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? 🙂