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life as a part-time blogger: the ins & outs of running a blog while still working a 9-to-5

PINTEREST

I know for many of you Pinterest is where you plan your dream wedding or home, but you’d be amazed at how many resources are out there to help you with your finances as well.  Just this last month I started using an app called Tailwind to help schedule pins for me, and right now, I spend a couple hours every other Sunday poring through Pinterest posts to see which I a) find beneficial and b) feel would be most helpful for my followers.  I then upload them to Tailwind on a two week schedule, and I’m now pinning more than I ever have been before with less work. Win-win.

I’m just really starting to really get into the Pinterest world with my blog, so I’m currently in the process of going through all of my old articles and creating Pinterest images for them as well.  Creating better images means you have a better chance of increasing your traffic, and this task is taking up quite a bit of my time right now.  Like, a lot of my time. But I’ve seen some amazing results from fellow bloggers, so I’m hoping it pays off for me as well! If you have any hints, let me know 😉

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INSTAGRAM

I honestly haven’t promoted my blog that often on Instagram solely because I don’t have enough time right now to fully dedicate myself to 3 social media platforms.  Thus, I usually just stick to promoting my latest blog post and sharing a few funny or inspiring quotes I see.

In the future, I plan to get into this a little more heavily, but I want to get on steady footing with Pinterest first.  So for now, you’ll just have to deal with mostly personal Instagram pics.

Follow me on Instagram at @brittandtheb

READER INTERACTIONS

NEWSLETTER

Newsletters are great for two reasons:

1)      It’s a great opportunity to share additional content with readers that can help them along their financial journey/career, and

2)      It helps you further increase traffic to your blog by putting your content in front of people who may have missed any social media posts promoting your site

I put out a newsletter bimonthly, which means every other weekend, I’m writing a blurb for my latest blog post I’m including as the main feature in my newsletter, scouring for additional content to share, coming up with helpful tips for you to implement, and sharing posts from my Instagram & Twitter accounts.  It used to take up quite a bit of time, but I’ve gotten into a fairly decent routine and am now down to roughly 1-2 hours per newsletter.  If you have any ideas for things you’d wish for me to include in future editions, let me know!

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Read also: ” THE WEEKLY NOTES #3

EMAILS

Believe it or not, I actually get quite a few emails every day regarding opportunities for me to guest post on other sites (see my latest on EliteDaily here >>> 4 Things People Who Save Money Want You to Know About Them), other bloggers requesting to guest post on mine, questions, comments….you name it.  And going through and responding to these isn’t extremely time-consuming on a per day basis, but when you have to check it multiple times per day, it adds up to quite a bit of time over the course of the week.

COMMENTS

If you haven’t noticed, there is a section for comments at the bottom of every blog post, and I LOVE whenever someone leaves me one on the site (hint, hint).  It starts a conversation, and when one person voices their opinion, others tend to follow. 

That being said, responding to those comments and commenting on other bloggers’ posts is also an integral part of running a blog and is an everyday task as well.  You want to make sure your responses are well thought out and, as the writer of the blog, still contain beneficial information for your readers.  You’d be amazed at how many great ideas and tips and thoughts in general spur from the comment section of personal finance blogs, and I highly encourage you to read them and join the conversation. Like HIGHLY ENCOURAGE you.

AboutKara

I’m a writer, new mom and foodie. I love sharing what I know while making others feel beautiful. On this blog, I share my healthy lifestyle, simple meals, fitness tips and experiences.

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