Discussion – Bookblogging vs the full time job

bookblogging vs full time job

While a lot of bloggers in the YA community are students, either in high school or university, some, like me, were (unfortunately) thrown into the world of adulting and full time jobs.

I started book blogging when I was in my first years of university, now about six years ago. Due to the fact that I only had a few hours of class per week, and my enviable procrastination skills when it comes to studying, I had almost unlimited time to read and blog.

On a good day, I read 2+ books in a day. I was able to devout hours to blogging, and reading other people’s blog post. It was incredibly easy to keep up with my favourite blogs, and become a known member of the book blogging community.

With a full time job, it becomes increasingly difficult to break into the blogging community.

Now, at the ripe old age of twenty-five, I have finished university and am in full time employment. Despite the fact that I like my job, it’s very demanding and requires a good ten hours of my time every day.

Fortunately, I live within walking distance from my work, meaning that I don’t have to factor in commuting time. Still, when I get home from the office, I can’t just plop down in the sofa and start reading. There are dishes to be done and dinners to be made. Ironing is the bane of my existence. I try to limit the amount of time spent on chores by meal prepping and leaving most chores for the weekend. But by the time I finally sit down, it’s easily 8 or 9 pm.

Let the reading commence!

I juggle my spare time between reading, blogging and keeping up with other people’s blogs. That, combined with other hobbies, such as gym time, makes it increasingly difficult to keep up with everything.

Sometimes I only manage to read one book per week, maybe even less. I don’t read as many blog posts from the blogs I’m following as I’d like, never mind having enough time to browse and discover new blogs.

Of course, it’s not all bad!

Despite all of this, I don’t miss my university life. Working life has a lot of perks.

I have a steady income, allowing me to purchase a lot more books in the formats I love (hardback all the way!) than I did this time two years ago. Of course, combined with less time to read, my TBR list has skyrocketed!

When I’ve finished working for the day, I can sit back and read or blog without a cloud of guilt hanging over my head, telling me I should be studying.

I have more funds to devout to my blog, being able to buy a domain and a nice theme (at least in my opinion!)

Would I like to go back to being able to read? Sure, but not if I have to give up all the perks of working life. And you never know, perhaps some day I’ll finish writing my book and become a full time author. Fingers crossed.

Let’s chat!

How about you? Are you a student or a full time employee like me? How do you juggle your time?

19 thoughts on “Discussion – Bookblogging vs the full time job

  1. I’m with you – a little all over the place between a couple different jobs and working out and reading/blogging. I’m lucky in that all my jobs are flexible schedule, so I can jump around between things as necessary, but that does mean that it gets a little crazy sometimes!

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  2. Oh! I was thinking of doing this topic aswell ! However not quite like this, hehe !
    It’s true im no longer a student, but however I do have a job; just as a part-timer. some weeks I get more, and I may increase for the summer, I don’t know yet. For now I do have quite alot of time on my hands still .. I could get a second job, I guess.. but my body don’t really go well with that, and besides, I can manage with it; being happy and also more free to enjoy my 23years along with my blogging !I don’t need more for the time being xx

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  3. I didn’t like University that much, and when I look back on it, I realize that I probably shouldn’t have gone. It was four years of my life I could’ve spent toward, working on my blog, my music, YouTube channel, and traveling.

    With that being said, I did grow up a lot during that time.

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  4. It’s so nice to see someone else talking about this topic. It’s something I struggle with BADLY. I just can’t seem to get the balance right these days. I look around at other bloggers who are currently students wistfully, wishing for those extra few hours in the day! Ohh I miss them. Adulting is hard.

    It also doesn’t help that I have an admin job because after staring at a screen all day the last thing I feel like is opening my computer again in the evening.

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  5. Ah, I can imagine what you’re going through! I’m a student, and I work part time occasionally, but it’s not quite the same as a full time job ahah. I actually have a pretty long commute, but I end up using that time to read usually so it’s quite useful! But I know many people who get headaches or the like when reading on a moving vehicle, so it’s not for everyone. It can be so difficult to manage life and reading/blogging though!

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  6. I started my blog just after I finished university and started working full time, which was probably a pretty stupid time to do it! I had a lot less spare time, but it was nice to use what I did have working on my blog and doing something creative, even though I have always found juggling it a struggle.
    I work in a supermarket on the counters, so I’m on my feet all day and talking to customers (which is pretty exhausting as an introvert!), so I don’t always feel like blogging when I get home, and I definitely have much less reading time. There definitely are pluses though to blogging whilst working full time – having money to buy books, as you said!
    Great post anyway! It’s good to see someone talking about this, as it’s definitely something I bet a lot of bloggers struggle with 🙂

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    1. Haha, that’s probably the worst time to start a blog! But you made it work 🙂 I’m really glad to know I’m not the only person struggling with this!

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  7. I sometimes see bloggers who have new blog posts every day and I just know they don’t have the same day as I do and probably don’t work or are stay at home mums. It’s great that they can do that but it’s only normal that I can’t blog at the capacity that they do and read as much as they do. I work full time so I’m also always juggling a bit. I usually read evenings and in the weekend and have an evening or two of scheduling and making my next review. I assume it gets even worse if you have a busy social life (and kids) but it’s a good thing I don’t have either :-). Nice post!

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    1. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to juggle a full time job, kids AND a blog. Impossible. Thankfully, like you, I don’t have children either (and won’t be having any any time soon!) and hardly any social engagements. Thank you for your lovely comment!

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  8. Im working full-time too and I find it so hard to get the balance right! I work shifts, sometimes 21 hours at a time – add in a 40 minute commute each way and my blogging time is seriously eaten up! Not to mention finding the time to actually read all of the books. So glad to know I’m not the only one, thanks for a great post! 🙂

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