Book Blogger Hop: June 22nd | Day Jobs vs Blog Management

For all of you worker bees out there! How do you balance having a day job/career and managing your blog at night? Is it hard or easy to do, and what do people in your work life think of your blogs?

‘Book Blogger Hop’ is hosted by CoffeeAddictedWriter.

Oh, good lord, this is another week that has been fairly hectic in both good and bad ways. I want to say that it’s all gone smoothly after we picked up Arlo (if you recall that grumpy pup from a few weeks back) and, whilst he’s been an adorable menace who is my entire world, there have been a few bumps in the road. Therefore, this week’s answer will go into my personal life as well and give you a general update. Though the question is a fairly personal one so I think it fits. 

Let’s get to the question first.

Now, I wish I could say that I have an excellent answer for this question and that I am able to spew and give out motivational advice on how to manage a career and a blog at the same time. Whilst I would love to be able to be somebody who could handle the two at once,  I am at a place in my life where I am hardly able to manage a blog, let alone hold down a career as well. That being said, due to health reasons that I’m not going to go into just yet, I’m unable to actually take on the responsibility of a fairly physical day job. I don’t have the energy for it and I don’t have the ability to work like that, so that’s been something that’s hugely prevented me from expanding out my own career further.

However, saying that, I’m still not entirely sure what I want to do with my life, which is one of the reasons that I started this new blog in the first place. I knew that I loved reading and I evidently love writing, so why not combine the two? This blog gave me a distraction and an outlet to share my own thoughts, but I’m still trying to find my footing and come to terms with the fact that it is my personal platform and I can post what I like. It’s very difficult to remember, however, when I’m trying to constantly live up to expectations that I think people have of me.

So, I don’t have a day job. I’m 18, nearly 19, and whilst I know a lot of people may think of me ‘lazy’ for not working, I’m literally not allowed to due to my physical and mental health. Sometimes life gets too overwhelming that even trying to maintain the blog gets to be too much, and I find myself slipping and, in turn, I get annoyed at myself as it seems I can’t even handle a blog, so whoever handles a blog and a career must be a saint.

Though I am somewhat employed, just not on the front of having a day job, if you catch my drift. I do a lot of freelance writing and I’ve recently been employed as a freelance entertainment writer for a fairly big and well-known publication, which is exciting as I think I would like to further expand out into entertainment journalism. As I’m a freelance writer and I can work whenever and from wherever, I mainly just try to get my assignments and projects done when I have the mental functionality to do so and I’m able to motivate myself to get that article written or to get that review posted. Not going to lie, sometimes it’s really tiring, but I personally think that a freelance style of career suits me a lot better as I’m able to do things such as setting my own rates, choose my own niches, and build up my portfolio and experience at a rate that I’m able to handle. It takes quite a lot of work mentally, which is exhausting and I shouldn’t be taking on as much as I am apparently, but it’s not physically putting me at risk by making me be on my feet all day. But I’m also really wanting to look into becoming a vet, which means I have to get healthier in both the physical and mental sense to be able to continue my education and expand out into that field if I want to.

Another point is the fact that I now have an 8-week old son –  a beagle puppy who I’ve called Arlo – who I have to look after. He’s loving waking me up every hour of the night to demand my attention and, since he’s too little to be able to jump up on my bed, he’s very talkative during the early hours of the morning. I usually get to sleep around 4am, and Arlo has been waking me up at 5am to start his day, so I’ve been having very long days. I’m trying to nap when he naps. He’s a gorgeous boy and he’s my entire world, but he’s been feeling not so good for the past few days. He’s had a funny tummy and that’s been keeping him awake for a long time. Today he was really lethargic and not himself – he wouldn’t eat his food and he refused to drink which definitely concerned my Mom and I. He’s usually very active and talkative, but he’s just been a flop for the entire day and we’re sure that he’s in pain due to his stomach playing up. We took him to the vet on Wednesday, but we called the vet again this afternoon and they wanted us to bring him in even though it was after closing hours. He’s a bit dehydrated and it’s been fairly hot today, so that can’t help. They gave him some a pain medication injection, an antibiotic injection, and have put in a slow-release electrolyte patch under his skin to keep him hydrated. I’m in love with him and all I want him to do is feel better so hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day. He’s so little and he doesn’t deserve this. Sorry if that puts a downer on this week’s answer, but here’s a photo of my little boy to brighten things up!

I’ve also started an Instagram for him (@arlothebeaglo) if you happen to like animals and feel like getting random updates as he grows up. Just gotta get through this rough patch, and my little guy is strong as hell.

This is a wonderful question and one that I wish I could give a much better answer, though I’m not able to actually hold down a day job at the moment in any case, even if I didn’t have a blog to run at the same time. The freelance writing career has been taking off though, and my mental health still isn’t the best, so I’m constantly reminded that I need to pace myself, but it’s tough when I feel like I need to prove my worth.

I’m tired tonight and somewhat rushing this post because I’m on new meds which I think have made me drowsy. Arlo is asleep next to me – they said that the injections might sedate him even more – but sleep is what he needs right now and I just don’t want him to be in pain.

But enough about me, what about you? Do you currently juggle having an extensive career or day job whilst also managing a blog at the same time? If so, how do you handle the work-load? Do you prioritise one over the other, or just take it as it comes? Please feel free to let me know – I think it’s amazing that so many people are able to manage the stress of working and then being able to regularly update their blogs at the same time.

Thanks for reading my answer to this week’s ‘Book Blogger Hop‘ and I’ll write you later.

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