5 Ways I Manage a Job & a [Travel] Blog

How I juggle a job (or two), a blog, and a life.

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Yeah, if I’m being honest, I don’t manage it all that well. I’ve gone through stages of intense creation and then pits where I can’t even manage to do the fun things like photo editing. I’m now at the point where the honeymoon is over, but I’m still dedicated to keeping my blogrelationship alive. I think the #1 issue I have faced is wanting to put in more time than my work hours have allowed. I contemplated giving up the gym, but then I realized that would be taking it too far. I now operate under the “do what you can, when you can…. as long as you actually do it.”

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I’m a part of a few different blogger communities and in the beginning, I spent a lot of time comparing myself to the other blog/vloggers. That – was – dumb. Rookie move on my part. I’m new to this and working in a full time job – there is literally no comparing my baby site to the sites of people who have been working at it for years. I gave myself a good, strong reality slap and gave myself permission to let it fall to the wayside every once in a while. 

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I have this ratty notebook I keep in my purse for whenever an idea pops into my head. I don’t trust myself to remember every little bit of inspiration I come across, so I have to write it down. I then plug each idea into the title of a blog draft, so that way they’re all right there when I login.

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I’m going to be really honest for a second: I blog when I shouldn’t be. I take every last second of free time at work to work on posts or engagement. My computer at home is sickly and I’m really unable to do much more than type, so photo editing and formatting all needs to be done at the office. Ninety percent of the time, I’m not actually on the clock- but it happens very occasionally where I just need 2 minutes to publish/Tweet/Pin.

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Travel blogging, and blogging in general, is a really crowded market. There is no way that everything I post is going to be 100% original- someone will have said it before. I do, however, focus on not allowing inspiration to become imitation; I have enough to say that I don’t need to copy someone else’s ideas. Articles like “10 Reasons to Travel as a Solo Female” are so numerous that I wonder why people would continue to create them– but every writer offers a different perspective… so even though the topic may be the same the take-away will be different for each piece.

After my turbulent first few months with this blog, I had to set some boundaries for myself.

Things I will never do for blogging:

  1. Become that girl who is so busy that she is nose-to-phone for her entire commute.
  2. Let blogging take away from my enjoyment of my trips.
  3. Be ruled by view-count
  4. Measure my own success against another blogger’s success
  5. Be anything but truthful- even if bearing the honest truth it sucks.

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29 Comments

  1. Goodness me! I never give anyone else a second thought when I’m writing, to be honest. Write about what interests YOU and everything else will fall into place. I just write if I have something to say 🙂

    • I think I started into the blogger communities too soon, so when I was starting out I had a lot of information and making a lot of comparisons. I’ve definitely gotten to the writing what I want phase, and so far so good! 🙂

  2. Great tips! I’ve been a full time traveller for the last year but will have to get a job in September and finally earn some proper cash. Glad to hear that you are making it work!! It is encouraging! 🙂

    • Wow~ good luck! The transition from trip back to "real-life" is a tricky one for sure. I started the blog to help me with being stuck in one place, so hopefully your brand will be a security-blanket of sorts for your transition back to stationary life lol

  3. Hahahha! Love the "Being Sneaky" one. And I agree with the not stressing over originality. It’s probably easier for travel bloggers, since we are able to just write about our travels and experiences 🙂

  4. Thank you for posting this! I take my imaginary hat off to anyone who works full time and blogs. When I first started, I was working 30-40 hours per week at a regular job. My blogging and social media work took up my commute to work, lunch hour, a few hours after work and half of my weekend. Anyone who does this at all – is incredible! Now I am traveling and blogging full time but I am much more relaxed. I realize that you can only do so much. And I agree about the originality – I have posted a couple of articles around the same time as other bloggers who had similar topics. It was a total coincidence. It happens! But we all have our own style and opinions. Good luck and keep going!

    • Thanks girl! It’s a struggle for sure, but an addicting one at that. I think I also use it as a form of therapy when I’m not able to travel. It helps me feel connected.

  5. Cheers! Great post. Make your blog YOUR BLOG and not anyone else’s. I made the same mistake myself when I first started (comparing my blog to what others were doing). You do you. Also, gotta love your rule for not letting blogging take away from your trips. You could totally get sucked into the "blogging" mindset and forget to do what you love: travel.

    • Yeah, a good friend inspired that thought. She’s on an indefinite-length trip with her fiance and just found that keeping up with the writing was bogging her down. I’m ok with focusing on adding things to my trip to make my content more interesting (detours for pictures, trying a famous but slightly pricey restaurant, etc…), but have to draw a line for sure.

  6. Great post, and good on you for admitting that a lot of the time it’s hard to manage it – I think people struggle because they see everyone else doing amazing things and don’t realize that the people they’re looking up to often struggle to. Because it’s super hard work juggling a full time job and a blog.

    I’m fortunate enough to be blogging full time now, but when I was juggling the blog and a job, I would also blog when I shouldn’t 😀 I would prioritize weekend and night shifts when I would be on the hotel reception desk by myself wihtout management there lol. It’s a far more efficient way to use your time 😀

    • Haha totally! I’ve done that one or 2 times for sure. My laptop is clinging desperately to it’s last bit of life– so I wind up doing things at work even when I’m off the clock. I’ll fly in 30 minutes early and announce, "I’m not here for another half-hour!"- throw in the headphones and get to it! Congrats on transitioning to blogging full-time! That’s so exciting!

  7. Yes yes yes! I love this. I’m in the same boat as you. blogging with a full time job. I completely agree with everything in this post (especially being sneaky, haha). I see it as a hobby and not a job to prevent myself from getting sucked into stats, numbers, and comparing with others. My goal is to stay true to why I started in the first place- to share our stories with our family and friends and to have something to look back on when we’re old.

    • Totally! I’m keeping it as a hobby for now and keeping a eye on- though not fussing over- all my stats. I’d like to position myself in such a way that I have a viable and valuable brand, should I decide to chuck my "real life" and take the show on the road!

  8. This is really great! I also have a full time job, and squeeze in as many moments as I can, when I can. I think it’s a testament to us & the others I’ve seen comment above me that this is truly a passion! Would we love to blog and only blog full time? I know I would, but it’s great to follow our passions. Thanks for inspiring me to keep going on a day that I"m feeling a bit uninspired! Cheers!

  9. I end up with ideas on scraps of paper everywhere! I struggle to maintain a full time job and blog especially when I’ve barely had the chance to travel all year so inspiration is at an all time low. I get so jealous of beauty bloggers who are continually pumping out posts as they are sent PR packages at least weekly!

    • YES! Beauty and fitness bloggers…and DIY lol… I love them all but also get the little jealous twinges when I see all their PR/outreach opportunities. Hmmm…. maaaybe there’s some collab potential?!

  10. Sounds so familiar to me! Totally agree with not comparing yourself to other bloggers – everyone is different, have varying amounts of time they can dedicate to blogging and have different goals!

  11. Love this post! I’m also trying to balance working full-time while trying to grow a blog – it’s hard work!! Some weeks I’m awesome and can knock out new posts, while others I just want to curl up on my bed every night and watch series. It’s hard to keep consistent with so much going on in life.

  12. I absolutely needed this! I have joined a few travel blogger groups on facebook and I am continually comparing my site to others, but I know almost nothing about web design and I am not currently paying anyone to do it for me. I am learning as much as I can to be self sufficient. Comparison has made me want to not continue a few times.

    Awesome post!

    • Thanks for your kinds words, Elyse! It’s a struggle for sure. I’ve been at it since the beginning of they year and it’s still so much a work in progress. Sometimes I need to remind myself that a lot of the bloggers in my communities are blogging full-time, so they’re able to learn/create/beautify their sites more often that I can. There is, however, a lot of satisfaction in turning around, looking back, and being like "wow, I taught myself how to do ALL this!" Very empowering!

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