Wondering What A Day In The Life Of A Blogger Is Like?
Since I was a child, I’ve loved to write, so I was ecstatic when I began writing from a professional standpoint and doing it as my career. Not only am I able to make stories and information come to life for fun, but I get paid to do it!
Blogging is like this—something I can use to teach, express emotion and open my story up to the world. So, I wanted to also share what a day-to-day blogging career is like for me.
How do I combine it with other aspects of my life?
How do I schedule my work when I’m in control of it all?
This is a day in the life of a blogger.
Starting Out The Day
I’ve never been a morning person, so I generally don’t like to begin my work in the morning. When I am on the job, the inspiration has to flow naturally. Therefore, my work is best written in the afternoon and evenings. This means that I’m free to enjoy my mornings.
That’s the beauty of setting your own schedule! If you’re looking to start a blog, know that you can work around your own needs. If you’re someone who gets exhausted working at night, perhaps scheduling a time slot to write in the morning would be most productive for you. For me, a day in the life of a blogger generally looks like this:
- Get up, shower, and work on my morning hygiene routine
- Have some sort of healthy breakfast to energize me for the day
- Spend time with my dog, go for a walk, or participate in any social activities I’ve wanted to do
- Get home and get my desk and workspace ready for work
Most of my mornings look like this. I like to leave my free time open to anything I need to get done that’s not too stressful. If I’m feeling extra stressed when I start writing, it definitely comes out in my work.
Setting Up My Space
I’m ready to start writing around noon or in the afternoon sometime. I generally like to prep my workspace in the following manner:
- Clean off my desk and empty my desk trash bin
- Startup my computer and writing programs
- Open my project management and client tools (Upwork, Asana, etc.)
- Remove any distractions from my workspace, such as loud animals or closing a window.
- Get a comfy seat ready for me.
Once I’ve sat down and am ready to go, I check for new messages from clients about any current or prospective blogging projects. I use a project management tool called Click-Up to schedule my tasks for the day and make sure I haven’t forgotten any articles. I strongly suggest using a project management tool once you get started working with many articles and blog posts at once.
If you are someone who blogs for just yourself or your own website, you can still use these tools. It helps keep you on track about what you want to write and your own deadlines. Since you’ll be blogging for yourself, it’s essential to be good at managing and communicating with yourself. It may be easy to put something off for the next day, but you wouldn’t have this luxury if you were in a real job. So, give yourself some structure as well.
The Blogging Begins
When writing my blog posts, I always start with the most straightforward blog posts to get into my writing groove. For everyone, it is different, but I like to use Microsoft Word to write. Some prefer Google Docs, but I think the structure of headings, links, and photo tools are much easier to use on Microsoft Word. However, it’s up to whatever you feel more comfortable using.
My blogging process looks a little like this:
- Make a list of the blog posts I’d like to write today, from simplest to hardest. (Could be based on word count or topic).
- Start my first draft in Microsoft Word.
- Once finished, go over the text in Grammarly Professional for Office.
- After running the text through Grammarly, I edit it myself as well.
- Send the blog post to my clients or post it on my website.
- If I have a client with feedback, I edit the article for them depending on what they’ve asked to be changed.
- Start on the next article.
I’d say this process is time-efficient and works for me well, so if you’re looking for a schedule, this might work for you too.
Time Management as a Blogger
Suppose you’re starting out as a blogger or have been working for only a tiny amount of time. In that case, you might notice that the structure of your schedule is so much different than when you might have worked in a corporate job. This can take getting used to, but it’s not impossible!
Here’s what I do during my day to manage my time and schedule on my own:
- I set a time that I have to finish my workload for the day. If I complete all my work in time, I give myself a small treat such as a packet of gummies or a coffee the following day.
- I have a time that I generally start my work as well, but I don’t make this too strict. Knowing how much time your workload will take is an excellent way to see when you should start.
- I use a project management software tool like Click Up.
- I give myself a 15- or 30-minute break in the middle of writing so I can eat or relax until my next blog post.
- I limit distractions, so I don’t go over my time limits.
- I write everything down that I’ve planned for myself. If you write down your schedule tentatively, you’re more likely to follow it.
These are just some things I do to make my writing process more manageable. If you’re someone who needs a schedule as I do, this will help you immensely.
Before I end my day, I make sure that there are no final errors that I’ve missed in any of my works. You can check out Grammarly and Copyscape to ensure that your writing is error and plagiarism-free.
If you’ve already published flawed work, you can always edit it or ask your client to allow you the ability to make changes to the job. The end of my workday generally looks like this.
- I finish up all of my tasks and resolve them on Click Up.
- I read through the work on my own blog to double-check that everything posted well.
- I follow up with any clients that I haven’t responded to yet.
- I input my financial info for the day into my budgeting and expenses tracking Excel sheet.
- I set up a list of work to do for the following day.
- I try to clean up my workstation.
I end my day around 9:00pm most days. I work pretty late. You might want to start at 8:00am and end at 2:00pm. Whatever you want, the freedom to move around and change your schedule is yours.
I usually eat dinner while blogging. On days when I can’t cook, I order food on Uber Eats. There are also meal-delivery services like Hello Fresh that you can take advantage of if you’re too busy or don’t want to cook while you’re working.
Problems I Come Across in My Day as a Blogger
A day in the life of a blogger is not always sunshine and roses. Sometimes things happen that are difficult and make this lifestyle more complicated. If you know what to look out for, you can prevent errors or complications from happening in your own career. Some of the most common problems with this lifestyle are as follows.
- Lack of communication with clients or a misunderstanding
- Funds are not being distributed correctly through my payment apps
- Personal emergencies and health problems
- Days when work doesn’t come
- Writer’s block
These are all problems during my day in the life of a blogger that I’ve found solutions to. So, I thought I’d share some of those solutions as well. The best bloggers are those who are prepared for anything.
How to Remedy These Problems
Suppose you’re unsure how you’d react in a situation where everything goes wrong. In that case, it might be good to develop a survival plan for yourself ahead of time. I’m someone who needs to have a specific program, so this is something that I’ve always prioritized.
- Lack of Communication – Check in with your clients before starting the work to ensure you’re sure about the word count, topic, keywords, and any specific or personalized tips for the blog post.
- Misunderstandings – If you’ve made an error in your work, apologize, and take responsibility. You can fix errors for free for your client, but if you’ve made a colossal error and you refuse to fix it or charge more to do so, your client won’t return.
- Funds and Money Problems – Make sure you’re using a bank that you trust, a secure payment system, and that you verify the cost of service before doing the work. Always make sure the client pays before you start or puts down a deposit. If you’re getting paid from ads or affiliate marketing, make sure that you are tracking your finances somehow and that you know when you’ll get paid.
- Emergencies and Health – Set aside some money from your monthly income for emergencies and sick pay. You have to pay yourself, so it’s your responsibility to be prepared. Know that emergencies can and will happen. I’ve had plenty.
- Dry spells – On days where you’re not getting lots of work, find a supplement for your income. This could be another freelance gig. You can also send pitches to companies by searching for companies in your target client base.
- Writer’s Block – Writer’s block is a challenge, and it’s no fun to write when you don’t have inspiration. Read some blogs on how to remedy writer’s block. Find something in your niche that inspires you and read it. Watch videos on the topic you’re writing about. Research well. If you think of how you’ll deal with any potential setbacks, you’ll be much more able to deal with them when they come.
3 Tips to Being a Successful Blogger
When it comes down to it, it’s hard to be a successful blogger. There are so many writers out there. The good thing is that demand is constant. New companies and companies without blogs are always looking for services. If you’re starting your own blog and want to get traffic to your site, or you’re someone who’s looking to get the most of their blogging work, follow the following three tips. I promise, they work!
Remember: SEO Matters
You don’t have to be a tech expert to learn SEO. Think of it as another language, another skill in your writing skills repertoire. If you know SEO, you’re going to be ahead of 70% of other writers on the market, and your website is more likely to be found as well.
I personally recommend watching some videos or taking a course on SEO. Knowing how keywords, metatags, and website content work is one of the most valuable skills you could have.
Find Your Niche
You don’t have to only write about one thing, but if you have a topic that you’re more likely to report about than others, this is extremely helpful. Not only does it boost your SEO rating to have a lot of the same content on your site, but you’re also able to set a brand for yourself.
If you’re writing for other clients, you can show your expertise in a subject by showing that you have extensive background writing about it. People are more likely to hire you if you’re already knowledgeable in their area. Most of my work is for clients, but I only write about blogging, freelance work, and being an entrepreneur online on my own blog. These are my niches, and they help me get more traffic to my blog and posts.
Love What You Do
Nothing makes writing quality like a passion for what you do. If you love your work, not only will you feel like you’re not working at all, but you’ll produce quality work that astounds others. If you’re looking to start a blog just for the money or the views, you won’t go very far.
You don’t have to be a professional writer off the couch and get started. A good amount of passion and interest in your work will be enough. Be open to growing as you go and learning the trade. You’ll find so much fun and beauty in this profession if you really enjoy it!
Starting a blog isn’t easy work when it comes down to it. It’s certainly rewarding, but it takes a look to get to a place where you can comfortably leave a corporate job and run your blog. Even I’m still aiming for future goals, and I’ve already hit many of my previous ones.
Someday I’d like to be able to travel freely while blogging from a luxury cabin on a tropical beach. Until that day, I’ll keep up my hard work and know my worth in the writer’s community. So, that’s how my blogging career works! Set your schedule in a way that works for you, and take my tips as they fit.
Congratulations on starting this incredible journey of blogging, and good luck!
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