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Blogging is a full-time job in itself. Starting out, you have to virtually do everything–buy your own URL, design your website, write and edit your content, take your photos, edit them, market your content, etc. Add all of that on top of a full-time job and you’re riding a bike with a train behind you: eventually, you’ll get run over.
There are ways to avoid a collision, however! Here are some tips to keep in mind when balancing your blog with a full-time job:
How to Blog Consistently With a Full-Time Job
Create an Editorial Calendar
Plan, plan, plan! Go out and buy a cute planner and plan your blogging! Schedule out your posts, and give yourself deadlines to get them done. The more you plan ahead of time, the less overwhelmed you’ll feel. It’s good to visualize everything and have a plan for what you want to do.
If writing in a planner isn’t your thing, try creating an editorial calendar with Google Sheets. Watch the video below to learn how we created our editorial calendar here at Bloguettes!
Use a weekend with a friend to focus on the photo aspect of your blog and do a shoot! You don’t have to be too fancy, even an taking your photos with an iPhone can work wonders. The important part is to get quality photos for your posts, social media, and blog.
You can also purchase some stock photography if you don’t have the time or equipment to take photos on your own! Stock photos are an amazing solution when you’re in a pinch for time, and they’ll give your blog a high-quality, professional feel!
Managing your time is everything. If you don’t think you have time, you can make it. Wake up an hour earlier each day and spend it working on your blog. You can spend this time writing some posts, researching, editing, designing, etc. It will be hard at first, but once you get the rhythm down, waking up early will become second nature.
Now if waking up early is foreign to you, try staying up an hour later or using the time you would normally watch Netflix to work on your blog. If you need some Netflix in your life, decrease the episode binge of Stranger Things by one (we know it’s hard but you can do it).
To start and maintain a successful blog, you have to make time and rearrange your normal schedule. If that means interrupting your scheduled programs then so be it. Trust us, it will be worth it in the end!
Find a blogging buddy! Find someone who loves to write just as much as you, and schedule a few times a month to get together at a cute coffee shop and spend time writing. Two heads are better than one, and this way you can keep each other accountable, all the while having a little fun.
Being stuck inside your office alone can cause one to go stir-crazy, so blogging doesn’t have to be lonely! Text your friend right now and get together. Remember, friends who blog together, stay together.
Pay attention to the dates! Spread out some scheduled posts in accordance with the season (Christmas, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving blog posts, etc.), topics, or events. Look at the “National ___ Day” on Google and utilize it to get traffic to your blog. If you do it all in advance, then you don’t have to scrounge around to write a five-minute post for National Dog Day.
Keep a Blog Notebook
Go out and buy a cute notebook that appeals to you and your blog and use it to plan out posts, list ideas, and remember dates. It has no limitations to how it can be used and can make blogging much more organized and super fun! Plus, it gives you an excuse to go out and find a really cute looking notebook that you’ll want to write in.
Schedule your posts out for peak days (the days where your engagement is at its highest). This way, you can get the maximum viewers for your post.
Quality over quantity. Don’t rush to get a bunch of posts out. Your readers will appreciate your planned, edited, and detailed content much more.
Make sure it’s fun for you! Don’t write about topics you don’t care about, because most likely if you don’t enjoy what you’re writing, your readers won’t enjoy reading it.
Don’t say, “I’ll work on it tomorrow,” or “I’ll eventually get to it one day.” No. Get up, and do it now. You’ll thank yourself later!
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