What is a day in the life of a blogger like?
You may ask yourself this question if you are considering starting a blog. I asked myself the same question before I started Iconic Blogging.
Many people think a blogger life is about spending time thinking and writing. Some think a full-time blogger likes sipping coffee in front of their computers, typing words, and clicking publish. Lol.
But you know what? Our life is more fun than you think. And thanks to AI tools, the work involved in blogging has considerably reduced.
Here is what a day in my life as a blogger looks like and how I use AI to speed up my work.
A Day in The Life of a Blogger
My daily blogging journey starts at 5:30 a.m. because early morning is my most productive time. But before turning on my computer, I work out for 20 minutes, bathe, and prepare my work setup.
My mind also feels fresh at this time, and I feel so great that I can sit and work for 8 hours without a break.
However, I spend this time working for clients. Yes, you read it right. My peak productivity is dedicated not to my personal blog but rather to serving clients for whom I provide blogging and web design services.
Some of us have long-term contracts with clients, and other bloggers still have their 9/5 jobs. This shows that there is never a perfect time to start blogging, and you don’t need to stop your full-time job. I always recommend starting now.
You can start a lifestyle blog or a travel blog or even become a food blogger. Eventually, you’ll become a full-time blogger. You will also need your own schedule to write the latest blog post and think about future posts. That may also be your typical day.
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I stop working for my clients at 11 a.m. and focus on my blogs now (Iconic Blogging and Grow With Results). I chat with our content manager on Slack to plan the day ahead. We discuss content calendars, old blog posts, making money, helpful tips, tasks, issues, opportunities, and more.
Finally, I take 30 minutes to reply to emails and messages. Since I don’t have much time, I use AI writing tools like ChatGPT and Google Bard to craft my work emails.
The clock reads 12 p.m., and my afternoons typically kick off with a gentle start. I’ve already invested 6 hours in intense work and creative efforts. My brain is beginning to feel tired, so it’s time for a well-deserved break.
But my break means working on tasks that don’t make me think too hard. It’s the perfect time for blog maintenance, for example.
I update WordPress plugins and themes, check errors in the Google Search Console (if any), or solve problems affecting our writing tools. Every day has its technical problems, so the tasks are never the same.
At 1 p.m., I usually take a 2-hour break. I enjoy watching funny and personal development videos on social media during this time. I also choose to explore SEO-related videos to gain more knowledge.
Finally, the best part of my break is reading manga and watching anime – I can’t live without those two.
Work resumes at 3 p.m. I’m still tired because half my brain wants to have fun, and the other half wants to work seriously. So I raise my standing desk, connect my speakers, and play music on Spotify.
This is the best time for shallow work, work that doesn’t need me to focus. I can work and sing at the same time. I mostly use this time for content and keyword research. It also allows me to find potential articles for Iconic Blogging and Grow With Results.
But let’s see what my evening day in the life of a blogger looks like.
My schedule from 5 p.m. until bedtime is always different – Never the same.
Some days, I write a new blog post, record and edit videos, design other websites, or produce different content types with AI. (More about my scheduling tools and methods later.)
Here are some of the tools I use in case you are interested:
- Writesonic and ChatGPT to write some blog posts fast
- Surfer SEO to optimize my content
- Ahrefs to do content research
- Asana for my content calendar and
- Slack to communicate with my team
That’s the real life of a blogger. We are not always writing blog posts. But thanks to artificial intelligence, I can start producing content faster and focus on making money.
But, though I use AI, how can I do all these tasks and write articles at the same time?
Well, I don’t write posts. I mean, I don’t write all the time.
I have a fantastic team of writers to craft awesome content. Our content manager at Iconic Blogging does such a good job that I can spend time working on other tasks to move the business forward.
My blogging life isn’t always about writing. Sometimes, I must record a course or hop on a quick call with an important client. I’m not superhuman to do everything myself.
The period of 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. is a special time for me. The fatigue is gone, and the same level of energy that I experience at 5 a.m. returns. This is when I think and feel better.
The last task of my evening schedule is usually writing post outlines. Lol, a blogger life is never boring. Though we have a content manager, it’s still my job to come up with content ideas for the entire team. Then, I write outlines to help the team know what and how to write a particular blog post.
In any case, I typically start to wrap up my workday at 10 p.m., take a bath, and go to bed. However, just before drifting off, I take 30 minutes to plan the next day.
Scheduling Your Daily Blogging Life
How do I plan my daily blogging life? I use the Time-blocking method.
According to this post written by Todoist, “Time blocking is a time management method that asks you to divide your day into blocks of time.
Each block is dedicated to accomplishing a specific task or group of tasks, and only those specific tasks.
Instead of keeping an open-ended to-do list of things you’ll get to when you can, you start each day with a concrete schedule outlining what you’ll work on and when.”
This image illustrates it well.
What scheduling tools do I use?
I use the Samsung Calendar on my phone or the Google Calendar on my computer. Both are perfectly in sync.
I like being flexible and don’t plan for more than one day in advance. However, my team and I use Asana as our content calendar. It’s where we find blog posts to write or update.
You may try time blocking; it may work for you or won’t. Just remember that there are many different time management methods. Continue to test various methods till you find the best one.
Now that my day is meticulously planned, I can finally settle in for a good night’s sleep.
I begin my blogging day at 6 a.m. — taking a 2-hour break along the way — before resuming my hard work and ultimately wrapping up at 10 p.m. This is the usual routine in my blogging life.
Blogger Life - Weekdays vs. Weekends
Do I Have Fun on Weekends?
My philosophy is: If you have time to have fun, you have time to make money.
I don’t go out on weekends unless it’s necessary. I can take care of myself today because I know my priorities.
But I know many people who prefer to enjoy life now and suffer later. I’m the opposite; I prefer to suffer now and enjoy a little occasionally and more very soon (not later, lol).
I aim to grow Iconic Blogging to the point where it won’t need me anymore.
What's the Typical Day of a Full-Time Blogger
Though I just shared my daily blogger life, you may still wonder what my day has in common with other bloggers. Let me share some key tasks every blogger does.
1. Content Research and Planning
Content research and planning is one of the key aspects of a blogger life, though it’s not a daily task. A blogger will quickly run out of content without brainstorming ideas for future posts.
2. Content Creation
Bloggers are primarily content creators, responsible for crafting articles, blog posts, or other forms of content. This involves thorough research to provide accurate and valuable information. Your writing is crucial for engaging readers and keeping them interested in the blog’s topic.
Many bloggers have started using AI tools like ChatGPT and Writesonic to write content to speed up their content creation. Thanks to these tools, you can divide your workload up to 50%.
3. Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
Unless you have an SEO expert working with you, you will also add SEO optimization to your daily tasks. Bloggers perform keyword research to understand what terms their audience is searching for and then strategically incorporate these keywords into their content.
4. Social Media Management
Full-time bloggers use social media channels to promote content and engage with their audience. They share their blog posts, interact with followers, and participate in relevant discussions.
5. Email Marketing
A full-time blogger often spends time writing emails to communicate directly with their audience. They encourage visitors to subscribe to newsletters for regular updates, exclusive content, and promotional offers.
6. Analytics and Data Analysis
To understand the blog’s performance, a blogger uses analytics tools like Google Search Console and Google Analytics. They monitor metrics such as website traffic, user behavior, and engagement. By analyzing this data, bloggers see what blog posts work for their audience and can adjust their strategies accordingly.
7. Website Maintenance
A well-maintained website is crucial for user experience and search engine rankings. Bloggers update content regularly to keep it relevant and perform technical blog maintenance tasks. This includes updating themes and plugins to ensure the site’s security and optimal performance.
8. Monetization Strategies
Reaching financial freedom is the main reason you start a blog. Thus, bloggers think about different monetization strategies like affiliate marketing, sponsored content, ads, and selling their own products.
Recommended reading: What’s the difference between affiliate marketing and digital marketing?
9. Learning and Development
Blogging is a dynamic field, and bloggers must stay informed about industry trends, algorithm changes, and new tools. Continuous learning is essential for staying competitive and adapting to the evolving landscape of online content creation.
These tasks collectively contribute to a blogger’s success by attracting and retaining an audience, optimizing content for search engines, and effectively monetizing their platform.
Recommended reading: Blogger vs Vlogger vs Influencer: What’s the Difference?
What is Your Blogger Life Like?
I just shared my daily blogging life. Again, the tasks are never the same from day to day.
But what’s your day like? Have you started blogging already, or are you still considering your options?
Blogging is amazing. Sharing your thoughts with people is a feeling you can’t easily describe. Create your blog today, start writing, and be patient till you see the amazing results.
Maybe one day, the day in the life of a blogger I will read about will be yours.