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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Blogging & working

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A month at my new job has flown by, it's actually quite scary how quickly it's gone! With that, I thought it would now be an apt time to share with you how I've been coping with blogging and working full time – while also sharing a few helpful tips I've found to really work for me (you might find it a load of ol' nonsense, nonetheless). First and foremost, getting up at 6.30am everyday has been one helluva shock to the system let me tell you! I also don't get home until 6pm most days so it's super tiring and to come home and have to do blogging when really it's just a hobby for me can get a bit too much. 

HOWEVER – I LOVE blogging and it's the only hobby I've stuck with for such a long amount of time (woo!), it's something I'm passionate about and not just 'in it for the free things.' It's a rare occurrence that I get given things from brands and companies, more often than not I'm turning them down, but anyway back to my point – if I didn't have the energy and will to blog, Halcyon Velvet would have stopped a long time ago! Passion and drive are the two main things you need to be in this blogging game but here are some things I've done more of/ upped my game with to help me still enjoy blogging while working full time:

Get organised
Yup, that old chestnut! Every blogger and their mum has written this simple piece of advice somewhere on their blog before – but it's honestly the most important thing you need. If you're disorganised then it shows on your blog. You're broadcasting this page to thousands (lucky you!) of people everyday so it's only right they've got well thought out, interesting and engaging copy to read. I always have a notebook on me and have a note made up on my phone in case inspiration suddenly strikes, be that at the supermarket or when I'm out for a stroll with Daisy dog. I like to plan my content 2-4 weeks in advance – this can obviously alter as and when you buy new things/ have a sudden brainwave for a topical/ timely piece of content or just simply change your mind. Hey, it happens. I then shoot, edit, write and schedule all my posts at the weekend so I don't have to stress about it during the week. I try to do it only one out of the two days I get off (weather permitting, of course) and then it's cleared from my mind and I feel like I'm top of it all.

Hootsuite is your best friend
I write my content on a weekly basis – I may shoot 2-3 weeks worth of posts all at once but choosing to write content weekly is simply because…my mood can change. What you write 2-3 weeks beforehand can seem stupid/ irrelevant to when you next come to it so weekly writing seems to work best for me (I'm basically a moody bitch). Once all my content is written I use Hootsuite to schedule social media posts about my brand-spanking new post on that particular day. I realise I could use Hootsuite a lot more but for now it's predominantly Twitter that gets all the Hootsuite action! I schedule my three posts every week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am as people are mostly on their way to work, absorbed in their phones. I then write another scheduled tweet for 1pm when, of course, most people are having lunch! Simple really. I have my own Facebook page and now schedule those posts separately on there using the 'permalink' you can find on the side of blogger, always including images for people to look at straight away. Instagram is the only social media tool that I can't schedule on – here's hoping they join the modern age soon!

Stay inspired
I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay inspired, if you don't your posts will become mundane and 'samesy' and your blog will suffer in the long run. I use a number of things to get the tired, old clogs in my head turning when it comes to brainstorming ideas. The first would be noticing the new trends from various fashion weeks: being a predominantly fashion-based blogger this is where all my ideas come from, everything you wear started somewhere and it's here on the catwalk that we get to see it come to life – that inspires me so much! Next, I use fashion brands' lookbooks, campaigns and imagery to come up with my own photoshoots – it's not copying as I always put my own stamp on things, as you can probably tell, plus I definitely don't have the time/ budget/ professional workers they have to make it look that good. 

Thirdly, other bloggers. They keep me on my toes. This isn't a bad thing, the blogging world is a competitive one no matter what other bloggers may say to you and there's always some girl out there trying to steal your ideas, don't be THAT girl! I take inspiration from the likes of Ghost Parties, The Little Magpie and What Olivia Did because they all started where I am starting now and that's pretty damn inspiring (plus their style is always on point, duh). Lastly (though I could ramble on for hours about this particular point) my own life inspires me, jeez: walking the dog, family and friends, my surroundings, the music I choose to listen to, the books and magazines I read and the make-up I choose to wear all play a part in my inspiration process and that's what keeps my blog totally unique! 

Socialise
GET OUT OF THE INTERNET! I cannot stress this enough, having a few hours a day with no internet near you – phone, laptop, iPad etc are all off and you can just settle down (preferably with a cup of tea) and get back to reality. Because, let's face it blogging is one weird concept and it's nice to have time to switch off once and a while. 

Hope you liked this post, if you made it all the way to the end then you deserve a gold star, see you Friday for another outfit of the day post!

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16 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing these great tips - Luckily I have wordpress and it automatically shares on social media all my posts I also work full time and schedule my posts for the week

    CANDICE | BEAUTY CANDY LOVES

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    1. Could never get to grips with wordpress! haha xx

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  2. I often struggle to juggle working and blogging! I am going to check out Hootsuite!
    Thanks :)
    Jennie Emma
    xxx

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  3. Working full time, plus having 3 dogs, friends and a gym routine, means I struggle to find the time to blog too! Some great tips here about getting organised and I am definitely going to check out Hootsuite. Great post :) And congrats on the new job! Hope it's going well :)

    LipGlossRebel Blog

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    1. Thank you! I don't go to the gym so that's not an issue for me haha! Hootsuite has saved my sanity, definitely check it out! xx

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  4. Gosh with those long days I don't know how you do it but well done! I find it hard juggling a part time job, uni and blogging but some days it's better to get a few posts out while you're motivated and in the mood for blogging in the evenings. Hope you continue to enjoy your job, look forward to the next post x

    www.ohjanuary.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thanks lovely, and thanks for reading! xx

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  5. Such a great post! I work full-time too and have been trying to keep to a schedule but have only been half meeting it. I'm hoping my weekends can be packed with blog activity as I enjoy it so much and I think with your helpful hints I should find the motivation to do so!

    Have a great week! :) Marianna x

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    1. I think it definitely helps if you enjoy it – if i didn't like blogging so much then I wouldn't do it anymore xx

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  6. Such a wonderful and useful post :)

    www.maireem.blogspot.com

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  7. Great post. Finding a balance can be really hard, can't it? Especially for those of us that work in marketing and PR, spend all day writing press releases, social media and content for the day job - sometimes the very last thing you want to do is do that all again when you come home! I love writing posts, but I must admit I find it hard mustering the energy to promote them. Can you schedule posts to Facebook Groups with Hootsuite? Must do some investigating! Like you, I carry notes everywhere and sometimes try to write posts or visit favourite blogs on my lunch breaks. Good luck with everything, you seem to be managing it all really well xx

    Sarah | www.seriouslyshallow.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Sarah, don't think you can post to groups yet which is really annoying but like I said mine is mainly for twitter – it's great that you can now schedule Facebook posts within a page though xx

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  8. What a great post...I needed this. I recently went from PT to full time in a new role and I'm definitely feeling the pressure, fitting blog events, friends and family as well as finding the time to blog is all proving one hell of a challenge. The key for me that I will take from this post is planning ahead and schedule posts! It can be hard sometimes though as I feel like I constantly run out of time! :)

    http://www.rinicawrites.com/

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