On Wednesday, a kind reader (and aspiring blogger) emailed me to ask what it was like being a lifestyle blogger. My knee-jerk response?
It’s editing images, obsessing over the Instagram algorithm, taking too many pictures of myself, writing, writing, and more writing. Did you know that the blogging world has a HUGE learning curve? Even for a lifestyle blogger? So of all the things that blogging is, it’s really about learning. All the learning.
It’s also the most fun I’ve ever had.
If you’ve been around here for a bit, you know that I am NOT currently blogging full-time, though that is the goal! You can read more about my day job here, but this post will focus more on what my life is like on the days where I focus solely on my day dream. Which brings me to our first order of business!
The bulk of my work as a lifestyle blogger happens on Friday, Saturday, and every evening of the work week.
Friday is my most productive day, since most everyone else I know is working all day. So let’s pretend it’s Friday, shall we?
8am: Up and at ’em.
I am not a morning person in the least, but unless I’m exhausted, 8am is the point at which my brain decides that I might be running late for something. So, 8 o’clock it is!
The first hour of my day is spent answering emails, using my Simplified Planner to track tasks that need my attention, and make a to-do list for the day. If I’m exhausted then my jammies are staying on and I relocate over to my fuzzy chair. If it’s been a fairly normal week, nothing too crazy, then I like to throw on some workout gear and head to Panera for a cup of tea and a bagel.
Either way, I’ve found that I need some time to catch up on communicating and organization before I try to dive into anything else.
9:30am: Pure Barre
I used to be a yoga girl all the way, but I decided at the beginning of this year that I wanted to include more strength training in my workout. Thus, pure barre! I highly recommend it. It’s not cheap, but it’s been worth it to me. I love my local studio!
My day is so much better when I’ve moved a bit before the crazy really starts. I’m happier, healthier, and much less likely to gorge myself on goldfish crackers during the afternoon slump.
11am-Noon: More emails!
Are you seeing a pattern yet? Being a lifestyle blogger means sending and receiving a lot of email every day. I’m in the beginning stages of building affiliate relationships with a couple of different brands, which all happens via email.
This is also the time that I visit my blogger buddies’ sites, answer comments on my blog or on Instagram, and connect on my various social media platforms. It’s the most inspiring, idea-churning part of my day!
Noon-2pm: Photos, photos, photos.
If I’m working from home, I don’t usually stop for lunch. In fact, I try to schedule lunch dates or meetings for other parts of the week when so that I can leverage my rare, uninterrupted time as well as possible. I always eat something, but it’s a munch-as-you-go situation.
In my house, noon to 2pm has the best light for taking photos. Between Instagram, Pinterest, and my actual blog, it takes a lot of photos to keep PartyofSarah.com on it’s toes.
I try to shoot as much as I can on Friday since I’m at work during this time frame during the rest of the week. Saturday can be unpredictable as well, since family, friends, and the mister are also off of work.
Once I’ve got the shots I need (everything from an outfit flatlay to a photoshoot at my home with Kailey) I start editing and creating images. Pinterest demands a lot of it’s images if you want anyone to see them, much less pin them, much less READ them, so editing images is a big part of my job.
When possible I like to stay a week or two ahead on all of my blog content. Between blog posts and my weekly newsletter (launching September 18, 2017!) this is no easy task! If I can at least draft my posts on a Friday afternoon, I feel much more at ease.
The other type of writing that happens during this time frame is editing on any current manuscripts, especially if I’m on a deadline with my editor, or preparing to pitch to an agent. If I’m totally caught up on blogging, then I LOVE to spend my Friday shamelessly holed up with my latest project. I can write for hours this way. As much as I love being a lifestyle blogger, nothing makes my heart sing like fiction writing!
4pm-5pm: Online Classes and Webinars
Remember that learning curve that I told you about? I have to carve out time every single week to devote to whatever class, webinar, or web series I’m working through at the time. I’ve got 4 going at once right now, including this Instagram course from A Beautiful Mess, so if it’s a video series, it might even be playing throughout the day while I work.
After that, I call it a day!
To the reader who inspired this post, I hope I answered your question! Here’s hoping that someday my day dream is also my day job. Until then, life is sweet just the way it is.