I am a blogger with a full time job. As I write this, I’m sitting at my desk at work, sipping on a much needed latte, wondering why I’ve never broached this topic before. I’ve always been pretty open about my life, but this is one area that I keep mum about. I don’t know why, really; I just feel the need to keep work separate from my blog. Thank being said, the two have a profound effect on each other. The freelance full-time blogger lifestyle is definitely one that appeals to me but it’s not a reality that’s feasible at the moment! Besides, my work/blog balance situation can be a bit tricky at times! So I thought I’d have a little chat with you about a few realities of being a blogger with a full time job.
Being a blogger with a full time job means that I work 40 hours a week. Any blogging has to be done outside of those hours…for the most part. It’s so fascinating to me how blogging is something you can very much build your life around! Kristabel talks about it a lot on her blog, and has even shared posts from other bloggers who are part-time and full-time. It’s different for everyone, and here’s what it’s like for me.
Every moment of my free time is spoken for
At the moment, I have two main days that I do my blogging. Writing, taking photos, filming, planning outfits, organizing pictures, etc etc. It can feel a little hectic at times, especially if my to do list is long, but in some ways, that makes it easier. Tuesdays tend to be my day for writing, editing, and taking photos, until I have to be at work at 4pm. Fridays are my day for meeting up with friends, taking outfit photos and anything else I didn’t get to. That might also mean an admin day at home, or sitting in a coffee shop and just brainstorming. Throw in gym classes and the nights it’s my turn to cook dinner, and you’ve got the idea!
FOMO is real, and sometimes it gets to me
I used to work evenings, so I had more time in the day to hang out. Now, it’s the opposite, but I sometimes miss being able to just toddle along to meet someone last minute. These days, if I want to go to an event, I have to find cover, or I can’t make it work. That’s always a bummer. I get FOMO a lot, especially when I’m sitting at my desk watching Instagram Stories of people out and about (like that Oliver Bonas press day? I was drooling over my phone!) Still, I’m much happier in my job and I actually feel like I’m more productive with the time I do have!
Having structure helps me flourish
My full time job provides me with structure. Every week, looks exactly the same. Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays I’m in at 8:30am. Evenings (except Tuesdays) are for spending time with Mr. Actually and cooking dinner. Sundays are my one proper day off, where I don’t worry about work, or the blog, or going to the gym… at least I try not to worry. I need that structure, because it makes me more focused and productive. The repetition takes the thinking out of it, so I can save those brain cells for the important things, like what the heck I’m going to post on the blog next week or next month!
The steady paycheck takes a weight off my shoulders
Money, money, money. That thing we’re never supposed to talk about. It’s a very real part of everyone’s lives though. When I first moved to the UK, I was unemployed for about 5 months, so I had no income; I only had my savings and part of that had to pay for a visa. Then, when I did finally start working, I worked 6 evenings (and two afternoons) a week, doing shifts that varied in length. From month to month, my paychecks would differ by as much as £200! I couldn’t really save or plan for things. Now that I’m in a full time job, I know how much I’ll get each month, and it really takes the stress away. I’m not wondering if I’ve worked enough shifts to actually be able to pay my bills, let alone spend extra money on coffee dates with pals. The extra income allows me to invest in myself and in my blog.
I’ve thought about going freelance, and being able to really focus my time and energy fully on the blog. It’s certainly a dream, but a dream that is still a few years away. My blog ins’t an income source just yet; in fact, I have my first ever paid project coming up next month. My first! Being a blogger with a full time job is just what works for me right now, and I’m pretty happy with how it’s going!