Making of a successful-and-outstanding Blog does not always require you to be a full time blogger. Though blogging is a career, many people who do blog are people who work, study or are just at home doing nothing. This list is infinite.
Unless you work for Google your not lucky since they allow you 10% of your time to do whatever you want.
At a point of time I did not have proper guidance to manage both and had to go away from blogging for a while to pursue some personal interests, not that I did not have time to blog but the fact that I did not plan to manage both work and blog was what led to that. I am back blogging and I intend to be useful to many people by writing things. I am back truly and passionately to blog.
I wanted to share things as to how I could blog and work at the same time. Before I get into it I would like to reason why I chose to work and blog and would like to balance both of these together.
1. I love my job
I am software engineer by profession and I love the challenges my job presents me.
2. I love writing
I love to write and that’s why I love to blog, no better reason than this.
These are just my opinions why I like my job and why I like blogging, if you have a reason to work and a reason to blog then this is just for you.
The dreaded word that some people hate and many people follow is the basic ingredient of you being able to work and blog.
Never Work and Blog Together
The emphasis is intentional. It is a rule that you don’t blog while you work and vice versa. It is a cardinal sin to use your work time for blogging. You can get sacked if you are caught so it is more than just that. Avoiding your workplace for blogging not only saves you from this it also gives you the freedom to write more freely.
Imagine yourself writing a post and you got a great idea what to write next, at the next moment someone pops up at your desk and sticks around for about half an hour to talk about a company issue, well you forget your idea, it happens believe me.
In another scenario imagine yourself writing a post and your boss walks in and spots you, you are in big trouble right away, especially if your company policy is strict and disallows you from personal web use.
Don’t fret that you are tied down to your work and cant blog. That’s why you are working and blogging right. You can still do all the blogging and gather all the information you want while you are at work.
1. Collect all information you can
While you may be able to access various sites at your work and read feeds collect all the information you can. It may relate to a particular topic or particular product, just pile up the information however vague it may seem.
2. Note it all down
A notepad is always available with you at any place you work, use that to note down your ideas it works great. However good a computer may be I always use my notepad because I can always tear it off and carry it wherever and I don’t need to stare at the damn computer screen while I think.
If you prefer to use the computer, the printer is always great unless your company allows personal printouts.
3. Interact with your colleagues / friends / mates
The best way to get ideas is from other people. The human mind always thinks when it has to, having a quick chat with your colleagues about things you blog about gives you an idea of what they think about it. Other people’s opinion holds a lot of importance as it is other people who read your blog.
I picked up writing about technology as I was working in that domain. Many people call me to solve their problems and most of the times I use that as an idea to write a post.
4. Note the unsolvable things you solve at work
While writing original posts I have always written about problems that I have not been able to solve using the web. Since I myself could not find a proper solution I tend to blog about it and let the world find a proper solution for a problem. Not only is it is original it helps a lot of people who are trying to find solutions for similar problems.
Writing such articles increase the value of the blog since many other sites will attribute it towards you and direct more people towards your blog.
Dedicate time for blogging
The reason I did not say dedicate time for working is because you already have to put in a specific amount of time at work.
If you like to blog it is very essential you put up some time for it, a typical work day includes 8 hours of work and around 90 minutes of commuting. Now include 8 hours of sleep and 1 hour for dinner. It all adds up to 18 hours and 30 minutes leaving you with 5 hours and 30 minutes for your personal things. (all of above times are part of my typical day).
Now spare 1 hour or 90 minutes for blogging and you can get over with 2 posts or at least 1. Use the ideas you collected to write a post.
There is no hard and fast rule to balance working / studying with blogging, you create your own rules for them. These tips are intended to help you if you are struggling to balance things from both worlds.
Everyone does not need to be a problogger to be successful or does not have to aim to become one. Anyone who has a blog can be successful no matter what you do beyond your blogging life.
That said I would still like to hear more from you about managing the best of both worlds. A single opinion is incomplete and you comments will add to the value for all the other readers who are struggling to manage their time in managing blogging with working or studying.