If you have been keeping up to date with blog posts you may have realised that I have been working full time doing a job in Graphic Design. It’s being going really well, I’ve been doing it for about three months now. The only issue is having less time in the evening to write blog posts. It is made particularly difficult in the Winter when there’s only two good days a week to take photos since weekdays gets dark very quickly.
Home life is a little crazy right now. We have no carpets… or a sofa as they are both getting updated so everything a mess. Which means I haven’t had much time to write blog posts as I have been helping do work around the house. For when things are normal there has been a few tips I have been sticking to, in order to get two blogs posts up a week. So here they are…
Write on Commutes
I catch public transport every morning to get to work, the journey is about 30 minutes which gives me enough time to edit blog posts and start writing up a few drafts. Over the week it adds up to quite a lot. I tend to write them in the WordPress app and then just write “PIC” in the gaps between the paragraphs where a photo is needed. You could get a bulk of the writing done whilst on the way to or from work. This wouldn’t work if you have to drive to work but you could spend your lunch break typing parts of it up.
Blog in the Evenings
When I get home from work it is about half 5 at night. By the time I have had tea its closer to half 6. So evenings are quite short. At night I like to plan for the future blog posts, finish up editing photos and making sure I try and be present on social media. So during the week I can plan ahead and get all the drafts written up with gaps left out for photos.
Have a Schedule / Diary
This one I find myself sticking to really well. I use my favourite planner which is one from Rifle and Co to write down what the next blog post will be. Also when I get chance to actually write the posts. A planner in general is something everyone should have, whether you use it for blogging or not. It can really help you stay organised and get into a routine.
Use Your Weekends Wisely
Weekends will be your blessing and your curse. You will either have weekends completely free to churn out loads of blog posts and get on top of things. Other weekends will be jam packed, so you won’t get any time. When you do have those quite weekends be sure to take loads of photos and really get ahead. As this is typically the only time in the week when you get daylight hours to take photos.
Take Photographs In Advance
Following on from my last point, when the weekend comes around its photography time. Get your background and objects in place, as weekends are when you need to be taking photos. If you know what blog posts are going to be going up in the week then be sure to take pictures ready. The last thing you want is to be rushing the night before or even on the morning to try and pull a composition together. It will just be rushed and chaotic. So when the lighting is good set up a few different scenes for 2-3 blog posts so you are ready in advance.
These have been my tips for how I am able to work full time whilst running a blog. If a blog post goes up late it is usually because evening have been hectic and I just haven’t had time. I would rather put up a late blog post than a rushed one.
Let me know if you work and blog full time, what techniques do you use to have a work/ blog balance?