Part Time Blogger: How To Handle Work, Family, Friends, And Blogging

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Whenever a group of bloggers gets together the question eventually comes up: When is it time to quit your job and go into blogging full-time?

More recently though, these new bloggers seem to be a little more cautious.

They’re more willing to take their time and build a strong blogging business from the ground up.

So now the question is: How can a part-time blogger juggle his work, his family and all of his other commitments and still have time to build a strong blog?

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Establish Your Priorities

You’ve probably already noticed that the bigger your blog gets the more time it takes to maintain it. And if you only had even more time, you could grow it even faster.

It’s important that you list your priorities. Unfortunately, you (and your spouse if you have one) are the only one who can make this list. But here are some things to consider:

Your job: How secure are you in your job and will you be jeopardizing that security if you devote more time to your blog?

Your financial situation: How much do you and your family rely on the income from your job? If you were to work fewer hours, could you afford the cut in pay? What about healthcare benefits – would they be at risk and can you afford to lose them? Do you have money in savings that you could use to tide you over and are you willing to use it?

Your family: If you’re concerned about juggling your priorities then you’re probably already taking time away from family and other commitments to work on your blog. Is your family being supportive? Are they willing to sacrifice more time with you? Are there things they can do to help free up some of you time in other areas, such as taking over some of your chores.

Your blog: What are your blogging goals? Do you want to replace your full-time income and maybe even earn more or are you just looking for some extra spending money every month? Do you have a blogging business plan mapped out to help you reach your goals or are you just winging it? And probably most important: Is blogging full-time something you really want to do? The level of commitment required to work as a full-time blogger is tremendous compare to the part-time blogging you’re doing now. Are you ready to make that commitment?

Your other commitments: Are other family members outside your immediate family relying on your for financial or physical assistance? Do you do volunteer work? Are you committed to your weekly bowling league?

After you’ve listed your priorities, if you still help juggling all your commitments, try these tips:

Schedule blogging time: Schedule blocks of uninterrupted blogging time, even if it’s only an hour in the morning or two hours at night. Turn off the phone and TV, close the door and hang a “Do Not Disturb” sign. Be prepared to start blogging the second your fanny hits the chair and don’t look up until it’s time to quit for the day.

If you think you don’t have an hour to spare, you’re probably wrong. Keep a diary for a week and see where you can carve out some time. For example, what about that first hour of the day where you sit in front of the morning news sipping your coffee? Or how about your lunch hour at work that you normally spend gossiping in the break room? Reality TV shows at night? Who needs ’em! Spend that time working on your blog.

Start an assembly line: Use assembly line techniques to streamline your blogging processes. Write all your titles on Monday. Write three posts on Tuesday and two posts on Wednesday. Upload all your posts on Thursday and schedule them out over the next week. Focus on one task at a time and do it in bulk.

Gradually increase your blogging time: Instead of trying to carve out a big blog of eight or ten hours, try finding an extra hour every day. That gives you an extra seven hours a week. Once that becomes routine, try finding another 15 or 30 minutes.

When the time comes that you think your blog would be better served if you quit your job, consider just cutting back. Is it possible to work part-time instead of quitting your job altogether?

Too many bloggers just quit their job and dive right into blogging with no goals, no business plan, no support system and no safety net. How did you handle juggling blogging with work, family and other commitments? Share your experience in the comments.

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  1. Yeap this is me and thanks Steven for the points to ponder – you must have the priorities established to get anything done. Have a great day Steven! Hey while I am here how does this minimum word comment count working for you? Does it give you better seo? And has your comment count went up or down?

    1. Thanks for your comment Robert. Establishing your priorities and setting a time for each aspect of your life is very important if you want to keep a good balance between things.

      (Regarding the comment length limit, the comment count hasn’t increased or decreased. However it feels a lot better to see comments that actually add something to the discussion instead of just “nice post”)

  2. Love this paragraph especially the last line! — If you think you don’t have an hour to spare, you’re probably wrong. — Reality TV shows at night? Who needs ‘em! Spend that time working on your blog.

    I get updates from another marketer who follows you. Finally made my way over here for myself. I’ll stay tuned in.

    1. Jeff, thanks for taking the time to visit Dukeo. I hope you’ll enjoy your time here :)

      People can keep watching Reality TV shows at night, but if they do, they can’t complain that they don’t have time to do more productive things!

  3. Chad Miller

    I love the assembly line approach. Being intentional about each task will force me to put distractions aside to accomplish my goals. Great, practical advice.
    Since it’s my goal to publish 2 posts per week, writing 5 with the assembly line technique in one week will certainly put me in position to remain consistent. And, consistency drives traffic!

    1. Hey Chad, thanks for your comment.

      I learned about this assembly line when I was studying Architecture and I had to build models.

      I quickly realized that I was wasting a lot of time jumping from a task to another.

      Focusing on a single task and doing it repeatedly allows you to do it faster.

      Good luck with your frequency goal. Let me know how this goes for you. :)

  4. Jacob Curtis

    I agree with Chad about the assembly line approach being a great strategy. It’s something I haven’t adopted it yet, but I can definitely see how that saves time! I also particularly like
    “If you think you don’t have an hour to spare, you’re probably wrong.”

    1. Thanks for your comment Jacob.

      I keep hearing people saying: “If only I had more time, my blog traffic would skyrocket.”

      My reply is usually the same: “You have time to watch stupid TV shows, but you complain about your lack of time to blog? Get your priorities in line…”

  5. Katie

    I’m not sure if I’ll ever get to the point where I want to spend an hour each day everyday on my blog, but I did like your advice!

    1. Thank you for your comment Katie. It’s always nice to see people sharing their point of view. We all have different experiences with Blogging and it’s easy to think that everyone is following the same path as you…

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