How To Maintain A Daily Blog And Have A Full Time Job

How I’m Able To Write This Daily Blog While Having Family and A Full Time Job

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It’s a lot of work. Maintaining a daily blog, having a full-time day job and managing all the family needs demands a lot of focus and determination.

I’m 27 blog posts into this daily blogging, and I’ve adjusted to a schedule so it’s not as grueling as it was when I wrote this post.

Finding Your Schedule Is Really Important

In order to succeed, you have to find time in your schedule and stick to it.

Obviously, you can’t be doing personal blogging during work hours, but in most cases, you can schedule your posts to publish at any time of the day you want.

I have found that working at night, or in the wee hours of the morning work best for me.

I sit down after the kids and wife are in bed, and usually work until 1 or 2 in the morning. On the nights that I just can’t stay up, I’ll be up around 4:30 or 5 AM to get down to it.

During The Day, and At Family Time, Your Blog Doesn’t Exist

You have to separate yourself from your personal blog when you’re at work or with the family. If I have a blog post idea, I’ll write it down and save it for that evening, but it’s not a part of the daily routine.

If you start blogging during the day, say on a weekend, you’ll find that you can easily get immersed in it and it will be very hard to let go of while doing other things.

Schedule Posts Ahead Of Time

I usually am two to four blog posts ahead.

The publish date for a post is usually a couple days after I actually was done writing it.

Doing this allows you to stay ahead and keep the content flowing. It also allows for nights when you just can’t get to blogging because something else comes up.

Scheduling posts ahead also alleviates a lot of stress and worry about getting something done for publishing. If you’re a couple posts ahead, you just don’t worry as much because you have a cushion.

Know What You’re Going To Write About Before You Start Writing

Probably the best piece of advice I got. If you have a list of things that you’re going to blog about, finding something to blog about never stresses you out.

You have a list to work off of and if you’re super organized (or super serious about it), you’ll have a schedule, or content marketing calendar that you’re working off of.

I always carry around a pen and at least a couple of business cards that have a blank back. Usually, it’s a pocket notebook, but I write all my blog post ideas down in the notebook and then at night or in the early morning, I’ll put them into the calendar and begin writing the next blog post on the list.

I just can’t stress enough how important it is to gather blog post ideas.

When I first started the daily blog, I had no idea what I was going to write from day to day. As a result, some of the posts were a bit wonky, but there’s also a learning curve when you ramp up your game to this level.

What Does Daily Blogging Do For You? What DO You Gain?

Daily bloggers have different reasons for doing this, but for me, I really wanted to start something that I could accomplish every day and feel really good about it.

So far, I haven’t missed a day yet, although the site did crash and I had to make up two blog posts to cover, I didn’t fail because I’d actually written posts for both those days.

Some people do this to make money.

I originally started out blogging to make money, and still make a small income from it.

The screenshot above is one of the payouts that I received from Amazon. It’s old enough that I don’t mind sharing it.

Regardless, in this stage of life, making money online isn’t the focus for me anymore. It was really nice to see some GoPro Hero 7 sales come in this morning, but it wasn’t the point of writing that blog post.

Daily Blogging Isn’t For Everyone

I’ll end it by saying that maintaining a daily blog isn’t for everyone. It takes a lot of time, dedication and perseverance.

I do it because I love the feeling of accomplishment. You may have different reasons, or you might not be interested in keeping a daily blog at all.

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