This week has been quite chaotic. I’ve been pulled in every direction manageable. For those of you who have been following my fashion career, you know that I’ve been freelancing for a little over 2 years now. I recently was approached about a full-time gig (at Banana Republic HQ) and the seriousness of the situation is really starting to weigh in on me. The interview process has been rigorous, not to mention the fact that actually having a full-time big girl job just completely freaks me out. As much as I have complained about being a freelancer there have been a lot of freedoms that come with that. Expectations are low, and you can come and go as you please. Having a full-time salary job is totally different than clocking in for your hours and going home at 5 every day. I would be stepping into full on adult mode, and its exciting yet intimidating at the same time.
On top of all my job craziness, things with the blog have slowed down as well. I’ve been really struggling with my identity as a blogger, where I want to take things and how I’m going to get there. I struggle with what investments should be made for this blog and what it really takes to make it grow the way that I want it too. The stress of my job has caused me to be unmotivated and discouraged so I was thinking of taking a hiatus. In the midst of all of this I checked my email one day and realize I was featured in IFB Links Al La Mode. Wow! Just the confidence booster I needed. I was excited for about a week, but work was getting to my head again and I quickly got writers block. Then one day I’m checking my stats and realize I have a boost in traffic on my decorating my vanity post. I look it up and see that the post was featured in another blog link up! Of course, I was ecstatic. Right, when I started doubting myself all these people choose to feature my blog and seeing people appreciate my work is so rewarding. I was in two weeks of writers block and I still was getting featured in some amazing blog link ups. Week 3 comes along and its crazy busy. I didn’t have time to shoot pictures for my blog posts so I figured I wouldn’t put any posts up that week and take some time off. I forced myself to upload two posts, did a little Twitter and Instagram promo, and went on about my day. This morning I wake up and see that one of those posts were featured againnnn on IFB. What the heck is happening! I’m starting to think “shoot I should start doubting myself more if I’m gonna keep getting all these features”.
The point of all of this is that no matter how discouraged you are as a blogger keep on going! Somebody out there is reading your posts, and your work is valuable even though you may not necessarily see it right now. For those of us who work full time and let the woes of work get to you (guilty as charged) let this post be a source of motivation for you! Try and do whatever you can during the week and as long as you put your best foot forward, then don’t stress!
Hope this post inspired you! If you’re struggling with how to manage a blog while working full time you can read up on my tips here!