I started blogging in February, and a common reaction I get from people is confusion. When I tell them that I’m a full-time blogger I’m pretty sure most people understand the writing part. However, full-time bloggers, and blogging as a way to earn an income involve so much more and that is where I lose people.
This is especially true when I bring up things such as affiliate marketing, sponsored post writing, virtual assistance, and collaborating.
Making money from blogging means thinking outside of the box. A lot of the monetizing strategies are also new, such as working with brands through sponsored content. So, I understand why it can be difficult for some people to grasp the idea.
Last week I came up with this great idea of sharing my daily routine here because blogging is so much more than writing. I thought it would be beneficial to other bloggers and anyone curious about what goes on behind the scenes.
So, what does a full-time blogger actually do?
MY DAILY ROUTINE AS A FULL-TIME BLOGGER
I’m a single woman with no children, so my daily routine probably looks a lot different than mom bloggers, who work around their family’s needs. I also don’t have another job that demands my time!
Most of my day consists of my work, managing my life and learning. While each day is different, it usually looks something like this:
10 am – 12 pm
I usually start my day between 10 am – 11 am. I would love to be a morning person, getting up at 5 am and conquering the day, but it just doesn’t work for me.
So a typical morning for me involves waking up without an alarm, immediately brushing my teeth and then coffee! Ever since my oophorectomy surgery, I’ve enjoyed my morning cup of coffee and it just makes the morning that much more enjoyable.
While I enjoy that cup a joe I usually:
- browse my email inbox and respond to emails
- work on my client work
- check my workflow on Trello.
I like my mornings to be focused but slow, and save the heavy work for after lunch.
12 pm – 1 pm
Once I finish my coffee and get my morning work done, I then hop in the shower, enjoy lunch and take a little break by catching up on a television show episode. Grey’s Anatomy anybody?
1pm – 3 pm
I usually dedicate the afternoons to:
- blog post writing
- designing Pinterest and social media graphics
- engaging in social media
- video recording and editing
- Working on any coursework that I’m a part of
I don’t like to leave writing until the end of the day because I’m usually tired and uninspired by then. The mornings and afternoons are the best time for me.
The afternoons are also the perfect time for recording YouTube videos. I work from home but live with four roommates, which can make things hard when you need to be distraction free. I like to find times during the day when everyone is either at college or work and use that moment to record my videos.
These tasks typically take the whole afternoon and into the evening, unless I have errands to do.
3 pm – 5 pm
To break up my afternoon work and give my brain a rest, I like to schedule errands in the late afternoon. If I need to do a grocery or library run, I will head out around 3 pm and use the errand to recharge.
This doesn’t happen every day, but when it does it’s nice to go for that walk in the afternoon sunshine.
5 pm – 7 pm
From 5 pm – 7 pm I start wrapping things up. If I am still writing a blog post and the deadline is the next day, I will finish that.
If I’m not writing that day I use this time to do any other lingering blogging tasks:
- submitting applications for brand collaborations
- reading and commenting on other peoples blog posts
- learning new strategies and engaging on social media.
These are tasks that don’t require me to be very focused and rested to do, so the evening is a perfect time.
7 pm – 12 pm
I don’t like to work past 7 pm and like to give myself time to unwind and relax. That’s why I intentionally stop working around 7 or 8 pm, or I won’t stop and burnout. However, if there is a deadline the next day sometimes this can change. After 7 pm, I cook dinner, watch tv, read a book, chat with my roommates and hang out with my cats before heading to bed at midnight.
Life as a full-time blogger is great because I set my own schedule (I get up at 10 am!) and I get to work on what I love all day. It’s a work at home career choice that allows me to be creative and continue learning, so it’s never boring!
ARE YOU A FULL-TIME BLOGGER? WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAILY ROUTINE LOOK LIKE?
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