I was recently asked the question, “How do you run a successful blog and keep your day job?” Anyone that works a full-time job that is not related to blogging understands that maintaining your job and a blog at the same time is very hard to juggle (I’m not going to deny that at all). The hardest part of it all is trying to find a balance. It’s difficult because you do not have the freedom to set your own schedule, so you have to use your time very wisely. Over the last couple of years I have learned a few things about how to run my blog and keep my day job, so I’m sharing a few of those tips with you today.
- Plan your posts ahead of time. It is important to set aside designated days for blogging. Whether it be for 1 hour or 3 hours, you need time that is specifically dedicated to blogging. I am a free spirit and I really hate to plan, but if you are going to develop a blog that is successful you will have to plan. It is important to organize your ideas, so that you can develop posts that your audience will want to read and share. You may want to consider using a blog planner, Google calendar, or an old-fashion notebook to keep your blog affairs in order.
- Use your lunch breaks as a time to be more productive. Long gone are the days when I can enjoy a sandwich and surf the net leisurely during my lunch breaks. My lunch breaks are always dedicated to some type of blogging task, whether that be posting on social media, editing pictures, or writing a post. Every moment of the day counts when you have a full-time job.
- Incorporate the regular parts of your life into the blogging process, but make sure that you set boundaries. Due to the fact that the topic of my blog is mostly fashion, I use every opportunity that I can for a photo op. If my husband and I are going to the movies sometimes we take blog pictures beforehand. Anytime that I am going to an event I think about if it is something that I could incorporate on my blog. You do have to be careful with this practice because sometimes you need to spend time with your family without focusing on work, but I have a very supportive husband and he tries to be as helpful and understanding as possible.
- Hire a virtual assistant. Sometimes you just can’t do everything yourself. Virtual assistants can help you do a number of tasks that can free up some of your time such as: scheduling posts, creating content, managing your social media pages, graphic design and a host of other options. Check out this article from iblogMagazine on “How To Hire A Virtual Assistant.”
I hope you all have found this post helpful, and if you have any requests let me know! I also have opened up a new section of the Blogging Bootcamp Course because my first class sold out so quickly! I received many requests to open up another class, so I am really excited. Registration will only be open for a week, so don’t miss your opportunity to learn about how to create a successful blog in 2015! Sign up HERE!