Friday, 5 May 2017

BLOGGING WHEN YOU HAVE A FULL-TIME JOB

Blogging alongside a full-time job is fucking hard. I know I'm definitely not the first person to say this but it really is difficult to fit it all in with everyday life. I can't say I'm always on top form when it comes to juggling working full-time and my blog, but when I am, I try to post three times a week.



My blogging journey started back in 2014 when I was working on my placement year at a Mental Health Trust. Not only did I decide that 2014 was the year to start my blog, it was also the year where I was thrown into full-time work for the first time! So you could say I threw myself straight into the deep end.

It is hard work, but hey I'm still here 3 years later working full-time in my first Graduate job and blogging and today I'm going to share with you some tips that I've found that help me when it comes to blogging whilst working full-time.
STEP 1: BE ORGANISED
Like with any job it's important to be organised, and particularly when you work in the events industry. In order to get organised with my life and my blog I make sure that I use my diary. I always write everything and anything in my diary; whether it's the food I'm eating, my plans with friends/driving lessons or blogging content. It helps me to stay on track and ensure I get things done. I also have a blogging notebook and a work notebook where I make lists and jot down idea. In my blogging notebook I like to write down a schedule of my posts, make lists for the posts that I have written but need to take photos for and so on.

STEP 2: SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE, SCHEDULE
Like step 1, it's so important to schedule your content for your blog if you work full-time. Not only do I schedule my blog posts, I also schedule my tweets using tweetdeck as well as scheduling my time and organising myself to ensure I maximise the time I have to take photos in bulk. When I'm on my scheduling game I usually like to plan out my tweets on the weekend so I don't have to work around my job in the evenings. I don't maximise my blog facebook page or my instagram account in terms of my engagement so I really need to focus on that a bit more but scheduling will really help with that.

STEP 3: TAKE PHOTOS IN BULK
Like I mentioned above, a really important part of helping me to keep organised is by taking my blog photos in bulk. I often take my photos during the weekend because I can plan out a couple of hours in the day and keep my set up out. I use natural lighting and sometimes my selfie ring light and take photos using my Iphone 6. I will then spend time whilst watching Youtube videos to edit the photos on various apps so they are ready to add to the blog posts.

STEP 4: PLAN YOUR TIME
It's so important to have good time management when it comes to blogging especially as I leave for work at 08.30 and return home at 17.30 so I don't have a lot of spare time during the week. When I was back at University I always made sure I planned my revision in short half an hour periods and I've tried to do the same with my blog. Usually while I'm cooking my dinner I'd set aside half an hour to either take blog photos for posts I've already written that can be scheduled once photos are added or just writing down some ideas and gaining inspiration by watching Youtube videos or reading other blogs. I find that by doing it like this and switching up the activities every half an hour I'm much more productive and get more out of the short space of time I have. I also schedule some tweets during my breaks at work or browse through instagram for inspiration.

Let's face it, at the end of the day we're all only human and blogging is like a full-time job in itself, whether you've got millions of followers or less than one hundred. When you put a lot of time and effort into something it's going to be hard work but don't panic just remember to enjoy it! Do you have any tips for juggling a full-time job and your blog? Let me know below.

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