On working full time and blogging

30.7.14


I've been blogging for a little over 6 months now, and so far the experience has been amazing. Blogging is something that I had been interested in for a while (I read tons of blogs daily), and I'm glad I gave it a shot. I've been able to connect with new people, work on my photography skills, and who can complain about having their own little slice of the internet!

But the journey hasn't been without it's challenges as well. If you've read a bit about me here, then you'll know that I do have a full-time job. I work in a hospital in the ALS clinic, as part of a multidisciplinary team, as a clinical research coordinator. Basically, my role is to run all of the clinical trials for the patients. Saying that working with terminally ill patients is difficult would be an understatement. At times, it can be very emotionally draining. But at the same time, it is so rewarding, and some of these patients have changed my life. They are amazing people.

Blogging has really helped me decompress from that, and so it's something I plan to continue! Balancing work and blogging can be difficult, so here are a few things I've learned over the past several months:

1. Carry a notebook EVERYWHERE! You never know when an idea will pop into your head, so I always carry a small notebook on me. Having my iPhone around is also handy to take quick snaps of something that inspires me.

2. Don't chew off more than you can swallow. And along with this goes don't compare yourself to others. Lots of blogs I read have posts every day. While that's great for me as a reader, it just doesn't work for me as a blogger. And I'm ok with that. I try to stick to posts Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, and so far that's working well. But as you'll see in #4, that doesn't always work out. Just do what you can, do it well, and be happy with the work you do.

3. Schedule Schedule Schedule! Working full time means I can't really work on posts in the middle of the day. So I work on them ahead of time, and then schedule them to appear during the day. I work with majorly complex schedules as part of my day job anyways (managing peoples', patients', and meeting schedules), so I'm pretty kick-ass at it already.

4. Life happens. Case in point: today's post was actually supposed to be the recipe for the amazing pie cookies I made this weekend (seriously, they were out of this world. Jealous yet??). But when I went to transfer my photos to my computer, something wonky happened with my memory card and they all got deleted. Insert mega sad face. But hey, it was a one off thing that could happen to anyone. Move on, make more pie cookies. And if you were supposed to take a bunch of photos of that super cute outfit, but then drinks with friends got in the way? Who cares! Enjoy life!

5. Be yourself! There are so many things I love about blogging, but having a space to be myself and be creative is my favourite. This is my slice of the internet, and it's going to stay that way!

-Kris

8 comments :

  1. I'm totally with you on this one. Blogging sure takes time, and when you have a full time job it is a challenge. But as long as we enjoy doing it, we can always make it work.

    Thanks for the tips! So glad i'm not the only one. =)

    amadea | misskristani.com

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    1. Anything you enjoy is always easier to accomplish! :)

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  2. So true about the planning - that is something that I really have to work on! Congrats on 6 months!

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    1. Planning is really crucial, but hey, when life takes over, that's ok too :)

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  3. Great post! ♥
    I seriously lack in the planning department c:

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  4. Maybe I should be as organised as you? Hmm...I think, I've got an idea, I do it. Need to learn the skill! Maybe it will work for a full-time me too!

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