I've been over sharing my life on the Internet for almost 5 years, fulltime for 18 months (seems way longer) so I feel like it's about time I share some of my thoughts on blogging. Whether that's the industry, my tips and tricks or just a general think piece about my job.
If you're just a reader or a blogger yourself, I hope this post gives you a little insight into what I've learnt since making this little space my moooooneyyyyyy maaakkkkkeeerrrr.
Staying motivated is surprisingly easy. I may be the only blogger to say this but I generally stay pretty motivated with getting up early, getting tasks done & taking on the roll of being a bad ass bitch. I obviously have days like everyone else where I lack the whole "get up and go" but for the most part I'm a self motivating girl boss.
Always have a cash float. I've totally been that girl who's been paid loads in one go, splurged on new makeup, new clothes, a holiday and whatever else, and then panicked because 'my rent is due in 1 week and the money I expected to have come in by now fucking hasn't'. (I learnt my lesson for sure). Now I always have a minimum amount of £1500 in my account AT ALL TIMES. This covers my rent, my bills & food etc. It decreases anxiety, makes me feel like a total grown up ANDDDDD, like I have some sort of self control (which I actually don't - I'm working on it). Money in blogging can be pretty inconsistent and it's annoying AF!
Having a routine is so important. Everyday (except sick days obvs) I get up, get showered, have breakfast and go into my office, as if I'm going to work in a 'normal' job (hate that saying but you know what I mean). Structure and organisation keeps me on track and enables me to work in a relaxed environment. There's no chaos around ere babes! I imagine waking up late and going to bed late takes its toll eventually & for the sake of my mental health, I can't afford to do that. Although I'm productive in the evenings, I try and switch off by 8pm and be relaxed enough to sleep by 10!
You rarely have a real day off. Now, I don't mean this in a wanky 'omg bloggers work so fucking hard, we never switch off and have time to ourselves' type of way, because a lot of bloggers appear to be in The Maldives every month or on a boat in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. However, I do mean it in the sense that on "days off" you will probably find me doing emails, scheduling tweets, replying to comments or editing photos. I just like to be productive all the time, ticking off my to do list, and generally just getting things done. Self care is important, and I do have evenings to myself and Sunday's to lounge around watching Netflix (whilst having some laptop time) but for the most part, I'm constantly working. But that's exactly how I like it.
Flexibility is a blessing. I remember having to call in sick at my traditional job and losing out on wages and letting people down. I remember getting no sleep for whatever reason and having to work with a bunch of teenagers when I was so tired I wanted to die. And now??? I'm lucky enough to rarely ever feel that way. Being your own boss (I do have management who nag me at times though) and not having to answer to anyone means if I want an extra hour in bed I can. It means if I want a day in my pjs I can. It means (within reason), I can pick and choose when I want to work and what I want to do that day. The freedom of flexibility is something that many people don't have and I never take it for granted.
You don't need that many products. I have about 12 unopened cleansers, 30 items of makeup that I'm yet to use, 4 pairs of straighteners (my hair is curly FFS) and two entire drawers full of hair care products. I understand bloggers need access to products freely to write posts and to find inspiration for content BUT, we really don't need that much. It's super wasteful and frivolous and I don't think there's any need. Of course, I'm grateful, but receiving an entire skincare line aimed at ageing skin when I'm a bundle of youth (lol), kinda leaves me thinking W T ACTUAL F.
It can be lonely. Although I like working alone and I don't mind being by myself, I do sometimes feel isolated, as if I'm in my own little bubble. Its so annoying when you want a little pub lunch but all your friends are at work and your blogger mates live too far away. I don't really go to events either because I don't enjoy them and it's a bit too much effort, especially in the evenings. SO.... sometimes I do miss having work colleagues to natter, gossip and moan to.
Are you a full time blogger? If so, what have you learned since taking on that role?