I think it’s pretty obvious by now that I absolutely LOVE blogging. I love writing posts, editing images, and all that jazz.
But hey, a girl’s gotta pay the bills, and right now my blog just doesn’t do that. And that’s totally okay, because honestly, I’d blog even if I didn’t make a single cent. So while my blogging income isn’t enough to quit my job (yet) it’s still worth sticking with it to me. That just means I’ve got to work full-time while I grow my blog.
Sometimes it can be a hassle trying to balance it all. So, if you’re in that awkward, in-between status of blogging while also working full-time too, I’ve got some helpful tips that I’ve learned to make things easier on ya.
If you haven’t started a blog yet, go here.
MAKE YOUR BLOG A PRIORITY
When you’re working full-time, you’ve only got so much time in the day to do as you please. So, it’s super important that you make your blog a priority in your down time.
While I’d never recommend quitting your job to blog full-time unless you’re financially stable enough to do so, I do think you should take your blog seriously and invest time into your blog when you can. If you’re making your blog a priority, you may have to choose between blogging and something you want to do. You’ve just gotta make some sacrifices.
Let’s say your friends are going out and invited you to go with them, but since you don’t have an editorial calendar, you also have a blog post that’s supposed to go live tomorrow that you haven’t finished. Now, I’m not saying you can’t go out and have fun, but just remember that if you’re committed to growing your blog, you may have to sacrifice one night of fun with your friends for one night of fun working on your blog.
Now, while I definitely think you should make your blog a priority, I’m also a big believer that if you try to do too much at one time, you won’t enjoy yourself and you’ll eventually get tired of overworking yourself. So if you work a 9-5 job, don’t get home and try to work on your blog until 2am. That’s just gonna stress you out girl, and you don’t want to do that to yourself.
What I suggest doing is to give yourself scheduled breaks, just like with a regular job. When you’re working on something, set a timer (I usually go with 30 minutes) and work on your blog. Once your timer goes off, give yourself a break and chill. And after you’re done taking a break, if you’re still determined to work on your blog some more, do it all over again.
SET ASIDE TIME FOR YOUR BLOG
If you’ve already started your blog, then you definitely know that there’s a lot to do as a blogger, apart from just writing posts. And if you’re working crazy hours throughout the day, you want to make sure you still give yourself enough time to actually write your posts, edit them, post on social media, etc. It doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of time, maybe even just like an hour a day.
Typically, I set aside maybe 1-2 hours a day dedicated to getting as much work as I can done on my blog throughout the week. Luckily, that gives me plenty of time to get everything done because I also schedule/automate as much as I can (more on that next.)
AUTOMATE WHAT YOU CAN
Girl, if you’re not automating your content/social/media, you’re just working harder! From planning out my posts with my editorial calendar to using Tailwind to schedule my pins, this saves me SO. MUCH. TIME. This gives me the opportunity to use that extra time to do more important stuff!
Automating my posting schedule with an editorial calendar has proven to be one of the most helpful things for my blog. I’m currently writing this post on September 4th, and this post is set to go live October 12th. That means I’m literally all caught up for the month of September and I’m already writing content a month in advance. So, when the week rolls around in October, I don’t even have to worry about this post!
Another way I automate my blog is by using Tailwind and Hootsuite to schedule my social media. For me, Pinterest is consistently my biggest source of traffic, and I truly give most of that credit to Tailwind. This scheduling tool gives me the ability to look like I’m pinning on Pinterest all the time. That’s something I couldn’t achieve on my own, unless I was literally taking several minutes each our to manually pin something, and ain’t nobody got time for that.
If you’d like to try Tailwind out for yourself (fo’ free) you can do so through my link here.
Hootsuite is another social media scheduling tool I use. It can automate my Instagram, Facebook Page, and Twitter, although I mostly just use it for my Twitter (even though I’m rarely on there oops) but if you’re active on any of those platforms I recommend it for sure, plus it’s free!
Whether you’re just wanting to make a side income from your blog or you’re just not ready to quit your job yet, you don’t have to work harder on your blog, you just gotta work smarter! These tips are all going to save you time and help you still get everything done that you need to do.
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What’s your favorite time-saving tip?
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