The blogging world might be oversaturated at the moment but that doesn’t mean that you can’t start your own. I applaud it! It’s a great way if you want to practice your writing skills, stay in the loop of everything SEO or how social media can help promote content. But it can also be a fun hobby. Whatever your reason is to start a blog, you’d probably have a job alongside it. We all need to pay bills right?
In this post I want to help you with how to successfully combine your 9-5 job with blogging. It’s a commitment but it is doable. If it’s something you truly want to do, then I would suggest to keep on reading. These 4 things are what I personally think will help you create a successful routine to stick to.
FIND A ROUTINE THAT WORKS FOR YOU
I first want to say that it’s not easy to blog with a full time job. Part time, maybe. But working full time and blogging at the same time is a huge time commitment. So be aware of it. That’s why you should first think of how much time you want to commit to the blog. Based on that you can start to plan how many times you want to post on your blog and the content you want to create.
To make a blog work next to your full time or part time job is to have a schedule that works around your job but also around the free time you want. Don’t take free time for granted. You really need it to recharge and feel like you have a social life. Everyone needs that.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MORNING COMMUTE
If you have a morning commute, make the most of that by writing a blog post, brainstorm new ideas or engage on social media. These precious minutes or hours are perfect for your blog. This way you can use the hours after work to relax and you have more of a weekend to recharge. It’s all about using your time wisely.
I used to use my morning commute to engage on social media because I knew I wouldn’t have the time in the afternoon. Or I would engage during my coffee break. On my evening commute I try to relax or write new content.
BATCH YOUR CONTENT
One of the easiest ways to make the amount of content work for you is to batch it. For example, plan one day to shoot outfits or Instagram snaps and another one to write blog posts. By batching your content it all becomes more manageable. A lot of bigger bloggers do this — especially for photography — and I do too. I have one day per week to write blog posts. I shoot every two weeks to a month with my niece Jillian. I shoot social media snaps in one day or during the outfit shoots.
Plan your batch content around the schedule you’ve decided on at #1. For me I write every Friday and shoot 3-4 outfits a time whenever Jillian has time.
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PLAN YOUR CONTENT IN ADVANCE
I still plan my content in advance. I’ll take a half hour or hour to plan my content for the next month. Per week I plan my social content for the next week. By doing this I know that everything is set up and ready to go. I use the following tools to keep me on top of my planning:
• Planoly: I use this Instagram planning tool to see how the new content looks in my feed, plan my feed and plan stories. It’s by far my favorite Instagram planning tool. If you want to get it yourself, please use my referral link*. It’s a small thank you from you to me for introducing you to the tool.
• Asana: I use Asana to plan when I’ll write which post, when I have shoots and to check off all my blog related to do’s.
• Numbers: the Excel of Apple. I use this program to plan my monthly content planner. I love this program because I can use it on all my Apple devices and easily synchronize.
TREAT IT AS A HOBBY OR SIDE HUSTLE
In 2017 I took a year off of blogging because next to my 9-5 traineeship I couldn’t keep up with it. Plus I wanted more time in the real world. After a year I decided that I wanted to revive the blog because I missed it. However, this time around I saw it more as a side hustle that should be fun. And that’s still how I run the blog.
I still have no plans to make this my full time job. My career is more focused on growing my business Fiona Gobbo Creative.
My advice to you is to successfully combine your 9-5 job with blogging by seeing it as a hobby or a passive income side hustle. If it does grow bigger — and you’re open to blog full time — you can always save up money from your 9-5, quit and go full time. But as long as it doesn’t bring in enough money to live off, I would just see it as a nice way to make some money on the side. This means that sometimes other things need to be prioritize before the blog.