What does a day in the life of a full-time blogger really look like? This is still the number one question I get asked. Although one might think it consists of drinking endless amounts of champagne, twirling around in fancy tutu dresses and attending one fabulous event after another. The truth of the matter is, most days are spent in front of my computer in missed matched pjs. It’s not as glamourous as it looks on Instagram. That being said, there are days when it can be extremely fun and entertaining. Shooting outfit photos are my favourite time of day. It’s when I get to be creative and play dress-up in my own closet. Then there’s days when it can be painfully stressful and overwhelming. Server’s crash, sites don’t run properly, deadlines are due, photos don’t turn out the way you planed, and your imagination is gone and so on. Staying positive and motivated is key when working for yourself.
So… what does a day in the life of this blogger look like? I typically get up around 7:30am, just as the hubby is leaving for work. I may lie in bed for another 30 minutes just scrolling through my social media account to see what I missed while I was asleep.
By 8AM I am craving and in desperate need of some caffeine. I drag myself out of bed and run downstairs for coffee. I tend to sit at my kitchen table and enjoy my breakfast with my 3 fur babies at my feet (just hoping something will drop).
By 9AM I work my way back upstairs and head to my home office. I spend the next few hours tackling my inbox (which is usually out of control). I love chatting with all the amazing people I get to communicate with on the daily, so my emails tend to be quite long. I love hearing about my PR gals’ daily lives and getting the inside scoop on new product launches and hottest trends coming for that season (these ladies are usually “in the know” before anyone else).
11AM is spent writing blog posts, usually my outfit of the day, from the previous day. Inside tips, my daily looks are usually a day behind. What you see on the blog on Wednesday, is usually what I wore on Tuesday. I then spend time quickly editing photos- another insider tip, I don’t use photoshop. I truly believe if the photos are taken correctly in the first place, you don’t need to edit. I usually just brighten the background, crop and save. I don’t use filters for my complexion, “erase” any breakouts I have, make myself look “thinner” because that isn’t real life. We all have our “imperfections” and that’s what makes us truly beautiful.
Around noon I stop for lunch, maybe catch up on a TV show or flip through a few pages of my favourite book. It’s then quickly back to work.
The afternoon is when I spend brainstorming new beauty post ideas. I sit down, play with new makeup and skin care products I want to test out for the week. I then get writing.
I head to the basement around 2PM to use my lightbox. It’s basically a large white box with extremely bright lights set up around it. This allows me to take crisp, clean white beauty product shots on days when there’s no natural sunlight in the house.
I usually start to get ready for the day by 3PM. I know this may seem late for most people, but Derek gets home around 4:30, which is also the time we start to take my outfit of the day photos. No sense sitting around the house in a fancy dress when I can be comfy in pajamas. I want my outfit to be freshly pressed and my makeup to be “on point”. We spend the next 20 minutes taking photos. This is usually cut short cause let’s get real, it’s incredibly dark by 5PM in the winter.
Back in the house for 5PM and start to prep for dinner. Now one would think my day is complete at that time, and although I try and promise myself to shut everything down by 5PM, this never seems to happen. This is also when I tend to reach for a cocktail or two. Helps me relax and unwind.
I tend to create a minimum of 2 blog posts a day, I still have another blog post to write and more photos to take. I also have to answer the rest of the emails that came in for the day. Before I know it, it’s 10PM and I’m still on the computer. I’m learning to take more time for myself, and of course, this 14 hour work day isn’t every day. There are evenings when I spend time with Derek running errands, or out with my girlfriends shopping, coffee dates or dinners.
So now that you know what a day in the life of a blogger looks like, I want to know what your typical day looks like?