Blogging With A Full Time Job


It's tough. That's the truth, but once you find a hobby you love - you shouldn't give it up.

Blogging seemed to be easy for me in my final year of university, I upped my game and began writing posts twice a week and I continued to enjoy every minute. Since getting a dream role straight out of uni, I began writing hundreds of words on a daily basis. Although I love it, some days you're just utterly exhausted with the idea of coming home from writing... to write. See my issue? 

Sometimes a girl just needs to slide into pj's, say hello to a bowl of ice cream and a recorded episode of Gogglebox and do nothing else.

It's okay though, it's totally do-able. You just have to find a routine, take action when inspiration strikes and get planning. Luckily, I have yet to miss my Wednesday and Sunday deadlines but who knows when an ice cream day could be lurking - but if that happens, I'm totally fine with it.

Find a routine

Whether you post once or three times a week, find a routine which works for you. Be realistic and don't put too much pressure on yourself. This is a damn hobby, you should be loving it, not biting your nails worrying that your post hasn't gone live.

Plan

Get planning - it's the perfect excuse for a new notebook too. If you have five minutes, scribble down ideas for future posts, read blogs and find inspiration, talk to other bloggers and have a general think about your blog. Is the content your creating what you would read? What content do you enjoy reading? Get creative, but log your every creative thought for when inspiration hits.

Take action when inspiration strikes

It's currently 00:59 as I write this post. I've been meaning to write about this subject for a while but I never seemed to be in the right mindset. However, a night of watching Slum Dog Millionaire and getting into bed, I find myself typing on my keyboard... strange when inspiration can hit you. 

I often become motivated after online shopping - it usually results in an hour of collage making... geek alert.

Scheduling is your best friend

We need a life and cannot stay glued to our computers 24/7. So, scheduling is a life saver by keeping your blog in check, staying connected and remaining on top of things. I often schedule blog posts in advance and before working full time I usually had more than three posts ready to go live. Now, it's just the one.

When it comes to social media there are plenty of options. At work I use the scheduling site Meet Edgar which is damn expensive but insanely useful. Buffer is free and is what I use regularly for my blog. You can keep your account fresh and constantly updated for users to read any time of day.

Stay social

It's definitely important to be social when blogging. When I popped my blog on Twitter, I found so many inspiring bloggers and this way they can find you too. It's also one of the best ways to grow your blog - so keep it topped up with fresh content!

Stay positive 

Remember why you started in the first place. Blogging is a great hobby and it can open doors to so many opportunities. Without my blog, there is no way in hell I'd have the job I have today. Stay positive, don't compare yourself to others and love what you do!

Your happiness is what's important

Blogging shouldn't be a chore. If you're feeling the pressure it's okay to take a break, this is a hobby and you should be doing it because you want to. Find the balance between blogging and work life, but also make time for yourself and others. Your happiness is what's important.

Hannah x

31 comments

  1. Some very meaningful words. working full time and running a blog can be hard work but your right, it's all about routine. You don't want it to become a chore when this is your hobby and you should love it! :) xx

    Yasmina | The July Journal

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  2. Some great advice here Hannah :) I definitely find having a notebook to hand very useful and read a lot of other blogs to be inspired! x

    www.moreaboutcat.co.uk

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  3. This is such an important post and really good advice :) I don't have a job yet bu I am in the middle of my gcses so I need to find a balance between revision, blogging and relaxing x

    http://monochromeroses.blogspot.co.uk/

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  4. yep i learned as well that scheduling and trying to stick with your routine is the best solution for blogging. at least for me (:

    xx from Brighton
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  5. Great post, really amazing words of advice! Currently blog and Youtube is all I do since I'm on my gap year and have no obligations really. But it's not my job and I really enjoy it, so this posts applies to me as well. xx

    Klaudia // klaudiam96.blogspot.com

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  6. I really enjoyed reading this post. It is really hard blogging with a full time job but it is all about finding time and being in the right mind set!

    www.57-days.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Love this post! I started working full time recently and it's been hard to manage blogging too but I think I mostly just need to get more organized!

    xx Chelsea
    www.organizedmessblog.com

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  8. Such good tips here! I only recently started having my notebook with my everywhere and it makes suuuuuch a difference. Super helpful.

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  9. These tips are great! Blogging is so time consuming so it can definitely be hard to balance it with other things x
    britishmermaid.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. This is some great (and much needed) advice which I need to start doing. I am trying to get into a routine at the moment as I have just started my first full time job and it's all a bit manic; loved this post xo

    Emily | emsalice.com

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  11. this post was refreshing to read! i sometimes find it hard to juggle uni and blogging (or sometimes just find it hard to blog if im having a bad day!) so it's great to read some great tips and positive words. your last point about being happy is so so important <3

    Sarah
    Absolutely Sarah | Bloglovin

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  12. Really love this post! I try and have a few posts scheduled and if I'm not feeling inspired I take a break from it. Great tips, thank you for sharing! x

    Summer, The Twins Wardrobe

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  13. I work on two different jobs, as well as my blog, and my blog is certainly my hobby, but I take it seriously! All this advice is so valuable. I've noticed hugely that actually BEING social on social media is mega beneficial. If you don't interact with people, they won't interact with you! Logical it seems, but till you do it, you don't necessarily realise that :)

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  14. These are really great tips! I'm working in a mining company full time and I sometimes find it difficult to juggle doing both work and what I love - which is blogging. But if you really are passionate with what you do, you will always find a way to insert doing your hobby a little bit everyday. :)

    therenalexis.blogspot.com

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  15. Thank you for this post! You know I'm considering being a full-time blogger :)

    Liz
    www.raw-shrimp.com

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  16. And balancing life and work. Thanks Hannah. :)

    Spices + Everything Nice | www.ajeinomoto,.com

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  17. Thank you for your lovely post. Everything you said i totally agree and its better when you have time and then blog and when you dont time than dont stress about it but i must say i did that sadly in the past but i found a routine.


    Xoxo Mel

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  18. Scheduling is definitely my best friend! When i want to write, I will write as many as i can and schedule them for the next month so even if i don't fancy writing for weeks it doesn't matter so much! Great Post!
    www.wanderfreeblog.wordpress.com
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  19. I will be needing this so soon once uni ends! Thanks for the tips-I can only imagine how useful these are for those with a fulltime job! I can imagine how difficult it is, my boyfriend leaves at 8 & returns at half 6 completely ruined. To then think of him settling down to a full night of intense blogging just seems overwhelming. A routine would definitely be necessary!

    Katie // Words By Katie

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  20. These are some wonderful words of wisdom, I particularly love our last point that your happiness is what is important. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed between working all day and blogging at night, I find it hard to remember that it IS okay to take a step away and recharge every now and again if I need it.

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  21. These is a post I needed to read. I also am working full time and been keeping drafts and notes every now and then. I couldn't agree more with scheduling and planning. We all need to do that, now that work is on our hands. Thanks for these tips ! xx

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  22. I agree - if you find something that you love, you should never give up! Blogging is a wonderful way to share your opinion and connect with other bloggers! I love reading through blogs and simply seeing what people think about products, style etc….

    Never give up! Totally agree! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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  23. I find it so hard to blog now that I have a full time job. When I'm off, I feel like I just want to relax and rest, it's almost as if there's never room for everything we want to do...

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  24. great post bbz xx
    http://ajiacroft.blogspot.co.uk/

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  25. I really needed to read this post =o) I have been working a full time job now since I graduated from school last year and it's been hard leaving work (where I spend most of my day staring at a computer screen) to then go home and sit at a computer writing and editing posts. I am still finding my balance =o) Thanks for sharing!

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/

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  26. Really great tips - although I don't have a full time job, I'm pretty much full time at college so scheduling is also a life saver for me!

    Lucy | Forever September

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  27. I totally agree that you have to find the balance that works for you :) I'm also doing professional qualifications alongside my full-time job as part of the grad scheme I'm on so during exam time I did have to take a step back and blog less to keep my sanity! I couldn't blog without scheduling so it's a must for me too

    Jasmine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  28. This is inspiring! I've only just started my blog but working full time, this is definitely something that's been on my mind. I'm definitely going to be implementing some of these tips when juggling both.

    Camden xx

    Camden Lily

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  29. Great tips, thanks for sharing! I've started a blog to run along side my career/business and try to post three times a week, which is quite a lot when running a small business as well. I usually write as many posts as I can during the free time of my weekends - which works well, because I truly love writing on my blog!

    Janelle x
    http://www.roseryapparel.com/blog/

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  30. These are really great points! Even though I'm in the beginning of my blogging journey, I recently had a reality check that I need to rest and reset sometimes otherwise I'm just going to experience burnout fast. Scheduling and planning ahead is soooo important, otherwise you're left planning like you're always behind (even if you're not).

    Molly
    http://www.thewandermustsoul.com/

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