Hey Friends! This weekend Brandon and I decided to lay low at home so he could focus on healing. I decided to take advantage of the days “off” to catch up on blogging, schedule social media for the week ahead, and manage the photo shoots I’ve been putting off because, #busy. My routine became all jacked up due to our move to Missouri and starting a new career but now that we’re beginning to feel settled in I’m getting back into the swing of things blog-wise.

A day in the life of a lifestyle blogger - how I research my blog posts, plan my content, schedule my social media, and manage to keep my sanity. Via @honeyandpineco #thisblogger #bloglife #lifestyleblogger

Since a few of you have recently started your own blogs I’ve been hearing from you, mostly through Facebook messages, telling me how surprised you are by everything that goes into blogging. How much work it truly is and how much time it takes each week. It’s true, there is a lot that goes into running a blog and I’ve been wanting to sit down and share a “Day in the Life” post of a typical day running the blog. 

It’s a bit hard for me since I’m not a full-time blogger. I have a full-time career at a software firm and my blog fits in where it fits in. I rarely have a full day to devote to blogging, instead, I fit in blogging time where I can in the evenings or on the weekend. Since this weekend was a weekend dedicated to letting Brandon heal after his time in the hospital last week I figured I’d take advantage of my lazy Saturday to share what my day looks like when I do have a full day to devote to running Honey & Pine. 

I try to maintain a sort of office hours so that running my blog doesn’t spill over into the personal time Brandon and I spend with each other. Admittedly, I’m not very good at that. I’m often on social media far outside of the office hours I try to keep but I do limit the time I spend responding to emails, researching keywords, and planning content so I suppose that’s something.

A day in the life of a lifestyle blogger - how I research my blog posts, plan my content, schedule my social media, and manage to keep my sanity. Via @honeyandpineco #thisblogger #bloglife #lifestyleblogger
A day in the life of a lifestyle blogger - how I research my blog posts, plan my content, schedule my social media, and manage to keep my sanity. Via @honeyandpineco #thisblogger #bloglife #lifestyleblogger

I started my blogging day today around 10am after showering, walking the dogs, cooking breakfast, and getting Brandon settled in. My day then looked like this:

  • 10am – 11am: Review my calendar for upcoming due dates on any sponsored content including drafts, photography, and statistic reports. Schedule publish dates on my editorial calendar and confirm any deadlines via email to my sponsors.
  • 11am – 12pm: Review blog post topics that are scheduled for the next two weeks and research keywords and keyword phrases for SEO using Semrush and Google Keyword Planner. 
  • 12pm – 1pm: Lunch break to walk the dogs and cook lunch.
  • 1pm – 3pm: Photography for upcoming blog posts. Sometimes Brandon takes my pictures for me but it’s usually me, my camera, and my tripod. Using my tripod takes a lot longer than having someone take the pictures for me then I do quick editing with some preset filters in Lightroom.
  • 3pm – 5pm: Outline blog posts using a template I created in Asana. The outline consists of the SEO researched keyword or keyword planner, main points, external links, internal links, blog title, search engine title, social media title, and relevant hashtags to use when promoting the post on Instagram.
  • 5pm – 7pm: Write the blog posts I spent all day researching, outlining, and editing photos for. 🙂  Schedule social media posts for the week ahead so I can be active even when I’m really at work.

Depending on my schedule at night, that last part might not happen until 10pm or later. It fits in where it fits in but because I have all of the other prep work done and the whole post outlined, I can usually write the post in about 15 – 20 minutes. I try to stay a few weeks ahead with content so if I need to take a few nights off I can do that without worrying. It’s also why I had to cut back to only publishing new blog posts 3x a week.

A day in the life of a lifestyle blogger - how I research my blog posts, plan my content, schedule my social media, and manage to keep my sanity. Via @honeyandpineco #thisblogger #bloglife #lifestyleblogger

My home office also happens to double as our guest bedroom so there’s a nice big bed in there our dogs love to hang out on while I’m blogging. Since I have a full-time job outside the home it didn’t make sense to use the room for an office I’m hardly ever in. Plus, the dogs love having a huge space to lounge on. 

I love having my little sidekicks with me while I’m blogging because puppy cuddle breaks are an amazing mid-day stress reliever. What I don’t necessarily love is all of the dog hair I can see floating around the air in my office. I’ve mentioned my issues with dog hair and dog odors frequently in the past. It’s a serious thing for me. I wish I could have my dogs but none of the issues that come with owning dogs. That would be a perfect world, unfortunately, it’s impossible. Fortunately, I’m a problem solver which is why I keep an OxiLeaf™ by EdenPURE® on my desk at all times. 

A day in the life of a lifestyle blogger - how I research my blog posts, plan my content, schedule my social media, and manage to keep my sanity. Via @honeyandpineco #thisblogger #bloglife #lifestyleblogger

The OxiLeaf purifies the air by removing pet, cigarette, urine and cooking odors. It also removes smoke, pollen, dust, pet dander, and carbon monoxide. If that’s not enough, it also kills dust mites and removes virtually all organic and inorganic pollutants, including toxic gasses. My office probably has the cleanest air in my whole house, haha.

It plugs into the wall or into a USB port so you can sit it on your desk like I do. It’s nearly silent so you won’t even know it’s there. Plus, it never needs a filter so it’s easily something you can plug in and forget about. Just let it do its job and keep you breathing easy. 

If you need a simple hard-working little air purifier, definitely check out the OxiLeaf! If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog of your own make sure you set a schedule because all the little tasks are time-consuming. There’s a lot more to it than people think! If you need help getting started, you can find the info you need right here.

A day in the life of a lifestyle blogger - how I research my blog posts, plan my content, schedule my social media, and manage to keep my sanity. Via @honeyandpineco #thisblogger #bloglife #lifestyleblogger

Thank you to EdenPURE for providing the complimentary OxiLeaf featured in today’s post on Honey & Pine Co.