Do you see a lot of posts and articles teaching you how to start a blog or telling you why you should start one? Or have you been reading the income reports of bloggers making $5000 a month with their side hustle?
If you’re new to the world of online business and blogging, you must be wondering what the heck it is that bloggers do.
Do they just write and get paid for it? Do they really work in trendy cafes with their laptops all day?
It’s time to share and shed light on what it’s like to be a blogger, what we really do, and how we make money.
But first things first, what even is a blog? To put it simply, it’s a website that is regularly updated with content that educates and serves the readers on a specific niche or topic.
You are on one right now!
And how do blogs make money? There are a number of ways from sponsored posts to affiliate marketing to selling products to ad revenue and a lot more!
Based on how a blogger chooses to monetize their blog i.e. make money blogging, their days can look very different.
1. Financial freedom: The sky’s the limit when it comes to making money blogging.
2. Flexibility: I design my own schedule!
3. Love for writing: If you don’t enjoy writing, blogging may not be the best option for you.
4. Love for personal development and blogging: I get to teach something I’m so passionate about!
Blogging was the perfect side hustle for me to help me achieve all of the above.
Let’s spill the beans about my life as a part-time blogger and what a week in my life looks like.
Weekends are when I get the majority of my blog work done because I work full time. This allows me to relax and not get stressed during the week when the time I can devote to the blog is limited.
While it sounds cliche, it is also true that no two weeks of blogging are the same.
Each week, I evaluate how the week before went, what the audience responded to, what they loved, and what they want to see more of to alter some strategies for the next week.
Each day, whether that’s a weekend or a weekday begins by planning. I do love having the flexibility and being my own boss but it’s easier to be productive and get things done when my day is scheduled and well planned.
I like to block out a good few hours on the weekend to get the following tasks done:
1. Evaluate the week before.
2. Write my weekly blog post.
3. Write my weekly newsletter for my subscribers.
4. Create new pins for my posts.
5. Schedule my email, blog post, and pin for the week.
These are 5 major tasks that I get done every single weekend no matter what. Safe to say that weekends for me are about content creating because I write best when I’m not rushed.
Now I’m staying at home during quarantine but I used to love being able to head over to my local Starbucks on a Sunday morning and work away until evening with a good old cup of tea. There’s something about working in a cafe environment with a bunch of strangers engaged in their work or conversations that I absolutely love.
I do look forward to doing that again once the quarantine period ends!
Sunday blogging always ends with listing out my tasks for the week ahead and scheduling them on my calendar so that I know exactly what has to be done when. This way, I’m never overwhelmed.
Weekdays used to be difficult when I didn’t go through the planning process on Sunday. I used to be less focused, indulge in confusion about what needs to be done first, and end up procrastinating to avoid dealing with the mess.
Now, everything is scheduled and there is no place for confusion. I denote at least 3 hours to my blog every morning before work (the same time every morning). This not only helps with scheduling but helps me stay focused because I know that these are the only 3 hours I’m going to be able to work on my blog. As a result, all distractions are out of the picture because I understand that if I don’t get it done now, it’s simply going to pile up by the end of the week.
Luckily for me, I love blogging so much that I’m happy to invest that time every morning to help it grow.
Typically, these are the tasks I focus on during the weekdays:
1. Researching ideas for my next blog post.
2.Responding to any subscriber emails within 24 hours.
3.Brainstorming and creating freebies.
4.Creating content and emails that help me sell products.
5. Going through and implementing strategies from the blogging course I’m taking.
6. Cleaning up old posts and re-formatting if needed.
7. Finding new stock photos to use.
This is what the tasks look like in a typical week of blogging in my life.
There certainly are some weeks where I take on additional tasks and switch things up and I can do it efficiently because of my scheduling.
Being your own boss is fun and it’s so easy to get busy without really producing anything. This is why it’s so important to have morning, evening, and work routines in place so that you’re not confused or overwhelmed.
Scheduling your tasks is going to be a life-saver for you. It makes you more efficient and you can produce twice as much as you usually would in the same amount of time each week if you schedule and know what to do as opposed to deciding as the time comes.
Blogging is a business. It’s the perfect side-hustle for me and if you’re looking for financial freedom and flexibility for you, it is perfect for you too.
So how can you get started? There is so much information out there after all.
Don’t worry. When I started my blog, I didn’t know how to do any of the above tasks or even that they had to be done! What I’ve learned is to never worry about the how – how to start a blog, how to make money blogging. You will learn the how as your blog grows.
To begin with, simply decide why you want to start and what you want to blog about.