Like many bloggers out there I work full time in marketing where I’m tip-tapping at my computer all day long on something or another while still running my blog and posting almost every single day. Alongside this I edit a music website, so some freelance copywriting and still have a social life (although I have no idea how).
I’ve spoken before on why I wouldn’t want to freelance full-time, I know it’s just not for me, but something I know plenty of people struggle with is the balance. The balance between having a career and working full-time, but also wanting to blog and be as successful as you can within that area. For everyone how they do it is different but having the balance is so important. Here are six of the ways that I plan and organize my blog but until then here are some tips on how to balance blogging and working.
Bulk write posts in advance
I always find that bulk writing works really well. When I come back from a trip I’ll write multiple posts about it including an overview, things you have to do, tips, specific locations etc so I can schedule them over the coming months. I always try and work 2 weeks or so in advance so if a friend invites me out or I know I’m busy at the weekend I have enough posts to keep me going. This is especially useful as post almost every single day.
Not only do I schedule blog posts in advance but I also schedule tweets promoting my posts and Instagram images. I leave some spaces in my Instagram schedule where I can post on the spot stuff (usually weekends when I am busier and likely to have a good image). If I’m scheduled in advance and then decide to take a few days out I know I’m not going to fall too behind.
Set a stop work time
On the nights when I’m not out being social I try to set myself time to do blogging stuff such as taking images for posts and scheduling social media and then setting myself down time when I can have a bath/ watch TV. I’m a workaholic and I know I could carry on working until midnight replying to emails and taking part in Twitter chats etc if I didn’t assign specific times to work.
Don’t be afraid to step back
Sometimes when I haven’t scheduled enough or I know I’m going on holiday I just take a step back for a day. If I miss a day blogging for whatever reason or don’t schedule tweets for a particular post I don’t beat myself up about it and instead just accept that it’s part and parcel of life. I’d rather not miss out on a social occassion than miss a day of blogging and while I don’t solely rely on it for income I don’t need to. Hayes and Jarvis did some research which found that a third of people admitted to feeling stressed on holiday because of their job. While I’m sure a lot of them were normal full-time workers, I bet this is something which freelancers fall down on, I know if I was away for two weeks I’d be tempted to check emails so I didn’t miss a collaboration or paid opportunity, and then it’s not really a holiday is it?!
If you blog how do you balance it?