Saturday, 13 April 2019

How Long Will I Work and Blog For





There is no denying that at the moment I have hell of a lot on my plate. I am working full time, blogging when I can, helping see Liam’s dad through his treatment, planning a wedding and we are also in the process of buying a house. Things are crazy and there is no denying that there are times when I am struggling to cope with the number of things that I have on my plate at the moment. There have been times when it has crossed my mind that the blogging has to come to an end and that is what I thought that I would write this blog post about today.

As much as I completely love working full time and doing my blog work as and when I can, I just don’t feel like it is very sustainable maintaining the two. Back when I started blogging and it genuinely was a hobby that I simply loved doing, it was easy to fit in around my other work, but as the years have gone by and the workload for my job has increased tenfold, it has got harder to juggle the two. Sometimes it has got to a Sunday night and I have worked every single spare minute that I have had and just before I start a new week, I feel completely burned out and not at all refreshed like you should feel after a weekend.

The thing that I have noticed over the years is that the longer that I blog for, the busier I seem to be. Whether it be more emails to deal with, sponsored content to get approved, PR to arrange and so much more. Not to mention that as I continue with my blog, I want to develop it and make it into something that I am proud of, so I am always looking into new ways to improve my content and photography. I know that from the surface it can seem like it is just a post and a picture, but there is so much more that goes on behind the scenes that takes forever, and a day and I would say that it is anything but easy at the moment!

The question that keeps springing into my mind is why do I continue to put myself through this stress by maintaining my blog? Even though at the moment, I feel like I can juggle the work that I have going on, I know that this will not be the case forever and sooner or later I am going to want my evenings and weekends back. I will want to get in from work and flop on the sofa with my husband and watch nothing but trashy TV. I am also going to be an aunty for the first time in just over a month and I know that instead of shutting myself away and powering through as much blog work as I can, I am going to want to spend time with my niece or nephew.

I feel sad to say that I feel like the end of blog is going to be somewhere on the horizon simply through a shift in my priorities, but I guess that has to happen to everybody at some point? Let me know in the comments down below how you juggle your blog and the rest of things in your life because this gal could do with the advice!
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  1. I really do appluade anyone who blogs alongside a full time job and other commitments! I've only just started working a couple of hours a week and I'm only now starting to try to manage having more than just my blog to work on so I can only imagine how challenging it can be. But I think you have to do what's right for you at the end of the day. Essentially there are no rules as such when it comes to blogging so if you need a break or to dip in and out of it then there's nothing wrong with doing that x

    Lauren | itslaurenvictoria.co.uk

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    1. It can be very hard at times, but it is worth it in the end!

      Danielle xx

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  2. If I had as much on my plate s you do, I'd probably let the blog go too. It's hard to be on top of everything xx

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  3. I totally relate to your stressful workload as right now I work 4 days a week, am halfway through my degree and blog too. I blog partly for the brand work but also because I genuinely love it. It's a shame that you feel like you're nearing the end of your journey but if you've lost the love then I'd say that's the most important factor.
    Soph - https://sophhearts.com x

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    1. I think it is something I am going to have to think of over the next couple of months!

      Danielle xx

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  4. I completely relate! I find it so hard to juggle everything. I usually try and block out a few hours on a weekend to do bulk photography shoots and then as and when I have time I write my posts. I love blogging so much but I do find that sometimes it can be so overwhelming and makes me so stressed!

    Katie | www.justkatiee.com XX

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    1. Who knew that blogging would ever be this much work!

      Danielle xx

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  5. I wish I had an advice for you but if I knew hot to juggle blogging and full-time work I'd be a much more successful blogger. Unfortunately, the reality is that sometimes it's more beneficial to simply publish less and more personalized content than keep up with all the PR packages and sponsored posts. Good luck to you, I hope you will figure it all out.
    Dorota
    www.journalofdorota.com

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    1. It is so hard trying to get the balance right!

      Danielle xx

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  6. I totally feel you on this one Danielle. I guess it's about going back to blogging because you love it - whether that be one blog post a week, a month, or a year. You need prioritise more important things sometimes!

    Lucy | www.lucy-cole.co.uk

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    1. I just hate feeling like I'm not putting 100% into my blog!

      Danielle xx

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  7. Oh gosh! I so hope you don't step away from blogging but would also totally understand. I juggle a full-time job as well in addition to my blog and it is A LOT. I do think have a passion project on the side is so important so I hope you can find a way to squeeze it in where you can.

    xoxo - Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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    1. I feel like I just need to work on the amount of time that I spend blogging!

      Danielle xx

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  8. I feel like when 2020 rolls around I'll be done with blogging. It's so hard to keep up while working full-time and married life (thank goodness we don't have kids yet though), working out, and I want to get into freelance graphic design (while still working in-house as a designer(, and I can't really do that and blog at the same time. I just feel like I put so much work and effort into my blog too with very little in return and it feels thankless sometimes, and that I hardly get followers and engagement. I still want to blog in the future but more lifestyle/career-ish oriented things, rather than exclusively beauty? (I bought wayyy too much makeup for the past 5 years of blogging) I guess there comes a point where you feel like you hit a wall and that you've run your course. Whatever you feel like doing and if you need to rest, do it!

    Hannah the Mad Dog

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    1. I feel like I'm going to have to give myself a date too, it is just so time consuming and I am at a point where I can't keep up!

      Danielle xx

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  9. I don't how you do the two as I only work part-time and still struggle. Although I do have two kids so that certainly adds the extra work load! I use to post regularly but I don't so much now. I don't think I could give up my blog entirely though as it is a good outlet to off load my busy mind! Good luck with everything! Xx

    Toni | sheergloss

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    1. It can be hard, but I hope I get the balance right soon!

      Danielle xx

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  10. The most important thing is you!
    You should definitely put yourself first even if that means cutting your blog back.
    People are very understanding and it doesn't need to be a final fair well, just a temporary goodbye :)
    Look after yourself!

    Rachel | The Modern Bohemian

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    1. It is sweetie, I just need to work out what to do for the best!

      Danielle xx

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  11. I have to admit sometimes my blog can take up so much of my time and its taken over all my free time which I should be spending with family and just life. Finding balance is important and just seeing what works for you. Maybe its putting some time aside a day or weekends.


    Candice x

    natalyaamour.com

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    1. It can be very daunting at times just thinking about how much work I have to do!

      Danielle xx

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  12. It definitley isn't easy to juggle both blogging and working full time. There is so much that goes into it and it can be difficult to find that balance. I can't imagine ever not blogging as it's become such a huge part of my life. Doing my blog work in batches helped me a lot with managing my time better. When (or if :) ) the moment comes for you to let go of your blog I will certainly miss reading your posts! You definitely have a lot going on and need to listen to your heart when considering your priorities. Wishing you best of luck in all areas of your life!

    Paula | Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. That is such great advice sweetie, I will certainly listen to my heart!

      Danielle xx

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  13. Unfortunately I don't have any miracle tips etc on how to juggle it all but I guess the one thing I would say is try not to stress about it too much! Your blog isn't going to disappear overnight if you don't post so don't worry, you can come back to it at any time!!

    Becca / becc4

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    1. It is going to be a learning curve for me to learn to manage everything!

      Danielle xx

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  14. It'll be such a shame if you do decide to stop blogging, I love reading your posts. When I worked full time away from blogging, and blogged everyday I found the key was to have a mega photo session once a month then writing posts on my notes app whenever I had a spare five minutes here and there. It honestly made it so much more possible and I did it for three years before going self employed xx

    Gemma • GemmaEtc.com ❤️

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    1. It is so hard to manage at times, but all the while worth it at the same time!

      Danielle xx

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