When I first started blogging the one thing I didn’t realise was how much time it takes. That’s not to say I don’t absolutely love blogging, because I really really do, but it can be incredibly difficult to manage when you work full time too. That being said, today I thought I would share with you some blogging tips to help you with blogging if you work full time.
I can’t stress this enough but planning is the thing that helps me the most, it’s a great time saver, and it allows me to have an idea of what is coming up next on my blog. I personally use a spreadsheet as I love being able to have columns for whether I’ve taken photos, written the post, was sent anything, or have shared the post on social media etc., but whether it’s a diary, a list, or a spreadsheet, as long as it works for you that’s all that matters.
By this, I mean, just because you’ve planned a post to go live a particular day doesn’t mean it has too. Life happens, if you suddenly have a plan to head out for a dinner you weren’t expecting, blogging and your post can wait. Similarly, if a brand contacts you and you agree a post which wasn’t in your plan, this shouldn’t stop you from doing it, or even adding in an extra post. It’s your blog, your blog to suit your personal time schedule, no-one else’s.
BULK TAKE YOUR PHOTOS
If you work full time then chances are six months of the year you can’t take your photos in the day on work days due to the terrible lighting, but bulk taking your photos means you don’t have to worry about this. It is also incredibly handy and means you’ve got a large number of photos ready to go at all times. This takes the worry out of how you’re going to manage to take your photos too. You already have some, so you can just get on with it. I don’t know about you, but I know I couldn’t live without bulk taking my photos.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR LUNCH BREAKS
This probably isn’t one for everyone, but something I do on a regular basis is something blog-gy on my lunchbreak. Whether this is writing up a post, reading and commenting on some of your favourite blogs, spending 15 minutes pinning on Pinterest, it’s one less thing you have to do when you get in from work.
ALWAYS HAVE A NOTEPAD ON YOU
I’m pretty sure I don’t need to write this one, I mean we all have too many notebooks, right? But, I don’t know about you but sometimes my favourite post ideas have come at the most random times, including when I’ve been at work and if I didn’t have a notebook I’d probably have forgotten my idea by the end of the day. Just jotting this down means you’ll always have a notepad of ideas too.
I could have just said schedule posts but Buffer is by far my absolute favourite platform to schedule tweets. I love the simple interface, but the best thing about it is once you’ve scheduled a few posts, it’s so easy to re-share them if you run out of time. The app for your phone is just as simple too, so if you do forget, all you have to do is open the app, find the post/posts you want to share, edit them, and add to your queue for them to then automatically post throughout the day. I’m terrible at scheduling tweets in advance on an everyday basis so this really is a lifesaver for me.
Do you have a blog and work full time? What are your best tips for managing your time?