I realise it’s been a hot minute since I blogged anything about blogging so maybe it’s time to lift the lid on something which people are often curious about when I tell them that content creation is my career (I still have to pinch myself every time I think about it). Though my days have no sort of structure or routine, I have a kind of way of going about things when I’m not travelling and so working from home. Here’s what a day in the life of a full-time blogger looks like.
A day in the life of a full-time blogger looks a little different for everyone, particularly since there are so many niches when it comes to the creation of content. You only need remember that a podcasters interviewing people are completing an entirely different activity than those who are cooking up new recipes on a regular basis to realise how broad the term ‘blogging’ actually is.
I’m personally a full-time travel blogger, though I’ve recently branched out into other niches (namely plants- thecitywild.com) and I often sell my city and landscape photography. It’s also important to note that what a day looks like for me, someone who hate commitment, routine, and whose email inbox is constantly overflowing (I’m sorry, I’m just terrible at organisation but I will get back to you eventually), will look completely different than that of a travel blogger who lives their lives by content calendars, spreadsheets, and is a well-organised individual.
8 AM – 9 AM
Typically, I’ll wake up between 8 and 9 AM. This is unless I’m sick or have drunk one too many glasses of rosé the previous evening. I typically start my day with a black coffee and will take my phone off airplane mode (I recommend placing your phone on airplane mode during rest times as otherwise the urge to get up and check your phone during the night can be too much and is obviously terrible for your mental wellbeing) to check social media and emails.
I’ll star any emails I need to reply to (and, if I’m creating a Newsletter, I use this marketing tool) and will usually lie in bed drinking coffee, replying to messages I’ve received overnight, and catching up on the news. I’ve taken to the policy of only reading the news once a day because I find if I’m constantly checking and reading, it really takes a toll on my mental health. I recommend you do the same if you’re not doing so already.
9 AM – Midday
I try and get to my desk by 9 AM so that I can being my workday in a good head space (i.e. just after caffeine!). However, this rarely happens and I inevitably end up lying on the couch or in my bed to work on my laptop. This is obviously not recommended as, when you’re working from home (as so many of us now are), you need to have proper separation between your ‘home life’ and your ‘work life’.
I touched on this a little in my article ‘tips for working from home‘ but you should honestly try not to work from the comfort of your bed (no matter how comfortable as it may seem) as it can make the separation of private and work life all the much harder.
Each morning, I’ll sit down and write a check list of things I’ll need to have accomplished by the end of the day. Sometimes, this is a YouTube video, other times a Podcast. I used to write a new blog for this site every day and it’s something I’m going to get back to doing, particularly because the only way to truly improve your writing skills is to practice on a daily basis.
If you are struggling with writer’s block, then 9 AM – 11 AM is the best time of the day to start writing because you’ll be at your most alert and you’ll have had the fewer distractions after sleeping than you will have later on in the day. If you’re curious about my method for blog post writing, then here’s how to structure your blog posts so you can write articles quickly.
Midday – 6 PM
It might surprise you, but because I can set my own schedule, I rarely ever do work during the day time. Instead, I’ll go out and explore a new town, visit a museum, or wander around taking photos. I’m forever taking notes about everything so that I can remember the minutest of details later, so I guess this is work in a way. If I were a food blogger, I suppose I would use the afternoon to get in the kitchen or photograph ingredients etc.
However, for me, writing is a passion and I know how lucky I am to be able to sell photos and my work for a living and I never want to take this aspect of my life for granted. It’s quite cliché to say ‘If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,’ but for me this is truly the case.
I have never taken a day off my blog (even when I’m sick) because, when you work for yourself, you are truly in control of what happens with your business, whether it be positive or negative. I used to feel incredibly guilty when I would take just a few hours off to watch a movie or spend time with friends. However, you need to create a proper work life balance as burnout will otherwise ensue (something I experienced earlier this year).
6 PM – 8 PM
Around 6 PM, I’ll typically get home to my flat and deal with life admin things. For me, as well as the typical household chores, cooking dinner, and dealing with various bills, this also means managing my business expenses accounts etc.
I now have an accountant who I pay to manage things like filing taxes, Payroll, and the like, but I still have to track everything my business spends money on, and I manage this using online software. In this time, I’ll also call friends and family and maybe watch a documentary on YouTube or Netflix. Depending on the season and timings, I might also use this time to go and grab a drink with friends.
8 PM – 1 AM
After dinner or seeing friends, I’ll typically go back to my desk to work. I really and truly hate doing work during the day time (as I mentioned), and as I can work flexible hours, I am lucky in that I can work during the evenings instead.
Even as a student I would always work in the evenings, studying and completing essays, as this is what works best for me. Around 8 PM, I’ll typically start by editing the photos I’ve taken earlier that day and draft out a blog post about the day trip I’ve taken or the museum I’ve seen.
Then, I’ll update a few old published posts (updating old blog posts is vital for SEO purposes to keep them fresh and relevant for your audience). After that, I’ll check stats on Bloglovin, create a few new Pinterest pins (complete guide to my Pinterest strategy coming soon), and finish up any posts which need completing in my drafts folder.
Since I now have several blogs, and managing each of them is a full-time venture in of itself, I never really manage to go to bed feeling satisfied with the work I’ve managed to do during the day. However, it is what it is and you can’t be too hard on yourself, particularly if you’re growing a brand new blog.
Focus on growth but also give yourself a breather and relax once in a while! Most of all, if you are growing your own blog, never give up! I occasionally offer blog consultations (with a particular focus on SEO) so don’t hesitate to get in contact if you are interested: sophie(@)solosophie.com. Finally, I have lots more tips on the blogging section of this website.