Blogging with a full time job

Friday, October 13, 2017

The blogging community comes in all shapes and sizes.. some are female, some are male, the age range of a blogger can vary, the niche area that a blogger focuses on can also be different and some blog full time and some during their spare time. I am wanting to increase the amount of blogs that I post but blogging doesn't just mean writing and posting, it involves a lot more.. brainstorming, planning, writing, editing, scheduling for social media, speaking with companies and brands etc..



With a full time job it can often make it extremely difficult dedicating time to not only developing my blog but also creating read-worthy content on a regular basis. I've noticed that many people are in the same boat and are asking how do you blog whilst working a full time job?! 

Also the fact that last week was actually National Work Life Week (2nd October - 6th October 2017) it's time to ask the blogging community what tips they have for blogging whilst working a full time job and I've found some amazing bloggers willing to offer their top tips and invaluable advice..


AARON         VIRTUAL WOMBAT 
Twitter: @VirtualWombat

VirtualWombat.com launched in January 2017 so I'm still very new by some standards. I cover pretty much anything depending on what's tickled my fancy. I like to write a good comedy post and have a laugh, as well as covering nerdy stuff, gaming, tech and parenting topics. There are usually 3 or more new posts and articles a week.

What difficulties have you faced blogging and working full time?
It can be hard finding the time to get everything you'd like to do done. Especially when the inevitable pressures of a profession are at their highest. So far I've managed to keep a relative balance between working, blogging and family life with a bit of leisure thrown in for good measure.

What strategies do you use to help with blogging / planning / scheduling? 
I just use the notes app on my iPhone to record ideas. I write when I feel like it and don't force a specific schedule on myself. I also use an app called social oomph to help with scheduling content for Twitter.

How do you make time away from both work and blogging?
I like to game a bit and I'm a pretty accomplished digital artist. I don't share my pictures very often though which is something I'm working on changing at the moment (Keep an eye on the site late October). When we have spare time at the weekends I like to try and get out for some fresh air and photography too!

What are your top tips for maintaining a successful work-life-blog balance?
Don't feel pressured into a fixed schedule. If your content is good enough people will read whether it's once a week or five times a week. If you push too hard you'll burn out. ALWAYS make time for your hobbies as more often than not that's where I find my inspiration.

Would you ever take the plunge and take up blogging full time?
That's a really difficult question! I'd love to be my own boss. It really depends on whether I could match the level of income I get from my job, which would be a big ask. We'll see how things develop in the future!

Anything else that you think helps maintains a work-life-blog balance?
Get to know other bloggers and communicate with them. They're a great source of inspiration. Write what you love, it's easier and quicker than trying to write an article about something you couldn't give a damn about!



SARAH    SINCERELY SARAH

I started blogging back in December 2015 but started the blog about mental health. I work for a digital mental health service so I thought it'd be good to write about that but I quickly realised I wanted my blog to be a hobby and not connected to work so in February/March 2016 I switched tact and began writing about beauty and lifestyle. I'm not overly consistent with blogging and I definitely need to be, but typically I post about 3-4 times a month and one of the posts will be a video.

What difficulties have you faced blogging and working full time?
I find balancing FT work and my blog very challenging. Sometimes it's OK but when work gets busy or I'm travelling a lot, my blog and my social media pages suffer. It's finding the time and motivation after a long day at the office to turn the laptop on and get writing. I typically carve out at least one weekend a month where I'll just blog, take and edit photos and film videos. I'm currently finding that to work quite well for me.

What strategies do you use to help with blogging / planning / scheduling?
I like notebooks and tried a bullet journal but that wasn't for me. I now use a notebook for brainstorming and for tracking my scheduled tweets. My planning could be better but I often find I'll just end up spending too much time planning and not enough time actually 'doing'. I use my wordpress drafts section a lot of managing blog posts.

How do you make time away from both work and blogging? 
Having just a weekend a month when I really throw myself into blogging helps keep a balance, although I'd be lying if I say I don't blog during the week as well. I'm never far from my laptop or phone. Most nights, I'll always stop for dinner with my boyfriend and I try to turn everything off at 9pm for an hour and then I may work a bit more before bed.

What are your top tips for maintaining a successful work-life-blog balance? 
Don't be too hard on yourself. It's impossible to be 100% at work, blogging, social life, relationship etc all the time. It's OK to change focus from time to time. I realise that's not too helpful but I guess a lot of it is about gut instinct - if you feel like you're neglecting your work, ease off blogging for a bit and vice versa.

Would you ever take the plunge and take up blogging full time? 
I don't think so. I adore blogging and making videos but I'm a very small fish in a huge digital pond. I also blog because I enjoy it and I would worry that blogging full time would mean there's too much pressure on it as a source of income to really enjoy it in the same way. Never say never but at the moment it's not part of the plan.

Anything else that you think helps maintains a work-life-blog balance?
Chat to other bloggers in the same situation and share tips :)



MICHELLE     CHELLEMUA
Twitter: @chelle_muablog
I started blogging properly at the beginning of this year. I then took a long hiatus because college got really hectic. In August I started blogging again.

What difficulties have you faced blogging and working full time? I don’t always get the chance to take good quality photos or the time to keep to a schedule which sucks.

What strategies do you use to help with blogging / planning / scheduling?
I always keep a notebook on me to write notes or ideas down. I generally try and do all my work for the week on a Saturday or Sunday or write blogs on my phone and email it to myself when I am waiting for my host kids as I am an AuPair. I am trying to find a good scheduling app but I am not comfortable with that yet. I think it all comes down to baby steps. I will get there eventually.

How do you make time away from both work and blogging?
I do blogging stuff on the weekend and then work stuff during the week. I generally do my blog work either before or after I work on a Saturday or a Sunday morning as I am an early riser so it helps.

What are your top tips for maintaining a successful work-life-blog balance?
Sometimes your social life has to take a back seat when it comes to work. I always ask myself what is important. You should wake up early and try and do work stuff before you leave and do what you need to do that day. In my case, I wake up and go to a coffee shop. I enjoy working at coffee shops and I feel like I do my best work when I am around people. I also ask myself what will benefit me more? How can I further myself? What is best for my future. From that, I am able to distinguish what I should be doing.

Would you ever take the plunge and take up blogging full time?
That is the hope for the near future. My hope is to cut down on the amount of work that I do so I can focus more on my blogging and makeup.

Anything else that you think helps maintains a work-life-blog balance? I always tell people to do what they are passionate about. I also believe that you should fall in love with your blog. If your main goal is to monetize your blog and nothing more than I think you will burn out and end up hating what you do. Write what you love and you can guarantee that the money will eventually come around.



JOSH     LOOKDWN
Twitter: @jb_new
I started blogging properly back in 2007 with my first proper blog post however a relaunch in 2016 when I moved self-hosted to  LOOKDWN.com . The blog consists mainly of travel, lifestyle and events but I have a wide range of things like creative writing and poetry and reviews that I also do from time to time. I would love to blog once a week but it tends to be more like once a fortnight.

What difficulties have you faced blogging and working full time?
I think finding time to relax after work and write blog posts can be difficult. I struggle with wanting to watch Netflix and concentrate on the programmes and writing new content at the same time! Also, I've not had my own laptop for about five years so it's really good that I have a patient girlfriend willing to let me write and edit on her laptop.

What strategies do you use to help with blogging / planning / scheduling?
I write a lot of my ideas in notes on my phone and also in a special notepad but more often than not, little scraps of paper can be where I jot down thoughts or things that come to me in the night or on the way home from work when I seem to be most creative.

How do you make time away from both work and blogging?
On the weekends and sometimes in the week I go for walks with my girlfriend around Richmond or go out for drinks with friends. Sometimes it could be checking out different restaurants as I love eating out when I can afford to, and I have a list of places I want to visit on the blog too http://bit.ly/lookdwn-places .

What are your top tips for maintaining a successful work-life-blog balance?
Do find time for yourself - try reading as that can also inspire new ideas. I find it extremely difficult to juggle the three and would be lying if I said that the blog got all the attention it needs. However, days off and weekends are a great time to do blog posts and all the admin that comes with having your own blog - checking broken links, reformatting images and promoting it too.

Would you ever take the plunge and take up blogging full time?
I would love to do this and that would be the ultimate dream! However, I'd need to make sure that I have enough money in my savings to live on before taking such an important step. I'm not really in blogging just to make lots of money or to be famous, I just enjoy writing and always have. It would be great to get some recognition as a blogger but that's not why I do it!

Anything else that you think helps maintains a work-life-blog balance?
Getting a good night's sleep means you can work well in all three areas and function properly. Try and get into a routine and don't burn the candle at both ends as they say.

For more about Josh:
I also wrote a more detailed post on my blog about why I started blogging and why I still keep at it here: and a separate post on Integrity in Blogging here


DANIELLE     ALLTHINGSBLOGGING

I started blogging about 3 months ago, I blog about anything and everything hence my name all things blog it’s whatever i can relate too at that time. I blog once or twice a week depending how much spare time I have.

What difficulties have you faced blogging and working full time?
The most difficult thing I have found is time management, I work full time, bring up two children so finding time to blog can be difficult or switching off from everyday life to get into the blogging mindset.

What strategies do you use to help with blogging / planning / scheduling?
Whilst I'm at work, I keep notes/journal of things we all discuss as a morning programme is on in the background and try and gather ideas together. I use buffer for time management for Instagram.  Twitter is also fab for people retweeting my stuff to get it out there.

How do you make time away from both work and blogging?
I always set one specific night a week usually a Thursday for blogging and make sure I still socialise or spend time focusing on Just myself the other evenings. Time management is hard but if your enthusiastic about something you make it manage.

What are your top tips for maintaining a successful work-life-blog balance?
Understanding balance. You need to understand that it’s key. Be strict with yourself and set limits.

Would you ever take the plunge and take up blogging full time? 
I’m not I’m a position where I am able to do that with my following at the moment but if the opportunity was there completely at the end of the day we blog because we are enjoy it and it’s a passion and ideally that’s what everyone would want out of the job so if it pays the bills hell yeah!

Anything else that you think helps maintains a work-life-blog balance?
Relaxing, when you get in from work relax and have a bath and eat before you sit down to blog then there is less pressure because there is nothing to do after you writing. Make sure you blog for the right reasons and you only blog when you feel excited to write and not just for the sake of it because your due a post.


PALE GIRL RAMBLING
Twitter: @PaleGrlRambling

I started blogging at the beginning of February this year! I blog about beauty, makeup and skincare. I always post on Monday's and Thursday's and sometimes have an extra post or two if I've been to an event or have something I'm eager to talk about!

What difficulties have you faced blogging and working full time?
Managing my time and having the energy to blog!After a full day at work dealing with little kids I'm exhausted and just want to relax, not sit down to write posts or work on my social media. I also need to make sure I take pictures in advance at the weekends so I can make the most of the daylight so this means I have to schedule my time carefully!

What strategies do you use to help with blogging / planning / scheduling?
I have a gorgeous big planner from LoveGiveInk which has calendars and to do lists. Whenever I think of something I make sure to put it on my to do list so I don't forget. Lists are my best friend, there's nothing more satisfying than having everything on your 'to do' list ticked off!

How do you make time away from both work and blogging?
I'm pretty bad at this but my boyfriend always reminds me I need to take a break and have some me time whether it be a social media free evening or a Sunday to myself!

What are your top tips for maintaining a successful work-life-blog balance?
Plan a head! Running a blog and working full time is exhausting so you need to have a schedule. I like to plan my content for a whole month in advance, then I know exactly what I need to write and photograph and when. Obviously if collaborations come along then I can swap things around a bit but having a plan is the only thing that keeps me sane!

Would you ever take the plunge and take up blogging full time?
Honestly I don't think so! As much as I love my blog, I really enjoy my job, it's always been a passion of mine to work with kids so for now I'm happy doing both. Maybe when I become a mumma I might like to take my blog full time so I can spend more time with my children but we'll  see what the future holds!

Anything else that you think helps maintains a work-life-blog balance?
Having you time! Sometimes you just need to say no! Put down your phone/laptop and just relax. If your not rested your content isn't going to be at its best!



Thanks again to all the bloggers that agreed to take part in my Blog. You are all amazing and I'm sure many will agree inspiring and thank you for sharing your advice. Do you work full time whilst blogging? Let me know in the comments below.

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