I’m really interested in how your day-to-day blogging life goes. How much time do you spend researching? How much time writing? How far in advance do you write your posts? Where do you get your inspiration from? How do you make sure your following remains strong? I imagine it’s a lot of work even though I don’t know what the position of professional blogger entails.
Oh, friend. You flatter me. I’m always absolutely riveted by other bloggers’ ‘peek behind the curtain’ posts but for some reason I’ve never thought of doing one myself. Because, you guys? This business is probably disappointingly normal and boring. But! You asked for it – so here goes! This is the real, actual run down of what I did on Tuesday, April 24th.
6:00 am: Get up sans alarm because I’m a dorky morning person. Drink tea out of a unicorn mug and eat breakfast. Go through my Google Reader and star posts I want to include in the next Web Time Wasters, delete spammy emails, update the Yes and Yes Facebook and Twitter accounts, respond to Twitter and Facebook comments.
7:00: Make bed (yes, really. It makes me feel like a grown up!), get dressed in ‘real clothes’ and put on makeup. Again, this makes me feel like A Grown Up Who’s Going To Work.
7:20: Make a list and start Doing All The Things. Put together this weekend’s Yes and Yes newsletter. Write About page and Investment page for a local filmmaker. Write sales page for a photographer based in Portland. Write landing page for media guru based in Hawaii. Try to think of a word like ‘spark’ or ‘ignite’ (but better) for relationship therapist client.
Usually, I set a timer for 30 minutes, work, and then take five minute breaks and do super fun things like: blow dry my hair or do the dishes. See! I told you this post would be riveting!
12:40: Eat lunch of fake chicken patty with honey mustard and
spinach salad with goat cheese in front of computer. Belatedly realize
that it’s gorgeous outside and I should do something about it.
1:00: Walk to nearby Tiny Library to contribute a collection of essays I bought at Goodwill for $.50. Walk to the bank to get cash and a roll of quarters for laundry-doing as I’m down to bikini bottoms for underwear.
2:00: Get an email from a corporate sponsor who wants to buy a three-month ad package and do a giveaway Put together the giveaway post and the sponsor’s spot in the mid-month sponsor post.
Write up a bunch of assignments for my intern who helps with one of the corporate blogs I manage. We discuss super sexy things like embedding links, resizing photos, full justifying text and @mentioning guest posters on Twitter.
3:00: Format Mini Travel Guide: Iceland. So much photo fussing! Go through first round edits with a new client. Laugh with another client over tales of conference calls gone terribly wrong.
4:00: Very, very begrudgingly open the daily training email about the adventure 5k I’m doing. Do the suggested workout. Feel alternatingly hot, tired, and awesome.
5:00: Put on my Fancy Lady Disguise (re: eyeliner and non-ponytail hair) and spend 40 minutes in traffic to meet my Gentleman Caller at Spoonriver for pre-play nibbles. Wine and veggie burgers and soba noodles, ahoy!
7:30: Time Stands Still! Sort of relate to the lead character who has returned from abroad and feels weird about life in America. Except said lead character is pretty unlikeable. Despite being named Sarah.
8:00: Sneak into the Guthrie’s VIP lounge (we’re not VIPs!) and drink free wine.
10:00: Drive home, check email, make a conscious effort not to work more.
10:30: Go to sleep in my slightly creaky bed that I bought off Craigslist.
There you have it, friends. The deeply normal day in the life of a professional blogger. Hope you didn’t fall asleep!