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How to balance your work/school and blogging

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“Consistent- Acting or done in the same way over time”

As bloggers, we are familiar with the word “consistent” we hear it a lot, “for blogging to pay off you have to be consistent, for your audience to stay engaged you have to be consistent, to build your brand you’ve to be consistent.”

Basically, the message is that you shouldn’t leave your readers thirsty and hungry for content for so long and you definitely don’t want cobwebs to take over your blog space but we can all agree it’s not easy as it sounds.
Consistency is a skill you’ve to develop over time, you’ve to make a conscious effort to stay on track, you need to find a balance.  It gets overwhelming trying to maintain a balance between your work/ school and blog, the struggle is real. At a point, it gets beyond your control and a break is needed (which is allowed) to cope better.

Yes, it sounds familiar and it’s OK cos we’ve all been there and that’s why I’ve reached out to 3 amazing bloggers who’ve been bitten by the consistency bug and have been able to balance their work/ school and blogging to share some tips.

  1. Jennifer ( Jennifer Amani)

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  •  Tell us about yourself

My name is Jennifer Amani and I work full time  in a secondary school as a Science teaching assistant, I blog about fashion and faith (jenniferamani.com)

  • How long have you been blogging

I have been blogging for 2 years altogether, my blog was initially titled current situation and I mainly blogged about my faith. I started blogging about fashion a year ago.

  • What’s your typical day like?

Well, I work Monday to Friday from 8am-4pm. I’m always up just before 6 and I leave just before 7. After work I don’t do anything fun lol I usually catch up with Tv shows that I watch, that really helps me unwind especially after a long day at work. Every Saturday is usually different it depends on what’s going on there’s usually a party/ a shoot/ link up with friends. I try to be as social as I can possibly be during the weekend. Sundays I’m up early for church have to be back home before 4 to get ready for Monday.

  • What would you say you struggled with the most when you first started out?

I would say I struggled to find someone to take pictures for me and also a tailor to make my outfits at an affordable price.

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  • How do you maintain a balance between your work/blog

It’s all about planning ahead with me, I shoot about 10 outfits max on one day and then I post them accordingly, so one Saturday every month is dedicated to my blog and I plan my content weeks ahead sometimes or I might be sporadic and do it once a week. WordPress is very good you are able to set a time that you would like for your post to be published I use that a lot as it helps me see what I’m doing. With work once I’m done for the day that’s it, I try to never bring work stuff home whatever I need to do can wait until the next day and I guess it’s easier because I don’t work weekends so that’s one good thing about working In a school I guess.

  • Tools that have helped you stay on top of your blogging game.

Definitely WordPress is the absolute best in terms of helping me schedule my posts, UNUM is good for Instagram layout. I used VSCO, Lightroom and After light to edit my pictures. They are definitely my top three apps and of course having a great photographer helps. Also, Pinterest is the place for inspiration, I use Polyvore to help me plan outfits sometimes.

  • Do you believe in having a schedule

I don’t necessarily believe in it but I do think that it helps to remain consistent, at the moment I don’t have a day where I have decided to stick to. Sometimes I post randomly I don’t want to put myself in a box. As long as I’m producing content weekly I’m satisfied.

  • Advice and tips for bloggers struggling to find that balance.

I feel like my consistency has a lot to do with my personality so I would say pay attention to how you are as a person and then strategise on how to maximise your time wisely so that you don’t feel overwhelmed, learn how to prioritise so that you won’t have to give one up for the other. Use scheduling apps to help you plan your posts in advance, choose one day and take as many outfits out for a shoot and then find time to edit them at once or weekly.

  1. Kachi ( Staples & Style)

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  • Tell us about yourself (name, what you do, blog link and any other fun fact you would like to share).

My name is Onyekachi Opara (Kachi for short). I am a luxury Interior Decorator, Business Development Manager and a Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger. I blog at www.staplesandstyle.com. Contrary to the lifestyle of most bloggers, I actually rather be alone with my dog – Roxy most weekends and I love love love country songs….guess that makes me an old soul but who cares right?

  • How long have you been blogging?

I have been blogging for 1 year and 3 months – to be very exact.

  • What’s your typical day like?

Wake up at 6 am, pray for 15 minutes and take Roxy out for number 1 and 2.
Get back up to my apartment, dish out Roxy’s food and work out with Xhit (on Youtube) for 30-45 minutes.
Jump in the shower and sing along to my worship playlist. This comprises Pastor Chris, Sinach, Joe Praize, Ada and Frank Edwards.
Makeup (and of recent, this takes about thirty minutes), get dressed, grab by smoothie from the fridge, kiss Roxy goodbye and I’m out the door.
Get to the office at 9:00 am and work like a horse until 7:00pm…most times paper work holds me hostage until 7:30.
Get back home to the fluffy one, play with her on the floor for about 10 minutes and prepare dinner, which is either sweet potato porridge or a homemade salad (I try to limit my dinner options to either of these). Then I prepare my breakfast for the following day because I’m always on the move. I mostly have overnight oats because they are an excellent source of whole grain and they leave me feeling full until afternoon. So I mix all the ingredients into a mason jar and pop it into the fridge.
Then I shower, have dinner, get into bed with Roxy and call it a night.

  •  What would you say you struggled with the most when you started out?

Well to be totally honest, I struggled with uploading my posts. I was completely clueless about the inner workings of WordPress so what I did was prepare my content and forward to my web developer who would then upload. I carried on this way for two months and finally conquered whatever notion I had that I couldn’t do it myself.

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  • How do you maintain a good balance between your work/school life and your blog?

This is one question I get asked a lot. So I work 5 days a week but it spills into the weekend and I have one day off work (which is Wednesday) and is the day I get 85% of my blogging work done. I plan out my outfits for a month, create content, schedule meetings or collaborations but I scarcely take pictures on Wednesdays. I take most of my pictures on Saturday mornings between 7 am and 10 am because there is less sun filter and I realised that most of my preferred locations are usually nice and quiet around that time.

  • Tools that have helped you stay on top of your blogging game.

The Cassie Daves blog planner definitely helps put things into better perspective. Especially because I’m curating a colour theme on my Instagram page and the planner has a calendar where I usually scribble and visualise colour co-ordination and outfit combinations that suit my need.

  • Do you believe in having a schedule for your social media platforms or do you just post on a whim?

I believe in having a schedule because it helps me plan ahead. There is more co-ordination and organization when my calendar informs you of a pending post for which you need to shop or pick up bits and bobs to complement. In my peculiar situation, posting on a whim would probably leave me posting once a month because I may be in the middle of uploading images onto my site and receive a phone call that sends me out of location for three weeks.

  • Advice and tips for bloggers struggling to find that balance.

I would say to get a blog planner and have a schedule…a realistic one at that. Don’t set unrealistic targets that will end up being just targets. It may be one post a week or one post in two weeks but there’s something about writing that keeps you motivated.

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  1. Sarah ( Princess Audu )

Balancing blogging with work and school

  • Tell us about yourself (name, what you do, blog link and any other fun fact you would like to share)

Hi, my name is Sarah Audu, a talkative yet reserved twenty two year old. I run a blog which centers on my personal style, fashion tips, my travel experience and my faith in God. My blog titled Princess Audu is well over three years old now, I know I know, we’re old. I believe a person can be fashionable, stay on trend while being modest. By day I am a journalist and social media manager.

  • What’s your typical day like?

My typical day involves me waking up and sitting in front of a computer screen from 8-5, your typical kind of job.

  •  What would you say you struggled with the most when you started out?

When I started out my biggest struggle was with my photo shoot location (which was quite poor back then) and the overall structure of my content in terms of my writing style and picture organization.

Balancing blogging with work and school

  • How do you maintain a good balance between your work/school life and your blog?

We all know it’s not easy staying consistent. What helps me is having a blog post schedule. I honestly don’t schedule my write-ups as much as I’d Iike but I try to plan my ideas and thoughts in advance. For example, since inspiration can come at any time,  I try to jot down any smart ideas I have and develop them later. But of course sitting in front of a computer with free internet all day can not be overemphasized (wink, wink).

  • Tools that has helped you stay on top of your blogging game

As for tools, I use Adobe Photoshop CS6 to edit my blog pictures, I learnt the basics on YouTube and with this tool, I can easily manipulate my pictures to the desired outcome. Postcron helps me schedule my posts on twitter especially. I use Facebook to schedule posts on there, this is quite new. A lot of people have recommended planners too which I might try one of these days. However, I will maintain that it’s one thing to have a planner and another thing to actually plan and get things done.

  • Do you believe in having a schedule for your social media platforms or do you just post on a whim?

Yes, I have somewhat of a posting schedule to keep me organised. I try to post twice a day on Instagram, at least once a day on Facebook and for twitter I post as often as is possible.

  • Advice and tips for bloggers struggling to find that balance?

My advice is to keep pushing. If you try something and I doesn’t work out, look to others, learn from their mistakes and make the necessary corrections. But never, I repeat, never beat yourself up trying to be like someone else, it never works out, trust me. We will all get there, just at our own time.

Have any tips on finding balance in your work/school and blog? Do share them below

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Focus on your journey and enjoy every moment of it, do what works for you. Don’t beat yourself if you need to take a break, enjoy your break, take some time off for yourself; it’s good for your body and mind.

Cheers to an amazing month
Lots of love

Sogie

22 Comments

  1. Village_Geh

    April 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    I’m struggling so very teribbly with consistency. Lol. Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to manage my blog and work life nicely.

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 8:47 am

      We all struggle dear, just have to find the balance. Thanks for stopping by love

  2. Vincent Desmond

    April 10, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    legit stuff!! it’s not easy managing school, work and blogging especially when you want to be consistent!! we just push, love Jennifer Amani’s style. she’s the only one I didn’t know before this post off to read

    quirksandoutfits.wordpress.com

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 8:48 am

      You should definitely check her out, it’s a task but we’ve to pull through

  3. Chidinma

    April 10, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    Honestly needed this. Been lazy to edit pictures in order to upload to my blog.

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 8:54 am

      I’m glad dear. Definitely do it

  4. WanShyGirl

    April 11, 2017 at 1:19 am

    This was a good read and I just discovered a new scheduling app. Blogging requires patience and perseverance but once you put your mind to it you’re totally good to go.

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Blogging is a lot of work but definitely worth it

  5. Pemi

    April 11, 2017 at 8:56 am

    I think laziness and procrastination are just my biggest enemies right now.

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Girl, you know it, procrastination is the biggest enemy but we would overcome

  6. COLLINS BADEWA

    April 11, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Consistency is a big problem especially when school wears you out and you’d rather sleep that plan. This post has ginger ed me yet again to try so hard at it again. Thanks for this.

    Thestreethaute.wordpress.com

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I’m glad you found it helpful, we would all overcome dear

  7. LAGOS CITY CHIC

    April 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    Nice! This features some of my fave bloggers. I think planning is always key, I’m not big on planners. I have a book I scribble down ideas. I also plan my instagram posting like a real business, (Which I didn’t usually do before) It helps tbh. Great read. Thanks for sharing.
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    https://lagoscitychic.blogspot.com.ng/2017/04/the-best-way-to-style-whiite-pant-suit.html

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Yeah i’ve noticed planners are not for everyone, yeah instagram planning is very key (even though i’m still slacking on it) . Thanks for stopping by

  8. Toluwalade Toyin-Kehinde

    April 12, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Exactly what collins said, once school wears me out i’m not about the life of anything besides sleep/ studying for the next days exam because as unreal as it sounds, i have exams everyday! SMH
    Great post though and may we slackers catch up soon enough!

    toyinwithfashion.com

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      April 24, 2017 at 9:33 am

      I totally understand dear, you would survive. Amen oh

  9. Uzo

    May 15, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This post was really helpful! I’m a new blogger and I’ve been struggling with balance and also photo issues. Thank you!!! uzzymami.wordpress.com

    1. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      May 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Girl I’m glad yoibfound it helpful thank you for stopping by .
      Xoxo

    2. Iyesogie Ogieriakhi

      May 16, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Girl I’m glad you found it helpful thank you for stopping by .
      Xoxo

  10. Koz

    May 15, 2017 at 11:51 am

    This post is everything for me. Even though I’m relatively new to the blogging sphere, I already feel the pain of joggling work and personal blogging. Thanks Sogie for bringing this to my table at no cost.
    https://kozdiaries.wordpress.com/

  11. Fehintola

    June 9, 2017 at 7:05 am

    Great advice for anyone starting out. I find planning ahead to be very helpful as well as having a planner or notepad when i write down my ideas as they come. I also use Eveenote to on my phone for days when i can’t reach my planner or notepad fast enough. Like 2 of the bloggers you interviewed, I work Mon-Fri 8am-5pm so I work on my blog during lunch breaks and close from work and then weekends.
    Great tips and post Sogie. Cheers!
    https://www.fehintolaogunye.com

  12. TRAVEL WITH A PEN

    June 15, 2017 at 1:45 am

    Blogging is a lot of work! LOL. So much goes on behind the scenes to come up with a single blog post. I understand why it can sometimes be overwhelming combining it with school or work. Like you mentioned, consistency is key but taking time off to cool off is also necessary, so you don’t crash and burn. Thanks for sharing these tips, learnt a few new things.

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