Thursday, 12 March 2015

Part-Time Blogging: How? (5 Tips To Help Schedule Blog Posts)

I was approached by the lovely Rita Guerreiro about collaborating and we were going to create fashion based posts together but the more we got to talking, the more it seemed obvious that we should blog about fitting blogging in with work/school. I work as a full-time apprentice and Rita is a college student so we both understand the drawbacks to part-time blogging.

As glamorous as it seems, blogging isn't all about freebies and events so if you're not willing to put in the effort then I would just say don't bother. Those bloggers you admire? Their lives aren't all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. They have fast paced, busy and stressful lives too. Nothing is gained by sitting back and waiting for the views to roll in because without promotion, networking and a lot of hard work it's just not going to happen. Not all bloggers can do it on a full-time basis, personally I have to balance it with work and home life so sometimes it gets quite difficult to find the time.

I'm going to share with you 5 of my "life-hacks" for keeping up with your blog on a part-time basis, they may not work well for you because everyone is different but these things really help me.

Tip #1
If you are including images in your post I would advise that you keep a camera or at the very least your phone with you so you can take them as you go along. Scheduling a certain time for taking images can be difficult and time consuming so by taking a camera with you it means you aren't taking time out of your day just for that. I know it's important to a lot of people that they have good quality images but when you are fitting it around school, college or work it's really difficult to find the time.

Tip #2
Keep a notebook with you at all times, inspiration can come from literally anything so you should really keep a notebook (no matter how small!) in your bag so you can quickly scribble down your ideas and side-notes. If you're not a full-time blogger then it's unlikely you will be able to type things up straight away so the notebook or even a diary is a compromise.

Tip #3
Serious about blogging? Use your lunch break. I tend to end up blogging through my lunch break because sometimes that's the only point in the day that I have a chance to do it. If you already have your images and notes handy then it's really easy to type up the post to go with them, it shouldn't take too long and you can eat as you go along.

Tip #4
Stay connected to your audience and other bloggers using Facebook and Twitter, give them updates and let them know when you plan to have your next post up. It just means that your blog doesn't go stale whilst you're busy and it makes it easier to share your content. This tip isn't really just for part-time bloggers but it's just something you really should keep in mind because a good percentage of views come from social media.

Tip #5
Consistency is key if you want to keep your blog going along side a busy schedule, I would advise setting specific days of the week so your readers know when to check back on your blog. I get to impatient most of the time but it does take a lot of pressure away if you know you have content already waiting to be published. 

Those were my top 5 tips for running a blog part-time, look out for Rita's take on the subject over on her blog page. I hope this has helped some of you who are struggling with running a blog part-time because I know how difficult it can be. Let me know what you think.

2 comments:

  1. I couldn't agree more with these tips! Keeping a notebook is so handy because you do really get blog post ideas at the craziest times ever. And consistency is definitely key, something I still need to work on as a newbie blogger!

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    1. I'm glad you agree, being a blogger takes a lot more effort than most people actually realise. xo

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