Raise your hand if you are a full-time student!
Raise your hand if you work a full-time job!
Raise your hand if you’re a full-time parent!
If you are any of these things, blogging is a time consuming hobby in a world filled with responsibility. If you are more than one of these things – if you are ALL of these things – I salute you. In a world demanding so much of our time and energy, how do you find time to operate a blog?
For myself, I am a full-time worker bee. I work an eight hour shift five days a week with an 87mi commute on both ends. It takes up most of my day and I get up at an unbelievable time to get myself going in the morning. It’s the life I chose and the sacrifice I made to continue working with the same company and living where I want to live. And it’s hard most days. It certainly doesn’t leave a lot of time for hobbies.
So how the heck do I manage to post almost every day?
1.) I don’t have a social life. This is meant as a joke, but it’s also true! I like to keep to a small, intimate group of friends, so I’m not out on the town every Friday night.
2.) I’m really well-organized. I thrive with a blogging plan, and because I listen to audiobooks to and from work most days, it’s easy enough to come up with content. I spend a lot of time thinking about it because, well, traffic.
3.) This is the most important one – I love what I do. I blog for fun and I blog because I enjoy it. It’s not something I wake up in the morning and dread. I wake up in the morning and tell myself: “Hey, if you get up *right now* you might have time to work on your review archive!” It’s not a big aspiration, but it’s something that puts a smile on my face.
Sometimes, it’s the little things, y’all.
When you blog for stats or blog for money, it stops being a bobby and starts being a job. It’s okay if blogging is a job! In many ways, running a blog is like super casual journalism. If you’re very good at it and you can make money at it, by all means – make it your job! But if blogging is something you started on the side and now you hate it as a hobby… then perhaps it’s time for something to change. A break, a change in direction… something.
That’s why I think it’s vital folks pick a blog topic aligned with their passions.
If everyone is doing a lifestyle blog and you want in on that kind of life… but you hate fashion and parenting and tutorials and cooking and all the stuff that comes with lifestyle blogging… then trust me, lifestyle blogging is not for you.
But you know what’s really fantastic?
Your blog gives you a voice. So you can blog about anything. Are you passionate about science? Politics? Movies? Cats? That’s what your blog topic can be! Did you used to be passionate about Comic Books and now you’re more about K-Pop? That’s awesome? You can shift your focus or start a different blog. Unless you rely on certain stats or ad income from your blog, you can be as whimsical as you want.
And, if your blog remains about YOU and YOUR PASSION, it’s easy to do. Because it’s something you look forward to.
Even if you work really long days. Even if you have kids. Even if you’re getting your doctorate. Because if you love it, it’s not a job.
This week’s Book Blogger Hop asks:
For all of you worker bees out there! How do you balance having a day job/career and managing your blog at night? Is it hard or easy to do, and what do people in your work life think of your blogs?
Short answer: I manage to balance it because I love doing blogging, and it makes a huge difference in my motivation. I get ahead, make a plan, and use my commute time to my best advantage. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. 🙂 As far as what people think, sometimes I’m feeling obnoxious and tell people “Actually, I have a blog” but mostly I just let folks find it on their own. Most people are disinterested, but I have a couple of girlfriends who pop in every once and a while and I love them for it 🙂 <3