Blogging While Working

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I went to bed ridiculously late last night because I was doing work and I had no inspiration for a post until I thought about it some more. The reason I had no post ready to go was because I had been doing so much work so it seemed like a good idea to write about this. Blogging while working is no joke.

As some of you may know, I am a teacher. This means that I am at school by 07:00 every morning and get home at around 15:30 or so. By the time I get home I am exhausted – working with children will do that to you! Now being tired is no problem; that has become a normal part of my life. But trying to think of blog inspiration when you can hardly remember your own name is not ideal. Also, trying to take blog photos when I get home hardly ever works out as planned as the sun usually isn’t shining in the right spot. This means that I need to take photos in advance – over the weekends. I say that but to be honest I don’t do that nearly as often as I should.

Working as a teacher does mean that I get to do something rewarding and something that I love. If you have ever seen the look on a child’s face as they figure something out you will know why I love my job so much. It also does not mean that my job starts and ends when I am at school. Just last night I spent 9 straight hours working on reports for my children. I do try and do most of my work at school but sometimes it just isn’t possible. Having a job outside of blogging also means that I have money to spend on things for blogging 😉

On a side note; I think a lot of people think I don’t take my blogging seriously because I have another job. That really frustrates me. I don’t see why you can’t do both. Being a teacher I get to be in a classroom and make a difference to children. And being a blogger I get to come home from a long day at work and relax while taking photos and writing, which are two things that I love to do.

Are you studying or do you have another job apart from blogging? If so then how do you juggle the two?

Love,

Kirsty x

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  1. September 16, 2016 / 17:50

    I’m a student of history full time which is hard enough as it is but then in addition I work 20 hours in retail and volunteer with two organisations – how I have time to blog is beyond me?! However I totally agree with you regarding getting home and if there is no work to do blogging is a lovely creative outlet. I love writing in my spare time and reading blogs it’s lovely <3 in terms of juggling everything, I blog for fun so I never allocate time, I blog when I can and enjoy it 🙂

    I too want to be a Primary School teacher when I finish university, it seems like such a rewarding job as I love learning and my primary school teachers enabled me to love learning about the world and gave me a pretty great childhood! I want children to feel the same way as I did growing up – plus with more holiday than average jobs I'll be able to travel, my other hobby <3 so you do a fantastic job I'm sure! I've always respected my teachers greatly 🙂

    Great post, I feel like I really sympathised with this 🙂

    sophieannetaylor.blogspot.co.uk

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 16, 2016 / 17:54

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your lovely comment and taking the time to read my post! Travelling is one of my hobbies as well so I definitely agree with having decent holidays to travel in! Being a teacher is the best – so rewarding! I am sure you would do a great job! Good luck with studying…and working! 🙂

  2. September 16, 2016 / 17:50

    I’m a student of history full time which is hard enough as it is but then in addition I work 20 hours in retail and volunteer with two organisations – how I have time to blog is beyond me?! However I totally agree with you regarding getting home and if there is no work to do blogging is a lovely creative outlet. I love writing in my spare time and reading blogs it’s lovely <3 in terms of juggling everything, I blog for fun so I never allocate time, I blog when I can and enjoy it 🙂

    I too want to be a Primary School teacher when I finish university, it seems like such a rewarding job as I love learning and my primary school teachers enabled me to love learning about the world and gave me a pretty great childhood! I want children to feel the same way as I did growing up – plus with more holiday than average jobs I'll be able to travel, my other hobby <3 so you do a fantastic job I'm sure! I've always respected my teachers greatly 🙂

    Great post, I feel like I really sympathised with this 🙂

    sophieannetaylor.blogspot.co.uk

  3. September 17, 2016 / 11:48

    To be a teacher and still have the energy to blog is quite an achievement! I suppose like anything, you get fit for it after doing it a while but kudos to you for managing your time as well as you do.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:14

      Thank you so much! It takes its toll sometimes but both are so worth it! 🙂

  4. September 17, 2016 / 14:56

    Thank you for posting this! My schedule sounds very similar to yours! I work Monday through Friday….so most of my blog work on the weekends. I just was discussing with my husband how I think I might want to take some PTO time and devote an entire day to my blog while my little one is at daycare!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:15

      Thank you for reading! Taking an entire day to devote to your blog sounds like such a good idea! I am sure it would be super productive! 🙂

  5. September 17, 2016 / 15:14

    I used to teach, I loved the job it is so rewarding. I worked at a small private school and when management changed I didn’t feel so as welcomed as I did with the previous owner. Once I quit, I need more income so I decided to blog (not that is has created much income, lol).
    I think you can take blogging seriously as a part time blogger and kudos to you for doing that. I am not sure if I could do it though. I spend 40+ hours on my blog and still never find the time to do everything I want to accomplish.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:17

      Ah it’s terrible that you felt that way but wonderful that it helped start your blog 🙂 There is always so much I want to do on my blog so it takes away from my social life but that’s okay haha!

  6. September 17, 2016 / 16:39

    Thanks for sharing this piece. Just what I need to make my day.

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:17

      Thank you for reading. I’m glad to hear that! 🙂

  7. September 17, 2016 / 17:23

    Blogging really is a full time job! I know what you mean about the lighting for photography. We have a food blog and we are always fighting with the sun. I have a small farm and have to balance that with blogging. I really don’t know how the moms with small kids can balance it all. At least my chickens and cows aren’t pulling at my pant legs and having tantrums all day!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:18

      Haha! I loved this comment! Lighting is always an issue! And that you have a small farm is so cool! It definitely is a lot of work but so rewarding!

  8. September 17, 2016 / 18:45

    I work full time too! It is super hard to balance both, especially when you’re starting out and trying to get traffic, but I find that blogging gives me a outlet from the stress of my paying job! I feel that I can do a great job at both as long as I stay organized. And hats off to you for being a teacher-I thank you!

    withtwospoons.com

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 24, 2016 / 10:59

      Absolutely! Trying to get traffic is really a tough one sometimes! Blogging does relieve stress but sometimes gives me some more when I don’t have anything to blog about haha! Being organised is so important to me! And thank you very much! x

  9. September 17, 2016 / 19:30

    Great post and I completely understand. I work full time as a creative/marketing/social media manager/ content creator/ director of a large real estate company. I work over 40 hours a week so it is HARD sometimes to do it all. For me, the most important thing is setting a schedule. I KNOW that I am not going to get anything done when I get home so I get up an hour early 3 days a week (30 min for blogging and 30 min for meditation). I blog first then meditate. This gives me a nice break after blogging to reset and get ready for work. I work a little bit on the weekends too. Most of my ideas for blogs come at random times of the day so I always keep a pen and notepad on me. I write my ideas down and so at 5:30am I develop them into a post. The photography I will do on the weekends or I look for stock images on shutterstock or free images on Flickr (that will allow people to share their images of course). Biggest take away. Set a schedule that works for you. Small chunks at a time are helpful 🙂 Good luck!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:20

      Thank you for your comment! Wow you certainly do seem busy so it’s great that you make a special time and dedicate it to blogging! 🙂 I also have a schedule of when I post so I think I need to look at making a schedule of when to actually write said posts!

  10. September 18, 2016 / 02:58

    I love your perspective here! I also work FT and am trying to start a blog. Thank you for sharing!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:20

      Thank you so much for reading, and commenting! 🙂

  11. September 18, 2016 / 10:12

    I can completely relate to this post! I work 8am – 5pm (plus a half hour walk to and from work) Monday to Friday, and often feel like my evenings disappear. Once I’ve gone for a run and had dinner, I often don’t feel like writing as I feel uninspired, and then it’s basically bedtime! However, I have a job so I can save money to travel, and I love writing about travel – so it all works out! I’m trying to work on my time-management skills and sticking to a bit more of a schedule, I usually spend one day at the weekend writing and the other taking a break!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 10:22

      Thank you so much for your comment! I definitely like to look at the plus sides like having enough money to travel! I have only been working for a few months now but once I’ve saved some more I’ll be on a plane again 🙂

  12. September 18, 2016 / 10:44

    I worked nights for a spell around the kids and family, when the twins are a bit bigger I will go back full time but I will continue with blogging still, I’ll fit it in some how it’s my time for me 🙂

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 15:12

      It’s definitely worth it even though it might make life just a bit busier 🙂

  13. September 18, 2016 / 15:10

    I am so with you! I work full time, volunteer, run my own business & add blogging into the mix! And when I have 1327 million things going on in my head, pin pointing a new blog post topic can be hard! I love to blog but finding time (and sometimes the energy) can be so hard!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 15:14

      Wow you sound super busy! I am glad that I am not alone in feeling this way x

  14. Kayleigh Zara
    September 18, 2016 / 18:17

    I’m a full time Fine Art student, I also work full time hours most weeks at work! I definitely understand the struggle, I’m always either really tired at work or really tired why blogging, but its all worth it. I love blogging so much I won’t ever give it up, I find the hardest part being around to get some sunlight for my posts! x

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 18:19

      Ah that does sound like you would be super busy! But I agree that it is worth it 😊 the light situation sucks lol

  15. September 18, 2016 / 19:04

    I too am a teacher! I also have a teaching blog that I try to add to but ultimately is being totally neglected at the moment! I totally agree with you sometimes I come home so exhausted blogging is the last thing on my mind! I schedule a lot on a Sunday!

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      September 18, 2016 / 19:07

      Ah that is so cool! I want to add a teaching section to my blog but I don’t know if anyone would read it 🙈 I need to start scheduling haha

  16. October 17, 2016 / 19:11

    I work 15 hour shifts some days so blogging seems impossible on some days but I always manage to write something whilst I’m sat n the loo or having a short break! Sometimes you just have to utilise what you’ve got to the best of your ability!! x

    • Kirsty Hoggons
      October 18, 2016 / 16:01

      So true! Trying your best is the most important! x

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