It is no secret that blogging chores just seem to never end. It’s an endless tunnel of planning, writing, editing, publishing commenting, promoting, liking, and sharing.
A blog itself can be considered a full-time job, however, for most, the option to blog full time doesn’t food put food on the table.
So how do you maintain a full-time blog and a 9-5?
Answer: planning ahead!
I write a minimum of 5 posts a week for my readers. That can be 20-30 posts in a month of 300 words or more!
Think of that, it’s a small novel I write every month.
I also work 40-50 hours but not at a 9-5. I work in hospitality so I literally work on a 24 schedule.
So when I’m not meal prepping, squeezing in a workout, and doing household chores. I am trying my best to squeeze in blogging chores.
The Not So Day Off
When I do get a day off its not really a day off. Unlike most people, I don’t get weekends so it is common to have one day off sporadically.
This means my day is, go, go, go, from start to end.
Depending on my work schedule I write anywhere from 1-10 posts in a day. This means written and edited. I do keep a notepad to collect ideas on, so it is a matter of implementing them.
This way I avoid writer’s block too.
I usually shoot 1-4 posts in terms of photography. This is usually DIY, Eye looks, Recipes and Workouts I have tried and wanted to share.
Then I heavily promote older content from the last two weeks.
I also take this opportunity to thank my followers on twitter, share old content on Facebook and Instagram. Finally, I pin my content on Pinterest.
Depending on the day of the week I either post something new in the morning or take the opportunity to bang off a new post if it isn’t a new content day.
I then promote my content by Bloglovin’ and liking and comment on other blogs.
Once I get home from work I promote on social media.
Having a Contingency Plan
Because I’m so busy it is best to have a contingency plan in case something falls through. For instance, if I cannot complete everything I back up days to complete it.
I post generally Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday are my slowest days so there’s no point in putting out content. So I use the weekends as my back up days to emergency new content.
For social media, I try to pin my content on Saturdays (high volume day for Pinterest) and post a new image to Instagram on Sunday nights (high volume time).
Blogging is an endless job, however, the drive I get from all the comments and likes keeps me going. If I had it my way I would just focus on my Lidsandstricks and nothing else as this is my true passion.
The best blogs succeed because of the passion that has been driven into them. However, it takes dedication, frequency, and consistency to propel them past others.
A lot of new bloggers aren’t prepared for the amount of work that goes into maintaining a blog and easily give up.
Stay motivated! Happy Blogging!
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