How I Cope With Blogging And Having A Full Time Job

How I Cope With Blogging And Having A Full Time Job

Blogging while having a full day 8 to 5 job is really tough to manage I have been blogging for just over two years now while holding down a full time job and I have to say some days I honestly wonder how the fuck I’m able to do this.

The pressure can really get to you especially if you have a high demanding job which doesn’t allow you much time or even a lunch break like my job I literally take no lunch breaks,  I spend my days eating infront of my pc which isn’t good only because I always get so much grief when wanting to take an actual lunch something I am working on cause we all need a break and my contract says so hahaha.

Moving on..  I thought I would share some things I do to help my cope with holding down a full time job and actually being able to blog to.

Post In Bulk

When I actually have time to write which is actually before I got sleep or at least trying to fall asleep I tend to whip out my cellphone and type. Yes I actually type out all of my blog posts on my phone well a tleast rough draft I find this easier then doing it on my laptop I’m in front of a computer all day the last thing I want is to type out posts on one while I’m trying to fall asleep.  It always gives me more time to think doing it this way.  So I try and wrote 2 or so posts if I can this always helps for when you aren’t able to everyday I know I can’t all the time so to make sure I do 2 posts at a time and because usually when I start going I find it hard to whip writing..  So weird I know!

Schedule Photo Days

I usually put days aside during the week after work of course to focus on different things like two days I will take blog photos, although with the weather being overcast and shitty being Autumn and all I have been struggling with natural lighting and all my photos are done with natural light so usually when I see the sun out I run home (not literally just walk fast)  after work to take as much photos as I can.

Schedule Your Posts

This is key for me! I do whatever needs to be done on the post, putting it all on WordPress, setting up my post the way I like it with relevant links and colour certain text and adding the images I’ve already taken and edited,  after all is done my post is ready for scheduling I choose the day I would like my post to be live and and time and while I’m hard at work during the day I don’t have to worry about getting a post out cause it’s already scheduled to go out.

Make use of WordPress Social Plug-ins

These have been life savers I just don’t have the time to be on social media to promote my post that just went live.  The plug in on WordPress helps me sharing every post on my favourite social media platforms so I don’t have to. You just tick before scheduling your post what social media you want to share it on and bam.

I literally do everything after hours during the week for me weekends are my me time I refuse to use this time to spend it on work whether it’s day job or blogging a girl has got to rest too…  All work and no play makes Candy pretty grumpy and I have to catch up on sleep and Quantico which I’m obsessed with right now. In my opinion it’s all about smart blogging don’t be afraid to add plug-ins and take as much photos as you can on one day it’s makes you have more time for other things.  Being a blogger can be hard but doing it correctly can make it less stressful on yourself.

 

* Ps: Image used above is a free stock image

  • Pam Scalfi

    I always shoot pics in bulk and then write a few days before the post is supposed to go live. I have a few back up posts too in case anything out of the ordinary comes up. And a bit of blogging during lunch time at work never hurt nobody :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

    • Hehe you so lucky I don’t even get to have lunch! So I write them before I go sleep or whenever I have time when I get home

  • Laura

    I know the struggle with work and in my case its with school. I try to take also as much pics as I can, as it rains here all the time. Great post hun x

    Laura
    Öku Möku

    • Thank you so much Laura – ah weather sucks here too with it being Winter

  • I started my blog when I was studying A Levels, so always had to schedule my posts and do everything in advance. Now that I have so much free time, I kind of miss it. It kept me doing something when I was free, now I don’t do anything! Haha <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

    • Hehe that’s true it actually forces me to be organized which I do like and I set up deadlines for myself.

  • Absolutely great post, I love it, truly inspiring, thank you for sharing!!

    xxx

    http://www.noragouma.com

  • leah rachel

    This is such a great post! Thanks for the advice! xx

    Leah And Rachel
    Goth | Alternative beauty, fashion and lifestyle blog

  • Fab post missus! Great advice x

    Corinne | Hello Corinne

  • This was such a great post! I’m a new blogger and I work full time and I’ve already felt the stress of trying to keep up with the blog. It’s very time consuming!

    JennyLovesBeauty♥

    • Yeah it really is, a lot of people don’t really know how much commitment it takes to run a blog and work

  • I’ve just started doing blogging and content creation full time and I found it really hard to blog and do a full-time job for the last 2 years, I was up until 1.30 am most nights! Which WP plug in do you use for scheduling social shares?

    • I use Jetpack it has an option for you to automatically share your post on Twitter and Facebook

  • Personally I also struggle with blogging and full time job and I also schedule my posts and photos, dear so I totally understand you 🙂

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

    • Thanks love glad to know that I’m not alone in this struggle

  • wow never knew there was a WordPress plug-in to share my posts…
    Yukova by Yuliya Oleynykova

  • Great tips! I feel you with the stress of blogging with a full time job. I’m so tired when I come home from work, it’s hard to keep up with posting consistently. I always have to remind myself how much I love it and that it’s worth it 🙂

    http://www.thebeautydojo.com

    • I hear ya! It’s hard to find time I’m also exhausted when coming home. Last thing I want to do is focus on content when the inspiration hints a do a few

  • Lots of very useful tips! I don’t have a full time job but I’m a full time student so sometimes keeping on top of blogging can get stressful. Planning ahead always helps me lots! 🙂
    – Ambar x
    http://www.herlittleloves.co.uk

  • These are really great tips, Candice! Seems like you really got it together!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Truly useful tips, thanks for sharing!!!

    xxx

    http://www.supercarmission.com

  • I balance blogging and a full-time job, too, so I can completely relate! Scheduling posts/social media is a lifesaver! Great tips!

    Jamie
    http://www.treatsandtrendsblog.com

  • I can’t believe you type your posts on my phone. I don’t think I could do that haha Well you clearly love blogging so you manage to find ways to do it. I think thats what counts.
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  • Trang Do

    Great tips!! Thanks for sharing!

    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  • awesome tips!! it would really help me since I’m a full time student haha (:

    Life in Pastel

  • I am useless at managing my time and it is usually all or nothing, I definitely need to start bul scheduling and bulk photos xxx

    • Doing things in bulk really helps some days I just can’t focus.. Which sucks

  • It is really tough, I also have an 8-5 job, and being a manager I have a lot of duties. I usually take photos over the weekend during the day, as I also only use natural light. And I write posts whenever I get a free moment.

    • I refuse to work over the weekends Hehe but should try take photos then cause by the time I get home the sun sets

  • I totally love this! Great tips love!

    xx
    http://www.starringsamantha.com

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    Great tips!

    Florals&Smiles

  • Great tips, I agree it’s really hard to juggle. I find it hard too with my work blog and the family too. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  • Hi, Stumbled upon your blog! I Can’t believe you have only been blogging for 2 years! your blog looks beautiful! And I enjoyed this entry! ^_^ I like your idea about setting a day aside for photo taking.

    http://www.theoccupiedoptimist.blogspot.com

  • I really enjoyed this post. It really is vital to plan, something which I do not do well enough. Thanks for the tips Candice,
    x Rivania | The Glam Unicorn

  • Candice, you are so much more determined than I am, in terms of whipping up posts. I’ve tried, and sometimes, I succeed, but mostly, I don’t. Arrgghhh. Work and family and the gym take up 99% of the time so the last 1%? I try to maximise it however possible to generate content for the blog. I mean, the ideal scenario would be the ability to blog full-time and earn a living that way BUT for now, I need to utilise as many support tools as possible 🙂 although when it comes to photos, hiring a professional and shooting multiple outfits in one session has been an absolute lifesaver!! As has setting editorial timelines with themes. Kudos to you though.

  • Ellen Warner

    This post has been so helpful. Just like you I work 9 hours a day, 5 days a week. I’ve newly made my blog and I’m already struggling with how to manage it. I think it’s really important to plan but sometimes even finding the time to plan is impossible. Great post x

    http://www.57-days.blogspot.co.uk

  • Laurence

    Great tips girl!
    You live in South Africa? so cool how is it like?
    I will be visiting South Africa soon and I’m very excited!
    xx Laurence
    http://www.laurencemagaly.com

  • Lauryn Lasko

    Thanks for these tips! I also work a full time job and blog and sometimes it can be hard to balance it all!

    xo, Lauryn

    http://www.lauryncakes.com

  • interesting post, thanks for sharing!

    will be glad to see you in my blog and to be friends on GFC 🙂
    My blog MsSlivki

  • Bernadette

    Pre writing and pre photographing has literally saved my butt i don’t know how people keep up with blogging if they don’t do those things. Great post, this was such an interesting read.

    http://www.themakeupaficionado.com