I get asked all the time, “How do you juggle blogging with a full time job?” Easy answer: it isn’t easy. I’ve been blogging now for a year and a half now – and I can honestly say that I don’t think blogging is for everyone. A lot of people have false expectations and simply see blogging as this super fun hobby/job where girls just wear cute outfits and snap photos in. But every blogger knows that it is so much more than that. It takes time, sacrifice, dedication, passion and commitment…the list goes on. Since I’ve been blogging for quite some time now, luckily I’ve gotten into a well balanced routine that helps me manage blogging alongside of my job. Here are a few ways/pieces of advice that have allowed me to keep up with my blog – hopefully this helps any blogger in the same boat, or if you’re just curious how I stay sane 😛
- Set expectations. When I first was thinking of blogging, I didn’t just start on a whim. It took me time to make the decision of when to begin this journey. I knew I wanted to be in the right place in my life to commit to blogging. I give everything I have 110% and wanted to be able to put my best foot forward for this side hobby. I knew it was a part time gig, but I set realistic expectations for myself of what I wanted to get out of this and where I wanted this to go.
- Be realistic. Since I work full time, I obviously know I’m not able to put as much time into it as if it were my full time job. I’ve always been a realistic person and am fully aware of what I am capable of committing to. Although I do set high expectations and high goals for myself, I also know that some things just aren’t possible to accomplish with the lack of time – I do the very best job that I am able to do, and I am okay with that.
- Be strict with your schedule/routine. I am very strict with myself on my routine for blogging – I have photoshoots every few weeks (yes, I have to give up a good chunk of time on a weekend day for this), post 6 times a week on social media, and write a blog post every 5-7 days. I developed this routine over time, and it works great for me – allowing me to focus and manage well.
- Plan ahead and stay organized. Organization is key here. I’m a super OCD, Type A, organized person so that helps a ton. I plan out what I will be posting on social media and my blog about 2 weeks out, so I always know what is coming up. Content calendars have been my lifesaver and really keep me on track here!
- Give up on perfection. Like I said earlier, I’m very realistic – I also know that blogging part-time and not being able to fully dedicate myself to it 24/7 will just not allow my blog to achieve perfection. The hard part is that I am a bit of a perfectionist, so sometimes it’s difficult for me to come to peace with the fact that I can’t edit my photos for hours upon hours to get them exactly where I want them to be, I can’t write a blog post every single day, and I can’t post multiple times on social media like other bloggers do. I don’t have a million followers or get thousands and thousands of likes, but I always remind myself it’s not about comparison! It’s about being really proud of the work that I can do.
- Understand the workload. Blogging is not for the lazy. There is definitely a workload here…tons of benefits and perks (don’t get me wrong), but a lot of work that has to be done! I’m so tired when I get home from a long day at work, but I don’t let that stop me from finishing my blogging work. Having a full time job means that I have to do my blogging stuff either after work and on the weekends. It’s Sunday and I’m craving a nap, but instead I’m typing this 😛 I’ve accepted that I have to sacrifice some things for the blog, and I’m totally okay with that!
- Give yourself a break sometimes. I always remind myself not to stress out or worry if I get too busy sometimes. Life is unpredictable and things come up.
- Have fun! At the end of the day, blogging is a hobby for me – it should be FUN, not a burden. It’s a passion that I feel so lucky to be doing and makes me so happy. Sure, it’s a huge time commitment – but it’s worth every moment. I love it! Fashion is life <3
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