Blogging takes a lot of hard work, determination, as well as a lot of passion. You’re your own girl boss. A writer, social media manager, photographer, videographer, editor, accountant (for some), the list is endless.
But, this is why I love blogging! You get to put lots of skills into practice and see your blog evolve and unfold in many directions.
When you work full time it can be quite tricky to fit blogging in as you’re working 40+ hours a week already. However, having said that – if you’re like me – lots of will power, passion and determination, you can thrive and enjoy writing what you’re truly passionate about in your spare time.
A lot of people ask me how I find the time to do both – working full time and blogging two to three times a week, so here’s the secret… (not so much of a secret now). I spend most of my evenings and a lot of my weekends planning a monthly blog schedule and writing – I usually schedule my blog posts 3-4 weeks in advance. Although because I’ve been a bit poorly this month, I’m only two weeks ahead for this month.
It all varies.
Same goes for photographs – I make a plan of what I need to take photographs of and smash these out in one weekend.
This doesn’t mean I’m hibernating every single weekend. I do make time for family and friends events too. You just need to find the right balance of doing both.
Sometimes it can take me an hour to write a post, other days it can take a few days. It varies depending on the type of blog post, whether it’s a travel guide, a review or a general update on life.
During my days, I also post on my Instagram and Twitter accounts regularly – so I’m interacting and updating everyone on what new blog posts have gone live or I’ll post something random about my day or how I’m feeling. I usually do my Insta posts manually – whenever I feel like posting. Same goes with my tweets. I usually do them in the spar of the moment.
However, you can also schedule posts on Hootsuite and Mosaico (I plan my Instagram Grid on this one) which is great for spreading awareness of your new blog posts to your ‘followers’ (really despise that word) – your friends and fellow bloggers.
Having a monthly blog schedule allows you to be organised and on top of things. There’s that feeling of “I have achieved something.” which leads to fulfilment and happiness.
And, writing during the evenings and weekends really helps me as it takes my mind off reality for a little bit. Writing is sort of therapy for me, it soothes the soul as they say.