I was having a chat recently with one of my bloggy friends (who is a freelancer) and she asked me how I fit everything blog related into my week while still working full time.
Truth be told, I have no other choice but to be organised.
Plus, being a typical Virgo, I’m obsessed with structure, routine and order!
Here’s what a typical week in my life looks like…
When it comes to planning my blog posts, I use a monthly paper planner (mine is from Kikki.K) so that I can see everything in front of me in black and white (and blue for when drafts are due and green for sponsored posts).
I like to try and mix up my topics, but sometimes there’s just more to say about fashion one week and then the following might be more lifestyle focussed… and that’s OK. I don’t get too hung up on it and don’t allocate specific topics to specific days – except Wednesday tends to feature a What Sonia Wore post.
I blog 5 days per week (Monday to Friday) and that’s the absolute maximum I can handle right now. For other people it might be 3 days per week and for some it might even be 7 – choose the workload that suits you. Blogging should fit into your life, not the other way around.
Once I’ve planned my posts (which tend to be on a week by week basis – though sometimes I can plan a fortnight’s worth of ideas), I use my weeknights and some of my weekends to write. I tend to take most of my photos on the weekend, so I can make the most of the natural light during the day that I miss during the week.
As Nikki from Styling You said in this post, even though I might plan my posts a bit in advance, I tend to write them as close to the go live date as possible so that all information is accurate and up to date and any items I’m linking to are (hopefully) still in stock.
COMMENTS AND EMAILS
I try and reply to comments on the go, because there’s nothing more overwhelming than having to sit down and reply to 3 or 5 days’ worth of comments in a sitting. That’s way too time consuming. So I’ll check in on my posts and social media during my commute to and from work and also on my lunchbreak. I’ve also been known to reply to comments while in the checkout queue at Woolworths!
As for emails, I tend to do the same thing. I try and check my emails twice a day so that I can keep my inbox to one page maximum – otherwise if I lose sight of things, I’ll forget about them. If I need to come back to an email because I can’t answer it right away for some reason, I’ll leave it in my inbox. Once I’ve replied to an email, I file it into a relevant folder straight away so I know I’ve dealt with it.
I have a bit of a routine when it comes to social media…
Facebook: share my blog post at 6am (Adelaide time) each morning, share my quote for the day around 7.30am, and then share something I’ve found or ask a question in the evening. Sometimes I’ll also post something during the day if I feel compelled to.
Instagram: share my quote for the day around 7.30am, share my outfit post for the day around lunchtime, and then share my blog post for the day in the evening.
Twitter: erm, I’m not amazing at Twitter! I find it too fast paced for me to keep up with and really get into, but I still try to maintain a presence so I share my blog posts and my quotes, and also share other people’s blog posts.
Pinterest: I find Pinterest so relaxing! I’ll spend 10-15 minutes a day (sometimes twice a day – morning and evening) to pin images from my blog and to also pin other people’s images. It’s also great for inspiration.
As for the scheduling and sharing tools I use…
Bitly is a free link shortening tool that also tracks the clicks on your links. Facebook seems to like Bitly and it’s also useful for not using up too many characters on Twitter. I find it incredibly easy to use and highly recommend it.
CoSchedule is something I was recently introduced to recently by some of my favourite bloggers. It’s a WordPress plugin that makes sharing your blog posts on social media super simple. Once I’ve written a blog post, I then set up my social media sharing on Facebook and Twitter. I’ve only just started using CoSchedule (it has a 2 week free trial period and is then $10 per month) so I’m still wrapping my head around everything it can do, but it’s already making my blogging life so much easier.
What I’m Not Doing
A newsletter. I know I need to do one and I really want to do one – I’m just buying into the fear that comes before starting something new. My plan is to suck it up (princess) and carve out an extra hour per week to create my newsletter. I want it to be something of value to my future subscribers, so I just need to pull my finger out and plan what that will look like… and then bloody well do it!
And there you have it – a week in my blogging life!
For more ideas on how to balance your blog your day job, check out this post over on Suger Coat It.
Bloggers – how do you fit your blogging in with your home/work life?
What are your favourite scheduling and sharing tools to use?