I sometimes find it a little crazy the life we have built in the last 3 years. We came to this island with no jobs, no prospects, no home, and not a single person we knew on the island. I also had no plans to be a blogger.
Over the years, we slowly built a life, one little step at a time and have found ourselves with great jobs, lots of prospects and connections galore, even on this small spot in the world. And I somehow became a blogger. (crazy, I know)
And I know it is hard to believe that being a blogger is actually a real “thing”, but there is actually more to it than “the blog” alone and just deciding to be a blogger. As someone who is doing this whole “be a blogger” thing as a full time job, I get a lot of questions about “How to become a blogger” and what I actually “do all day” (that one is from my husbands friends by the way!)
So You Want To Be A Blogger?
Blogging is definitely more than fabulous events, it is a lot of long hours that are put in to create great content, and build programs that work! So, here is a taste of my day, and how I manage the items on my plate and “be a blogger” for my career!
Mornings can be a bit chaotic around here as we try to feed and rush 4 kids off to catch the school bus, but once they are out the door, I join my computer with a hot cup of coffee and a great view and see what has happened while I slept.
Me, and the computer. It is basically the bricks and mortar of my business, and the only thing I really need, other than my hands and brain. (Although according to my husband, if I lost my hands I could just dictate….)
First order of business is to touch in, check and assess and see if there are any urgent matters. Email is scanned, and the items I can respond to NOW get a reply. The rest get tucked away for follow up
Then, I start on the list. This is a rotating list my assistant makes me to remind me off deadlines looming, last minute opportunities and all the other various “to-do” items that one will forget when immersed in a project.
As my business developed over time I realized that the thing I needed most from it (even more than revenue) was variety. To be able to work on different pillars of my business, all in the same day (or week).
This means that every day has time where I just sit down and write, for myself and for my blog. With the writing comes the photo editing (thank you picmonkey and canva!) and optimizing my content (thank you brain)
It also means that every day has a bit of strategy development as well. This means using basecamp, checking in on clients social accounts, and communicating, supporting and evaluating our social platforms.
It means having 10 windows open at a time, as I dance between each of these online platforms, and responding to the continuous flow of requests. It means taking “working in the cloud” to a whole other level, and “unlimited wifi” is a requirement for business. Thankfully Windows 10 comes with a Virtual Desktop, which means I can have multiple clients, with multiple platforms and accounts, all organized on their OWN specific desktop option!
These days I have been working through lunch, eating at my desk. Even during an afternoon foray out to the chickens I am bringing my camera, just in case I can grab some pictures to support the thoughts swirling around in my brain.
This is one of the busiest times of year for a blogger, and lately that has meant bringing my Dell into bed with me, and plonking away on the illuminated keyboard as my hubby watches netflix beside me, and that means the thing I need (almost more than wifi) is a computer system that can keep up and respond to my needs. My Dell Inspiron Intel 2in1 gives me all the options I need to deliver my business services each day! With a webcam and dual microphone I can livestream or host conference calls, an SD card readers means easy downloads of photos, and the 15.6 ” display and touch screen mean I can get up close and personal with the image and video editing I need to do.
Not only that by Windows 10 comes with additional features, including a Cortana Virtual assistant, and it is clean and easy to understand with tonnes of new features that will help you up your game, and finally make this “being a blogger” thing into a real business!
Check out more about the options that Intel 2in1 has to offer, and tell me how YOU manage your busy blogger days!
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