How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

“Hello Lalit, I work as a computer operator. I have been writing blogs for over a year. Now I want to quit my job and get into full time blogging. How would you advise?”, Nadeem asked me in a chat conversation on Google+

Similar questions keep on coming to me regularly. The other day Rick from Australia wanted to know how to better manage his blog while he does a full time day job.

I told Nadeem that for blogging like a professional it is better to be a full-time blogger. Professional blogger is not just a fancy term that people like to attach with their names. It is actually a serious business -it is a business from which you earn your bread and butter. Let’s have a look at what blogging on part-time and full-time basis entail.

When you give anything less than 7-8 hours for your blog activities -you would be termed as a part-time blogger. You should not be surprised to know that most of the bloggers are part-timers. Majority of bloggers do not know how they can earn from their blogs -and that’s why they just write posts to express themselves and not to make living out of it.

Part-time Blogging is Safer

There is no doubt about it. From financial viewpoint, it is always safer to be part-time blogger. You should not keep all the eggs in one basket as diversification is the mantra of success in financial realms. Initially, for quite some time, blogging does not give you enough money to sustain your living. During this period, I would suggest that you keep a regular day job and slowly develop your blog by giving it only 2-3 hours every day.

I feel that part-time blogging is much harder. You need to maintain a day job and then after coming home, you would need to give some time to thinking, conceptualizing, writing, packaging and publishing at least one post. This could well be exhaustive for many. A number of bloggers struggle to keep their blogs running because they are left with just no energy after doing their full-time day job.

Both part time and full time approaches can work in blogging. Choice depends on your objectives.

Day Job Keeps You Confident

A regular income from a “regular” job would not only help you in paying your bills but also would keep worries out of your mind. You can not blog well with worries like “how am I going to pay electricity bill this month?” weighing on your thoughts.

A day job keeps you assured and helps you deal with the ups and downs of blog income. It doesn’t matter how much you earn from blogging -but the erratic nature of blog income often keeps you on toes. So, regular income is bliss even for a well established professional blogger.

As you progress well in your blog’s development -you can slowly increase the number of hours that you give to blogging activities. Switching from part-time to full-time blogging is a tricky decision that you must make with due consideration.

You should think of full-time blogging only after your blog begins to give you income that can sustain at least your basic life style (which includes paying for food, house rent, utility bills etc.)

It is possible that the first few months in full-time blogging may be a bit unsettling for you. Leaving a day job means no commuting to workplace and no set income. As full-time blogger, you would be working from home and spend most of your work schedule in reading, researching and experimentation. Funny as it is, your income may even take nose-dive in the very next week of your becoming a full-time blogger! That’s the nature of this business –you can’t be sure of income.

But once you’ve decided to be a full-timer, you should not get troubled by financial jolts and changed life-style. Give it, let’s say, six months of your complete time. If you stay afloat in these six months, keep going on as a full-time blogger as it can take you to new heights.

As we just saw, both these approaches have their pros and cons. Combining part-time blogging with a day job gives you more stability, confidence and opportunity to slowly develop your blog. In full-time blogging you can develop your blog very fast but overall monetary gain remains unpredictable. So, while switching from part-time to full-time, you must be at such a blog-income-level that you can offset one month’s loss by another month’s gain.

The best approach is to begin blogging on part-time basis and when you see yourself as established enough -then make a switch to full-time blogging.

While beginning full-time blogging, it is recommended to have some money as cushion to save you in case you don’t succeed or initially struggle to make enough money. Like any other business, full-time blogging has its own risks. A smart blogger knows all these aspects and makes informed moves at the right time.

I hope this article helped you in clearing your mind about how to get involve in blogging business. Keep reading TechWelkin to get more tips which will help your blogging in a big way.

And yes, don’t hesitate in asking questions. Just comment and ask me what you want to know.

Guys, how is it August already?! The year just started, I just celebrated new years and it is already almost mid of August! On another note, I am going to be real you guys! I have been so inconsistent with this blog and I am finally going to do something about it. For a lot of bloggers, working in a totally nonrelated field is very common. Someone is in sales, some in tech or marketing and so on. And same is true for me as well.

In brief, I work for a tech company in their influencer team actually. But the work we do is very different from what I do here. First of all, I am on the other side of this. So, as a plus point, I do get to see how the companies decide on influencers. But then again, it is a very different field, we work in machine learning and big data and artificial intelligence, which I was not really familiar with before I started working here.

Some of you guys might be aware that I had to go to India for a few months and that totally messed with my schedule. I was jet lagged and was working in the US hours, so I was sleeping until late in the morning (sometimes, afternoon, lol). I thought it would be easier to keep up with my blog, since my days would be free, but I couldn’t be more wrong. My tiredness took up my whole day and I couldn’t do anything else.

Now, even though I am back, I feel like I am so far behind in my whole process, which makes more very sad and unmotivated to work on anything. But, I am working on getting this s**t together, so I sat down one day and brainstormed some topics that I wanted to write about. And guess what, I came up with a lot more than I initially had in mind! So, I have my whole rest of August planned, 2 posts a week, and I am making a promise to myself to get this platform back on track.

Now, I realize there are a lot of bloggers out there who are doing a commendable job and maintaining their blog with their full-time job but for the un-organized ladies like me, I am sharing a few tips that I am incorporating in my schedule to be consistent and relevant to your audience.

  1. Monthly Editorial Calendar– This is a tried and tested method which is known to be very helpful. I used to do this last year every month and if you will go back in my blog, you will see I had a very regular posting schedule. I started a new job this year, and that all just got thrown out the window. Now, I love my job! I am learning so much every day and I work with the best people you could ask for. But this is something that I know I shouldn’t have lagged in. You don’t have to right away come up with a month’s worth of blog post ideas. Brainstorm before the start of a month and keep a small diary with you to jot down any idea that you come up with. I generally use my planner that I absolutely love, but if I am outside, I just use the notes app on my phone. And then write them down in my planner once I get home. That way, you will have at least 5-7 topics in your repository without even working on it.
  2. Don’t think of it as “Work”– I know it can difficult to come home after work and then work again on the blog. Now, for some people, they really want to make it into a business. For me, this is more of a creative outlet, a way of getting in touch with my fellow fashion and beauty lovers and I intend on working my job for as long as possible. At least, that is what I have in my mind right now. If that ever changes in the future, I’ll probably think more then. So, if I start to think of working on my blog as “work”, it gets me less motivated. Rather, I treat this as my “me time”. I switch on some music, light some candles, sit with a wine and edit photos or make a few updates to my blog page and so on. This gets me in the mood and I enjoy doing all that.
  3. Make the most of weekends– I tend to get very lazy on the weekends as I always thought that is what weekends are for 😀 Also, putting Netflix on, lying on the couch just sounds so relaxing, right! But I try to get the most of my weekends by scheduling shoots for the blog. My husband takes all of my blog pictures, so there are no schedule issues here. The problem that I come across with is in the writing part. You see, I really love getting ready, doing my hair, picking out outfits, getting pictures and editing them. Editing is probably my favorite part of the whole process. But then I get lazy and put off writing a blog post. Also, Saturday evenings are sometimes busy so instead I try to write posts on Sundays. There isn’t much to do other than cleaning and groceries and we don’t have a big apartment, so it doesn’t take that much time. Write at least 2 blog posts and schedule them in the WordPress tool and you are set for the week!
  4. Stop comparing yourself– I have struggled with this myself. While scrolling Instagram, I stumble upon someone very much like me but doing a lot better than I am. This makes me thinking what I am doing wrong, or what that person is doing that is working so well. But the thing is that, if you are doing your best, you don’t have to think about that. Take pride in what you are doing.

I hope a lot of you will be able to relate to these points and incorporate some in your blog schedule as well, if you are like me and trying to get you blog back on track.

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How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

One of the questions that I get asked most frequently is how I maintain a profitable blog while working full-time.

The answer to that? Well, I’m pretty much a zombie.

Maintaining a profitable job while also having a full time job is no joke, and it takes a lot of energy, energy that I sometimes don’t really have.

But I’ve found that by following some of the tips I’m providing here in today’s post, things can be a little easier. We’ve only got so many hours in the day, and when you’re working full-time and blogging on the side, you need to make the most out of those hours.

So here are some of the things I definitely recommend.

Figure out when you’re most productive

This one’s a big deal, okay? Some of us are productive in the morning. Some of us are productive at night. Some of us are most productive at noon during lunchtime. If you want to make the most out of whatever little time you have, you need to figure out when you’re most effective so you can get the most done. Me? I can’t wake up earlier than 6am. I wish I could. I have blogger friends who wake up at 5am and they tell me that they get so much stuff done before work and I’m super jealous. I just can’t. I don’t know what it is, but if I try waking up before 6am it’s a total waste because all I do is hit snooze until it’s 6. So instead, I’ve learned that I’m most productive the second I get home from work. Knowing that, I set aside a good hour when I get home to work on the blog and get things done.

Work on Your Energy Levels

I’ve been working on this a lot lately, because I feel like I’m always out of energy. I mean, I’m 25 years old, for crying out loud! I should have SO MUCH ENERGY! But I don’t. I’m always exhausted, so lately I’ve been trying Energems and I’m loving them! I used to have to chug cups of coffee every day which was a tad bit too much sugar, so Energems are a great option for anyone needing a little energy pick me up, without having to drink lots of coffee or energy drinks. I just keep a bottle in my purse and I’m good to go.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

I’ve found that when I have energy, my work is so much better. Not only am I more focused on the things I have to do, but I’m just ready for anything that comes my way and I find it so much easier to hit all the things on my to-do list.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Just three of these babies contain 133 mg of caffeine, which is the same amount of caffeine in a large cup of coffee. So you can take one, two or three Energems to get the boost of energy you want, whenever you want (or need) it. Like when you have a blogging deadline and need to get that post up ASAP!

Do work in batches

I had been hearing about doing work in batches for a while, and I didn’t really know how I felt about it. Essentially, when you do work in batches, you’re doing ONE task repeatedly. So in our case, we’d be writing blog posts back to back, or spending a whole afternoon just focusing on taking or editing photos. I gave this a shot a few weeks ago and yes, it’s life-changing. Why? Because you end up focusing on what you’re working on and you produce more work. I think it helped me a lot because I found myself less distracted and instead of just creating one blog post a night, I found myself creating 2 and 3 posts back-to-back. So definitely give this one a try because especially when you’re working full-time, you need to make the most out of your blogging hours.

Automate Whenever You Can

I was finding myself looking at my phone three hundred thousand times a day checking social media, so I started using some tools to help automate that process a bit. I’m now using HootSuite to schedule some posts on Twitter and Tailwind to schedule posts on Pinterest. I used to think that using these tools was cheating. Like, unauthentic, even. But it’s not like I’m having a robot write stuff for me that I wouldn’t write. Everything I post is stuff that I write on my own, I just do it in advance so I don’t have to spend all day remembering to post. Saves me a lot of time because I’ll do these on the weekend and then I can spend my days RESPONDING to comments and engaging with my audience instead of focusing my attention on trying to remember to post.

Use Your Breaks at Work Wisely

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

When you’re working full time and managing any kind of side hustle, you have to use whatever breaks you have wisely. I have a one hour commute on the way to work and a one hour commute on the way home, so I always take that time to work and think about my blog. I listen to a whole bunch of different podcasts. Some that I’m loving right now are Two Inboxes, ProBlogger, Smart Passive Income, and GirlBoss Radio. Even though I HATE being stuck in traffic, I like knowing that I’m being productive. I’ll talk to myself like a crazy person, brainstorm blog posts, and make reminders for myself for things I need to do later. I also fully utilize my lunch breaks. When I was writing Corporate Survival Guide For Your Twenties, I spent my lunch breaks writing. Sure, it’s a lot more fun to sometimes get away from work and relax and just eat your lunch, but when you’re building something you’re passionate about, it’s totally worth it.

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I hope to be able to get to a point where my main job is running this blog. For now, I’ll keep juggling several jobs until that happens. Anybody else struggle with running a blog while working full time? Here are some tips on how to run a blog and work full time for those who are challenged with this as well.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

I’m busy running around to several jobs, yet manage to keep Blooming Anomaly going. This isn’t happening by accident. I’m still working on a system to manage my time better, but below are some things that work for me as I balance working and blogging.

I hope you find some of these tips helpful as you manage your blog and work full time as well!

Block Time

I’ve heard many bloggers say they block out time to blog so they can manage their blog and work as well. How do you do this? Set aside a time each day to focus on your blog.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

What should you do during this block of time?

You could be writing posts, creating new images for your posts and social media platforms, connecting with other bloggers and your followers. It may be hard to choose what to focus on during this time since so much goes into blogging, but it does help to have a specific time for it.

Want to blog, but haven’t started yet? Check out my easy step by step guide on how to start a blog.

Do a Little Everyday

What if you don’t have the time to do this? In the past, my husband has told me to just start out doing something for 5 minutes each day. This works if an hour sounds like too much time.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

If you are like me, that 5 minutes will turn into 15, 45, and eventually an hour without you realizing it. If you really want to blog, you will find the time to do so, even if its just a few minutes here and there.

I usually stay up an extra hour or more most nights to focus on Blooming Anomaly. If you are a morning person, get up a little early to work on your blog.

If I’m having a really busy day, I’ll work on some things here and there while watching Netflix with my husband. The past few weeks I’ve written out my posts with a paper and pencil, then transferred them on my computer. I also get on social media while in front of the television, too.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Again, if you want to blog badly enough, you will find the time to do it.

Make a Schedule

Once you have a specific time to work on your blog, what are you going to do with that time? Write down your top three most important tasks and do one at a time. I used to be really bad about this, but discovered if I write down what needs to be done, I’ll get it finished within that time!

Since I juggle several jobs and run this blog, I have a planner to keep track of my daily tasks. Each day looks a little different, and have a planner really helps me keep up with what I have going on each day.

I use an old school notebook planner and pens. There are plenty of digital planners available for those who prefer to work in digital form. The calendar on your cell phone and computer are other great resources to use for schedules.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Commit to Schedule

This goes along with the above two, but its really important to stick with your schedule. If you don’t, you won’t get your tasks completed. If you get easily distracted, put your phone in another room, close out of your emails and social media, and just focus on your blog.

When I just have my blog page up and nothing else, I find it easier to not get distracted. If you don’t think you can do this, set a timer for a few minutes and I’m sure you will find that you can focus on your blog. Slowly increase the time and you will see a huge difference in what you can get done.

Be Persistent

If you feel like only a few minutes of blog time a day won’t make much of a difference, try it out for a week and then a month. I bet you will get more done in that time than you think! If you want to blog, you need to be persistent about it.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Don’t get discouraged if you have a crazy day and can only devote a few minutes to your blog. Keep going. Another day you may have a few hours to focus on your blog. If you are persistent about blogging, you will look back at when you started and be shocked at how much you have accomplished!

Take Breaks

Does blogging overwhelm you at times? I know it does for me. There is so much to do and there is only me running my blog! I can only get so much done in 24 hours.

When I start to feel overwhelmed or burnt out, I’ll step away for a day or so. My blog and followers will still be there the next day. I also feel refreshed and ready to charge forward with Blooming Anomaly after a short break.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

How to Run a Blog and Work Full Time

To learn how to run a blog and work full time, you have to have fun doing it! It’s hard to juggle both but not impossible! Writing posts, creating images, and connected with my followers and other bloggers has made this a very fun and rewarding experience.

Do you run a blog and work full time? How do you balance both (and stay sane)! Let me know in the comments section below!

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How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Updated: March 25, 2021

Let’s REALLY talk about starting a profitable blog:

If you’re thinking about starting a blog for profit, there are some things that you should know going in.

IF you don’t take one single other thing away from this post, know these two things:

  1. Blogging is a LEGIT way to make A LOT of money – (I am updating this as of March 2021, and this is more true now than ever). I make good money doing this, I had no experience when I started, and in the grand scheme of life, I started making money very quickly.) So if your burning questions was “is blogging REALLY profitable?” the answer is a resounding YES – it sure can be!)
  2. Bogging for profit is a ton of freaking work. I know there are people out there who claim to be making a fortune in ten hours per week, but let me assure you – I am not. I work at LEAST 40 hours per week and often far more.

I’d like to start with this image of a woman – IN THE WATER, ON HER COMPUTER. This is a stupid picture:

Like, she’s on a holiday, she’s swimming, for freak’s sake… but I want you to notice that she’s still working.

Starting a blog for profit is kind of like that; you have to be willing to work (almost) this hard, at least at first. I’m not exaggerating. I don’t ever want anyone to accuse me of telling them that starting a blog would be easy money.

But has all that work been worth it?

Oh, you better believe it!

(THIS POST PROBABLY CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS REALLY BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)

It’s pretty easy to get sucked into the “How to start a profitable blog in 10 minutes and earn $5000 / month while you sleep!” articles that you see out there.

But the thing is, those articles leave out some details – they do this on purpose so that you go ahead and start your blog RIGHT NOW, without giving it any thought – so the writers can earn commission on hosting sales. Many bloggers earn so much money from hosting sales with their how to start a blog tutorial that they hardly even need to try making money anywhere else on their blog.

You CAN make good money from blogging. I’m making GREAT money blogging, and anyone could do it! It’s just that there’s a little more to it than throwing up a website and watching the cash roll in. I want you to go into blogging for a profit with your eyes open – ok?

If we’re having an honest conversation here – and I think we should – starting a profitable blog takes work.

Starting a profitable blog is… hard.

(There I said it. If that scares you away, then blogging isn’t for you.)

No, setting a blog up isn’t hard. Not at all. Getting the technical part done and dusted is downright easy – even if you’re terrible at computers.

It’s what comes next that’s hard.

Writing and re-writing.

Learning. (Taking a few blogging courses is necessary, in my opinion.) Staying motivated when traffic drops 50% in three days (or staying motivated when you have yet to see traffic growth at all).

Making graphics, figuring out social media, finding your niche, growing your audience, learning SEO. These things don’t just happen overnight. It takes time. And it takes effort. (But so does going to a job you hate – to earn half of what you’re worth. Choose your hard!)

I guess, based on my computer abilities, that I knew that blogging wouldn’t be easy but I just wish someone had been a little more HONEST with me about what it would take. I also wish that the first “how to start a blog tutorial” I ever used had held my hand throughout the process a little more. (I am a classic victim of the how to start a blog tutorials that ONLY take you through step one!)

(This free tutorial on starting a profitable blog walks you through the MANY important steps beyond setting up hosting. I created it to help women who want to stay at home with their kids start a profitable blog the right way – You can check it out here.)

So how am I qualified to give my opinion as to whether or not blogging can be profitable?

My blogging journey (thus far) looks like this:

  • 8 years ago (ish) I followed one of those “how to start a profitable blog in 5 minutes” tutorials.
  • 8 years ago I discovered the truth about “starting a profitable blog in 5 minutes” (You can’t. You can set up hosting and install a theme, sure. Is it a blog? Nope. Is it profitable? Nope.)
  • I gave up. And wasted the money I had invested. (about 90 bucks.)
  • 5 years ago I started again, a thoroughly researched, more determined blog.
  • I bought courses and threw myself into them.
  • I gave up showering, cleaning, watching TV, surfing Facebook and all aspects of social life, and dedicated every spare minute to learning how to blog.
  • 4 months in I started promoting my (ready for readers) blog.
  • 6 months in I achieved 150,000 page views in one month and qualified to apply to the “better” ad networks.
  • By 8 months in I was making a full-time income from home:read my October 2016 Blog Income Report here .
  • By my one year blogging anniversary I could honestly say that blogging changed my entire life, and it is one of the best things I have ever done.
  • In my second full year blogging I grossed over 6 figures. (There are expenses + taxes to be taken out, of course, but that’s still very profitable blogging!)

Starting a profitable blog is that it is hard work. It is not a get rich quick thing, or a get rich easy thing.

But it certainly can (and should) be a “make a comfortable living, within a reasonable amount of time, thing.”

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

By Israel Hernandez

If you were to ask a full-time high school or college student if their schoolwork sometimes felt like having a full-time job, the answer would be a resounding yes. Just like a full-time job, full-time schoolwork comes with long hours, late nights, groggy mornings, and a roller coaster of stress. With this hectic workload, a student might laugh at the idea of adding a full-time job to that equation. But is it really that impossible? The answer is no. We already shared four tips for creating a work/school balance, so here are six more work-life balance tips to make working as a full-time student possible.

1. Make social sacrifices

Making social sacrifices is one of the hardest parts of being a full-time student and employee. This is where your work-life balance really comes into play. Finding time to socialize will be much more difficult for you than for other students who do not have full-time jobs. There will be many times when you will need to sacrifice hanging out with your friends in order to finish studying because you have work the next day. This requires a great deal of self-discipline and maturity, but will undoubtedly set you up for success in the future. But don’t overdo it, it’s still important to go out with friends every once in a while for your own sanity. You just have to manage your work-life balance effectively.

2. Create a schedule

This will help you stay organized and boost your confidence by having a solid plan to tackle your future assignments. A schedule will also help you identify conflicting appointments or class times, and where you can fit in more free time. When creating a schedule, remember to use what works best for you. If you are someone who is constantly on the go and prefers quick reminders, try using a pocket planner or a digital schedule on your phone. If you prefer to start and end your day looking at your tasks, perhaps a whiteboard schedule at home would work best. Regardless of the type, a detailed and accurate schedule won’t just keep you organized, it will reduce your stress levels and help you maintain a positive work-life balance.

3. Get out and mix it up

Studying outside of your dorm room or house is a great way to make studying feel less constrictive and mundane. Do your best to break the robotic cycle of school-work-home, and try to find fresh and fun ways to change your setting. Whether it’s a local coffee shop, the library, or a quiet park, studying in a new location can help refresh your mind and keep you sane.

4. Choose a job that fulfills your needs

With a full-time course load and work, your job is undoubtedly going to have a significant effect on your attitude, energy, and ultimately your motivation. Choose a job that allows you to have a work-life balance and keeps you feeling fulfilled. If you want a job that relates to your intended college major, get input from your guidance counselor, academic advisor, or internship department. If you prefer a job that gives you a break from your academics, then find a job that you can be passionate about outside of your studies. Having a full-time job that challenges you can be a good thing, however it’s important to know yourself and your limits. If a job stresses you out, distracts you, or limits your potential to achieve your academic goals, then it is clearly not a good fit.

5. Take advantage of online classes

Taking classes online is a great way to free up your schedule and make you a more flexible full-time college student and worker. Just one online class can alleviate scheduling conflicts with work and school, and also allow you to be in class on your own time. If you have the ability to take more than one class online then do it; it will be beneficial for your work-life balance in the long run.

6. Solve problems creatively

Creativity is key when tackling a full-time course load and a full-time job. If you encounter an obstacle, create a list of what-ifs and other creative options before you rule something out. Whether the issues are related to time constraints, transportation, living situation, or classwork, there will often be more than one solution to every problem. It also doesn’t hurt to create your list with a trusted friend, mentor, or family member, especially if that person has experienced similar problems.

Finding time to work and study is difficult, especially when other factors, such as your social life, play in. But the more you practice managing your time, the better your work-life balance will be and the better you’ll be at your “real job” after you graduate.

Check out our in-college job and internship search to find a job that fits your schedule.

About the author

How to maintain a blog and a full-time jobIsrael is a sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He is a ground intelligence specialist stationed in San Diego. He loves surfing, breweries, and going to local shows. In fall 2016 he will be transferring to San Diego State University as a junior and will be earning a Bachelor of Science in health communications. With his degree, he hopes to work as a public health advocate.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

I’ve probably been the busiest I’ve ever been since I left graduated from college. Between two classes, a full time job, blogging, chores, and attempting to see family and friends on the weekends, my workload is at capacity. Lately, I’ve been getting the question: “how do you keep your blog running when working full time/going to school?”

Let me first give you a breakdown of my work week:

40 hours – full time job

8-10 hours – commute time

10 hours – class/class workshops

5-10 hours – homework/group projects

15-20 hours – blogging (writing blog posts, shooting for Emma’s Edition, engaging, etc)

With 128 hours available in the week (7 days x 24 hours), I’m using almost up to 80-90 hours to focus on the biggest pieces of my life: career, school, and blogging.

Besides the to-do list, saying no to events, and understanding my priorities (tips in this original post), I do day to day habits that help set me up for success. It isn’t always easy… but here are a few things I do to continue to create content for Emma’s Edition:

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

How I keep my blog going: I make the most out of my time

Making the most out of my time means I look at each hour of the day and evaluate what work I can accomplish in that time frame. Here are a few examples of when I’ve made the most out of my time:

On my flight to Hawaii, I had 6 hours to be productive. So I wrote two blog posts: “How long it actually takes to produce one blog posts” and “How you can take photos for your blog + with or without a photographer”. These are two questions I kept getting asked about so I decided to use the flight to write them out. I also knew I was going to take two classes this quarter. So getting two blog posts written before winter quarter even started gave me a head start on content.

Additionally, I’ve used my van pool commute time to read for class, respond back to blog emails, and reply back to direct messages and comments on Instagram. I also still wake up early both during the work week and on weekends to make sure I get everything I need to do done.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

How I keep my blog going: I don’t Netflix anymore

I’m serious guys… I used to have time to scroll through Netflix and watch documentaries or my favorite series over and over again. But at this point in my life, I won’t make the time to sit there and consume content because I have to be focused on creating it. I know a lot of people need use their distress time/unwind from their workday by watching Netflix shows but I use my 30 min of exercise to do that.

Brandon and I also have cable, so I still get to watch Say Yes to the Dress as I do laundry on the weekends. But again, I’m not spending loads of time watching TV or streaming shows.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

How I keep my blog going: I make Friday nights and Saturdays productive

Fridays and the weekends are typically the most unproductive days for most people but I rely on these days of the week. Since I work full time Monday-Friday, my Friday nights and Saturdays are essential for me to do homework and work on my blog.

Friday nights, you’ll typically find me in the coffee shop, working on a homework assignment due Saturday or Sunday for class. You might also find me writing for the blog or responding back to blog emails.

On Saturdays, you’ll find me walking Boone to start the morning. You’ll then either see me on the University of Washington campus for a class workshop OR shooting videos for my multimedia storytelling class. And later that day, you’ll most likely find me at a photo shoot – walking around with 3-4 outfits in a bag.

My weekends are probably as busy as my weekdays. But I also know that my master’s program is only two years long so this won’t be forever. I’m also planning on taking summer quarter off so I will have a break starting in June!

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

How I keep my blog going: I’m constantly brainstorming

One of my strengths in blogging is writing content for Emma’s Edition. One reason why I feel confident in writing is because I’m constantly brainstorming. My creative mind is always running in the background. If something inspires me or an idea pops up in my head, I write it down (typically in my iPhone notes) so I can go back to it and write a blog post. Keeping a running list of ideas for blog posts has really helped me on days when I have writers block or when the words aren’t flowing.

I recommend always keeping a list on your phone of blog post or video ideas – that way if you do feel stuck, you’ll have ideas you can turn to.How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

So if you’re a (new) blogger, a creative, or trying to grow your career or business, what do you do to keep your passions in life going? Are you making the most out of your time? Are you spending too much time streaming shows? And how do you capture all your ideas?

If you want specific tips on how to balance blogging with life, here is How to Find Balance In Your Life and 5 Self-Care Tips to Take With You in 2018”!

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With time, the blogging industry is changing its trend, and people are taking blogging as a full-time profession and job.

There are many ways you can become a blogger, or you can join some blogging company and join their team of content marketers.

However if your purpose is only to make money from blogging, you should know; it takes time to start earning from blogging.

The initial period is full of hard-work, dedication, and sometimes frustration. So it is highly advised that don’t leave your day job before making a good amount of money from your blog. Or you should collect backup money of at least 4 to 6 months if you are starting a new business.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Today, I will discuss the pros and cons of taking blogging as a profession

Five advantages of Blogging

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Being a blogger myself, I know many advantages of blogging, which not a lot of people are aware of.

And that’s why even after 11 years of my blogging career, it’s still my professional career.

Here I’m outlining some of the major advantages of blogging. Most of my point is in the context of professional blogging, but if you are a part-time blogger, you can easily connect yourself to these points.

1. Become your own boss

Unlike any other job, if you are blogging, you don’t need to work from 9-5. You can work at any time of the day and work with your ease.

You are your boss. You are free to do anything.

You can plan your work and easily work on it.

No boundaries at all.

2. More Energy

Remember the days when you return from your office, and you want to write an article for your blog.

Because you don’t have any energy left. Your boss has sucked all your energy in the office work. So you prefer to sleep instead of working enthusiastically.

Working as a blogger will pump up your energy, and you will be able to work more creatively and freely.

3. Better work output

There is no one to give you orders. You can do your work freely and as you like.

You can easily concentrate on your work and write at any time of the day.

You can do your work in an organized manner. Everything becomes so simple, either you are satisfied with your work or criticizing your work.

4. Easily find clients

If you are providing services such as blog designing, blog consultancy or any other services through your blog, then you can be available all the time for your clients.

You can give more and more time to your clients, and you get more time for finding new customers.

No time limit. No frustrations.

5. More money for you (Secure your future)

All the points I mentioned above leads to an increment in blog revenue. You can easily surpass your salary. If you are lucky, you can get more and more work. You can earn two or three times more than your day job salary.

Personally, when I left my job for a full-time blogging, I was making more from blogging than my regular job. And now my online income has increased by 10X. However, decide if you can spend 16 hours a day online?

Disadvantages of Blogging

1. You feel lonely

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

This is a common problem, among bloggers who work from home.

As social interaction is really less for bloggers who work from home, the loneliness somewhat shows up.

They miss their earlier colleagues. They even miss those people who create problems during work. It is a bitter truth of blogging.

You have to work alone until you struggle hard and find a new opportunity to expand your work so that you can hire someone. Sometimes this leads to significant frustration.

Therefore, if you are planning blogging, you should plan your week or month in a way, which gives you enough social interaction.

Make sure you maintain a decent balance between social and internet life. Talking to friends on Facebook or IM is not considered as socializing. You should go out and meet friends and be a part of the family.

Honestly, I find it hard to do it at times as I like to get everything done online that includes paying bills. However, if you manage a good balance between social and professional life, you can always move ahead to the next level.

Here are a few ideas to help you prepare better with this disadvantage of blogging:

  • Work from co-working space
  • Join ToastMaster
  • Meet another blogger, entrepreneur in time
  • Start an interview series (Podcast or video)

2. Economy condition

I know many bloggers who struggle with their full time blogging. They love blogging but they don’t have a fixed source of income. Some choose freelance writing jobs for earning money and few choose to depend on their parents to fulfill the need for money.

3. No work while you are ill

We are human and every human gets ill. This is a tough time for those bloggers who work alone. They don’t get time to update their blog and it ultimately results in loss of blog income and traffic. There is no best solution to this problem.

You can either request your friends to update your blog or you can hire virtual assistant to work for you in your bad time.

4. Discipline

Blogging requires discipline. Most of the bloggers don’t have a schedule while moving from day job to full time blogging.

Sometimes they work during the day and sometimes during the night. This breaks the discipline which a blogger should have while working online. The reason behind this is freedom and plenty of time in life to enjoy every moment of this opportunity.

5. Attitude and learning:

Blogging is all about being social. You need to answer to people queries and for that reading should be a part of the day to day tasks. You need to have some basic skills like SEO, good writing, soft skills to become an A list Blogger.

These are the advantages and disadvantages of blogging.

Are you a blogger? Have you faced any of the above-mentioned factors? Mention your views in a comment section.

Let’s face it; unless you’re in the upper echelons of the writing business, you’re quickly discovering that writing won’t make you rich. I’m a full time math teacher in Nashville. I learned early on that writers, by and large, are one of the few professions that make less than teachers. So, until you become the next J.K. Rowling or James Patterson, you’ll need to manage your writing efforts in conjunction with your day gig. Here are some steps on how to do that.

1. Never ever ever leave the house without a way to record your ideas. Inspiration for a new book, a change to a scene, or even a character’s distinguishing feature strikes at the most inopportune time. Keep pen and paper, or a voice recorder, your smartphone, something with you at all times.

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

How to maintain a blog and a full-time job

Guest column by Patrick Carr, who was born on an Air Force base in
West Germany at the height of the cold war. He has been told this was
not his fault. As an Air Force brat, he experienced a change in locale every
three years until his father retired to Tennessee. Patrick’s day gig for the last
five years has been teaching high school math in Nashville, TN. He currently
makes his home in Nashville with his wonderfully patient wife, Mary, and four
sons he thinks are amazing. Sometime in the future he would like to be a jazz
pianist. Patrick thinks writing about himself in the third person is kind of weird.
His first novel is the Christian fantasy A CAST OF STONES (Feb. 2013,
Bethany House), which was a finalist in the ACFW Genesis Competition
for Speculative Fiction. The sequel launches in June 2013.

2. Take advantage of small moments. Let’s be realistic. If you work a full-time job and have any kind of life, sometimes small moments are all you’re going to get out of a day. If you’re in the doctor’s office (okay, that may be a large moment), or waiting for your kid to finish his/her oboe lesson, or chilling during halftime of your NFL team’s latest victory, you have time to write. Remember: It’s like eating an elephant. Case in point: I’m writing this in the lobby of the high school where my son is trying out for the mid-state orchestra.

3. If you can’t give it your best, then give it what you can. There are a lot of days I feel like I’ve left it all in the classroom and I’m totally convinced that anything I write will be worthless. So why bother? Because it’s not worthless. Granted, it may not be Leo Tolstoy. Heck, it may not even be Leonard Nimoy, but it will have value and there will be something in there you can use. And if not, hey, you know what not to write next time. Nothing is ever wasted.

4. Train your mind to think like a writer. If you want to write, you have to adopt the Sherlock Holmes credo of life: notice everything. I write epic fantasy which requires a lot of world-building, but even within the freedom that offers, I still have to find new ways of describing things we’ve all seen and read about before. The next time you’re at a meeting (teachers have lots of meetings) or function that’s more of a requirement than a joy, take time out to observe, really observe, the people there. Then play my favorite game. Take a photograph in your head of what you’re seeing and try to put it into words so that we see what you do.

5. Make writing a priority. I’ve wasted more time on a momentary game of spider solitaire than I care to admit or remember. Thirty minutes for me is the equivalent of three hundred words or more. If that’s all I could do in a day, I’d still have a full-length novel at the end of a year.

So do it. Set your mind to writing. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.

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Chuck Sambuchino is a former editor with the Writer’s Digest writing community and author of several books, including How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack and Create Your Writer Platform.