This post is for all my fellow students and full-time workers who have taken on this mysterious secondary role that we call blogging. Here's a not-so news flash: it's not easy. We part-time bloggers have this funny way of spending all day at school or the office and returning home to post a #latergram as if we just had a glamorous brunch with perfectly designed lattes. And you know what? I love it.
Blogging is the perfect creative escape for those of us who have a multitude of interests, and I'm not just talking fashion. The stress-levels can become more than we desire, but the reward is more than worth it. To keep up the motivation, here are some reasons why I think part-time blogging is freakin' awesome (even when it's not). And for those of you who don't already have a blog, what are you waiting for?
1. It's another line on your résumé. I am currently working between 2-3 freelance jobs, all of which were obtained through this blog. Employers are impressed by the creative and analytical skills that accompany a blogger's work, especially since most of us are self-taught. Use them to your advantage.
2. You become part of a community. Between school, work, and blogging, it can be difficult to factor in a social life. Since most part-time bloggers work independently, it is always nice to have that community of influencers that will consistently support you. Plus, they totally understand when you meet up and take twenty minutes to photograph your coffee.
3. It's productive relaxation. Often times when I'm feeling lazy or tired, I edit blog posts. It is the best way to lay in bed on your computer without having to feel that unaccomplished Netflix guilt (although I can't resist a good Netflix binge). After a long day of work, it's the perfect excuse not to move for the rest of the night.
4. You develop organizational skills. Juggling full-time work with part-time blogging is a true balancing act. I have never depended on my planner more in my life, but I've also developed a stronger sense of time management. Blogging has also taught me to always have a Plan B, especially with the shaky weather here in the Northeast. It allows for an exciting way to develop these skills, and in the long run they will surely pay off.
5. It keeps you on your toes. Unless you are living the dream life, both school and work have their bland moments. Blogging is a 24/7 job because inspiration and creativity come from anywhere, at any time. This keeps you energized because at any moment you could sprout an idea for a new post, or the light might hit a building perfectly for an Instagram photo on your daily commute. I am constantly thinking about my blog, and while that has its pros and cons, it definitely makes every day just a bit more exciting.
I hope these ideas were helpful to those of you who need a little kick of motivation from time to time. Blogging, or any creative outlet, should never feel like work, and I am excited to go into the new month with some fresh ideas to share with you! PS. -- Is anyone else in disbelief that January is almost over?!