Hello lovely In it 4 the Long Run readers! I’m Christina, the blogger behind The Blissful Balance – a food blog focused on living a life of healthy moderation, with a mission to simplify the relationship between food, fitness, health and happiness.
I am so lucky to have met Georgie through… you guessed it… Instagram. Over the last [almost] year she has become a wonderful friend of mine, and a huge source of inspiration for my blog, and my life in general. She’s my blogging shoulder to lean on, and my go-to person for when I feel like sending a Snapchat of a hideous face. [Editor’s note: these are my favorite snaps of all] Of course, she reciprocates and we move along with our days. Totally normal. She even came to Tampa to visit me in November, and I’m heading to the Big Apple in March to see her!
I’m so excited to be guest posting on In It for the Long Run today. Georgie and I are swapping blogs to share ‘a day in the life’ – our processes, methods, strategies as healthy lifestyle bloggers. Without further ado, here’s a day in my life as an food blogger:
Since I work full-time, and I know many of you bloggers out there do, as well, I’ll share with you how a weekday goes for me.
A Day in the Life of a Food Blogger
5:30-6:00AM: Wake up. Grab my phone and scroll through e-mail, Instagram and Facebook. Probably not the healthiest thing to do when you first wake up, but hey, I’m going to be as candid as can be here.
6:10-6:45AM: Make sure the blog post I scheduled went through. Share it on my personal Facebook page, foodgawker, Stumble Upon, Facebook groups (FitFluential Food is the primary Facebook group where I share my recipe posts), and schedule some pins from that particular post. I also always add new post URLs to the link section on my Instagram account – this way people can go directly to my newest blog post from my Instagram. During this time I also check out my favorite bloggers’ new posts, read and comment on them.
6:50-7:00AM: Go for a run, go to the gym, or take a fitness class. Either way, I always prefer to exercise before my day (as opposed to after).
8:15AM: Eat breakfast. My go-to, especially after a workout, is oatmeal with protein powder and cinnamon. Oh, and I probably took a picture of it and shared it to Instagram. This is also when I catch up on a little more blog work that I’ve got to get done. Whether that’s more blog reading, Pinterest scheduling, replying to comments, what have you.
9:00AM: Begin working on my day job. I work for a small flexible fitness startup company in Tampa called Peerfit. I work remote, so I am able to sort of plan my own schedule. However, being the routine-oriented person that I am, I try to start my day by 8:00 or 9:00 everyday.
12:00PM: Lunch time! This is when I like to take a break from ‘day job’ work to eat and catch up on blog work. Oh, and share a photo to Instagram! Instagram has been a source for many opportunities for TBB, so it is definitely one of my main social media focuses. I try to share about three photos per day.
12:45PM: Back to work!
4:45-5:00PM: Ex out of my 5 million tabs for work and end my day. I, most of the time, end up having to answer e-mails and deal with any issues that arrive throughout the rest of the evening, but for the most part I put work away at this time. Something to note: during the day, I sometimes will take intermittent breaks to scroll through Instagram and perform social outreach. The best way to grow your Instagram following is to be active and genuine – comment on others’ photos genuinely!
5:01PM: I’m serious – as soon as I am finished with work, I get to cooking or baking. I want to make sure I get the best lighting for my photoshoots. If I am stuck with work until it’s dark, however, I don’t stress about lighting because I recently purchased this photography table light. It has been a lifesaver when it comes to early Winter nights! If you are going to use it, however, make sure all of the lights are turned off in the room.
5:30-5:45PM: Cooking/photographing my finished product(s). Let me give you insight into my recipe development process:
- Inspiration. Honestly, most of the time I create recipes from cravings I have or simply pulling ideas out of my brain for food combinations. If I am feeling uninspired, I head to Pinterest or foodgawker and sift through recipes. I NEVER copy recipes, but I may grab some inspiration for general ideas, and I always make it my own. For instance: if I see a recipe for a dessert, I will think “how can I make this into a cookie?”. I think about the flavors that are in the dessert, and how I can morph those into a cookie recipe. Immediately, I write down the recipe in my pink “Let’s Do This” notebook that you may have seen on this post.
- Shopping. I try to get most of my grocery shopping done over the weekend because, honestly, the last thing I want to do after a day of work is go to the grocery store, and my mornings are too busy for me to get it done then. However, if inspiration strikes during the week, I suck it up and get it done. And trust me, when inspiration strikes, get it done then and there. I try to have at least two posts in my queue at all times, and I continue to overlap so that I am never scurrying to get a post up.
- Cooking. I try to do most of my recipe testing and shooting over the weekend, mostly Sundays. However, I have been getting into a bad habit of not doing anything over the weekend (you know, like hanging out with friends) and only focusing on my blog. Unhealthy! So, I have begun to spread it out so I am not swamped over every weekend. As I am cooking, I am writing down notes in my pink notebook, making sure I have everything perfect for when I go to write up my post.
- Photographing. This is for real. The struggle. I have a dinky printer table that I set up next to our sliding glass door. I prop it up so that I can place my white photo board on the table against a wall. I place one of my many wooden photo boards that Christian has made me on the table, and that is where I shoot my recipes. Mark my words people, one day I will have my own studio.
- Graphics. As soon as I upload my photos, edit them and export them into a folder, I create my pinnable graphics. I like to get this done and out of the way so that when I am ready to write the post, all I have to do is write and everything else is already done.
- Writing. This varies. Sometimes I feel inspired to write so I will open up my laptop as soon as I am done shooting my recipe. Or, I end up writing my post the night before it is supposed to publish. This process has yet to be down to a routine, but at least the most time-consuming part has been finished already. Writing has always come somewhat easy to me, so it is the least of my worries when it comes to blog posts.
- Publish. This is done, as you read earlier, always in the morning before work. A lot of the time I don’t even schedule my posts, I publish them manually. For no reason. I just like to make sure it’s done and done right, is all.
Now that you’ve seen what it’s like to live a day in my life, head over to my blog to see Georgie’s perspective!
Can’t get enough Blissful Balance (naw, it’s cool, neither can I) hop over to the ‘gram cuz she’s takin it ova today!