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My Hustle: A Day In The Life Of A Full Time Blogger/Freelance Writer

Being able to write full-time and earn a living wage has become a dream come true. After having my kids, I wanted to have time for them and working from home has given me the opportunity. Many people wonder how I cope with running a regularly updated blog, a freelance career and caring for my busy toddlers. Sometimes, I wonder as well, but all I can say is, you make time to do what you care about, what you have a passion for. It could be hanging out with friends, watching movies, going to the pub, sleeping, or even playing games. I spend my time when my kids are not turning the house upside down writing. I write every free time I get, and when I am not writing, I am thinking of writing. It is a good obsession and I am in love with it.

So many people ask me how I do it, so this post answers the million dollar question. How does Stella run Fashion and Style Police. Here is how, a typical day in my life is as a full-time blogger and freelance writer. For this post, we are going to imagine the day is today, a Saturday.

Fashion Blogger

6:00am

I am usually woken up by one of the busy bees in this hour. I have my quiet time and start the day right.

7:00am

I have a shower, and get dressed. I publish a blog post and share it on my social media channels.

8:00am

Breakfast time, and reply emails or read a book if I am in the middle of one. I love multitasking, can you tell?

9:00am

I check blog stats, moderate and reply blog comments, and wait for my postman to deliver any samples.

10:00am

Take pictures of samples, and get all the details down on paper. I go through my To-Do list and make sure I know what needs to be done for the day.

11:00am

Get dressed and take an outfit picture if the weather is right.

12:00pm

Lunch time, check blog stats, moderate and reply comments.

1:00pm

Scout for blog and freelance opportunities.

2:00pm

Reply emails and share blog posts on my social media channels.

3:00pm

Read and comment on other blogs and check my various Facebook groups, reply emails and moderate and reply comments (this continues for the rest of the day)

4:00pm

Invoice clients and send payment reminders if necessary.

5:00pm

Take a break until 7:00pm.

7:00pm

Dinner time, and I start writing blog posts for Fashion and Style Police.

8:00pm

I edit pictures and continue writing blog posts.

9:00pm

I start writing for my clients.

10:00pm

I continue writing for my clients.

11:00pm

I round-up blog posts and clients’ posts.

Midnight

Bedtime.

So that is how a typical day in my life looks like. My day could vary from time to time depending on deadlines, volume of work, what is going on in my home and so on, but it is usually the same routine everyday. As you can see, my life is far from a walk in the park. I am always on one of many gadgets doing a blog related ‘thing’. No hour goes unaccounted for. The moment I began to see my blog as a business, I saw my luck change. The more work I put in, the more sponsorship I got. The hustle is real and it comes with a lot of hard work. I hardly have time to watch TV, not to talk of having a social life but I won’t have it any other way.

I hope this motivates you to make the most of your free time and chase your dreams. Who knows where it might take you.

Thanks for reading and have a lovely weekend.

 

 

 

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25 responses

  1. Hey Stella thank you for sharing your daily routine, do you have any advice for monetizing your blog? As a new blogger I am looking to earn a living from my blog but I am unsure how to go about it.

    • Hi Ana, I will advise you to keep producing great blog content (like you are doing), and reach out to brands and PRs. It took me two years of blogging almost every day before I started earning a living wage.

  2. In pure LA Valley Girl talk, ‘oooohhh myy gaaaawd, JUMP BACK, you have toddlers?!’ Super impressive how you balance it all hon. I love the way you’ve written this diary making the focus you, often, the writer breaks down another creative’s diary. Keep going strong Gurl! x

  3. I hear you! Scheduling is important. I don’t necessarily plan my day, but I do have things in it that needs doing and I fit it in by the days end. It can get crazy…I’m not where you are yet, but hopefully…Best wishes to you and thank you so much for sharing. It really helps. Happy fall, Kokoโ€

  4. Wow, impressive! It’s hard to balance having a blog and everyday life but you do it with kids! You’re family must be so proud of you!๐Ÿ’—

    xo, Jackie
    stylemydreams.com

  5. Hi Stella,
    You know I say this all the time, you are doing great. Well done.
    The reason why a lot of people give up in blogging is lack of passion. Most started for the wrong reasons; to make money. If money doesnโ€™t “come in a day”, they give up.
    Paying the dues is key. Hard work it is. Congrats and best wishes lovely.
    You are looking so fine in that photo girl.
    Mojisola
    http://www.mojintouch.com

  6. It must be so fun to be able to do this as a job… but it certainly means a lot of scheduling and planning! It looks like you’re in control of things ๐Ÿ˜‰ Keep up the good work! Love, Kathleen x

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