Blogging When You’re a Full Time Student

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!

johanna-montana

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  1. it’s indeed hard to find time, I work full time 45 hours a week and sometimes the Saturday too, I feel exhausted and most of the time I won’t sit behind my laptop when I’m home since I sit all day in the office already looking at a boring monitor (ok not all day I’m mostly running through the whole building since I have to run it in my own) xD its hard for me to keep my eyes open in the evening. This is also the reason that this blogging is just a hobby for me. I don’t have a schedule for posting, I just write when I want. Besides making money with this… I have no clue on how to start. I’ve been reading a lot about making money through blogging but I just don’t know where to start and where to get my time, I work from 8 till 5.30 get home, groceries, making dinner, walking the dog, 3 hours gone, take a shower, check my WordPress and then off to bed ‘cuz my alarm finds it funny to go off so early. (I go to bed around 9.30pm) if I have time it’s mostly on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday but then again I’m so tired from looking at screens that I seriously need sleep (I don’t mean 7 hours but more like 12 hours lol). The good thing is, is that I quit my job and I’m going back to school to study photography 🙂 so that makes me really happy and I hope I can spend more time on blogging in the near future 🙂 cheers ✌

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    1. Johanna says:

      45 hours a week working sounds crazy! I don’t have a posting schedule either, really; I just post on any day. But I try to as regularly as possible. But like I said, if I miss a week it wont be the end of the world, I have other things that get in the way. I’m the same as you with making money, it takes a lot of time to build up the a following and whatever else you need to be able to monetise. I may try and sort this out in the summer before uni though so hopefully I can make some extra cash which will definitely be needed when I’m living on my own for uni. Congrats on going to study photography, though! I hope you have fun! 🙂

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      1. If you’ve figured it out how to make money please let me know xD haha jk. I try and try, I read and read but absolutely have no clue how to start it. It would come in handy indeed if you’re living on your own, nowadays you almost need 2 persons just to pay rent, I mean over here it’s like that. it’s almost impossible to find something decent if you want to live by yourself. For example, lately Amsterdam is becoming more and more for the rich(er) people or for students where their parents pay for it. Usually a student doesn’t make more then 800 euro, but if you’re going to rent a room (which litterely fits a bed and a tv) you’ll pay around 600-700 euro rent a month (650-750 dollar), just recently in the newspaper it said that students rather choose to stay home when they’re studying.

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  2. Emmi says:

    I completely agree! As a journalism student blogging is my way to get my name out there but it is also a hobby and can be hard to fit it into my schedule. I try to post twice a week but if i miss a day thats ok because i dont want to upload half arsed content.

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    1. Johanna says:

      This is exactly how I feel. I am very OCD about my blog, so if I don’t think I have good enough content I just won’t post.

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  3. I think blog when you feel inspired, don’t feel you have to blog every day. Quality over quantity is what I say

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  4. I think with blogging for everyone it’s about organization and planning, but also not being afraid to take time out when you need it. I work full time in marketing, I also edit and run a music website and work freelance so I have to make sure I am super organized with my blog x

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  5. My daughter is in her last year of Uni and blogs too, as well as having a part time job. She finds it really tricky juggling it all. Great tips. Kaz x

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  6. hann182014 says:

    There are some great tips here. i used to blog when i was a student x

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  7. As I work full time as well as blog, I like to ensure I have posts ready in bulk, so throughout the week, I might write the odd post here and there and then add to it x

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  8. earthtoloz says:

    I love this post and i resonate with it so much! I am a student and doing a full-time placement (45-50 hr weeks) so being strict with my time is the only way ! Luckily it is a downtime for me but the frustration when you want to put more into it and have to prioritise is annoying! X

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    1. Johanna says:

      45-50 hours a week is a lot! I actually admire you for posting as often as you do. Blogging is also a bit of downtime for me too, I find it kind of therapeutic.

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  9. Rosie says:

    I’m a student with a part-time job too, and it is hard to find time to do everything. I think the most important thing you can do is accept that you’re not always going to be able to stick to your idea of how often you should post, because blogging is probably your last priority really. I use blogging to motivate myself to get my university work finished, so I have a couple of hours spare to blog.

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    1. Johanna says:

      I use blogging as a reward too. Like if I get all my work done, then I can blog. Sometimes there’s simply too much work for me to do, though. But that’s okay, because I know that all has to come first.

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  10. Steph says:

    Some great tips for everyone. I do a 37 hour week in a high pressured job plus I have and additional 15 hours commute over the week. A lot of it is about being organised and plannig advanced content. I’m getting back there but i’ve taken the decision to scale back to only posting once or twice a week as i’ve dipped my toe in the world of YT

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  11. Chloe-Rose says:

    This post is so handy! I start university in September but I still want to be able to blog twice a week like I am at the moment! Thank you for sharing these tips. Love Chloe-Rose xxx

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    1. Johanna says:

      I’m going to uni in September as well! XD Good luck in whatever you’re going to study! If you can post twice a week then that’s great, but like I said in the post, don’t get disheartened if you can’t sometimes. x

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  12. Sarah says:

    This is a fantastic post. Great tips suitable for many people, not just students! These tips would work with full time workers, or busy mums too! Thanks for sharing

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  13. Sarah Bailey says:

    I honestly cannot imagine the organisation needed to blog and be full time at work or as a student, it must be such a juggling act. But it seems like you have really got things planned out and to share how you manage that with others who maybe struggling is such a kind thing to do.

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  14. Hey, great post I can relate to this so much being a student myself! I’ve just done a blog post about work life versus student life when I returned to uni for a day during my placement year. Check it out and let me know what you think!

    https://wordpress.com/post/tootinghustle.wordpress.com/472

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  15. lhodgson97 says:

    I’ve been wanting to blog for about a year now, but being a full time student does make it incredibly difficult! I’ve decided to give it a go (probably at the worst point in the student year too, with essays and exams coming up) but it’s kind of nice having a break from all of that stress! Do you have any tips for stopping yourself procrastinating from essays through blogging?! That’s my problem currently!

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    1. Johanna says:

      I tend to use blogging as a reward. If I work solely on my college work during the day then I allow myself to start drafting blog posts up at night. It doesn’t always work, but it works most of the time!

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  16. I’m a student blogger too and it can be so difficult to find the time to post sometimes! Like you say though, missing a week or two of posts isn’t the end of the world. Blogging should be fun 🙂 xxx

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  17. tschronicles says:

    I loved your article. I’m also a student blogger, about to start college this fall… I took up blogging only recently and I agree with you since it does take up quite a bit of time. However, I love writing… and helping others through my blog posts makes me feel amazing. This is a link to the articles I’ve written… would you mind giving them a read? I’d love to hear your feedback.

    https://tschronicles.wordpress.com/

    Thanks,
    Sue

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    1. Johanna says:

      I really love your style of writing, hun! You’re doing great so far. The only thing I’d do is when making posts like your most recent one is to split the points down by using sub-headings or putting them into lists and bolding the main point like I did in this one. It makes it slightly easier to read 🙂 But otherwise it’s really good, keep up the good work!

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      1. Thank you! Will definitely follow your suggestion! 😀

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  18. I was always taking my pictures in bulk when I was a student! I still do actually! And I was being really careful with props coz they are kinda expensive. It was quite tricky to manage my time between uni, essays, social life and the blog but I made it! So I completely relate! xx C&K

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