People often ask me ‘What is blogging?’ and wonder what I do all day long. They also ask for blogging tips related to lifestyle blogging or writing an online journal.
A day in the life of a blogger can be varied, and often unpredictable, so if you’re new to blogging, read on for some compelling blogging tips, and also the lowdown about what really goes on in the day in the life of a lifestyle blogger.
The start to the day in the life of a lifestyle blogger
- Stumble out of bed at around 6.30am into my exercise gear.
- Exercise for an hour
- Hope that Dave (my hubby) has made coffee and left it on the brew for me! (He gets up earlier than I do).
- Eat porridge
- Be a domestic goddess for a short while, because I can’t concentrate on my work if the house is in a mess or if I don’t have dinner planned.
- Get to my desk by 8.30am and park arse on chair and start to work.
If I have a deadline, then scrap 1 – 6 but grab a coffee, find my glasses, and head to my desk.
Lifestyle Blogging Tips
On a regular day I’ll get to my desk by 8.30 – 9.00 am.
My blogging day will consist of answering emails, planning posts, writing posts, sharing other people’s posts, editing photographs, promoting posts, taking photographs, writing Instagram and Facebook posts as well as on my other social media platforms, sharing other people’s stories on social media, answering comments on my blog and then reading and commenting on other people’s blog posts too.
Tips for successful blogging
An informative and entertaining blog post of around 1000 words with photographs can take around 5 hours to put together, publish and share on social media. Blogging Tip: Yes it’s important to write the best post you can on a topic. Successful blogging requires more thought than just writing a quick online journal each day.
During the day I may write letters to brands, and reply to emails in which brands have asked to collaborate with me. Blogging Tip: Cold calling and responding to potential collaborations, in many respects, is the most important pre-requisite of blogging success.
I may have prepared a variety of outfits which I’ll keep on a rail in my office, which I’ll be photographing that day, or I might have persuaded my husband, my son or my daughter to take photos for me on their days off and the shoot might happen elsewhere – on the beach or in the forest or at a local beauty spot. Blogging Tip: It’s important to be organised. The clothes I select will be mix ‘n match and have shoes and accessories lined up to go with them.
In the spirit of networking sometimes I’ll meet up with a friend for coffee, or discuss blogging and social media with a business person who needs some help. If I’m out, then I’ll run any errands or do any shopping we might need. Blogging Tip : It’s important to get up from the computer and meet people in real life too.
At home, and if I remember I’ll stop for lunch. I’m trying to make it a habit to get up regularly from my desk to do stretches, or I work standing up at the kitchen counter with my laptop. Blogging Tip: Make sure you stretch frequently and exercise daily.
I’ll work through until around 5.30pm and then cook dinner.
Then I’ll probably connect on social media later in the evening for an hour after dinner.
Blogging Assignments and Travel Blogging
However, there are many many days when I’m on blog assignments, and I’m travelling. I get to meet and work with some awesome people, and brands.
If I’m out and about on blog assignments or travelling then I stress to fit in all the other stuff on the fly – in the car, in aeroplanes – I’m never not working or thinking about my blog in some way or another.
I try to live the message I put out on the blog, and introduce people to the things I write about. It’s important because really people want transformation, not information (of which we have an overload really these days, don’t we?)
So as the blog is about the art of ageing and living the good life – it’s up to me to introduce readers to these things, not just tell them about them – and so I also need to get out from behind the computer and actually find a way to do these things.
Lifestyle Fifty is not about taking up knitting and waiting for the grandchildren to arrive. It’s about embracing the next phase of your life with gusto and it’s about being kind and giving back when ever possible.
I think 50 is a bit of a milestone – you know half a century on this earth and all that, and the tendency is to feel well it’s all downhill from here. Our energy might start to flag and aches and body pains might start to creep in.
So everyday as a Lifestyle Blogger I’m thinking about how to motivate women over 50 not to sink into comfort zones, but to get out and have adventures – travel, volunteer, adapt and change with the times and their bodies.
And I’m out there doing it too – which means my blogging day changes, and it’s quite different day in the life of a blogger entirely 😉
Keeping up with technology
We live in such a different climate to our parents that we also have to be savvy and keep up with technology, we can’t ignore it.
My blogging days also consist of trouble shooting technical issues and finding out how to use new apps and technology. I’m not what they call an early adopter, but I try not to be a geriatric one.
Fashion side of lifestyle blogging
Then there’s fashion and looking good. We can’t and shouldn’t wear what our parents wore at 50, but also we have to be careful not to get stuck in a fashion rut from when we were younger.
On the fashion side of things my days often include piling loads of clothes on the bed and finding out what does and doesn’t suit me, and what’s dated and a no-go, then taking photos of my outfits. It might be ponte pants, or jersey dresses, or perhaps re-writing a post about the best jeans or the best swimsuits for women over 50.
Narcissistic or what!
But again, maybe not so much!
Because I think our society is youth centric – even the stores which cater for older women mostly have younger women as models – so it’s confusing because you know after 50 a lot of our body bits head south maybe to the Bermuda Triangle never to be found again.
What I’m trying to do on the fashion side of things is to show people that you don’t have to be a model to look stylish, and if I can do it, then other women my age can do it as well – without spending a fortune.
I hope that readers see me as a real woman complete with flaws, just being honest and authentic and saying – if it looks good on me, then maybe give it a go – it might look even better on you. This way I think that people are not under any illusions and they’re less set up for disappointment.
I’m always banging on about, ‘Be your own person. Be kind and generous. Dress to suit yourself. Don’t compare yourself to others and try not to take life too seriously,’ but the reality is I’m learning every day, falling over, getting up again, giving up, starting up, despairing and applauding, and sometimes jousting with the critics.
It’s all in a day in the life of a blogger, and I’m expecting that many of you reading this might agree?
You might also like this post by fellow blogger Luisa : A day in the life of a professional Fashion Blogger and Stylist.
5 Top Tips for blogging success
- Be consistent and be persistent with your blogging. Stick to a routine when you’re at home.
- Collaborate with other bloggers, as well as sharing their posts and commenting on their articles.
- Try and transform readers lives, don’t just inform them.
- Be authentic and honest.
- Remember that being out in real life, is the best way to find stories to share online.