Hey guys! So this week we have another installment of Balancing Blogging. When I initially asked for contributors I had too many for just one post- s0 here we are with part two!

As we discussed last time, balancing blogging with a full-time job is no easy feat. If you guys ever see me not post for a few weeks it's because I'm stressed at work- sometimes I just don't have energy for two jobs!

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Ashley

Have you always blogged and worked, or at one point did you have more time for your blog?

My blog started several years ago as a creative outlet where I really only posted every few months, and really turned into something when I spent two weeks in Israel and Palestine last Spring. I blogged while I was abroad for everyone at home, and wanted to continue writing and sharing my experiences. Since deciding to commit to my blog I have always been working full-time, and just went back to school this past fall as well.

What's your advice on balancing blogging and a full-time job?

MAKE A SCHEDULE. I cannot emphasize this enough! When I don’t have a plan for the month I end up forgetting about it or not feeling a creative impulse and nothing is posted. It’s easy when you’ve taken a trip and have something to write about, but in between adventures can be difficult. I also joined a monthly blogger mail exchange that forces me to post at least once a month, and introduces me to new bloggers around the world! Seeing what others are posting and talking to other bloggers about their experience definitely helps.

 

Katelyn

Have you always blogged and worked, or at one point did you have more time for your blog?

I’m a workaholic. I’ve always had a full-time job and usually one or two part-time jobs on the side. For two years I worked full-time, had a part-time job, trained on average 12 hours a week for triathlons, and attended grad school full-time for my masters degree while maintaining a blog. I started my first blog a couple of years ago as a triathlon blog, which is now my website for my coaching and personal training business (www.bigskymultisportcoaching.com). My focus over the past year has been my travel and personal finance blog. Like most people, I wish I had more time in my days to do everything on my “to-do” list, but I’m human. I’ve learned the art of time management and picking my daily priorities.

What's your advice on balancing blogging and a full-time job?

If someone tells you it will be easy is lying to you. It’s hard. Writing quality content and editing photos takes a long time. Each post I write takes me between 1-3 hours to research, draft, and edit. That doesn’t even include the time it takes to edit photos either. I’ve become very good at time management. I’m a wee bit Type A so I’m good at organizing my life into color-coded and alphabetized calendars and “to-do” lists. My advice for bloggers with full-time jobs is to organize and plan time for your blog. I tell my personal training clients that they need to schedule their workout times and treat them as appointments. You would never miss a doctor or dentist appointment, right? Schedule time on your calendar or phone for writing and working on your blog. You don’t need to blog 5x a time. Maybe you can only post once a week. That’s cool too. Do what works for you.

 

Veena

Have you always blogged and worked, or at one point did you have more time for your blog?

I have had my blog for nearly 4.5 years now, so it has seen me through a lot. I have blogged while working full-time in India, while being in graduate school in the US full-time, while completing research projects in Nepal and India, and while being unemployed and desperately searching for work. Through all of that my bog has been my outlet and my constant companion, and because of that, I always make sure to give it a little time each day. I am in the process of overhauling it a bit and adding some extra features, but I'm still learning and trying to work full-time, so it's a work in process!

What's your advice on balancing blogging and a full-time job?

My main piece of advice would be this: Your blog has the ability to be whatever you want it to be, but it is up to you to get it there. Find the balance that suits your schedule best, and always make sure blogging is fun, not work. If you can find that balance and always keep that joy, your blog will end up being the best extension of yourself that it can be.

Victoria

Have you always blogged and worked, or at one point did you have more time for your blog?

Yes, I've always blogged and worked. My blog is just over a year old, and from the very beginning, I thought carefully about how I was going to combine living a full life and committing whole-heartedly to a blog. I'm also married, hoping to do a Phd, and have a pre-teenager!

What's your advice on balancing blogging and a full-time job?

  • Think carefully about how much time you can sensibly commit: I knew that I wanted to put out regular posts no matter the situation. I'm quite a busy woman and have a lot of things going on in my life and so when I write, I write once a week and I make it count. I write between 2,000 – 3,000 words. As such, I don't need to write every day!
  • I also spread things out in reference to the season, topics, or events and my posts always come out on the same day: In my case, on Monday morning which is my peak time.
  • Be  creative with how you travel: Although I have a 30 hour a week corporate teaching job, I still managed to travel to 10 counties last year without rushing through them!
  • Use your vacation time. You've worked hard and you've earned it: I live in Europe and holiday time is generous so I use all that vacation time (6 weeks). I also use public holidays (9 days), and utilize the weekends (which are numerous).
  • Write ahead if you can: Last year, we spent a month in Asia. It was a family holiday so of course, I didn't use family time to blog. I wrote all my posts before we went and released them on a weekly basis.
  • Focus on your present location if you can't or are unable to travel at that time: As an expat, I get a lot of invitations based right here in my city of Berlin. There's a lot to blog about LOL!
  • Don't forget that it's your blog and you can do as little or as much as you want.
  • Have fun and enjoy the ride!

 

Erica

Have you always blogged and worked, or at one point did you have more time for your blog?

I've always blogged and worked. First as a teaching assistant at a college in Japan, then as an assistant in broadcasting and now as a Public Relation professional.Advice on balancing blogging and a full-time job: Have an editorial calendar/plan, but give yourself grace when work/life gets too busy. Having a full-time job is stressful enough, don't let your blog add to that because you'll grow to resent it.

Thank you to all the ladies who contributed to this post! 

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Uganda. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Colorado. She's been to forty countries but somehow still gets lost in her home town. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour magazine.
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