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A Day In The Life Of A Blogger

March 13, 2016

Everytime someone asks me what I do for a living and tell them that I blog I can always recognize an immediate reaction in their eyes – wonder, interest, curiousity or sometimes even disdain. While most bloggers are doing it as a hobby, I have been blogging full time for more than a year now and this I tell you, it’s not at all fabulous! For those who think that it’s not a real job, you should really think again because I probably am working longer hours more than the normal corporate people and earning even less than everyone else.

Blogging takes a lot of hard work if you really want to make it. The amount of time and work you spend on your blog is definitely much more than what you will earn from it. You’ve got to have patience and real passion for something which pays so less (and a supportive husband who encourages you to do better).

I’ve been extremely busy since 2016 started and whenever I tell someone how busy I am, they can’t seem to figure out how it’s possible. So I thought why not write about a typical day for me just to see if I really am busy or I’m just making an excuse. So here it is, my one full Saturday as a blogger.

A Day In The Life Of A Blogger

6:00 I’ve been waking up quite early these days for no particular reason, I guess I’m really getting old. Without an alarm, my eyes will open at random times early in the morning. Just like the previous days, I got up and went straight to my laptop to do something on the blog. I had a lot of photos to edit from my recent pool and beach day at Grand Hyatt Doha so I started on it immediately.

07:30 I got hungry so I boiled some eggs and prepared a cup of coffee. Meanwhile, I still have to go through 40 photos to edit for my Grand Hyatt post. Why did I take that many photos anyway?

09:00 My phone reminded me that my scheduled blog post for the day has been published so I take a break from the photo editing which by the way is almost finished and make sure that my post for the day has been published correctly. I will also have to go through my after-publishing checklist – update social media accounts, send the link of my post to the sponsor if it’s a sponsored post, post photos of it on my own Facebook account with a link to the blog, include the link in my buffer queue on Twitter so it will be re-posted on a later date.

Afterwards, I went back to edit the remaining photos and also started on my blog post for it. Lightroom photo editor is running slow again so I can somehow work on the blog post while waiting for Lightroom to load my photos correctly.

09:35 Photo editing finished, finally! Now I can focus on the blog post.

10:00 Blog post done and scheduled to be published 2 days after this day. I now start on editing the videos to create a short film about our pool and beach day in Grand Hyatt Doha.

11:15 Video is finished and uploads it on YouTube. I can now take a break from my blog and do some chores in the house (dishwashing, vacuuming and doing the laundry).

12:15 Prepares for my lunch date with a blogger friend who I will meet at Elements Restaurant in Four Seasons Doha. As a blogger who writes about food as well, I try to visit restaurants I haven’t tried before whenever I’m free so I could write about it on my blog. I have a list of restaurants to try which actually grows longer not shorter. I do make preference to the restaurants which invited me for a sponsored meal or an event, just so I can repay them somehow and also to try their restaurant as a normal diner.

13:00 Met blogger friend for non-sponsored lunch.

15:30 Arrived back home and immediately checked my emails. I also had to double check the emails for upcoming events for the week if everything’s correctly noted on my calendar.

15:45 Update the upcoming collaboration post. I’m going to publish a post 9 days from now which is actually a collaboration with other travel bloggers entitled Cats Which Will Make You Want To Go On a Vacation Right Meow. Yes, it’s all about cats that we’ve seen during our travels. I have been receiving cat photos on my email for the past few days and I have to update my blog with the latest photos that I’ve received. For this day, I had about 11 new photos to edit and include in my post.

17:00 My inbox is now cleared which actually is very satisfying for me. I’m quite obsessed with my inbox even when I was still working as a travel agent, I don’t like it when I have emails in my inbox. I MUST read all mails, delete the unnecessary ones, reply to those which needed replies and move the rest to its corresponding folders that I have created. I particularly like my inbox empty. I’m OC, I know.

After clearing my inbox, I can now start editing photos for my next post which is about the Friday brunch we went to yesterday.

18:30 Took a break from blogging and started preparing dinner. I’m cooking sopas which is a Filipino-style chicken noodle soup – The Greek Mister requested for it. While cooking, I go back and forth to editing photos. This is why I love cooking soup, I can just leave it and it won’t burn. Lol.

19:30 Dinner is served and my blogger hat is officially removed for the day. The rest of the day is now to spend time with The Greek Mister.

As you can see, I spent 5 hours and 15 minutes for one blog post alone (from 6am to 11:15am) which includes photo editing, the actual blog post and the video. I don’t do videos for each and every post I make, just whenever I feel like it. Photo editing takes the most of my time always.

All in all, I spent a total of 9 hours and 15 minutes for this day on my blog, I excluded the time I met my friend for lunch even though I’m still going to write about that restaurant experience.

None of the post I worked on this day is paid, so why spend all these long hours on it? Basically, it’s to increase my traffic and website ranking because in the long run, if you have quality posts (with great photos), you’ll get more readers which will result to a higher traffic and website ranking. The higher your rank is, the more brands would want to work with you which means money. I’m already working with a few brands and companies right now but as a freelancer, it’s always good to have as many partnerships as you can.

That’s the life of a blogger in a nutshell. Would you believe me now when I tell you I’m busy? 🙂

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12 Comments

  • Reply ARABESQUE March 23, 2016 at 16:29

    I tried attempting that, but it turns out to be harder than I thought. ^0^
    I have a 9- 5 very hectic job, and as much as I want to leave everything behind, I can’t. 🙁
    and believe me when I say that when I get home , the passion to do some blogging is already gone,
    bec. by then, I am so tired and beat from work already, and when I do have time to blog, I do another thing instead. ^0^

    hehe. not easy at all I must admit.
    For me to blog, I seriously have to used a lot of time. * 3-4 hours* and the sad thing is, someone just browses or reads it in a matter of minutes.
    and yes, without hard work and a better site you do lose all your followers and readers. 🙁

    But hey! don’t give up and continue doing what you love ! ^0^

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 29, 2016 at 17:41

      I used to have a full time job and this is the first year that I have focused on the blog. Ironically, I feel like it’s a lot more work now than before. Probably because I have so much time to invest on it so I am working a lot on it these days. :p

  • Reply Kat March 21, 2016 at 12:21

    I understand what your day is like because I have been experiencing the same though I haven’t given up my full-time job..yet. I’m getting my fundamentals right to drive traffic to my blog, am going to get my own domain soon, trying to understand SEO, networking with folks in the travel industry, content marketing, travel writing in other publications, and updating my blog regularly…and travel too. But despite all this, I love travel most passionately, so all this isn’t hard work for me. I love it! Thanks for sharing your post, cheers.

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 22, 2016 at 13:00

      Blogging is teaching me a lot of things on my own specially now that I’m doing it full time. You’ve got a full schedule there, bravo to you for being able to do all those. 🙂

  • Reply Sarah March 16, 2016 at 17:43

    I love this! People have noo clue what a blogger’s life is like. Great insight.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 16, 2016 at 18:01

      I’m my own boss, secretary, marketing, PR, etc. It’s a one man show really, you have to be a bit crazy to choose blogging over a corporate job. :p

  • Reply Hung Thai March 14, 2016 at 09:37

    You do you. And yes, I’ve thought about full time travel and blogging but honestly thought it was too much work. I’m blogging now with a full time job as a way to be creative, and it already takes a LOT of time. So yeah, keep going and keep writing great posts and everything will work out in the end.
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 15, 2016 at 07:56

      Thank you Hung, it’s definitely hard work and to be very honest – I’m planning to get a full-time job again. :p

  • Reply Bilna Sandeep March 14, 2016 at 08:38

    Ah I can totally relate to that feeling..I have been blogging full time and to top that I have a 2 year old at home too..so you can imagine how hectic it can get!! And I have been bombarded with those looks and questions you said… what do you do in your free time…I don’t know what this means…

    My income from blog is no where near what I earned during my corporate life..But I am busier and working my ass of… though I am enjoying every bit of it…

    And I have learned so many new skills from social media to photo editing to basic photography…to few coding and techie stuffs which I wouldn’t have bothered to think of otherwise…
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    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 15, 2016 at 07:58

      I do keep the mommy bloggers in mind because I don’t really know how you can all handle it! I too learned a lot of things on my own through this blog and got to meet a lot of wonderful people too. So the small salary kind of compensates a bit but if I have to be honest, I do ache to go back to corporate life. :-/

  • Reply Carla Roque March 13, 2016 at 11:47

    and yet bloggers are the ones paid so much less! if this blogging thingy isn’t making happy, I would have quit long time ago! Hello from Dubai 🙂

    • Reply Pinay Flying High March 13, 2016 at 15:30

      You have to be passionate and a bit crazy to make blogging your full-time job. :p Hello from Doha! 🙂

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