Juggling a Blog and a Job

blog tips

Since my very first post went live here on AGAAB a lot has changed. The name, the logo, the design and even the person behind the blog. It all started back in the Summer of 2010, I had finished my degree at Bournemouth and was about to embark on a masters course. After being on YouTube for a handful of months (oh yes I started that before blogging!) I plucked up the courage to brave the written world and set up this beauty haven.

Since then I’ve moved roughly seven times, been a student and graduated (twice) before becoming an intern and now having a full time job. Across those five years I’ve tried and tested a number of different tools and methods to help keep me organised. Daily blogging has been consistent for the past two or so years and without a good routine it would be impossible to keep up. Although I have a few tools I rely on, I wouldn’t be able to keep blogging alongside all this change if it wasn’t something I truly loved. Before I get too emosh – onto the tips!

Make the Most of the Light – Thanks to the lack of light in the UK I’ve always taken my photos at the weekend. Throughout the week I think about what needs to be photographed, pull out the required products into a handy basket before setting up a bulk photo session. The light isn’t always on your side, and not all the photos get used, but it’s always handy to have a stash of photos ready for you to edit or inspire you for your next post.

Plan Ahead – Although a lot of people are advocates of content plans and blogging two months (or more!) in advance, I like to keep things a bit more spontaneous. I have a Google Docs spreadsheet where I track all my posts an idea from a fellow bloggers whose name for the life of me I can’t remember – sorry! that allows me to jot down upcoming posts and ideas. Keeping it online allows me to not only access it on the go, I can also change my mind whenever I want. I also like to colour code posts based on category to help me keep content fresh and interesting.

Don’t be too Strict – When you blog daily, you have to cut yourself some slack. Weekday posts will be coming to you live at 7am each day however at the weekends my posts fit in with me. Yes this may cause inconstancy but I’m only human and sometimes a girls gotta have a lie in! I also find this allows me to be more natural with the posts I upload. For example, if I’ve had a heavy night keep your eyes peeled for a detoxing mask routine that will most likely be published around noon ;)

Schedule, Schedule Schedule – Without the ability to schedule I don’t think there would be any bloggers! Back in the day posts went live as soon as you had finished the last sentence however now content is more structured and planned to fit in with readers habits. I use WordPress to schedule my blog posts and Hootsuite to schedule my Twitter and Facebook posts. With Instagram however you’ll get a breakfast snap as soon as that dish is being devoured!

Be Honest – At the end of the day we are only human. I am very honest about the fact I work full time and because of that I may not be as present online compared to other full-time bloggers. When I go on holiday I share this with you and either my posts take a break with me or like I did when I went to Vegas, I posted about my trip each day. What’s beautiful about blogs is the person behind them and don’t be afraid to share a down day. Sometimes my most honest posts are the best – not everyone can be a beauty worded machine 365 days a year :)

Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ve recently created a ‘Blogging Tips’ category – check back for snippets of how I organise blogging, what tools I use and how I plan out my content. If you have any questions or anything you would like to know feel free to comment below or Tweet me @girlbeautyblog with what you would like to know!

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  • Jennifer Cooper

    Of to make a schedule thanks for the tips. Take a look at my blog too! http://jennifercooper99.blogspot.co.uk

  • corrine

    I really enjoyed this post! great tips.

    http://choasofbeauty.blogspot.com.au/

  • thisgirlloveschic

    this is such a nice , honest and informative post!!

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  • Kaiesha Page

    I have the same struggles and swear by my ability to schedule! I love my Erin Condren planner and I like to try and write posts the Sunday before. My tip would be to get in to a routine of blogging on the Sunday, planning posts in advance but allowing flexibility is key!

    Great post!

    Kay, ohkay-dohkay.com

    • That is a good piece of advice :) I’ve tried to write everything on a Sunday before but it just never works for me – I stick to getting all the photos done instead!xx

  • great post and I love your honesty

    https://esrscreatives.wordpress.com/

  • Georgina HattonWoods

    Really like the ‘don’t be strict’ point! With everyone telling you consistency is key its hard to cut yourself some slack at times!

    Brunette
    in Louboutins

    • At the end of the day we are all human and I’d rather a blog be honest then be a machine :) xx

  • Great post! I find it quite overwhelming to have a full time job and a blog, but for someone who loves to be busy, I can’t imagine not doing both!

    Josie XOXO

    Fashion Mumblr

  • Katy

    Great post! I worked full time last year (student now) and found it really hard to blog a few days a week. I have no idea how you manage to fit in daily blogging! Well done!

    lipsticklaceblog.blogspot.com

    • I think because I’ve been doing it so long now it feels natural – otherwise there is no hope haha xx

  • Rachel

    Urgh I’m just beginning to find out what a pain in the ass this is! I find though that I’m making so much better use of my weekends :) I’ve actually found a whole new love of writing now that I don’t really need t do it for uni :) xx

  • Lovely tips and I will definitely be using these to help with my blog but I’m not quite working yet as I’m in school.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin’ |

  • I did try blogging every day for a few months but with a family and full time job it just got too much so I post every other day now and I find it a lot more manageable! Organisation is key though :) x

    Brenda BusyBee | Makeup Revolution & Benefit Giveaway

    • It’s best to do something that works for you, no point trying to force posts as you just loose interest and don’t enjoy it as much!xx

  • Great tips, it’s so hard to juggle a full time job with blogging as well. People don’t understand how blogging really is.

    Zeynab xx

    The Beautifully Disastrous

  • It’s not easy when you have a full time job, same goes with me who has a 8 months old. I wish I could blog everyday but it’ll be too much stress hence I finally settled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This way I am able to spend quality time for my family and produce a good post without too much stress.

    Great post and yes, organization is the way to go.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • It’s much better to come up with a schedule that works for you otherwise it becomes less of a passion to do :) xx

  • What an inspirational post, I have found this invaluably helpful as I am currently a third year student at University and have been doing my blog for two years.
    Sometimes I find it so difficult to juggle time between the two and after reading this post I realise that it is due to a lack of scheduling.
    Thank you for this fantastic post, keep up the great work!
    Much Love,
    Kate xo
    http://www.and-kate.blogspot.com

    • Aw I’m so glad it was helpful :) Scheduling is key, I wouldn’t be able to keep a float without it!xx

  • Scheduling helps me sooo much and your right about the light on a night by the time I get home from my shop it is pitch black … Great post. xox

    http://www.rainbowsandunicornsblog.co.uk/

    • The light in the UK is just impossible – even a gloomy weekend can spoil a big old photo taking session xx

  • India Benjamin

    I definitely couldn’t blog without scheduling, and bulk taking photos! I have cut back on posting daily since I started half marathon training, because I don’t get home until half 7. I need some evenings to do nothing! So I appreciate when bloggers post daily as I know how hard it is!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

    • You’ve gotta do whats right for you! Back when I was at Uni my blogging would frequency would decrease with the amount of Uni work – with marathon training too sometimes you need a night off to relax!xx

  • I am a full time teacher and upload 4 times a week which I find a struggle so hats off to you :) Scheduling is my best friend for sure!! xoxo

    jpoppy-thats-just-me.blogspot.co.uk

    • That’s still a heck of a lot for the demeaning job you have! If I hadn’t been blogging for so long before I started full time work I would have found it impossible!xx

  • Gemma

    I have a full time job too and find it hard to juggle both the job and blogging. I like to do it in my spare time and at the weekend. I love this blog post! it’s so helpful so thank you x

    • So glad you liked it :) It’s not easy juggling both but a routine does help so much and means you make the most of your spare time xx

  • This is just such a struggle, but I do agree on not being so strict. Something I need to practice what I preach!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

    • Everyone is human! We can’t be perfect everyday and honesty I think is the best policy :) xx

  • Ella

    I’m a full time high school student and am involved in several clubs, organizations and sports. I upload videos on my YouTube channel twice a week, which can definitely be tough to keep up with. Excited to see more tips from you!

    http://www.youtube.com/sparklesandsuch26

    • Oh wow that’s incredible – I always debate YouTube but worry about the time element it needs! Hopefully you find the other tips I share useful too :) xx

  • Just discovered your blog & what a great post! I’ve just started my blog & definitely love the tip of taking photos at the weekend as inspiration – I’ll be using that!

  • Olivia

    I’ve only just discovered you blog and I wish I was to find it earlier and what a good post! I’ve just made my own blog and was really interested on how clear your picture. what camera do you use :) xx

    • Oh bless you! At least you are here now :) Really glad you enjoyed the post! The camera I use is the Canon 600D xx

  • Beautyosaurus Lex

    So happy that you have created the “Blogging Tips” tab, I LOVE your advice! It has only been a few months since diving (head first) into my blog and your insight is so refreshing, honest and helpful. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Beautyosaurus Lex

  • I can see a different perspective now that I finished reading this post, it helps a lot to have some kind of advice from personal experiences :) xx

    Mary Bloomy

  • lifewithlynsey

    Hi,

    I have just started my blog Life with Lynsey after probably a year after I first wanted to, probably due to not having the confidence tbh. I really love your blog, its honest and written very well. This post has given me loads of ideas and also a lot to think about going forward, thank you.

    http://www.lifewithlynsey.com

    Love Lynsey xx