Managing a blog whilst working full time



Let's just get straight into this one shall we, this isn't going to be a 'how to' post but me telling you how bloomin' hard it can be running a blog whilst working full time in a job that's worlds apart from blogging.

Now I'm not one of those bloggers that schedule posts *other bloggers reading this in horror*. But honestly, I just can't commit myself to blog 3, 4 even 5 times a week, there is just no way. I don't work the average 9-5 Monday to Friday job, instead I do 12 hour shifts, other weeks I do nights. My work pattern is never the same making it somewhat difficult to post anything, let alone scheduling. Although, I definitely see its benefits as I promised myself I'd schedule one month worth of blog posts during August and surprisingly I actually did it! Not sure how long this motivated, on the ball blogger will last. A little hypocritical of me here as I'm hopeless at it, but I definitely recommend scheduling at least one month worth of posts and see how it benefits you. 


I know what you're thinking right now, you decided to start a blog so surely I should take the pressure that comes with having one. But really, should I? Ultimately I started this blog for fun, I don't want to lose the fun that comes with blogging, its the best damn feeling. I remember having those 'new blogger nerves' when I first started this blog and I really thought I was better off quitting before I even got going and what a huge mistake that would have been. I know they say to be a successful blogger you must be getting your content seen daily, but I blog firstly for myself and secondly for my readers. Is that selfish? I blog in hope that someone somewhere reads my posts such as 'The Stigma surrounding mental health' and 'What it was really like accepting I was gay' and I can in some way help them. If I can help just one person, then isn't my blog living up to what it's supposed to be about. Like I said I blog for fun and well if anything more came out of it that would be bloody amazing, but if it doesn't that's fine too. 

Blogging is flippen hard work, at times it almost feels like you've taken on a second job. I mean would you believe me if I told you I was sat typing this post up on my phone till gone midnight knowing full well I had to be up at 6am the next morning. Blogging is just something you can't switch off, you could have a million things on your mind regarding life, work, yet blog ideas will steadily creep in and suddenly you've delved 2 hours into a new blog post and its 2am. I'm sure so many other bloggers can relate to this when I say suddenly you find yourself dreaming, breathing, EVERYTHING blog related. A blog almost becomes your baby, sorry guys it's true! You become fiercely protective over it, I appreciate that may be a strange concept for those who don't blog themselves but it becomes so addictive. 

I would never say blogging is easier for those who don't work because that would be the most inaccurate and a rather stupid opinion to have. Blogging is difficult regardless of your job status, we bloggers work equally hard as one another ensuring our blogs are the best they can possibly be. We really need to praise one another more for that! Whether it be your job, kids, life in general we all have things that we need to balance when it comes to blogging, it's just finding the right balance for you. 

I'd love to find out what some of you lovely people do for a full time/part time job ect? How do you manage to find the time to blog, even if you don't work! I'd love to know more. 

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  1. I'm sneaky and sometimes do some of my blogging at work! I try and fit it into lunch times mainly, and after work, but I'm usually pretty tired and social media is quite active during the day so there are occasional tweets about posts and comments on blogs...like this one! With posts each week it varies how many I can get done - they take a long time! But I try not to be too hard on myself. If I've planned to do one and it doesn't get done on that day, who cares?! Noone else knows when and what I'm going to post about so there's no point worrying about it. Blogging is like having another job in itself! Alice xx

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    1. Haha I wish I could do that in my job, I sometimes manage to comment on other blog posts on my lunch breaks ect but viewing blogs on my phone isn't always the easiest. Yeah my tweets on a day at work in comparison to being in work is dramatically different. I am no good at scheduling posts either because I don't know what I'm working from week to week sometimes :) thanks for stopping by and reading!

      p.s I love your blog header x

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