I have this big dream. I would like to wake up every morning in my own home, walk over to the kitchen, make a delicious batch of coffee and just settle at my desk…. because I’m a fulltime blogger and this is how I create my income.
I would sign up for this lifestyle straight away! Reality, however, isn’t quite the same. I realised that if I ever want to be independent and work just for myself, I needed to get started right away whilst maintaining my job in order to still have an income.
You have to create traffic to your website before you can make any sort of income from your blog. The good news, however, is that I’ve worked out just how to combine a full-time job with a blog. I would like to share my system with you, and I hope one day you and I will get to the point where we can just rely on our own creativity, entrepreneurship, on our own talent to earn a good income.
Currently, I work on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:15 to 16:45. My commute to work is 1.75 – 2 hours everyday, which means I leave at 7 a.m. in the morning, and I’m home at 6 p.m. Thursday is my free day, but there periods of time that I also work on Thursday to cover for colleagues who are on holiday. This means that I can only work on my blog during the weekends and during my lunch breaks (and in the evening, at home).
But I can still make it work and post twice a week. I prefer quality over quantity when it comes to blog posts! Here are my tips:
- Make a schedule
Yes, you have heard this before. It has been said in every post related to blogging. But it is a crucial detail to make your blog work! I make a schedule 2 months in advance, so I’d have enough time to finish each project and take beautiful pictures without feeling the pressure of deadlines.
For example: I made a 2-months schedule for the month of august and september. I asked myself: what are people going to be interested in during the month of August? What are people going to want to read about in September? It is easier to come up with quality blog posts if you take the season into account.
Next, I make a calendar of the entire month, and I schedule when to post an article. For example, this blog post is scheduled to be published on Sunday the 14th of August. I started writing it two weeks before. This brings me to my next point:
2. Start writing your posts in advance
On my admin page, in WordPress, I start by creating a new series of blog posts – I just enter the title of the article and I leave the rest blank.
I do this up to four articles at a time. During my lunch break, I write my blog posts. It doesn’t have to be the entire blog post, just little pieces at a time. The benefit of this method is that it gives me time to go back to my blog post with fresh eyes: I can review, adapt and adjust where necessary.
3. Don’t sweat it!
Are you having trouble posting on a regular basis? Are you feeling the pressure to keep everything going on your blog? Please don’t, keep everything fun. It is going to be hard to keep on blogging if you aren’t getting any joy out of it. It should be an outlet in the first place anyway.
I have been able to integrate this system into my daily routine and I’ve been able to posts twice a week and have regular visits on my blog. I’m very happy about it!
We’ll see about that batch of coffee in my own kitchen 😉
Happiness! Do it yourself.