Let’s break is down here. The internet can be a deceiving place. For an aspiring blogger, it can be all roses and fairy lights and look like the whole of your Twitter feed is just sitting at home writing about make up all day while you’re slaving away with a full time job and trying to fit in running a high quality blog in the remaining hours of the day.
The majority of bloggers aren’t living the blog dream and making enough money to live off of their blog, regardless of what the internet tells you. That’s not to say they won’t in future or should abandon the blog dream, but I think there can definitely be a tendency to assume the bloggers you follow on Instagram and Twitter are all living this dream life, when in reality, not so much.
So let’s talk about how to balance a full time job and a full time blog, because it takes a lot more effort and motivation than any blogger ever let’s on.
Firstly, tiredness. After working a full day it can take a hell of a lot of motivation to then start your ‘blog job’ as soon as you get in. I’m sure I’m not alone when on those nights I have plans to have a really productive evening blogging and then I get home, get in my PJs and then sit and watch YouTube videos until I’m too tired to even start thinking about blogging. Yep, guilty. It happens, don’t worry, that definitely doesn’t make you a terrible blogger. It makes you human.
The easiest way I’ve found to combat the post work flunk is to pre-plan my blog posts, either at weekends or times when you’re feeling really motivated, so I have something to fall back on in the week when I just can’t face the internet. I feel more engaged in blogging when I know I have a couple of blog posts waiting in the wings, rather than having to rush a post when I’m tired and have had a hard day and don’t do my best just for the sake of getting a post out.
Daylight hours are not something to be joked about. Any blogger will know daylight hours are crucial for taking photographs and filming for your blog. Long days in the office means losing daylight hours which means dark photos which means no blog post which means everyone unsubscribes and you die.
Ok fine. But you get what I mean. Bloggers need daylight like vampires need no light. I still haven’t mastered this, but I tend to try and take my photos in bulk at the weekends when I have glorious daylight and access to my camera alllllll day. This does mean it’s harder to write off the cuff posts, but nothing a bit of planning can’t help with. If you write a list of the posts coming up over the next month, not only will your blog and posts feel more structured, but you’ll be able to start planning what your photos should look like and when you need to take them. You can then put time aside to write the posts when those precious daylight hours have gone.
Like, HOW. Unless you’re taking days and days of holiday, how are bloggers supposed to fit in that ‘omg super cute’ breakfast in London when in reality you’re stuck in traffic commuting to your day job? I have no advice for this. Time travel perhaps?
Bloggers don’t just blog, but also have to manage social media outlets and engaging followers and working with brands and making sure your life looks just so #goals. This involves activities. Activities involve time. Time is already split between a full time job and blogging, so where exactly do to activities and social life actually fit in? Taking time for yourself and making sure you have a balance is really important. Blogging has to remain fun, getting too focused on what other bloggers seem to be doing can be a killer for your blog and relationships. Not everything you do needs to be documented or blogged. Focus on having a happy and healthy ‘real life’ and your ‘blog life’ will follow suit. Authentic content is much more appealing to read and engage with than artificially constructed situations purely for blog views. And that’s just not cool.
Blog envy kills blogs. I am by no means innocent, I have had blog envy numerous times. It’s so easy to see a blog, assume that blogger is living the dream and working on their blog full time, when actually, they’re going through the same struggles as you. Bloggers are generally great at building each other up, and the blog community at the moment feels extremely positive. However my warning would be genuinely interaction and communication is so much more fulfilling and beneficial than random comments and likes to try and drive up blog views. If for example if we like a few of each other’s tweets, then you follow me and I follow you, and THEN I get a generic message saying ‘thanks so much for the follow, check out my blog @crowdfire’, I can GUARANTEE you I will not be checking out your blog. Or the old favourite where you ‘meet’ a blogger and you tweet each other a couple of times and have a nice chat and you think you’re friends and then a bit of time passes and you tweet them again and then you get a follow notification. Errrm, why did you unfollow me? Oh, oh wait. I see, you’re number chasing. We’re not actually friends. Right. I get ya. UNFOLLOW.
I think the most important message is to build a blog you’re proud of, be nice to people, be genuine, build each other up and focus on you. Not what everyone else is or isn’t doing.
I’m sure I’m not alone feeling these struggles. Balancing real life and blog life can be really hard. Just do the best you can do.
What do you think the hardest part of balancing a blog and a 9-5 is? I’d love to know I’m not alone in this!
Big love to all my blogger babes out there!