, then I will open other tabs to find the links to drop in or photoshop to add my pictures.
You Have to Wake Up Earlier
You probably don’t want to hear this but I wake up 2 hours earlier to get blog work in before I leave for my job. That is the time I am commenting, responding to emails or working on my editorial calendar. When I am at work, I’m at work. I can do some blog work during lunch but my main focus is my full time job and if you want to keep yours, I would suggest the same.
Dedicate One Hour on the Backend of Work To the Blog
I will stay an hour later either at work or find a spot with wifi to work after before I go home. When I’m home I want to be present and not typing away ignoring Mark. Your home hours need to be unplugged or it will lead to burnout.
Have a Blogging Calendar
This took me waaaaaay too long to figure out but seriously what a game changer. I used to just write it in the good ole planner but now I installed Coschedule and I can’t live without it. That way I have an idea about my posts for the month, so I know what I need to be taking pictures of, researching and putting my effort into.
Be At Least One Week Ahead
This is easier said than done and not always realistic but it is a fantastic goal. If you can’t be a week ahead at least have some posts that are prepackaged and ready to go when you have one of those nights where your energy is zapped and you can’t formulate good content.
You Need Buy In From Your Support System
In the beginning Mark would glaze over and not 100% listen when I talked about all things blogging. However, when he saw how dedicated I was and that I was building something that was gaining a following, he started to understand my obsession with it. Also, I think it helped when people would come up to us at Costco or the mall and say how much they loved reading the blog…..it was like I paid them or something…… I think he likes the occasional perks as well “look I got you some high end mens shave gel tell me your thoughts“. Once I got him on board, he has helped with taking my pictures (like the fab ones in this pink dress) and building things like light boxes or waiting for me to snap pictures of food before we eat every time. Oh and when I talk about my girlfriends Paige in everyday conversation or meet B in Boston (literally) or Pamela for drinks…..it’s totally normal behavior.The secret to how you can build your blog and work full time. Click To Tweet
Most Importantly. Treat Your Blog Like a Job
If you want to build a blog, you need to treat it like a job. When I started in Cardiology I took courses, read every book, studied under experts…..my blog was no different. I am constantly reading, learning, striving to think outside of the box and picking the brains of successful bloggers. I am also not afraid to ask questions. Like the other day I asked Kiki how she gets her Iceland pictures to come across so beautiful on her blog. She promptly emailed me back with a plugin that she uses and loves. Well now I am using it and 100% agree. Ask questions, most likely someone will know it and if not they will help you find the answer.
Biggest Takeaway Points
I’m not going to tell you it is easy to blog and work full time but if you are committed, it can be done. I have only been blogging for a year and a half and I am very proud with how I built my blog. Are there some nights I am up till one in the morning building collages…..yes……but you know what that’s because I’m a tad neurotic and that is not the norm. I have always lived under the motto, if you are going to commit to something, be fully in. If it was getting up to skate before school started or getting a tutor to make sure I stayed in the higher level class that I agreed to….set your goals and follow through. Prioritize what needs to be done now, what can be done later and what you need to plan for next. Also know that if can’t all be done and sometimes you may need to just call it a night and get those few extra hours of sleep.
I know I get asked that question a lot by y’all “how do you manage to keep it all straight?” I hope that was a helpful glimpse into the whys and hows of it all. All you superwomen out there! How do you manage to fit it all in? What are your secrets? Spill! I’m always open for suggestions! Hope you are having a fab week. xoxoxo
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