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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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Is Pro Blogging For Everyone?

Is blogging for everyone? Can anyone be a blogger? My answer to these questions is YES. Yes anyone can set up a free Blogger or WordPress blog and start blogging. All you need is internet access really and you are good to go. The real question is be can anyone succeed as a full-time/professional Blogger? My answer to that is NO.

In real life, I have had a couple of people tell me they are thinking of starting a blog or wondering how to take their blog to the next level. That is what led to this post you are reading today. Personally, I believe full time Blogging is not meant for everyone. If you want to make any sort of income from your blog, then you have to be ready to put in the right amount of work, and it is HARD WORK. You cannot expect to receive a full-time income and work part-time hours. It won’t work.

Since many people are thinking of starting a blog or looking at making some sort of income out of their blogs, I thought I should mention some personality traits you should have and some facts you should be aware of before bursting a move.

Is Pro Blogging For You

Here are some six personality traits you will need to have to succeed as a full-time professional blogger:

Passion

You have to have a burning passion for your blog and your blog niche. You have to love what you do. That will keep the dream alive and keep you going. I see Fashion and Style Police as a baby I have nurtured from the cradle and now I am beginning to see the results. My baby is becoming a toddler and it didn’t happen overnight. Just like real babies do not becomes toddlers overnight. My passion kept me going and it is still keeping me going. Do you have that passion?

Self Motivated

You must be able to motivate yourself during the early stages when you have no one reading your blog except your mum. You must be able to keeping updating your blog with engaging content when you have few followers and no comments or likes. You must be ready to see your monthly statement from your Google Adsence or WordAds to discover you only received $2 that month. You will need to be able to shake all these issues off and keep going. Are you self motivated?

Thick Skin

You have to be ready for everyone to have an opinion. You will receive hateful comments from trolls and not everyone will like you (doesn’t matter if they never met you). You will need a thick skin to ignore the trolls and focus on building your blog and your brand. You will also need thick skin when brands and PRs refuse to work with you, or never respond to your emails. You must learn to not take it personal. Do you have a thick skin?

Happy Working Alone

I thrive when I work alone. Office environment is not meant for me. I can’t concentrate with all the chit-chat and banter going on. I like some peace and quiet when I write and I thrive in isolation. Crazy right? Yes I am weird like that but you have to be happy working alone if you want to go into full-time blogging. It is an isolating job. You will be working alone pretty much, except you have babies like I do, but I write when they are asleep and even if they are awake, I can’t ask them what they think about a new blog series or draft. I am pretty much on my own as far as this blog is considered and I love that. Are you happy working alone?

Hard Work

Blogging is hard work, don’t let all the events, freebies, or the glitz and glamour fool you. You have to be able to get people to read your blog, comment and subscribe to succeed as a pro blogger and that is not easy. You have to think outside the box and go outside your comfort zone to keep your blog interesting and engaging. A Pro Blogger brings something new to the table or she brings the same thing in a very different way.

You also have to know how to sell your blog. Social media should be your best friend, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, you have to be creatively active on all these channels to get your blog noticed. Can you put in the hard work?

Writing/Styling

To be a successful blogger, you must have a flair for writing or styling if you are a Fashion Blogger. I know some very successful fashion bloggers that don’t write, just give credit to the brands they are wearing. Bloggers like Blair from Atlantic Pacific just shows off her outfits and she has a massive loyal following.

Some other bloggers do more of writing than showing off their personal style and many do a mixture of both like I do. You have to decide on where your strengths lie and focus more on that. Can you write/style?

 

For gossip bloggers, this writing/styling trait does not really apply. They just have to be able to publish the juiciest gossip ASAP and promote their blog like crazy.

**This post is for bloggers thinking of making some form of income from their blog, not for hobby bloggers. If you are thinking of making money from your blog and you have all or most of this traits then start treating your blog as a business and you will see the results.

Are you a pro blogger or are you thinking of being one? What do you think of these traits? Sound off in the comment section pls. Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

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