20 Ways to be a Successful Blogger While Working Full-Time: Part 1

 

When you want to keep your blog fresh and always booming with new content, it can really, really be a stressful thing. In my I’m so overwhelmed that my blog is suffering post, I discussed this pretty candidly. In this four part series, I’m going to share tips to be a better blogger, even with a full time job.

Please note that this series was written in desperation for myself. I’ll be referring to it constantly. I hope you will to.

Brain dump

Take some time and just write down everything that comes to mind about your blog. Post ideas, color scheme changes, template updates, what you like, what you don’t like, where you want to be in a year, goals–you name it. Get it all out of your mind to you can have it for future use and expand on it. I use Google Docs as a tool for my blog. It syncs easily, I can use it on the phone or web.

Working lunch w/ laptop (phone/ notebook/ etc.)

My hair dresser made me think about this a lot more. Use this power hour (or half hour) to eat lunch while working on post drafts, editing videos or photos, answering emails, sending invoices, pitching, etc. That’s one hour where you can get concentrated work accomplished.

Schedule days for tasks

Trying to do all the steps to creating a blog post at once can be daunting! But if you use an hour a day to do one type of task, you can be far more productive. For instance, take all of your photography on Saturdays. Take an hour on Tuesday morning/evening to start drafting all your posts for the next week, etc. Use Thursdays to schedule recycled posts (don’t let them get lost!), and Fridays to schedule new posts. Develop a routine and knock out a major part of the process.

Email yourself

Okay, this might not make you the most productive blogger at work (or whereever you are). Sometimes inspiration hits I need to get started on a blog post draft! I open Outlook while I’m at my desk and just type out all of my ideas for that post. In fact, that’s how I created the outline for this post!

Utilize your mornings

Ah, this can be a hard one, but it’s all about routine. It took me a few months to realize that waking up at 7am to leave at 8am isn’t very productive. I started off waking up at 6:30, which was pretty tough, but I’m used to it now. Ultimately, I’d like to get up around 5 or 5:15. That way, you can dedicate a portion of your morning to productivity around the house, blogging, or any of the other things you’re into.

I’ll have part 2 of the 20 Ways to be a Successful Blogger (While Working Full-Time) next Friday! See you then!

For more blog tips, check out Erin’s Guide to Better Beauty Blogging.

Preview: Fall Neutrals are Here! Introducing Artificially Wild

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These are the collections that make me CRAZY excited. You’ve seen many of these products already as permanents or repromotes, but it’s a thrill nonetheless! Take a look and see what tickles your fancy. This collection is available at all MAC locations on September 4th, 2014.

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Siss muted golden beige (satin)
Yash deep neutral (matte)< ---I own three of these. You NEED this. Click here to see me model it at 5:20 in this 2010 Youtube video.
Icon frosted neutral beige ( frost)
Shitake deep brown glaze (glaze)
Photo golden brown (satin)
SRP $16.00 US/$19.00 CAD

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Preview: MAC Studio Sculpt Powder and Matchmaster Concealer

Anyone in the mood for a new concealer? MAC Matchmaster concealer ($21) is the new kid on the block! The new stick concealer gives you a satin, skin-like finish and is packed with nourishing Vitamin E. It comes in 12 shades and lasts up to eight hours. Use it with the 195 concealer ($24) or 193 Angled Foundation ($34) brushes. This is available at all MAC locations September 11th, 2014.

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Preview: MAC The Simpsons

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Your favorite snarky cartoon family has a collection with MAC! I don’t know much about The Simpsons, but I do know that Maggie always has a pacifier in her mouth. Anyway, read on for more details on the collection, launching September 4th.

MAC Says: “Ladies, gentlemen and Rigellians, on the occasion of its 25th anniversary,M·A·C honours the one, the only, THE SIMPSONS! Be the best Sideshow You with Powder Blush, a classic 7 Lash and two special-edition Eye Shadow x 4 in shades that glimmer like Lisa’s Spikes. Electric hues of Lipglass gleam with radioactive vibrancy and new Nail Stickers, starring the most beautiful of Bouviers, Marge, set the finishing touch. ”
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