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Hiya guys so I’ve been wanting to write this post for a while now as I get a lot of questions/DM’s asking how I manage to do my blog and Instagram alongside my full time job and how I manage to do both. And my honest answer is I have no bloody idea and I honestly shock myself sometimes ha!
I am a very passionate person in general and when I get into something I really get into it and I get a bit addicted, but in a good way ha! For me my blog and Instagram started as a hobby as I wanted to do something for myself and for my own general happiness. I have such a passion for styling and putting outfits together is what I love and good at so I wanted to express that in some way. And now nearly 2 years later (its my blogs 2 year birthday in March yay!) and a Instagram following of over 26K here I am today.
I am not going to lie and say it’s been a walk in the park because it hasn’t. Me doing this alongside my full time job of being a VM stylist for H&M has been tiring. Like I’m tired around 80% of the time because I have unbearable early starts everyday (which I hate) and then I’m also travelling to and from work. My evenings are spent doing emails, engaging and posting on Instagram because I don’t get time to do it in the day, keeping on top of my diary as well as planning and scheduling posts. I am non-stop and one of my focuses for this year is to take a break and some time out when I need, but when social media is technically your growing future business it’s very hard to switch off. Ive been pretty much shooting content on every day off that I’ve had over the last 6 months going backwards and forwards to London (again tiring and expensive). But as crazy as that all sounds I bloody love being busy and I feel guilty and hate having nothing to do ha! Maybe I’m a workaholic I don’t know lol.
But on a serious note I do need to take a break, so now when I do shoot I shoot productively in BULK with my boyfriend which normally gives me around 2-3 weeks content. But this includes outfit repeating so for example I’ll shoot an outfit as a full body in one location and then a half body in the same location but at a different angle or direction if that makes sense ha! I would LOVE to be able to post a new outfit everyday on the gram but for me its far from realistic and I would rather post quality now not quantity.
The toughest and hardest thing about doing this and working full time is the amount of invites I get for events or for meetings for potential opportunities of working with a new brand that I can’t attend because of work. Like I am at the point now that I glance at the email and then just close it because I get so frustrated that it actually upsets me that I can never attend. Sounds pathetic I know I think I get major FOMO ha! And then another shit thing is then seeing other bloggers that you know attending all of these amazing events on their Instagram stories. For example last week I was invited to the Nasty Gal event and I saw so many people attending it that I knew and would love to see but I couldn’t get the day off work. Like I can’t even describe how crap it makes me feel and I sit there watching everyones insta stories at home (in bed 99% of the time ha) wishing that I was there and knowing that I was meant to be there. Then I will just close Instagram and go to sleep at 8:30pm because I have to be up at 4:30am the next day. I feel like I sound so depressing ha but all of these feelings are just a huge build up of frustration.
Theres times that I feel like I am falling behind in this fast paced competitive blogging industry but then I have to stop comparing myself to full time bloggers because I am managing this as well as working a full time job, which is pretty god dam good!! I am so hard on myself that I am my own worse enemy sometimes ha. But again it’s just frustration and I just think to myself if I am doing this now what would I be doing if I had the opportunity and the time to do this as my full time job.
So would I do this as my full time job? At this moment in time no because theres still things I want to do with H&M and I still want the security of my full time job because MY GOD I HATE chasing up invoices to get paid. Like that’s my biggest hate and frustration with being a content creator and I’m sure many others like me would agree. It’s also quite a scary leap to but I’m never saying never sometimes you have to just take that risk and I would probably try and go part time first and see if H&M would support me with that. So we shall see what this year holds first and take each month as it comes.
So my best tips for anyone aspiring to be a blogger that has a full-time job is to just be consistent but also patient at the same time because this doesn’t all happen overnight. Plan as far ahead as you can. For example as soon as I know my days off for the month I will plan in when to shoot and when my boyfriend or other bloggers are free to shoot.
And for me I LOVE doing this so much and it would be a dream to make it my official full time job one day and when you enjoy doing something SO MUCH you will make the time for it without even thinking about it, like I do ha.
Feel free to drop me a message or leave me a comment about anything from this post and thank you so much for reading and listening to me having a little ramble on. But it feels so good to get this all written down to. This is why I love writing so much too. Its a release ha!
Speak soon, lots of love Katie xxx