Are you in the blog business too?
For those who are new to my site – welcome. I am writing this late at night after sitting on my Mac all day. Yes, please feel sorry for me and send me a sympathy card. I am in the blog business but now I have expanded the blog to go out on my own and work from home. I AM EXHAUSTED.
My week as a Blogger
I have been blogging for almost 3 years now and most of the time I love it. It is a creative outlet for me and one of the only ways I feel comfortable to express myself. The first 18 months of blogging, I would write a few words, create a title for the blog and hit send. Simple really.
Then I decided I wanted to take blogging to another level, so I started to learn about SEO and linking and scheduling and social media and google analytics and the list just goes on. The more you learn the more you realise you do not know. So I thought I would share my basic week of blogging.
- I post 3 new blogs most weeks
- Each blog post takes anywhere from 1-3 hours to write, edit, create images and schedule.
- I link up with around 5-7 link parties each week. One link up I am part of the blogging team, so commitments are greater (yes it’s this one – I am part of #teamIBOT)
- Each week I like to read and write a comment to around 40 – 70 blog posts.
- I schedule posts, quotes, other
interestingthings on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (my favourite at the moment), Google+ and Twitter.
- And most weeks I do all this for the total sum of ….. wait for it….. $0.00. Yes I do make money on some posts or a little advertising but when you break it down, it is done for love not money.
My week as a Business
Recently I quit my job to concentrate on working for myself as a social media consultant. I already had a few little clients and run many Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and Instagram accounts, but I wanted more. So now I have to be very proactive as the business will only grow with a little lovin from me.
- Each week I am proactively targeting a section of the market, doing hours of research and sending information to potential new clients.
- I am constantly reading and training myself in more areas so when a new client comes on board and asks me “Can you do this…?” I will be able to say OF COURSE I CAN.
- To subsidise the limited income, I am working part-time in an old job that takes me away from the business 2-3 days at the moment. (too many children and too many school fees is the problem).
My week in having a life
This is a tough one. I have been known to burn the candle at both ends as I try to do everything and make everyone happy (including myself). With 3 teenagers & one tween, we are flat out most days of the week and weekend. I get up early to write. I stay up late to write or research (as I am doing now) and some days I fall in a massive heap.
I still haven’t mastered the art of managing a blog, a business and a life but one day – yes one day I hope to get my weekends back and be able to spend it with my family and friends – both physically and mentally.
Do you run a small business or a blog business? Do you have any advice for creating balance?