It wasn’t that long ago that I found out that bloggers actually make money. I was running my ecommerce store, growing kind of tired of it, as I was getting burnt out from all the work. Browsing Pinterest, I came across a pin sharing this blogger who earned (at the time) nearly $70K in just one month from blogging (by the way she teaches students how to she makes $50K+ per month right here).
My jaw hit the floor.
I dove deep to review more of her income report pins and stumbled upon more bloggers who made a full time living blogging. So, I set out and started my journey.
Two years later, here I am, a full time blogger. Wonder what we do all day?
My bestie rolls her eyes all the time when I tell her I just woke up from a nap in the middle of the day or I’m watching YouTube or Netflix or running to Starbucks for a pick me up.
It can be a glamorous life, especially if you are fond of making your own schedule, setting the rules and making a lucrative living. But, it’s a lot of hard work.
More than rolling out of bed one day and deciding to be a blogger and that month earning a full time income. While that can happen, long journeys are usually the road to success and making a full time living as a blogger. Read on to hear what a day in the life of a full time blogger really is like.
The Morning Routine
For me, I wake up around 6am, make breakfast and get my girls ready for school. My oldest is in Kindergarten. Then I drive her to school and back at home before 8:30am to start my day.
I spend about 1 hour to 90 minutes getting warmed up for the day.
This consists of lying in bed with a cup of coffee, watching YouTube or a TV show on Netflix, while scrolling through my cell phone. I like to do this all at once, it’s more fun that way.
When I’m ready to start, I put on real clothes and head to my home office to bang out my day.
What I Work On During The Day
I have many aspects of my business. More than just blogging. I work with brands, I freelance write, I manage social media for companies, I create courses, and more.
During the day I usually bounce from activity to activity. I lay out a schedule on what to target and then I time block to stay organized.
On the blog, it’s usually keyword research, social media scheduling, writing content, creating graphics, optimizing my posts and blog, cold pitching companies, and doing outreach to join group boards and guest posting.
For freelancing, the activities really vary based on the projects I work. I usually am doing some sort of social media management so I’m pinning, posting, creating content, cross promoting, etc.
Lunch usually happens around 11:30 to 12pm. I make myself lunch at home and eat while watching TV. I take 30 to 45 minutes then back to work.
I work from around 10am (latest) through 2pm. Then I take a break to pick up my daughter from school. I resume work around 4pm and so some light tasks until 6pm when my daughters head to bed. Then I hit it heavy from that time for another 2-3 hours.
I don’t do this everyday and I try to take weekends off. It is super tough because I love what I do so much and I get inspired all the time but work/life balance is super important so I try to leave work behind during my personal time.
These happen. Getting interrupted. Having to stop to tend to something else. Especially when your youngest one stays home with you. It’s a normal occurrence. What’s nice about being self employed is, I make the rules.
I like having the freedom and flexibility to make doctor’s appointments when I need to, take my cat to the vet, being able to pick my girls up early from school at any time, being able to work out any time during the work day, take a long lunch with an old friend, visit my parents, spend time with my sister on a holiday, etc.
Night Time Routine
I have a ‘no-work-past-6-pm” rule. My girls are (obviously) the biggest priority in my life and I like to dedicate my nights to being with them. I try to do family weeknight activities like ice cream after dinner, visiting the park, or going for a stroll in the neighborhood. Once they’re in bed, I might do some more work before heading to bed myself.
What’s lovely? I can take time off and vacation pretty much any time I want to. I can take work with me too if I’d like. I visit my best friend who lives 3 hours a way, every few months. I take my work with me and I can visit her any day of the week, it’s nice.
Vacations are flexible because I’m my own boss and I can work extra hard to finish a project early or get ahead. I can take 2 weeks off at the end of the year to enjoy a nice, long Christmas or take my entire birthday month off (though I’d never do this, ha).
So, that’s a little about the life of a full time blogger. I’m still pretty small potatoes compared to a lot of bloggers. As I get more established (I’ve been blogging 2 years), I start to experience more like blogger conferences, travel to meet a client, etc. For now, I’m super happy with my schedule and my day to day activities.
Are you full time as a blogger? Share your work schedule down below. We would all love to read comparisons!