How I Juggle Blogging and a Full-Time Job

How I Juggle Blogging and a Full-Time Job |

It’s plastered all over my blog but just in case you missed it, I’m a copywriter at a digital advertising agency. We all know the advertising industry is a high-stress environment and I consider myself very lucky because unlike other agencies, mine respects employees’ personal time. I also do freelance social media work on the side and then I have my boyfriend and my friends that I do silly things with on a weekly basis. Life can get pretty busy but it’s manageable. To be honest, the real daily time-suck is the commute from home to office and back. The amount of time wasted stuck in traffic makes me so mad!

Early this month, Aneth sent out a tweet:

I’ve had this entry sitting in my drafts since May and Aneth’s tweet made me think it was high time I published it (of course it took me two weeks to finish it). Here are a few ways that I juggle work, life, and blogging:

Make time

I always say “I wish I had time” or “I don’t have time” but I believe that there’s no such thing as that. We make time for the things we want to do (which is why I have time to watch TV shows but no time for working out). If blogging is a priority, you will set aside a few hours each week for it. Some people find a free day (or half-day) to get all the week’s blog entries done and ready for posting while I tend to prepare the week’s images on a Sunday and then work on blog entries every night before bed. It’s up to you to find what works best.

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Jot down notes

I had an idea notebook that I carried around with me everywhere but I unfortunately lost it… in Joey’s room WTF RIGHT. I considered getting a new notebook but decided to switch to digital note-taking (currently ignoring using the Evernote app) because a lot of the things I find useful are online anyway.

Ideas aren’t the only things you should be writing down. Collect everything that inspires you like quotes, interesting articles, photos etc.

Use an editorial calendar

At the start of each month, I go through the ideas and notes I’ve collected and see which ones I can turn into a full blog entry. I then create a buttload of working titles and drafts and plot them on the calendar (WordPress users can either use the built-in calendar feature or shell out money for CoSchedule). Doing this and seeing my planned content mapped out oddly gives me a sense of purpose. Of course, getting those ideas executed or those drafts written is another story!

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Set goals and stick to it

When I started getting back into blogging, I humored myself and made it my goal to double my monthly blog traffic. To do that, I’d need to totally change my content— something I’m not prepared for. So I decided to take it down a few notches by making it my goal to consistently blog at least 3x a week. It’s totally doable and because it’s kind of hard to fail at, I always feel a little good at meeting that goal.

Have weekly or monthly features

I do The Sunday Currently because they’re easy, no-brainer entries. It’s a bit on the fluff content side but I made a goal to reach 100 volumes so I’m going to keep at it.

I also have a weekly link-up called Friday’s 10 Happy Things which I start drafting every Monday because putting together a list of things that made you happy isn’t as easy as it sounds!

Soon, I hope to have more meaningful/useful monthly features, like Find of the Month (I had Find of the Week before which was too… demanding). Other monthly features I have to bring back are Font Crushes (everyone started doing their own version and I didn’t want to add to the clutter, so I stopped) and Instagram Favorites.

I hope those of you who struggle with balancing life and blogging (as I do every now and then) found these helpful!

Do you have any tips on how to juggle blogging with life?

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  • Reply Jaya June 15, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Quite helpful!! We have the same technique – Sundays to edit photos then the content little by little every night! The only difference is you are way more consistent but maybe one day I can be like that too! Haha also writing on my blog makes me so hungry!!! LOL love this post though, makes me feel less alone :P Everyone else makes blogging look so easy!

    • Reply Helga June 15, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      Blogging is SO hard!!!

      And I think I’d be eating all the time, too, if I had a food blog! When I used to handle a culinary brand, I could never not eat before or while writing content for them haha.

  • Reply Corinth June 15, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    This was really helpful! I really need to start doing the jotting down ideas thing, but it’s so hard to remember to do it! I have lots of little unused notebooks that need to be put to use! I wish Squarespace had something like CoSechedule. I’m sure that’s going to help me a lot!

    • Reply Helga June 15, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Move to WordPress na!!!

  • Reply dlysen June 15, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I wonder how big the room is… and imagine if it is look like a jungle. Maybe your note book enter in to Joey’s hidden portal and make some adventure.

    • Reply Helga June 15, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      He just has a lot of things! Haha.

  • Reply XX June 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Is that just a stock photo of a notebook?

    • Reply Helga June 15, 2015 at 2:20 pm

      Yup, it’s from Unsplash. :)

  • Reply Christabel June 15, 2015 at 7:51 pm

    Helguzzz, I love your ideas! I just started a travel blog with my friend, and we’re not as consistent as I’d like to be. I love the idea of creating an editorial calendar (we used to do it at my last job, and I thought to implement it for my blog) to plan out the month, I think it will help me organize ideas. I’m such a procrastinator when it comes to actually writing, I really need to get better at it!

    Also, love Evernote! Where has it been all my life?!

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:18 pm

      Chris-TABLE!!!!! <3 I wish I lived in DC so I could check out all those brunch pages!!!

      You can do it bb, I believe in you. <3

  • Reply Alex Carpio June 15, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    This is very helpful, Helga. I too work in a (BTL) advertising company and the job does have a somewhat demanding nature. There was a time that I actually forgot I had a blog because of work. :/

    I don’t think blogspot has that CoSchedule like thing? But the notebook method works for me. Just not that much the past few weeks. :/ I should really start setting goals with blogging, that’s for sure.

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:46 pm

      Not familiar with blogspot! But some use Excel or paper planners. :)

  • Reply Marielle June 15, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Consistency is hard work, so prioritizing blogging is a commitment. I have an idea notebook where I try to schedule blog entries, but I end up typing notes on my phone most of the time. :))

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      I miss my idea notebook! I still prefer pen and paper when it comes to jotting down notes.

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang June 15, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I really want to keep my blog up to date especially because I don’t have social media accounts anymore. I used to be able to find time to edit photos and write, but recently, I prefer to read books or study work-related stuff during my free time. I need motivation! :)))

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:47 pm

      I know what it’s like! Some nights, I just watch TV shows before bed haha.

  • Reply Crystal June 15, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    My problem is that my apartment is too dark for photos for my blog. Especially when I get off work at 6pm. The food photos I currently have on my blog were taken outside on my patio. Sometimes it’s not even bright enough out there! I’ll submit a photo to Foodgawker twice before it gets approved because they say it has low exposure. It’s a pain. What I need to do is find some decent tabletop lighting that doesn’t cost a fortune.

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:48 pm

      I have the same problem! Our house doesn’t get enough sunlight and my room is always dark, even tho I have a big ass window. I have to go outside to take decent photos.

      I’m lucky because I can take photos at work. We also have white desks so YAY.

  • Reply Mara June 16, 2015 at 1:07 am

    First, I love Unsplash! Thank you for recommending that site.

    Second, I got asked the same thing last week, too, before I broke my blogging streak. IT IS SO HARD. But I agree that we should make time for the things we want to do. Yes on all your tips, too!

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      You should check out Pixabay and, too! :)

  • Reply Jae June 16, 2015 at 2:24 am

    Oh, the pressure we put on ourselves. This used to be my dilemma before I left for the US. I quit my job in August; from that point until April, I almost always sat on my desk trying to whip an interesting blog post. I was trying to remain relevant even if no one cared. It was only until I got here that I realized how lame that was, and now I’m just content with blogging whenever I feel like it. It surprises me that there are people (including you) who still take time to drop by, and leave a note or two on my blog even if I don’t post that often as I’d like to.

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Coming up with content is hard talaga. I struggle all the time pa din!

  • Reply Raisa June 16, 2015 at 6:30 am

    Blogging takes up so might time! Definitely something I have to schedule into my week because just writing takes me a few hours (plus distractions lol), and then you still have to do social media pa.

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Right!!! And I dont want to shell out $10/mo for CoSchedule :(((

  • Reply Gelleesh June 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

    After being promoted at work, solely focusing on beauty and style blogging has been a bit more tasking so I slowly evolved (?) to personal blogging and just sharing things I find interesting and worth sharing. I have realized that it does appeal more to my readers when I tell them stories instead of just product reviews and whatnot.

    I can’t keep up with having a weekly or monthly feature… But what I do though is whenever I’m commuting or just walking and then I have thought of something interesting to write, I type it down in my phone’s notepad and write about it when I’ve got the time and then go post. :D

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:53 pm

      TBH, I’m not a fan of product reviews! Like, I only seek them out when needed haha.

  • Reply Christia Junina June 16, 2015 at 11:43 am

    Great post as always, Ms. Helga! This was really helpful to me, especially with the point you made about making time for things we love doing.

    I love blogging and photography, but unfortunately, I am what I like to call a productive procrastinator. I can do a million things that are fairly productive, like cleaning or cooking or anything will similar satisfaction profit, but I seem to hold off what I actually love doing sometimes.

    This post definitely gave me some perspective! Right now, blogging isn’t exactly my job right now, but I am passionate about it and this gave me the right amount of hit to get me back writing.

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:54 pm

      I’m a productive procrastinator, too! :D

      Thanks for dropping by <3

  • Reply Beauty By Tellie June 16, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    “Make time” makes sense but doesn’t really strike you as something you can do until you see it in action. I used to think I couldn’t possibly blog (working 5 mins from home btw) ’til I met doctor and lawyer bloggers.

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      The ones who are ahmaaaahzing are the mom bloggers who work full-time pa! Like… PAANO???

  • Reply Keesh June 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    The part about making time really got to me. I currently have about a dozen drafts on my WordPress dashboard that I haven’t been able to make time to complete. My TV has been advocating my blogging procrastination. I probably just need to get up, turn away from the TV and get started!

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:56 pm

      You can do it! :)

  • Reply Aneth June 16, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips, Helga!! Out of the three that I asked, you’re the only one who actually answered and even made a blog post out of it (no h8 tho). Anyway, I always believe that if “there’s a will, there’s a way” so I definitely agree on “make time”. As much as possible, I always make time for my blog but ideas aren’t always there. If you’ll (or anyone) notice, most of the blog entries that I have are based on my experiences. I barely blog about my insights about some things. I want to write down blog ideas on my planner but I’m too lazy. Evernote app helps me in this case.

    Maybe it’s just laziness that hinders me from blogging as regularly as you are and anyone else :(

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 12:59 pm

      I’m lazy, too!!! If I can do it, anyone can. :)

  • Reply Christine June 16, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    I’m struggling right now because it’s crazy at work. I have no motivation to edit photos and write after work. I just feel brain dead from staring at my computer at work all day. I have to find the time this week/weekend to edit a bunch of photos at once so I can start blogging again. #thestruggleisreal

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 1:00 pm

      I know what it’s like! Blogging is a lot of work and sometimes, I’d rather not do it na lang lol.

  • Reply Sarah June 18, 2015 at 9:28 am

    I usually only blog when something significant happens in my life. I would love to have a weekly/monthly features though so I don’t run out of things to write. I actually tried once or maybe twice, but for some reasons, I just couldn’t keep it up. Haha.

    • Reply Helga June 18, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      You can do it! :)

  • Reply Ziba June 19, 2015 at 5:08 am

    I’ve had this on my mind, because right now I Just Can’t. Full time job, traveling, socializing, plus my obsession with staying healthy and getting a decent amount of sleep. Yet all I want to do is blog! I think the part about settings goals and sticking to them is probably the most relevant tip for me right now. Starting… next month :D

  • Reply Jill June 21, 2015 at 12:45 pm

    Making time is always a struggle for a mom like me but I am trying. Your idea of getting all week’s blog entry, will keep that in mind and it is what I am currently doing. Thanks Helga. :)

  • Reply Yshy June 22, 2015 at 1:06 am

    I soooo can relate!! I also work in a media advertising agency, but mine’s centered on ATL. GAAAH SO STRESSFUL HAHA but I agree that if something is a priority, you will always find time for it. Thank God for the brilliant bloggers who shared the idea of doing “series” and link-ups! Although I have to admit that it gets boring sometimes, I must say that they’re really helpful and oftentimes saves us from falling to unexpected hiatuses!

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  • Reply Aia July 6, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    What brand is that journal in the photo??? <3 <3 <3

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