Some days I feel like a professional juggler, I'm not even sure if that's a fully recognised profession but I definitely think I'd give them a run for their money! Since I started my blog over three years ago, it has gradually grown over time. I started Northern Magpie when I was in a job that was very quiet and I had time to focus on building a platform and working on my website. Then it all changed when I moved jobs and my role as a designer stepped up. This last year has been amazing for my career but since my workload has increased I've been left with little time to focus on my blog. This has meant strategically fitting things like writing and photography into an already packed day. I know how precious my time is, whether I'm spending it with friends or working on a project, I always want to get the most out of life. Friends and family always ask how I manage a full time job, blog and still have a life at weekends. It honestly comes down to planning and taking advantage of situations that occur from day to day. I thought I'd share how I keep my blog running along side my job.
For me I can be a scatterbrain and a proper creative when it comes to ideas. I have so much going on in my head I have to make notes of what content I want to create for the following week and even month. For me I like to physically write down my thoughts in a notebook or if I'm on the go I quickly get them written down in my notes app on my phone. Sometimes I will get an idea from talking to someone or while I'm in a meeting in work, so have to write them all down before I forget. I would recommend starting a notes page on phone just for blog post ideas.
Bulk take pictures
As a fashion blogger photos of course play a massive part of my blog and social media channels. Over the years I have learnt that bulk taking photos on a weekend helps me out tones. Planning my outfits so I can take up to 5 outfits on Sunday, means I have enough content to post across my Instagram and blog. Sometimes I pick different areas to photograph my looks, but this mean carting all my clothes across town. The less glamorous side of blogging is the outfit change in pub toilets, cafes and even McDonalds toilets. They didn't tell me about that when I started blogging! If I have a busy weekend ahead I try and fit in a mini photo shoot on my lunch hour. Joe being a good egg will come across town to meet me at work or I'll travel to see him. The aim is always to have enough content to last the week.
I get up around 5am and head to the gym for a workout. After my workout I then have around half an hour where I post my first image of the day on Instagram. I spend at least ten minutes to half an hour engaging with my followers, liking and commenting. Thinking about how people head straight for social media apps when they first wake up, I like to make sure my photo is out there for all to see. This doesn't take up a lot of time if you plan it well. With bulk taking images and editing, posting actually only takes a couple of minutes.
Making the most of your commute
Living in London I have quite a commute to work, some days it can take over an hour to get to work. I use this time sat on the tube to write my blog posts, like I said time is precious, so I make the most of these two hours a day to write, edit photos and answer emails.
Taking advantage of situations
This is a simple one but can help you get ahead with blog work. Anytime you find yourself waiting for a friend, stuck on a delayed train, on long journeys or have a spare hour on your lunch break, take advantage of this! Use this time to research on Tumblr for new outfit ideas, engage with your followers on Instagram or comment on other bloggers blog posts. I find taking advantage of these moments can take you on a journey of inspiration and you end up brainstorming new blog posts and outfit ideas.
The number one thing that keeps this blog going strong against my full time time is the passion and love I have for it. Without that it wouldn't be much fun. You have to want it to make something like a blog work. It's not about working late, it's about working smart. God I sound like a Ted talk but it's so true. For now my blog is my hobby but it doesn't make it any less important than my job. It's important to say how passionate I am about creating content and and I love the fact I can inspire people. This little place I have on the internet is about escapism. Fashion is something I love and want to share with you and inspire you, so I'll carry on creating content until I don't feel that passion anymore. Thankfully that's not going to happen any time soon.
Hopefully, these insights into how I run my blog were interesting. If you run a blog and work full time, how do you keep on top of things? Do you have any tips or tricks?
P.S. This top is a silky dream and goes perfectly with my vintage jeans. Styling tip for summer, tie necks are very much in!
JEANS - VINTAGE
SUNGLASSES - ASOS (alternative ones here)