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Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: balancing a blog and a full time job

A few tips and tricks on how I balance my blog and job.
I began blogging when I was in my first year of University. It gave me something to really focus on aside from incessant YouTube videos (until I discovered vloggers and beauty channels!) and Pokemon Ring of Fire evenings.

Despite the hectic schedule that came with Uni – did anyone else’s degree like to time THIRTEEN deadlines for the same week? – I actually ended up blogging almost every day, purely because I loved and still love it. Even while I was drowning in what one can only describe as dissertation hell, I persevered. I traipsed outside with my tripod in hand or hopped on a train to London or spent hours tirelessly flat-lay styling photographs in my dodgy 2-hour breaks.

But the step up to Real Life and having a full-time job too? That took a little more fine-tuning. I’d never so much as scheduled a post before or planned content for my blog. Thankfully as I freelanced in content management and creation as well as community management, I was able to get my balance down…

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: balancing a blog and a full time job

Be Realistic
No one’s going to put a gun up to your head if you don’t post on a particular day. Like seriously. No matter what you think, even full-time bloggers that have agents are just people and they’re not ‘forced’ to do anything, let’s just put that to rest for a moment. While there are deadlines involved in some collaborative and/or projects, for the most part, your blog is going to be much more flexible than your job.

So you like to socialise, go to the gym, see your friends and walk the dog in your weekly routine – grab yourself a diary and pencil this all in. Factor in your work hours, time you may spend cooking dinner and bathing, etc. Now find your spare hours.

I personally work Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm. It takes me between 30-45 minutes to get to work each way. I allot myself Wednesday and Sunday evenings to get a week (roughly) of content written and edited. Publishing-wise, it is completely up to you whether to push a post live in real time or save it and schedule for a particular time. Due to my haphazard and forgetful brain, I also schedule posts at the moment!

Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: balancing a blog and a full time job
Daisybutter - Hong Kong Lifestyle and Fashion Blog: balancing a blog and a full time job

One Step Ahead of the Game
You only need to spend one minute on Twitter to be told that blogger problems in the winter lie in the lack of light. So take this common knowledge and play it to your advantage.

Perhaps you work shifts and actually have a couple of spare mornings or you can shift weekend plans around a little, block out that hour or two to photograph a batch of photos that you can use for blog posts. I once read somewhere (maybe on Fleur or Amy’s blogs?) that they use an Inbox system – place to-be-shot products and props into a box and when that slot of free time comes around, get snapping!

I tend to work with weekly photo batches and shoot anew each weekend. Even though I'm out and about for most of the weekend, one free morning is all that's really needed to shoot still life and then the bulk of my photos are shot outdoors (:

Social Media Whizz
This one is a doddle. Find yourself with minimal time to promote that blog post you spent ages on? Get handy with a social media scheduler. I find this a GODSEND now that I’ve moved across the world too. Simply pop into your CMS, grab the link and add to a Tweet, attach a photo if your heart desires, set a date and time, et voila!

If, like me, you neglect certain platforms (cough cough, Facebook because it’s a money-grabbing swine), this is a great time to schedule those posts at the same time. I tend to do this on Monday and Sunday evenings after writing the post itself.

Use One and Another
Most importantly, if you’re dedicated to pushing your blog to be as good as it can be, why not use one for another? If you’re taking a screen/tea/lunch break at work, whip out a notebook and note down post ideas and titles. Heard a funny/interesting quote in the office? Write that down. Listening to a song with awesome post-titleable lyrics? Write it down.

I actually find that everyday things and tasks influence, shape and dictate my blog. I write everything down and then sit and take stock of my notes before I begin writing. Even noting down angry thoughts about how busy you are could turn into a ‘think’ article! Slowly but surely, everything will fall into place and just become a one-woman-super-blogging-and-life machine.

- You have to be just a little bit committed to your blog to balance it with your job.
- Be almost anal about timings. That natural daylight won’t be around forever! Netflix will though.
- Make the most of down time. Yeah you’re watching Made In Chelsea on your night off, but maybe there’s a post to squeeze out of Lucy’s Life Tips, How Not To Date Like Binky, 5 Conversation Starters to Avoid with Help From Jamie Laing, or #throwbackthursday Millie Wardrobe a.k.a. A Dream. Inspiration comes from everywhere, see? ;)
- Photograph in advance and do it in batches. Trust me.
- Don’t force it and be realistic because we’re all different.


  1. I'm kind of amazed that I've managed to keep my blog going through the first two years of university and working part time as well - I'm not quite sure how I've managed! I definitely agree about being committed and making the most of any time you have, saving Netflix for cosying up in bed makes a big difference to my productivity levels xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

  2. It's definitely not easy and I take a bunch of photos and they sit in my 'to blog' folder on my hard drive and it's incredible reassuring that when it's a rainy gloomy day, I know I can rely on my stash of unblogged posts. I hear ya about making the most of the daylight and definitely about not worrying about publishing on a certain day. I tend to post mine Sundays/Wednesdays but it's not always the case if I've been busy and posts still need a teeny bit of fine tuning. Great tips Mish! Liking the look of your Malaysia plans too!

  3. I totally agree with taking lots of photos at one - this is what Sunday's are made for! I tend to write my content in my lunch break and then scedule them throughout the week. That way my evenings are kept free for Netflix!

    Story Of A Girl

  4. Love these tips! I make full time work and blogging work by not putting pressure on myself to post x amount of times per week and to take breaks when I feel overwhelmed. So happy that the days are getting lighter and I don't have to panic photo take on Sundays! x

  5. Such a good post, and to be honest I do kind of think if you can manage with such a amazing blog, then anyone can!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  6. I love this! I feel like more and more bloggers are leaving their jobs, which is fabulous for them obviously. Well done etc. But not so relatable for the reader who still works full-time. So nice to see blogging women who also work.

    Rachel |

  7. You are amazing to keep up your blog with quite long working days! I don't know where you find the time in the day to write so much, plus taking such lovely pictures too. Go you :)

    I've tried to be nicer to myself if I can't keep up, I find I write better content if I just chill and let it flow when I feel like it, rather than if I feel I 'have to'... my stats have gone down a little but I feel soo much more relaxed about it.

    Lyndsay | Fizzy Peaches

  8. I guess that back when I began blogging, the idea of it becoming a FT job for some people wasn't even a thing. It was purely a hobby across the board and it still is for me at the moment. It just happened to be the hobby that I decided to focus on the most!

  9. Definitely! I think I'm going to have to do that next week as I haven't managed to leave my apartment yet today - so ill. (So excited for Malaysia!)

  10. And for brunch! ;) I might have to start doing that - or taking my tablet out to write posts on my commute!

  11. I think it's so odd how you're "expected" to post x amount of times now! Stressful ;) I'm so lazy with photo taking lately - oops!

  12. It's been tough to keep up with them both lately but easier once I remember there aren't any hard and fast rules with my blogging schedule/routine whereas work is pretty darn important!

  13. Eek, thank you lovely! Writing is the one thing I can do well, lots of, all the time (: it's definitely better to feel more relaxed about it all. In a similar vein that's what I miss most about freelancing, feeling relaxed about my work life and having more flexibility around building up the ol' blog! Having said that, I like that my blog is a lil diary of happy things that I can work on after a tough day at work!

  14. I've struggled with keeping up my blog a great deal since starting a full time jobs so this post was really useful! Thanks :) xx

  15. Such a well written and good tips post! Love <3

    Ashleigh x

    ♥ ♡ ♥ Being Ashleigh - Lifestyle and Fashion blog ♥ ♡ ♥ // I have a giveaway running this weekend!

  16. Such a well written post. I have been neglecting my blog for so long now because I found it hard to balance it with.. well.. Netflix. I need to stop! Haha :)


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