Hello, my name is Ciandra Birnbaum and I have a passion for fashion and anything beauty related. I am a York based blogger and I am this years brand ambassador for York Fashion Week 2018 (I hope you are as excited as me for it!). I thought I would share what my life is like as a part-time blogger and my daily schedule.
When it comes to blogging, there are no two schedules that are identical. Everyone seems to have long to-do lists, a million different things to do, etc. Not all blogs are created equal, but they are often viewed as if they are, without any thought to the status of the person doing the blogging. Not status as in “award-winning”, but status as in “part-time” or “full-time”. Not everyone runs their blog as a job, or wants to, and this affects not only how our blogs are perceived by others but also how we view our own blogs.
I run my blog in my spare time, alongside a 37 hour a week job in marketing, a business degree and (where possible) a social life. When I have something I want to think through, mull over, or share with others, I can’t help but start writing things down on a page or a screen.
Spending a weekday evening jotting down my thoughts on a topic used to be considered a bit of an odd hobby, but now it can be viewed as a job. Like many of my hobbies over the years, I don’t actually want to do it full-time. I like the security of being an employee on someone else’s payroll, and I enjoy the lack of pressure that comes with part-time blogging. With being so young at 19 too, I like being able to gain experience in an established company, and who knows I might want to be a full-time blogger in the near future.
However, in this increased blogosphere, there is room for everyone. Whether you’re a full-time pro blogger with a glossy online presence, or someone typing/snapping away for fun in a spare moment, there is space for us all. I’m not doing this for comments and likes. I’m doing this because I enjoy writing and fashion, and this little corner of the internet is my favourite place to do it.
My typical routine as a part time blogger during the week looks like this:
6:30am – Alarm goes off and I debate whether or not to go back to sleep, but decide I should probably make some tea and get ready for the day.
6:30am – 8:00am – Work on blog. Every day is slightly different, but there tends to be some patterns in my daily work schedule. I also work efficiently and the best in the morning.
Scroll through Ins
Write or edit a post
Respond to comments or emails
Do batch work, like look for stock photos for future posts. Even if I don’t have a post written, I will look at photos and save the ones that I think I will use in the future. Or if I have a few photos and posts done, I will create and edit them on Blogger.
On my day’s off or weekends, I actually spend about half a day working on my blog. This is usually geared towards random things, like updating a broken link, applying for affiliate programs or brainstorming new blog posts. I also do photoshoots for new Outfits I am loving or collaborations with brands.
8:30am – I pack up and drive to work after I have got dressed and put my makeup on.
9:00am – 6pm – I realise how much I like my job in marketing at Nestle, but hate how busy I get! During lunch time, I check on all my social media interactions, go for a walk, and scoff down a soggy sandwich!
6:00pm – Leave work
6:15pm – Home and I make dinner, tidy up, as well as check on Instagram or do some pinning on Pinterest.
8:30pm -10:30pm– Catch up with friends, eat dinner and blog. If my workload is light, I’ll have a pamper night and put a face mask on.
10:30pm– Plan my to-do list for the next day and then lights out!
Overall, this schedule is a little hectic for me! During my work week at my day job, I am super busy. Usually by Friday night, I’m exhausted and end up zoning out at home, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.
Please check out my blog www.loveciandra.com and my Instagram @love_ciandra.