I’m a full-time blogger at SemiSweetTooth.com. I began blogging around 10 years ago and I’m still very active in the blogging community.
While my blog originally began as a focused exploration on food and fitness, I now discuss subjects related to becoming our best selves in mind, body, and spirit, while also highlighting related personal experiences. My business has also grown, and I now help other local businesses grow their social media presence in a profitable way.
From this description, as I’m sure you might expect, every day looks very different in my life. Though I do try to keep a high-level structure to help keep myself on task. Here’s what an average day in my life as a blogger looks like:
I like to start my day with a meditation to center myself and get my head in the game. I then get up, get ready for the day, and take a short walk with my dog.
I’ll pour myself a cup of tea and prefer to get my meetings started early in the day. I definitely focus best in the mornings and get my mind fully in the zone immediately when I sit down at my computer.
Blogging is a fantastic career, because I’m able to structure my day around my energy level. I’m naturally much more energized and focused in the morning hours, and it’s wonderful to be able to plan accordingly.
My meetings go from calls with my assistant, to scheduling photo shoots, to meeting with my social media clients to discuss my planned strategy for the upcoming weeks. Much of blogging is staying ahead of the game as much as possible, whether that’s writing content ahead of time, discussing sponsored posts that will be coming up three months from now, or planning photos for a full season.
That way, I’m not too stressed across the week and I can allow myself a little flexibility if I want to plan a day off or need to run errands mid-day.
11 a.m.-1 p.m.
As an extrovert, I need regular connection with others to keep myself energized throughout the day, so this pocket of time is typically used for that purpose. Whether it’s going out to lunch with a friend, bringing my pup to the dog park, heading to the gym, or running out to the mountain to get a few laps in on the ski slopes, I like to take a little time to get out and moving with friends. The flexibility in a blogger’s schedule is ideal if you prefer some mid-day activity!
Right after I get back to my office, I focus on computer work while I’m relaxed, satiated, energized, and oxygenated. Emails, tracking my blog statistics from the day prior, tracking finances, and scheduling blog and social media posts for the week all happen throughout this time.
One thing that I learned about blogging early on is that you should only say yes to opportunities that authentically fit you and your audience. Showing your whole, true self is what will truly speak to your audience and will make them want to be a part of your tribe for the long term. I say no to about 70% of the opportunities that come my way, because I either don’t think they’re a good fit or their marketing strategy doesn’t fit the posts I’m willing to offer. But whether we decide to work together or not, I try to reply to everyone within 24 hours whenever possible.
Late in the day is where I prefer to focus on most of my actual writing, which was my original passion. Most of my writing is very introspective and thoughtful, and it takes up a lot of energy to really dive deep for authentic sharing.
Depending on the day, my writing may vary from blog-focused work to freelance posts/articles to writing social media posts for local clients. While most of my work does include some research base, I would say the base of what I prefer to write is primarily focused around personal experience. Writing and sharing authentically was very scary at first, but it now feels very freeing every time a new post goes live. A piece of you is out there, living its own life in a public setting, and you are peeling back the layers to allow yourself to be more seen. It’s incredibly rewarding once you get the hang of it.
Similar to my mid-day break, this time is used for decompressing and relaxing with some of my favorite people and my pup. Whether it’s date night, enjoying a sunset sail on Lake Dillon, or relaxing on the couch with a good movie, I bring my little Bernese Mountain Dog pretty much everywhere I go.
I’ve recently become very committed to turning off all screens around 8 p.m. on weeknights. Other than a last quick check of my email before bed to see if anything is urgent, I’ll turn off the television, put down my phone, and spend a little time journaling, planning the next day, and reading a good book. When I first began blogging, I had difficulty sleeping because my brain was still packed with ideas for new posts, brands to potentially partner with, and new pieces I wanted to pitch to publications. Instead, taking a couple of hours to relax, listen to the birds chirping outside, and enjoy a nice glass of wine with a good book puts my mind at ease for a good night’s rest.
10 p.m. is bedtime in my household. So, I’ll rest up and get ready to start it all again tomorrow!
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