When Blogging isn't Your Day Job and Some Tips on How to Make it Work

Some shots of me working on assignment in Guatemala last year taken by a very kind colleague.

I've had a few questions lately about how I manage blogging with a full time job, so I thought I would do a post about it. 

I did a post about my job not too long ago which you can find here. It's changed a bit since then and now I only handle content - filming and photography but no social media which I'm so happy about. Facebook is not for me.

Looking back it's actually really interesting how my blog and my job kind of merged together. I never would have lost myself in photography if I hadn't tried so hard at it for my blog's sake, and I never would have ended up in my current job if it wasn't for my photography skills and my understanding of how to run an editorial calendar - which only came about through developing my online space here! 

Anyway, blogging and working full time is tricky. One of my biggest frustrations is that I'm in an office most of the time, so if I want to photograph anything with light I have to do it at the weekends. And weekends during the winter I find I need for hibernation, so some days getting off my bum and getting my camera out is just not going to happen. 

I used to feel a lot of pressure to post every day, but since I left that behind I feel happy with posting two to three times a week (maybe more in the summer when there's evening light, or when I travel). I edit my photos at the weekends or in the evenings, and write my posts on my lunch break or on the bus.

It takes a lot of dedication, and sometimes I think I'm a little crazy for going from one computer screen to another, evenings and weekends. But I guess I do it because I love it, and if I didn't I would probably find it really hard work.

Here's a few tips I've learned along the way...

Tips for Bloggers Who Have Full Time Jobs


1 :: be realistic with how often you can post, and be patient with yourself if sometimes you just can't manage it.

2 :: plan your posts as far in advance as possible, so you can take your photos as the opportunity arises. And keep your camera on you when you leave the house!

3 :: quality is better than quantity. It's so much better to post once or twice a week with content you are proud of than five times a week with stuff that's just ok.

4 :: be clear on what kinds of things you want to blog about, so you don't have to spend hours trying to think of blog posts. The more purposeful you are in only blogging about the things you enjoy, the easier you will find it to work those extra hours after you get home from work.

5 :: keep a notebook or a list on your phone where you can write down your ideas and think through your posts, it saves loads of time when you actually come to write your content.

6 :: enjoy it! If you're beating your brains out trying to make it work, it's just not worth it. It's meant to be fun, and there are plenty of other platforms you can participate in without spending so much time on content creation. 

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