20 Ways to Be A Successful Blogger While Working Full Time (Part 3)

work full time and blog too

In my third installment of blogging tips, we’re going to do some planning and outsourcing. View part one and two of the series, too!

Create an ongoing Google Doc

I absolutely live by this!  I create Google docs that I can edit at any time. Since they live on the web, it’s easy to update on your phone or on your computer so you can continuously work on them. I have pages like short and long term goals, blog re-design ideas, random post ideas–basically anything that comes to mind.

The old faithful editorial calendar

I work so hard to use an editorial calendar. It’s something that I’ve never been good at. I like to plan my posts in advance, but I never really you finish. An editorial calendar is basically an idea we took from magazines. They will share a calendar of what each month’s issue will contain. So you know that May will be dedicated to Spring beauty, and February is all about Valentine’s day. We can do this on a much smaller scale, as bloggers. You can lay out your calendar with themes, specific posts, or whatever else you can think of.

Guest contributors

Here’s an easy one! Basically you’re getting people to write content for your blog so that you don’t have to. If your goal is to have fresh content for your blog five days a week, see if you can have a guest post once every couple of weeks. It’s also a good idea because you get the perspective of someone else. That reader might bring their own audience, too! Take the pressure off yourself!

Automate like crazy

Set up as much as you can ahead of time so that you don’t have to do it in your current moment. Once you finish your blog post, schedule it in HootSuite to go to Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. That way, if it goes out at 11 AM you don’t actually have to do it–Hootsuite does it for you. If you knock out all the automation ahead of time then it’s much easier for you to not think about it later.

Don’t beat yourself up

If you don’t get content up on time or everybody’s upset that you’re changing, It’s okay. My goal is to post every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. It almost never happens. And ya know what? Everything will be fine. Life will go on and you can always start again.

AJ Crimson Foundation and BB + D Cream

Last week, Meagan Shea and I went to the AJ Crimson pop up shop in Baltimore, where he was selling his new foundations and all kinds of other great stuff! In this video, I will show you all the colors he used on me, how he applied everything, and I’ll demonstrate his BB + D cream.  Many of his products are still on sale right now for $15! Curious about which foundation matches you best? Check out this comparison chart.

Fashion Fair Cosmetics: Lip Lookbook

Spicy Plum, Posh, Chocolate Raspberry, Rage

Fashion Fair Cosmetics is one of those brands that’s been around forever. FOREVER. It’s the brand that your mom and auntie have worn for years. But to tell you the truth, it’s not that way at all.
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Gift Card Giveaway: Family Dollar and Vaseline want you to Take the Rapid Renewal Challenge

Your busy day-to-day can take a serious toll on the quality of your skin. But now, thanks to Vaseline found at Family Dollar, you can find an affordable solution for dryness and see healed skin in just 3 weeks!

Starting 11/3/14, print your coupon and bring it in-store for $1.00 off the new Intensive Care Lotion: bit.ly/1tJbKbJ

I took the Rapid Renewal Challenge, by using the new Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion. My skin hasn’t been outrageously dry like it usually gets in the Winter. In fact, it’s been pretty consistent with warmer months, which is a good thing! My skin usually gets so dry and ashy that it’s embarrassing. So far, so good! It’s good enough that my husband and daughter have been using it too. Usually my daughter complains that lotion makes her feel greasy or slimy (???), but not this!

Vaseline/Family Dollar Coupon

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*Sponsored post by Lunchbox, all opinions are 100% my own.

Listen: Michelle Phan Tells You How to Be a Dope Vlogger

SiriusXM Leading Ladies With Michelle Phan

As a YouTube content creator, I have to give full props to Michelle Phan. She has been making beautiful, high quality videos for years, and she took that self-made opportunity to land major ambassadorships, her own skin care line, a makeup line and her new book, Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success-Online and Off to name a few.

Many of you may not know this, but Eva Chen is on my short list of muses. She’s a Johns Hopkins alum that’s fun, quirky, a great writer and an overall boss. I’ve been following her career for years, and I absolutely live for her!

Listen to a clip about how to do this:

Want to listen? SiriusXM’s “Leading Ladies featuring Michelle Phan, hosted by Eva Chen” re-airs on SiriusXM Stars channel 109 on Saturday, November 1 at 7:00 pm ET.  To listen on demand, or for a free SiriusXM trial, please visit www.siriusxm.com/ondemand .