Jeans – Topshop / T-shirt – Topshop / Blazer – Topshop/ Boots – Public Desire / Necklace – H&M
A couple of weeks ago I posted about my blogging journey, so this week I wanted to get a little more in depth about juggling a full time job and running an active blog, and to share some tips and how I do it. Now, in no way do I see myself as a pro or anything close, but I’ve been blogging and working full time for 2 years and 11 months, so I’m well in to the swing of the organisation thing and would love to share what I have learned! If you’re thinking of starting to blog or just want a better understanding of what exactly goes in to blogging, hopefully you’ll find this interesting!
- Be an organised freak. I’m always writing reminders in my diary/phone because I’m pretty forgetful! We can’t remember everything so use a diary and reminder tools to help! Keep notes of dates/times you need to have things done by. Keep on top of everything and it will make life easier!
- Plan ahead. If you know you want to post on a selected date, know when you need to have everything done by. Sounds simple but come the day you want to upload, you might have run out of time to take photos or haven’t written the post and then you end up rushing and not giving it your complete time and attention.
- Makes notes. I’m always jotting notes on my iPhone or in my notebook of content ideas or things I want to talk about. Sometimes when I’m rushing around, a random good idea pops in to my head and then 10 minutes later I’ve completely forgotten about what I was just thinking about. Write it down and then you’ve got a bank of ideas!
- Dedicate time. Just like you would with your friends, schedule in a date, a writing date! I always like to post on Sunday evenings, so Sunday morning, 9 times out of 10, I sit for however long it takes me to create my post and get it all done. My Sunday mornings are actually usually very productive! If you’ve got plans that day, write it another time before hand, but always dedicate time that you can sit down and get the best out of your creative brain!
- Shoot in batches/bulk. I try and do 3 outfits at once, which gives me 3 weeks of content as I post once a week. This saves a lot of time and makes it so much easier.
- Shoot at weekends. For all of my photos, I like to use natural light, and with working full time, I leave when it’s dark and get home when it’s dark so there isn’t any time to shoot nice natural light photos in the week. I spend time at the weekend shooting my flat lays, outfit photos and any other kind of images ready to use throughout the week.
- Prepare Instagram images. I like to upload at least 1 photo a day to Instagram and as I said above, shoot the photos at the weekend, edit these, and I save them in my favourites folder, then they are all ready to be uploaded in the week.
- Make an outfit list for shooting. If you’re bulk shooting, make a list of the outfits and everything that goes with it, like accessories etc. If you have it all piled in a bag and getting changed in a car (my usual situation), I often forget to add something, like a piece of jewellery I wanted to wear with it because it had fallen to the bottom of the bag! So make a list with what each outfit contains and you won’t miss anything!
- Schedule. Once you’ve got everything together for your post, get it uploaded and schedule it in to automatically publish. The scheduling tool is my best friend! I love to completely relax and just lie on the sofa on a Sunday evening (when my posts go live), so Sunday morning, I get everything uploaded and scheduled, come 8pm, just like magic, it has uploaded whilst I’m sat in my PJs probably scoffing sweets!
- Connect and schedule social media. On WordPress, when you schedule a post in, you can connect your Facebook and Twitter page too, so when your blog post uploads, it will upload to your connected social media accounts as well! Again, one less thing to think about and making it easier for you!
I hope you’ve found this interesting, let me know what you think!
Lots of love