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Thursday, 17 July 2014

Blogging | Juggling Blogging and a Career


Juggling Work and Blogging

When people ask what I do I tend to say by day I'm a Business Analyst by day and a Beauty Blogger by night which often suprises a lot of people. Bloggers are usually suprised because I blog daily and wonder how I find time.  My colleagues (the ones that know) are equally shocked because there is such a huge difference between the two but they can see that I'm really girly so it eventually makes sense to them. Lastly my friends and family aren't suprised at all. Since the age of 12 I've been into web design and had my own websites and I've course I've always had a passion for beauty so the combination of the two is perfect.

Before I go on too much further I just want to give a brief background into my job so you can understand both aspects of my life and why the tips feature in this post work for me.

When I first started by blog I did find it hard to juggle blogging and my career mainly because blogging wise I didn't really know what I was doing. I didn't know how often I should post or the style of the blog posts I wanted to do so I was still finding my feet. That, combined with my high pressure job meant in hindsight I didn't blog as often as I should have and my blog posts weren't as good as they could have been but part of blogging is about learning and improvement and that is something I have definitely done. 

Below are some things I do in order to juggle my career and blogging. I hope you find them useful:

1. Take Multiple Photo's

I take all of my photo's at the weekend using my beloved Canon 600D and create different arrangements to suit the posts I am doing. I like to mix things up so I will experiment with different coloured backround and objects in order to get the look I want.

The key thing is to make sure you plan your blog posts so you know items you needs to take pictures of for your up and coming posts and to also take several posts of each so you've got plenty to choose from in case any are blurry.

2. Write Your posts in Bulk

I never know what time I am going to finish work so that completely rules out blogging in the evening and if i'm honest, after staring at a screen all day at work the last thing I want to do when I get in is to have to write up blog posts when I'm exhausted and need to get dinner going. So instead, I write up all of my posts in bulk at the weekend. The amount I do varies on how much time I have and how into I am but I without fail there will be enough blog posts for the up and coming week if not longer. I actually really prefer this way of blogging because I get into the zone and can easily write one and after. It also means I can relax for the rest of the week because I know they are all schedule to go live at 7:30 am every morning so I don't feel pressured that I have to find day each day to write up a post.. something that is impossible for me.

3. Get into a Routine

The most important thing to do when juggling a career and blogging is to get into a routine. it links together all of the points made in this post and without out you'll still find things challenging. I'm not saying you need to come up with a regimented plan, it's okay to be flexible but it's good to gauge how long blogging tasks will take you and roughly when you will do them week on week so you know you can easily fit everything in.

I spend at least half a day each weekend taking photo's and writing up the blog posts for the following week and this may vary depending on the type of posts I'm writing. I also manage my social media on the go so as and when I can.  It varies throughout the day but I try to use my time wisely so during my commute I spend some time on Twitter, Pinterest and replying to emails.  I also schedule tweets in my drafts so I can just send them when I have a chance. 

4. Accepting Things Can't be Perfect

One thing that is hard to do it but something I've had to learn to live with is to accept the fact that everything can't be perfect. I may not be able to advertise my blog as much as I like, comment on other blogs as much as I'd like or write up my posts every day but I've decided not to be hard on myself about that because realistically I just can't do everything. I'm proud of what I do achieve and afterall my blog is my hobby. I don't want it to turn into something un-manageable that stresses me out, I want it to always be a fun a relaxing outlet.

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10 comments:

  1. Brilliant post I identified with every word of it x

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  2. Completely agree with this - I work full time and just finished a masters on top of that. I normally take my photos in bulk and then write them up at the weekend, then schedule all my social media. Fab post xx

    Who is She

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  3. I'm struggling with exactly this issue at the moment, and I've been trying to fit blogging in around work. These tips will help massively!

    Alicia (LissyBeauty)

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  4. Thank you for your very helpful tips! I have reently overcame a 'bloggers block' the worst feeling in the world for a blogger. Fitting in blogging with housework, coping with a toddler, work... It's a lot to handle so I completely agree with every point you mentioned! Thanks for sharing.

    Shanna | http://www.mycurvesandlashes.blogspot.co.uk

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