Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Balancing Work Life with Blogging


This time last year I was in the midst with setting up my own photography business. The year before that I was studying hard at University but also using my free time to blog like crazy. Almost every other day without fail. And I love blogging. But occasionally I fall into a work-trap and loose my blogging head. I really feel like blogging is a habit for me, that requires practice and consistency to be both enjoyed, and done well. A week without blogging turns into a fortnight and before I know it, I've forgotten how to do it! So how do you balance a work life with a blog life?

For some lucky people blogging is their full time job but for me it's a hobby and sometimes a handy source of a little extra pocket money. So I need to earn a living - and running your own business can be time consuming and 'mind consuming'. Even when I'm not actively working I'm thinking about work. There isn't really a off switch at 5pm for me. Your own business is 24/7. So I no longer have as much free time as I did when I was a University. And with the free time I do have, I like to spend it with friends and family, I want to go out and do things (or watch a lot of YouTube videos).

I'm keen to go back to producing more blog posts again. I've missed being a frequent blogger. I think the best plan of action is to make time. Set aside a couple of hours on a 'quiet day' to write a few posts or take some blog photos. In the past I could write/shoot/edit a post all in one day. Now I don't have the luxury to do that, but I can find time to piece together posts as I go. I find myself struggling for content some days and I worry that a simple post about what I did at the weekend won't be interesting or entertaining enough for you, my readers. But I'm going to stop worrying about it so much and post what makes me happy. What some people will like, others will skip past, and vice versa.

I'd be interested to hear how many of you are bloggers as well as full-time workers. If you have written any posts similar to this one please leave me a link as I'd love to learn what steps you take to be able to blog consistently.


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10 comments

  1. blogging is just a hobby for me too. i have a full time job, family, friends, boyfriend, dog etc. and i rather make time for my loved ones when i'm not working than forcing myself to post something on my blog.
    i collect ideas and photos etc. but i dont specifically make time for it. either it just happens or it doesnt.
    my real life became way more important to me than the blogging world.

    pssshhht.blogspot.com

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  2. blogging is a hobby.. which has become a nice income source.. tho i sch. but i refer to blog..
    http://melodyjacob1.blogspot.com/2015/05/peachy.html

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  3. Blogging is just a hobby for me too and being at university means I've had those times when I've gone from every other day blogging to a biiig three week gap - eek! But as I come to the end of my degree I'm having more time to stick to it. Like your new blog header by the way!
    cottonandcandie xx

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  4. i totally feel you! i'm just finishing up at university and it's been hard balancing blogging and school, i can't even imagine it with a full-time job. it is definitely a fun hobby and some relaxation/creativity time though, so i think it's better to just let it go with the flow!

    Natalie / Salt & Sail

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  5. I totally understand. I love blogging, but balancing it with school and my personal life is just brutal. Hopefully this summer I'll have more time.
    Xoxo
    Grace Anne { http://totallygraced.blogspot.com }

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  6. Blogging is 100% a hobby for me - and balancing both a part-time job and school isn't easy with it. I find that planning out everything, I have a calendar with which posts I want to go up when and when to shoot what etc., really helps me. This way I can prioritise, and I just take a free hour or two once a week to shoot it all in bulk. Once the pictures are out of the way I'll just write my posts whenever I've a free moment.

    Dar | www.holylipstick.com

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  7. I'm doing blogging part time and working part-time and it's hard! I have two days out of the week at home but I still struggle. I guess it's just finding a routine that works for you :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  8. You have been absolutely missed but I totally understand how time consuming blogging is. I am happy for you in your new business and I am sure you will continue to do well...xx

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  9. This is my life, I have a pretty demanding job and I don't switch of at 5pm either. I take photis and don't write a post to a week later lol!
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  10. I'm a full time Features Editor and graphic designer for a homes magazine so you can imagine how confusing it is doing that doing the day and then coming home and doing it all over again on my blog! It can be such a struggle sometimes but I think if you're really passionate about your blog then you make it work don't you :) xx
    http://www.daisyjeffery.com

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