Running a blog alongside working full time can be tiring at times - my boyfriend worked out that with all the hours I put in I actually work 7 days a week. But at the end of the day this blog is something I am super proud of and as well as being a creative outlet it also looks really great on your CV. I've been quite lucky as I've only ever blogged alongside my full time job. I've never been at uni or part time and had an extra day a week off, so juggling the two is starting to come very naturally. When I used to work 9 - 5 with flexible hours and a rediculous break allowance things were much easier, but now I work 9 - 6 with a small break and a total of 2 hours travel a day - despite this, post have become far more frequent and I think even my mum is a little impressed...
Let's Get Started...Before I get on to things I do and tips... I post a lot, but this isn't a post saying everyone else should be doing the same, it can be applied to you if you only like to post twice a week or a few times a month!
The first thing I started off by doing is deciding on how often I wanted to post each week and what type of post I would do each day to keep things fresh - it works far better than a week of mostly outfits and then a week of beauty. I keep a big tabbed notebook and the first page shows my blog rota - although I don't need it as it's now embedded in my brain!
Blog PrepOnce I knew the types of posts and the number I wanted each week I started to jot down ideas the week before. These could come to me as I'm getting ready in the morning, at work or in the middle of the night - always carry a note pad or your phone for moments like these. Every Friday I collate my various little lists and take a look at the posts I want to create in the next week. I then shoot all the images for them (or videos in some cases) at the weekend. If I have the time I upload the photos into blogger and if I've got a lot of time (or i'm having a sleepless night) I write them too. Once I have an idea of what I'm going to post Monday to Sunday I write them in my 2013 diary, so I have a clear view of my week and whether there are any gaps - and then assess whether I really care about said gap.
There are some months where I'm busier than others and in those I do some serious prep. Example: This month I spent the long weekend prepping content so that when I'm gallivanting around with the boyfriend for his 21st birthday, you won't even notice I'm gone! In this case I actually have three weeks of April set out - but this is my most extreme to date and if I don't have to do it, I won't!
Do I miss spur of the moment blogging? No, because I still do it - if I sprawl my makeup out in a perfectly messy way whilst doing my makeup and like what I'm using - I'll snap it on my phone (the first image is a perfect example of this) and write up the blog post on my way to work, I'll then just push my schedule back (but I don't like doing this - it makes my diary messy) or add it to the end of the list to post.
Although a lot of prep is done in the evenings and on the weekends, I can't always put the blog first and if I'm out with friends I won't be thinking about the blog (unless we're talking makeup). In this case a blog post might not be ready on the day it's set to be published. This is a fairly regular occurrence as I'm not perfect when it comes to organisation. In this case I blog on the way to work, on my break, and sometimes on the train home. I mostly do this on my phone - this and a fair few other items really help with blogging on the go...
Helpful Blogging Tools
Blogger App - you can write, edit and publish posts all from your phone. I honestly cannot recommend this enough!
Dropbox App - I have an insane love for dropbox - it's great for getting phone photos onto my laptop but also for getting blog photos on to my phone to use on instagram or in a blog post later. It's also super handy for transferring files if you arrange guest posts.
Emails - if I didn't have my emails on my phone I would have missed out on some seriously good emails in the past. I can respond super quick to nice exciting bloggy emails and emails from the accountant (not so exciting to everyone else, but still exiting to me).
Memory Card - this depends on how you take your photos, but I have an SD card. This comes in super handy when I shoot some very quick outfit photos with my brother on his Cannon and I don't have time for him to send them to me. I pop my card in - he snaps away - I take the card with me to work and upload photos on my lunch break. (Note: this works on my Mac but on another computer you may need a memory card reader) This also works for if you're on the go and just won't be using the same computer.
Studio lighting - I would never say this is essential, but if I have late night inspiration or want to shoot videos or product photos and the light is bad then these are babes! With my current routine I generally tend to use them for filming, but I have had moments of an evening where I've had the sudden urge to blog and didn't have to worry about poorly lit photos.
Social networking/blogging apps - If I'm on the go and I'm not writing a post (or sticking my head inside a magazine) I like to catch up on twitter, instagram, bloglovin, youtube (if I'm on a very long train ride) - you get the jist! Catching up on these means that once I'm home I can focus on my family and boyfriend a little more and don't feel like I'm missing out on anything. Twitter is also a handy tool as you can use it to update everyone on recent posts - if you have a super busy day ahead of you then it might be best to schedule them!
Note books and diaries - I've already touched on these, but they're so handy for jotting things down so that you can then focus on something else. I keep my blog and my personal life together in both my diary and "to do" lists as it gives me an accurate representation of how much I have on my plate in one day/weekend. I also use them to take notes from videos or even other bloggers advice. Example: I took my notepad along to see Anna a few weeks ago and she thought I was very cute!
It's all about utilising your spare moments in the right way really - which is a good skill to have whether you blog frequently or not. Saying that, it's also important to keep a healthy outlook on things - if I don't post, I don't panic. I'll move my week around a tad or I'll just give myself a day off! The good thing about blogging alongside a full time job is that you don't get fired when you forget to post - it's not your sole income and it's no biggie. I enjoy being stupidly busy - part of the reason why I work in the events industry - but it's all about doing what makes you happy at the end of the day.