What I love about the blogging community the most is that every blogger out there is different. We blog about different things that matter to us, we have different writing and photography styles. For some people, blogging is their full-time job and their primary source of income. For other people it’s something they do alongside a full-time or part-time job to earn a bit of extra cash. And for some others it’s a straight out hobby that you do whenever you get time off work, school, or what have you.
When I first started this blog, I was on chemo and on my summer holidays. I was out of work, out of college, and had all the time in the world. Cut to now and the situation is very different. I’m a full-time student, I’m at college 20 hours a week minus the time I have to spend at home writing essay after essay. I then have a part time job, which takes up at least 12 hours of my time a week, sometimes even more. Blogging is a hobby that I love, but sometimes it’s hard to find the time to sit down and write a whole post.
Time is just one of the challenges that I, as a student blogger, face. Money is also a thing. When I first started blogging, I never realised the true expense of running a blog. Buying a domain name, products to review (no, you don’t get freebies from the get go), a layout, a camera to take decent photos, the lot. On a students wage, it’s hard to cover all these ‘costs’.
I know I’m not the only one in this situation. There are plenty of students already out there blogging, and some that may even be thinking about started a blog. So I thought I’d share some of my tips that have helped me run my blog while being a full time student (and working part time).
- Make sure you have sensible priorities. I’ve put this one first because I believe it is so important. When you’re juggling all these things in your life, you need to rank their importance and deal with them in that order. Your education should always come first, your job (if you have one) should come second, and blogging should come third. Yes, writing a blog post is so much more fun than writing an essay, but your latest blog post isn’t going to give you good grades, so it can wait for a bit.
- Make a realistic goal of how often you’re going to post. You’re not a full-time blogger, so it’s highly unlikely you’re going to be able to post every single day. Even if you do manage to post everyday on top of your studies, chances are the quality of the posts aren’t the best they can be. Quality over quantity, guys. Be realistic about how frequently you’re going to be able to post. One a week is good enough, hell, even once a month is better than not at all.
- Don’t beat yourself up too much about failing this goal. As a student, every week is different. Sometimes you’ll have no work to do at all, and then sometimes you’ll be drowning in it. If you don’t have time to post, don’t post. Like I’ve said above, studying should come before blogging. A lot of readers understand that when blogging is something you do on the side, that some weeks you’re not going to have the time to write, post, and promote something new. Some of them are even in the same situation as you.
- Decide what blogging accessories you want to buy the most. This varies from person to person. Some are okay with a free url that comes with your blogging platform, some want to buy their down domain. Some people are okay with taking photos on their phones, others want a camera. It’s down to you on what you want for your blog, but buy the bits you desperately want first and wait until you can afford the rest.
- Only get what you can afford. I wanted a camera in order to take blog photos, as the photography was important to me. But even then, I couldn’t afford a DSLR nor the Olympus Pen that all other bloggers seem to have. I ended up buying a Nixon Coolpix, it’s a point and shoot camera and doesn’t have the settings that DSLRs and Olympus Pens have, but works quite well and was much cheaper. I still take the occasional photo for my blog on my phone if I don’t have access to my camera, though. Sure, maybe my photos would look better with a more expensive camera, but right now I’m doing my best with what I can afford and that’s fine.
- Create all your content in bulk. I wrote at least 5 posts over Christmas that I haven’t posted yet and am saving them for times when I either don’t have time to write, or have severe writers block. I also have a ton of photos saved that I can use on posts and on instagram when I don’t have time to take photos in the 0.5 hours the lighting is actually decent enough. Whenever I have a bit of spare time and the inspiration, I’ll take as many photos and write as many blog posts as I can.
Got any tips for bloggers that are full time students? I’d love to hear them so share below!