HOW TO BALANCE A BLOG AND A FULL TIME JOB | BLOGTOBER 12


Working full time and also having a time consuming interest can be really difficult. I don't think I really realised how easy I had it in the gap between uni and starting work where I wasn't doing anything except blogging, spending the last of my overdraft and just generally having a great time pretending that things weren't about to get more difficult. Running a blog and going to work 5 days a week has, for me, proven to be very difficult. Whether it's struggling to find enough light to take photos on winter evenings or being too exhausted to concentrate on writing after a long day in the office, it can be hard trying to take it all on. It's frustrating and often upsetting when you feel like you don't have enough time or energy to do what you want to do.

In an ideal world, we would all be out there, killing it and making substantial enough incomes from our hobbies that we could turn them into our passions. I know that's my long-term goal. It can seem like a really distant goal that we constantly have to push to the back of our heads to make way for reality. But there is good news. A light at the end of the tunnel. It does happen. I've watched so many wonderful, hardworking creatives pushing and pushing day after day and finally making their passion their soul focus. Every time I see a blogger go freelance, my heart does a little jump for joy.

But for now, those of us who are still balancing work, with a blog, with other hobbies and commitments, need to learn how to just get on with it. If you love something enough, you'll keep pushing and making time for it no matter what. You may have weeks where you feel uninterested and days where you can't think of a single word to write, but in the end your passion will always keep you going. So, how do we do it? How do we manage to find that balance between running a blog and working a 9-5 every day? There are a few things to remember.

It gets easier. When I started my first 9-5 job, I would get up, go to work, get home and collapse on my bed exhausted, literally unable to even think of doing anything else productive with my day. Starting a new job can be killer. Getting used to a new role, new people, new hours and a new day to day routine can be not only daunting, but exhausting. If you're starting a new job, remember that your other interests like blogging, may have to take a backseat for a little while until you're firmly on your feet. But that's okay. It'll still be there when you're ready to pick it up again.

some days are better than others. Some days, I get home from work and my mind is just switched on. I'm a machine and I feel ready to write, edit, take photos, get odd jobs done around the house, make dinner and still be ready to sit down and watch Bake Off at 8pm. Other days, I get home, crawl onto the sofa, check my phone, raid the fridge for leftovers for dinner and don't move until Bake Off is finished. Basically, not every day will be as productive as the last. You'll wear yourself out if you try to make it that way, so try to cut yourself some slack if you feel like it's all too much some days.

When you find the energy, run with it. Leading on from my last point, on the days where you do feel like you have gallons of energy and inspiration, run with it. Bulk writing posts is my saviour when it comes to balancing a busy schedule. If you have a free evening and inspiration strikes, keep going until it starts to fizzle out again. If you can write a handful of good posts in one evening to store away for later days, you'll thank yourself on the busy weeks where writing just feels like to much to handle.


store up photos from weekend adventures. One of the hardest things I find with blogging after work is that it's really difficult to take good photos. You're limited to nearby locations, other people are often not around to shoot with you and often, in winter especially, it's a race to get good photos while it's still light outside. What I now tend to do is take most of my photos on weekends and then store them up for later posts. They don't have to be organised shoots or photos with a specific blog post in mind. Just spend Saturday and Sunday snapping and then let your inspiration flow from there.

plan content in advance. At the start of each month, I like to write a quick list of all of the content I'd like to post on the blog over the next few weeks. It's usually not too extensive and I don't spend too long doing it at all. Throughout the month, if I have new ideas, I'll either add them to the end of this months list or to next months. This way, every time I feel a sudden urge to write, I can consult my list and have a topic ready to go. It definitely makes life easier when you don't have much time but are feeling creative!

It's a hobby, so don't make it another job. One of the most important things to remember is to not allow your blog to become such a pressure on you that it feels like you're coming home to another job. Your hobbies are meant to be fun. so don't allow high expectations of yourself to make blogging feel like a chore. Write when you feel like writing and make content for yourself, rather than for other people. The best blogs to read are the ones where it feels like the writer really has a love for the content which they're creating.

So those are my little tips on how to balance a blog and a job. Some days will be easier than others. Some days you'll feel like tearing your hair out and other days you'll feel like you could keep writing into the night and nothing could stop you. Regardless, finding a balance is difficult and if you're managing to do it, then you're doing brilliantly. Keep at it, keep fuelling your passion and putting your best into everything that you do. It may be tough now, but you'll eventually receive the recognition that you deserve.

6 comments :

  1. This is a great post! I struggle with the balance quite often but have found if I can make myself sit down and get a good plan written out, schedule some blog posts and at least rough out a few ideas to get a step or two ahead of myself, then I seem to manage better. It's all in the planning I guess!

    I totally agree with not making your hobby a job, a brilliant thing to remind ourselves of!

    Gemma
    Faded windmills

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    1. Thank you Gemma! Planning is definitely key. Thanks so much for reading!x

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  2. Excellent points, the last of which I reckon is the most important! There's nothing like trying to force your hobby to be a job when you already have one of those to make you lose the love for it, and turn a great creative space into simply going through the motions.

    I've been very lucky in that I've been able to take my "full-time" role a little more part-time thanks to my freelance work, but I'm still struggling to get the balance right. I suspect it'll be a long-term learning curve!

    Lis / last year's girl x

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    1. Thanks so much for reading! I'm hoping to reach that stage of going a little more part-time soon too. So glad to hear that you've managed it!x

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  3. Yes! Word for word on the same journey, so wonderful to know I'm not alone and someone else takes the same approach. Thanks for sharing, happy to have found your blog and look forward to following you.

    Best,
    Ashleigh
    ashleighrenay

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    1. Thanks for reading Ashleigh, this means a lot to hear! It's definitely good to know that other people are going through this too x

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