For those who don’t know, I work full time. Blogging is not my full-time gig, but rather being a Marketing Executive is. I love what I do for a living. Not only do I get to work with social media on a daily basis, but I also get to be my nerdy, analytical self-playing with spreadsheets and Google Dashboard. Sometimes though, it does feel like I have two jobs, what with blogging and working full time.
My current situation of being a Marketing Exec by day and being a blogger by night (and weekends, evenings and sometimes in the morning before work) is something I wouldn’t change. I love what I do but in my professional and personal life. Truth be told, I like being busy. And blogging gives me fulfils certain things that my job doesn’t. However, I would never want to be a full-time blogger. That life of 1 million-plus followers and constant trolls (I barely have the energy with the odd knob-head that contacts me every now and then) is not for me. However, I’ve made it no secret that doing both part-time is something I would be interested in. I mean to work a few days of a company and then the rest of the time for myself. Who wouldn’t want that lifestyle?
For now, I’m in a very happy with my blogging and working full-time gig. It has some very good perks, but it also has its challenges. Here are just some of the realities of blogging and working full time.
The realities of blogging and working full time
You can be picky about who you work with. I’m so fortunate to work with brands on collaborations, both on paid and gifted opportunities. And, because I don’t rely on the blog for full-time income, it means I can be selective with the brands I work with. I’m incredibly lucky to have work with brands that I’m truly passionate about (and really lucky to be even considered to work with). So when I promote a brand, you know I mean it.
You work all the time. You say it’s a hobby. But you will spend a lot of time working on your blog. You’ll promise you won’t spend a lot of time on it. But no doubt you’ll be on your laptop every night. And at the weekend. In fact, I’m writing this post while watching Bake Off. This is one of the main things you’ll constantly torment yourself on when you’re blogging and working full time.
You’ll feel blogger guilt. If life gets too busy, I’ll just not put up a post. The guilt I feel for not putting up that post is unbearable. It’s so not fair. My job is not reliant on that post going up and if things pile up, then an order of importance needs to be established. Blogger guilt is a thing and it makes you feel sad when you miss a blog post. And yet, it will also spur you on to keep trying for next time to ace those blog goals.
Work, work, work, work!
You’ll have two/ three pretty corners in your home. Now, I think I have a pretty nice home. I do like interiors. I do have, however, have two excellent corners in my house that are ideal for taking blog pictures. Anyone who is blogging and working full time will have two beautifully styled corners that they will always go to for blog photos. It’s the only way we have time to juggle both things.
Post ideas come at the most random times. Ever woken up in the middle of the night with the most amazing idea? I have. You’ll be driving to work or sitting at your desk at work and bang! You’ll get an idea when you least expect it and you’ve got to jot it down immediately. Treasure those moments when you get amazing ideas.
You’ve got your toes dipped into two worlds. Sometimes it feels like I’m part of two worlds. There’s the real life that is my Monday- Friday. And there’s my ‘blogger’ life, where I take pretty flat lays and receive gifts from amazing companies. It’s weird to think of them separately because it’s my life. I love it when I can mash them together, like taking non-blogging friends to blogging events. Having these two parts of my life it’s nuts at times and I love it.
How do you find blogging and working full time?
I would love to hear from fellow full-time working bloggers on your reality.