I am not a full time blogger. You heard me right. I don’t work all the time with my blog. I have my 9-5 job with one of the local telecommunication companies in Bhutan.
Therefore, when blogs I have subscribed come up with consistent updates, sometimes there used to come moments when I think of quitting my 9-5 job.
I wanted to become a full time blogger. I wanted to come up with articles on consistent schedules just like any other professional bloggers.
In few years I wanted to see myself blogging like Kimsea Sok and living in digital world being a jobless blogger.
However, something was not right. I couldn’t dare step out. My blog’s earning level is also not inspirational.
So I left that thought.
But that didn’t end my passion for blogging. I am still thinking of my blog every time I leave office from my home.
When I am free, I check it to if there is anything of it I can improve. During weekends, I draft new articles and publish after office hours in other days.
This continues without a glitch. My job is saved and my passion is also being nurtured. I might join it sometimes in future. But today isn’t that time.
If you feel I have described you as well in this or otherwise want to become one, I have some simple works that can help you in keeping them both – your blogging passion and full time job.
#1 Don’t attempt to update blog when you’re busy with office works
When there come official works that need immediate execution, don’t ever make an attempt to update your blog.
You shouldn’t even read other blogs and try leaving your comments. Things won’t turn out as you want.
#2 Don’t talk about your blog to colleagues unless they know themselves
This may be considered as a debatable topic. But as far as I am concerned, I have been refraining from talking about my blog to my office friends.
If your boss comes to know about it and by chance if you fail in your works, they will use your blogging passion as tool to scold you.
#3 Don’t write about problems/dissatisfaction of your job
It is advised to select a blogging niche that’s not related to your full time job’s works or functionalities of it.
If you were to write on areas that carry possibility of being viewed as controversial to vision and mission of your current company, I have already told you that it would be better you do blogging anonymously.
#4 Don’t forget or fail in time management
When you are part time blogger who also works another 9-5 job, it’s a matter of maintaining necessary attention balance between your rice bowl and passion.
You must set schedules for posting new articles. But when finishing of work is critical in your 9-5 job, strategy should be framed in such a way that important things are done first.
#5 Don’t forget to give time for relaxation
I am quite sure that many part time bloggers who also have obligations for their 9-5 jobs will agree that the most difficult things for them is finding something called ‘FREE TIME’.
Don’t be someone like that. Make time to drink coffee if you love and also go for evening/morning walks with your beloved.
It’s often said that when we are focused on one thing, we tend to forgo other thing that are more important than the one we have been too focused.
There is a proverb in Bhutan that relates something to this:
#6 Don’t forget to monetize your blog’s contents
Part time bloggers, since also make sacrifices of invaluable time, which could be otherwise used in going out for picture or socialize with friends, we shouldn’t forget to monetize contents.
Once your blog have good contents and qualifies, you should try applying with various blog content monetization and affiliate programs. I am affiliate in given programs:
You can also try Google Adsense, Chitika, and other hosting affiliates like that of BlueHost and iPage make money out of blog’s contents.
#7 Don’t try to keep your blog as one-man show
When your blog’s contents increase,the demand for needs of your readers to read more and more from your blog will also increase.
Therefore, you shouldn’t be too egoistic not to share your works with other like-minded people. Make some of your friends as partners for writing contents.
And also don’t forget the fact that no one will be willing to do things for free. This means you should be ready to compensate them.
#8 Don’t forget to set goals for blogging passion
Don’t treat your blog as some sort of stress escaping program. The fact is, it’s not one. It also deserves to be treated like your 9-5 job.
Set short-term as well as long-term goals for it to grow and become an authority in its niche. Make necessary strategies to achieve those goals within time set.
#9 Don’t spend so much in your blog by doing less
This is one of the mistakes I have committed in my early blogging days. I have spent at least USD 200 on Facebook ads without many contents.
It’s doesn’t make sense. Readers would hardly visit again because your blog didn’t offer them variety of contents at the time of their first visit.
Expenditure should be reconciled with the return you are going to earn from that amount of expenditure. We should be smart in budgeting.
#10 Don’t forget building relationship for your blog
When you have blog, you are merely an agent of it. So when you are building relationship, the ultimate benefits should be for the growth of your blog.
You can start building email list. This can be done either physically or online. But don’t try to use contacts corresponded for official works.
Many of them won’t be interested. Sending your campaigns or any other updates will irritate them just because they weren’t interested in the first place.
There are also many things you should, as a part time blogger, must keep in mind. For example, you shouldn’t forget to manage some times for reading good books, and also share your learning with others.
It’s very much unlikely that you can beat full time blogger. Better don’t compare yourself with them just to avoid getting discouraged.
But don’t forget to learn from them. They know more than part time bloggers. They have more time for blogging than us.
So, if you are one of such bloggers, how do you blog but keeping your 9-5 job saved? But I want to say that blogging isn’t a rocket science.
Certainly it’s also not for people who love blogging but currently have a regular job. You can do with little planning and passion.