8 Helpful Tips for Busy Part Time Bloggers with Full Time Jobs

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  May 30, 2017 blogging tips πŸ•‘ 8 minutes read

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On to today’s post…..

 

That terrible, nauseating, queasy feeling invades your stomach.

 

It’s Sunday night. Time for another long, hard work week of 40 hours. Or more.

 

And at the end of the weekend you have little to show for your blog. A few hundred words devoted to your latest post. Nothing more.

 

To make matters worse, you haven’t earned a penny through your blog over the past 6 months. Your list is stagnant. Oh wait, you’re not even growing a list? Yikes. We’ll discuss that topic. On another day.

 

But for today, I want to help you get past the pain, struggles and overwhelming frustrations suffered by busy ass part time bloggers who work full time jobs.

 

Because I am a really smart blogger who’s been featured on a few of the world’s top blogs it only took me 3 years to notice I had many “part time blogging, full time job” readers, and to address this topic on my blog.

 

The line for you full time job, part time blogging folks extends out the backdoor for you to lash me with a 6 foot long wet noodle. I know. I deserve it.

 

I want to help you build successful, profitable blogs despite being busy and encumbered with the stresses of working a full time job.

 

Let’s dive into the tips.

 

1: Revisit Your Reason Why Every Stinkin’ Day

 

In 5 minutes I will buy a bodega sandwich in East Harlem. In NYC.

 

1 month ago I enjoyed Buddhist vegetarian lunches in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

 

2 months prior – when I was not vomiting – I enjoyed Burmese breakfasts in Myanmar.

 

1 month prior I enjoyed Qatari cuisine in Doha, Qatar, the wealthiest nation on earth.

 

Isn’t that a neat life? A life of fun and freedom. I travel where I want to, when I want to, with my wife Kelli.

 

I had to commit 50,000% to being the person and doing what it took to create such a life of freedom. That was my reason why. That freeing driver pulled me through the roller coaster ride of blogging.

 

As a part time blogger with a full time job, you need an overpowering why tied directly to:

 

  • your passions
  • something fun
  • something freeing

 

to help you knife through your deepest fears in life, all of which you will face when transitioning from part time to full time blogger, while working 40 or 50 or 60 hours weekly at a full time job, or more.

 

Part Time Trader Full Time Pier Guard

 

OK. For all you guys who think:

 

“Yeah OK Ryan. You are a full time pro blogger. It is *easier* for you to succeed than us full time job part time blogging folks.”

 

A few points:

 

  • I am busier than you πŸ™‚ Look at my Seen At banner on the sidebar and think of how many works one must work to get featured on these spots. More than 10 hours. I promise. Β Then think of my world travels. I am not in the Gordon Gecko level of time management, but I am getting there
  • I was once – in a galaxy far, far away – a full time security officer who did part time online trading…at the end of a busy, sometimes stressful day, you’d see me reading Investor’s Business Daily and setting up trades at 9 PM or 10 PM, after work or sometimes, at work when it slowed down

 

My point: I know what it feels like to be as busy as hell but I also know that if your why is overpowering, you will live your dreams.

 

You REALLY need to want this to make it work. But you can make it work. And will. If your reason why you are blogging is stronger than your deepest fears.

 

2: Write 500 Words Daily in a Word Document for Practice

 

Your most powerful leveraging tool is the quality, clarity, confidence and depth of your writing.

 

If you can really write, your content will get shared. A lot. Which is vital for a busy bee, part time blogging, full time job holding human being.

 

Open a Word document. Write 500 (to 1000) words daily. Just for practice. Trash the Word document. Detach from your writing.

 

Develop the habit of writing. Improve your writing skills. Become a better blogger.

 

3: Publish 1 Robust Post Weekly via Bite-Sized Creative Chunks

 

I know you’re as busy as a Thai lady boy streetwalker working overtime on Farang Fridays in the Soi Cowboy District (please Google, non world travelers).

 

So write your weekly, robust, helpful post in bite-sized chunks.

 

20 minutes today. 20 tomorrow. 20 the next day.

 

By week’s end you’ll have a helpful resource to share with your readers.

 

Practical Tips

 

  • solve a specific reader problem related to your blogging niche
  • share practical, usable, simple tips
  • weave in a personal story or 2 to resonate with your readers…aka…to remind them you are human
  • post 1-3 bright, shiny images, because readers love eye candy

 

4: Reframe Your Idea of “Sacrifice”

 

Sacrifice is letting go boring and comfortable for fulfilling, freeing and fun.

 

9 years ago I trashed my cable. Which led me to practice writing. A lot. Which helped me become a pro blogger. Which helped me circle the globe for 6 years, living in places like:

 

  • Fiji
  • Bali
  • Costa Rica
  • Thailand

 

for months at a time.

 

Should I pat myself on the back for “depriving” myself of live NBA games on espn so I could live in Fiji for 4 months? Of course not! I’d have been an asshole *not* to cancel the cable bill so I can travel the world.

 

Only the brain dead or certifiable would bitch and moan about not being able to see Project Runway episodes after living in a Balinese villa for 6 months (lived in the Balinese villa; hated project runway).

 

My point; sacrifice is not a negative concept. Nor is it tough to do. It is the logical choice for any human being who wants to be happy, to have fun, to spread love and to live their dreams.

 

If you love your part time job, keep working it. But if you want to become a pro blogger more than anything else for yourself and family, do the fun, freeing and sometimes highly uncomfortable things that are not sacrifices, but intelligent, empowered, freeing decisions that may mean ya watch only one hour of Netflix per week but you get to circle the globe with your wife, fam, or by yourself as a full time pro blogger.

 

End game folks, end game. Sacrifice is letting go the old and worn out (hours in front of TV, bullshitting with friends at the bar for hours weekly) for the new and exciting, fun and freeing (becoming a full time, pro blogger who lives life by design).

 

Joe Cool Shades. Savusavu, Fiji.

Especially if you feel like your full time job is imprisoning you, ya gotta really get serious about BEING ALL IN on your commitment to be a full time blogger.

 

5: CPGP

 

Comment Post (me like Caveman).

 

Guest Post.

 

Or, comment on top blogs from your niche. And guest post on top blogs from your niche.

 

Write 5 quality, in-depth comments weekly. Write 2-4 guest posts on top blogs per month.

 

Guest posting and blog commenting are powerful forms of leveraging.

 

Guest posting is closed now on Blogging From Paradise but if you publish a thoughtful, in-depth, helpful and genuine comment – like Susan Velez regularly does – you will get noticed by my 60,000 reader community.

 

And on that note, there’s another reason why I just referenced Susan. She has tip #6 down cold.

 

6: Promote the Stuffing out of Top Bloggers from Your Niche

 

One stunningly easy way for you to gain traction as a part time blogger is to promote the living stuffing out of hyper successful, established, pro bloggers.

 

Some of these pros will befriend you. Promote you. Endorse you. Tweet you. Which boosts your blogging traffic more quickly than if you just tried to promote yourself.

 

Get retweeted by me, to my 50,000 followers. It can help you pop up on the blogging radar in your niche. How can you inspire me to retweet you? Comment on every one of my blog posts. Retweet every one. Buy my eBooks. Buy my courses. Help me out, and I will remember you. Then over time we will bond. Then I will retweet your stuff freely if you have been following Tip #2.

 

7: Begin Monetizing Your Blog from Day 1

 

In order to become a full time, pro blogger you must needs generate income.

 

So monetize your blog from Day 1. No, not with piddly penny per click Adsense ads. I’m talking adding one income stream through:

 

  • freelance writing
  • blog consulting
  • writing and self-publishing eBooks
  • self-publishing audio books
  • creating courses

 

Even though you are a part time, busy blogger you can begin to learn how to monetize your blog today *and* take the first steps toward monetizing.

 

Think like a pro. Begin your transition. Monetize. Right now.

 

Add one income stream every 3-6 months after learning and earning through one income stream.

 

8: Buy Premium Products and Services

 

When you are a busy part time blogger with a full time job you need an edge. Something to get ahead.

 

This edge is buying premium products which cut years off of your learning curve. And you need to cut years off of your learning curve when you’re working 40 hours weekly or more at a job.

 

When you pay for something you get excited about it, value it, use it and accelerate your blogging success.

 

This one applies to part time and full time bloggers.

 

Exhibit A; rocking blogger Ben Killoy, who hired me for a 1 hour blogging consultation session:

 

 

Or David McGowin, who bought 2 of my eBooks:

 

 

When ya pay, ya commit. Simple as that.

 

Don’t forget to invest in premium hosting too.

 

Read my friend Jerry Low’s in-depth tutorial on how to find the best WordPress hosting:

 

How to Find the Best WordPress Hosting

 

Your Turn

 

What tips can you add to this list?

  1. ashley says:
    at 9:18 am

    Goshh!!!!
    I was searching for a post like this only.
    I am a full time worker and a part time blogger.
    I mostly blog for my own personal interest not free lancing but ends up in bad time management schedule and gets no time for personal blogging.

    Thanks a lot Ryan for such an interesting and much needed blog.

  2. Deepali says:
    at 4:38 pm

    One of the most important tips I learn from this article is to monetize the blog from day 1. Thanks for all these valuable tips!

  3. Steven says:
    at 8:11 pm

    Hey Ryan, Thanks for your GREAT share. I am going to take every tip seriously and hope will launch my blog very soon.

  4. Lisa P. Sicard says:
    at 6:50 am

    Hi Ryan, I really have started using your #8 tip. I look at is as an investment. Any money I do make I put right back into the blog. I love my new premium plugin Social Warfare. I hire out for some of my technical stuff so I can write and promote more. Why spend time on things that frustrate you when you can outsource them?
    There comes a point when a blogger has to outsource, otherwise you will burn out and the blog will die.
    I think you make a great point about choices in the beginning, you choose watching more TV or writing more blog posts. It’s all about our choices everyday Ryan!

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 8:49 am

      Changing habits is key Lisa. From spending to leverage your presence, to being all in with your blog – which means less time doing stuff that isn’t super beneficial to your online growth and freedom – as those habits gain momentum, so do our dreams. Thanks much πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  5. Shivam Verma says:
    at 9:28 am

    Hi Ryan, I find all your tips very useful, especially the sacrifice one, Monetizing one, practicing writing. I will keep track of your blogs and try to inculcate these tips in my habit to generate more benefits from my blogging. Thanks for the Post.

  6. Matt Hutson says:
    at 9:53 am

    Wow you hit me spot on Ryan! It sounds exactly like me now full time worker and part time blogger. I definitely am shooting for the top though it might take longer than what I want it to because my job gets in the way on top of it all is my little family. I do my best to make time for what is important to me. Blogging is definitely important to me, I feel this driving force in me every time I sit down to write a post. It’s such an amazing feeling.

    Thanks for the great tips Ryan,
    Matt Hutson

  7. Janice Wald says:
    at 9:53 am

    Hi Ryan,
    I know Susan Velez. She is just as supportive as you say. As you know, I have a job outside of blogging. I appreciated the tips. As I said on Twitter, “great topic.”
    Janice

  8. Andrea Torti says:
    at 12:10 pm

    Great tips, especially #6 – networking is a crucial part of any successful endeavour, including blogging!

  9. Hassaan Khan says:
    at 4:29 pm

    Hello, Ryan!

    First off, you talked about the strength of ‘why’. I agree with you on that. It reminded me of Simon Sinek’s book: Start With Why.

    Secondly, writing, at least, 500 words on a daily basis will help anyone who wants to start off blogging and make a living around that. Pure gold.

    One of the lessons I learned about blogging success is that you have to invest some money to learn, experience, and improve your craft. Whether it’s buying e-books, courses, or upgrading to premium products.

    Thank you so much for a great write-up.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:08 pm

      The investment phase is key Hassaan; get that down and you will be *being* a pro blogger. Thanks much πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  10. Vishwajeet Kumar says:
    at 10:51 pm

    Hello Ryan,

    Great insight and very beautifully written article. I started my blogging journey since I was in Graduation. After Completion of my Graduation blogging is become my full-time job and I am giving my 100% on it. I am also agree with you that you have to invest for your blog to get profit from it. I am also know susan, she is really a passionate blogger and always ready to help others.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:21 am

      V that is awesome you dove into blogging. A man after my own heart πŸ˜‰ Thanks heaps and keep on rocking!

      Ryan

  11. Susan Velez says:
    at 9:07 am

    Hi Ryan,

    Looks like I am a little late to the party as there are already so many comments…been busy. First of all, let me say congratulations on you being published at Positively Positive. That’s awesome and it definitely shows that guest posting works if you do it enough.

    Second, thanks for mentioning me on your blog post…I am extremely grateful. Thanks to your Building a Blog Empire through Blog Commenting, I’ve learned the importance of leaving valuable comments.

    Plus, I am not a fan of those small “great posts and “thanks for writing this article.” I still get a lot of those on my blog and to tell you the truth, I don’t publish them. I don’t want my blog filled up with a ton of those generic posts.

    I know that people who leave those posts are just looking for a backlink. That’s not why I take the time to comment. Instead, I focus on building friendships with other people just like you. Because I am actually learning a lot from other people.

    Not to mention, when I take the time to do something correctly, I get a mention from someone like you. Again thanks for that, I truly appreciate it.

    While I still don’t guest post 2-4 times per month. I did submit 2 last month, still not sure if one of them will get approved. I am slowly working my way up to doing more per month.

    Not sure if I’ll ever reach your caliber…maybe after several years of blogging πŸ™‚

    We all know that you’re everywhere. It seems that whenever I visit a blog there you are. I am truly amazed at how much you write in a day.

    I’ve actually made it a point to write at least 1,000 words everyday. Although, I have to admit, that I don’t always do it…I know shame on me.

    Totally agree with you about sacrificing on some things right now so you can build your future. I make it a point to get up at 5:00 every morning even though I don’t have a job. I’m such a morning person and get more accomplished early in the morning.

    Plus it gives me time to work on my blog before I start working on my freelancing business. These tips are extremely helpful and will help people get more done on their blogs, even if they have a part-time job.

    Thanks for sharing these tips with us Ryan and I hope you have a great day πŸ™‚

    Susan

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 9:34 am

      You are doing everything right Susan. Guest posting, leaving mammoth-sized comments, sharing value, promoting others. Big time foundation you are setting for even greater success down the road. Agreed on those morning hours too. I also love waking early to work in quiet. Thanks for the awesome comment!

      Ryan

  12. Muhammad Fawad Saleem says:
    at 2:11 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    These are the challenges I am facing for last 4 years while running a blog and having a job. It is really very hard to manage my blog. I think many times to write at least 500 words a day for my blog but can’t… but your tips would help me to go ahead on my way to run my blog along with my full time job.

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 5:48 pm

      Muhammad keep at it buddy! Times get tough for a while sometimes but your persistence will win. Always does. Thanks a bunch brother πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  13. Akash Bais says:
    at 3:39 pm

    I was in a delema since a few days about leaving my job and starting full time blogging, your idea gave me a clear direction towards what i should do now,
    thank you so much

  14. Adeel Sami says:
    at 9:32 am

    Hello, Ryan!

    That’s the best of you going, buddy!

    You’re the awesome out of the greats!

    I can certainly say blog commenting is as powerful as writing the blog posts.

    Even most bloggers end up writing the content but they don’t invest a good time in doing blog comments.

    And voila…! They are like talking to their own self in terms of pushing in dozens of blog posts with not having the single interaction in terms of blog comments.

    So, invest in blog comments first to get on the road of blogging. Make good relationship first like how Ryan did (and of course doing) to then cash out the opportunities later like asking for the guest posts and as such.

    Now to the 7 other tips, they are as essential as the breath of the life to keep going.

    Thanks, buddy!

    Keep rockin’!

    ~ Adeel

  15. Reji says:
    at 2:10 pm

    Hi Ryan,

    It seems to a very interesting topic for me. I have been blogging for the last three years and unfortunately I am also doing a full-time blog that leave me with little or very less time for my blog. Still, I believe I am doing little justice to my blog considering the time I utilise for it. Anyway thanks for sharing the eight tips that is a timely reminder for me to make some changes in my oveall stratety. Anyway, you are always an inspiration for me and I believe it is the same for many other bloggers too.

    Hoping to read more contents from you again. Keep sharing your wonderful ideas and thoughts.

    Have a great time blogging and travelling.

    Cheers

    Reji Stephenson

    • Ryan Biddulph says:
      at 7:55 pm

      Keep at it Reji. You are being super persistent even though you work full time; that takes resilience. You are on your way! Thanks a bunch πŸ™‚

      Ryan

  16. Maria says:
    at 12:25 pm

    Your post resonates a lot with me. I own a business and I also blog part time. I am torn between blogging (which I love) and also work (which I love and need to survive!). The problem with me is that I have a lot to say on my blog, but not, enough time as I’m always working! I think that’s mostly the case with folks like us! Thanks for the advice and inspiration!

  17. Paulo antonio says:
    at 9:57 pm

    Wow, how much your blog, this post has everything to do with me, I work all day from 8am to 6pm every day, when I get home, to work on my blog, I do not have all that pique anymore Slowly I’m keeping myself motivated to never stop.

  18. Sue says:
    at 12:46 am

    Ryan your energy, enthusiasm and determination ooze out of this article. I have to admit that being at the retirement phase my focus and drive is not as clear. With any goal in life passion and drive are key to the foundation of success. You always leave me with great deal to reflect on. Perhaps for me some reflection on what personal success in blogging looks like and whether that is tied completely to monetization.
    Sue

  19. Nobi says:
    at 3:01 am

    Hi Ryan,
    Great to see you post as always.

    I am part time blogger as well and in a middle of confusion whether to continue or not. Your post here just give me a boost to keep moving forward

  20. Duke Stewart says:
    at 8:31 am

    Why Why Why. That’s the hardest part sometimes but always the most important. That’s what I’m doing every single day to push forward. Monetization is crucial but I’d add sponsored posts, and making the monetary figure count. The money is out there. I (and we all) just have to go out there and get it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing, Ryan. Awesome post!

  21. Benjamin Ehinger says:
    at 5:07 pm

    This is literally like a game plan or blueprint for successful blogging. It’s right to the point, but gives so much good information it’s hard not to trust the tips. Plus, if you actually put the work in, per the advice here, you’ll see results.

    I have been writing for more than a decade and I can remember when it used to be more difficult. However, it’s always come a bit easier to me than others. My wife became a full time writer with me about 2 years ago and she’s grown in leaps and bounds through practice.

    I used to have her handle a client needing 300-word posts and she went from doing 2 per hour to about 5 per hour over about 3 months, just because she was practicing every day.

    If you follow the advice and write 500 words a day for practice, by week two or three, you’ll fly past 500 words without realizing it.

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