Behind the Scenes – A Day in the Life of a Full-Time Blogger

Do you ever wonder what the heck bloggers do all day? I’m here to share the inside scoop and tell you all about life in the day of a full-time blogger.

Let me preface this story with a wild little fact: blogging as your full-time job is actually really hard work! When I tell people I’m a blogger, they often laugh and say something like “must be nice getting paid to sit at home and write.” Other people look confused and ask, “how do you even make money doing that?”

Clearly, there is some confusion about what bloggers actually do all day, so I’m here to spill the beans and shed some light!

WHAT DO BLOGGERS DO ALL DAY?

It’ll be a little different for each person depending on where they are at on their blogging journey. But for the most part, bloggers are running their own small online business. Running a successful blog involves a lot of moving parts, including writing, editing, marketing, photography, networking, admin management, social media management, working with brands, and learning the ropes of profitable online business.

I actually mapped out my typical daily schedule here if you’d like to check that out!

But last weekend, this blogger got to do something a little different. I got to work out of town on multiple sponsored projects. The gig was going to take up a lot of my weekend, so we turned it into a little family getaway!

This is one of the many things I love about being a blogger, it’s such a fun and flexible career path!

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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BLOGGER

Last weekend, my sponsored work landed us in a beautiful city and a beautiful hotel, right on the beach. Of course, I’m a blogger and my schedule is pretty full, so I brought my laptop with me so that I could work on the road!

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Here is what Saturday looked like for me:

I woke up and handled all of my emails over a hot cup of coffee and this ocean view!

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For some perspective, I usually have about 50+ emails to respond to every day. I got most of that done before my babies even woke up #momgoals

After handling emails, I served my kiddos some good old-fashioned continental breakfast (Belgian waffles, anyone?) and did all of my regular admin tasks while they were busy eating. Yes, being a work-from-home mom does require some multi-tasking, but it’s so worth it.

Then it was time to have some sponsored fun!

“Sponsored” fun just means that companies paid me to explore their businesses and share their awesome stuff with my audience. If you want to learn more about landing sponsored work, check out this article.

We swam in a rooftop pool overlooking the city and the beach. We ate ice cream. We dipped our toes in the ocean and walked on the pier. The babies were too scared to swim in the water, but here’s a fun fact about me: swimming in the ocean is one of my favorite things to do!

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Getting a lot of pictures and videos is a super important part of sponsored trips, so I always have a camera in hand and an “Instagram husband” ready to shoot. You’ll find that some bloggers put a ton of time and effort into staging, filtering, and editing photos. That is awesome (and I’ll admit, I’m a little jealous of their skill level)! But for me, capturing moments is the most important thing. You won’t see anything super “staged” on my blog, it’s allll real life.

My babies were wiped out by noon, so we headed back to our hotel for naps. If you’ve been following my journey for any amount of time, you know that I’m a nap time ninja. I get a large chunk of my work done while my babes are sleeping!

I did some writing, editing, and social media work during nap time, and then took the rest of the day off to enjoy my family (and HGTV).

THE REALITY OF BEING A BLOGGER

So, that was my Saturday. Just a day in the life of a blogger. The weekend came and went, and as much as I love vacation, there’s no place like my home and my comfy bed.

And of course, not every day is full of ocean views and ice cream sundaes. I’m usually at home, juggling housework, babies, and my online business. Blogging is still work, but it’s fun and flexible work, and that’s why I love it!

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Most bloggers will tell you that this career path isn’t for the faint of heart. There are many ups and downs. It takes time to build your brand, grow your audience, and earn steady income. That’s just the reality.

On top of my blog itself, I also manage an active blogging community of over 7,000 members. This means that I have to be present online for a large portion of my day, every single day. Answering questions, teaching my students, engaging with new members, and solving problems that arise. It is quite literally a full-time job. Buuuuut, it pays a lot better than that full-time job I walked away from to chase this crazy dream of becoming a blogger.

WRAPPING IT ALL UP

I wrote this article because I wanted to get real with you. To show you both sides of this coin: the crazy fun adventures and the crazy hard work involved in building a blogging biz. To show you that this pipe dream is actually a possibility for YOU if it’s something you want to do. And to show you what the life of a blogger is REALLY like.

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9 Comments

  1. Kimmy Ripley

    September 12, 2018 at 4:34 pm

    Thank you for this post! I am staring to get a taste of the blogger life after starting mine up four months ago. I was thinking about how difficult this job could be with a blog that takes off. My goal is to make mine a great one and I am ready to commit the time and dedication to it.

    1. Cate

      September 13, 2018 at 9:33 pm

      Love hearing this! Wishing you the best of success!

  2. Iain Geddes

    September 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Hey Cate,
    I’ve already started my blog and I’m currently in the stages of building it up slowly day by day.
    I started it because I felt the need to build something outside of my office job – something that would hopefully make me feel more fulfilled in life. It’s still early days, but I’m going to keep at it and hopefully, I will be able to nurture it into something great!

    1. Cate

      September 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Writing/blogging is such a great outlet! I wish you the best of success!

  3. TheDailySunlight

    September 12, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Wow. This is amazing. I love this post. It is such a great read and omg your babies are so beautiful. It is so nice to see what you do outside of blogging.

    1. Cate

      September 13, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m glad you enjoyed this one!

  4. Miranda

    September 13, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    I started my blog a year ago and launched it to the world 9 months ago. It has not been easy and I’m still trying to figure out a weekly schedule and learn the ins and outs of things like SEO. I wish I could say it has brought me the income I was expecting but it’s literally penny’s. But that’s manly due to lack of traffic to the blog. I’m trying to focus on Pinterest but it has been a very up and down battle

    1. Cate

      September 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Sounds like you need to work on a strategy to help people find you and to earn income. Blogging income is rarely dependent on traffic, unless your primary income source is from ads. The best way to grow is going to be writing for a target market, the best way to earn income is tro provide that market with something valuable that they are willing to pay for! Hope this helps!

  5. jessica lynn

    September 17, 2018 at 1:30 am

    Talk about work with a view 😀 What a fun way to spend a weekend!

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