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. I keep it open in a separate tab all day, and add to it when an idea comes to mind.

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, if you really focus on it.

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 when 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.

Burnout: My Current State of Blogging Affairs

Blogging burnout Erin Baynham

Over the past two weeks, I’m having an issue that I’ve never really felt before. I’m overwhelmed and burning out at a rapid rate. Stay with me.

I work as a web content creator at my day job. I update the site all day, make changes, upload files, re-design pages, etc. I have this job to pay the bills, to look good on my resume, and to keep me constantly learning. While I’m there, Scandalous Beauty is always in the back of my mind. Always. Always. Should I do a roundup or review items individually? Maybe I should re-start my podcast. I know some amazing people who would be perfect to feature. I have to write that brand and let them know how amazing they are. I need a new email campaign.How do I get an opportunity to do what that blogger is doing? I need to tweak my layout for the 432nd time. Maybe I can post on Youtube every week. How do I get more comments? Why am I not doing more makeup on myself? Does anyone actually read my blog? 

The list goes on and on and on.

To make matters worse (or better, depending how you look at it), I’ve gotten serious about a new venture I’m starting. I finally let my guard down, built my confidence up, and started to power through the fear that has been holding me back for years. I’m not the type to talk and talk about something before it happens, so I’ll just say it’s insanely time consuming. Setting up, researching, creating marketing plans, learning, and being freaking terrified is a lot to deal with.

After nine years of blogging, I am sick of being mediocre. I want to do more. I want to be stellar. …

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How To Start A Makeup and Beauty Blog in Five Easy Steps


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I’ll be honest, starting a beauty blog can be a little intimidating. But truthfully, the best way to get started is to just do it! It only takes about 10 minutes to start a basic blog. Here are five simple steps to get started!

1. Choose a Name

Think long and hard about this. You’ll ultimately want a name that makes you stand out, and that you’ll want to keep forever. You’ll want a name that’s unique, catchy and simple to spell.

2. Choose a Blogging Platform

Many people start their blogs with free editors like Blogger. Heck, I did the same thing. There are also other options like Tumblr, WordPress.com and OnSugar. But when I realized I needed more space and wanted more control over my blog, I moved to self-hosted WordPress. Looking back, I wish I started with WordPress! Migrating from one platform to another is pretty easy, so you have flexibility here.

If you decide to get a self hosted blog, you’ll need hosting. I’ve used GoDaddy since day one! You can pay month to month, which feels pretty easy on the pockets. Yes, this does cost you, but since you’re starting out, you can get away with hosting for $1.99 a month.

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3. Choose Your Layout

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Blogging While Brown: Learn How to Turn Your Images and Video into Revenue

Blogging While Brown 2012 Brochure

What a day, what a day. I went to Philly today to listen in and speak at Blogging While Brown. There’s so much to take in from so many awesome people! Plus, there’s loads of networking. You can’t beat it. I’ll be doing a full post and review on my experiences this week, but for now, check out (or download) a copy of my presentation here: Blogging While Brown Video and Images Presentation. I discuss different ways to get your images and video found on the internet, affiliate sites to join, and more! My panel partner, Aymar Christian, also has his presentation on the web. Still not enough? Review my 30+ page  blog tips guide here!

Day 25: The Finale–Things To Always Remember About Blogging

A little over a month ago, I thought it would be cool to host a workshop that taught the basics of blogging. I didn’t have that kind of time during the middle of a busy semester, so I decided to create a written challenge for existing bloggers. And as I sit on my computer today, October 27th, I can’t believe it’s over!

So, here is the blogging commandment:

Your blog is a place to have fun. Censor yourself if you must, but have fun! This is your place on the internet to be yourself and connect with other people. You don’t have to have a bunch of text and bore people to death. Use pictures, use music, get creative! Share your thoughts, rants, raves, likes, dislikes, ups, downs, whatever you want. Enjoy it folks.

I’ll continue my Guide to Better Beauty Blogging, and I’m so excited to do so! Thanks for joining me on the challenge!

xoxo,

Erin