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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A (NEWBIE) FULL TIME BLOGGER + SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT

07/06/2015
Full time blogger

I wanted to write this post for a number of reasons. Mainly I wanted to put this together because I get asked quite often – which is my polite way of saying all the bloody time – what I actually do all day. Whether it’s fellow bloggers who are interested in what an average day looks like in the life of (newbie) full time blogger, or whether it’s friends or family wondering why I sit at home all day or trot off to town, constantly receiving parcels and packages and wondering how the hell do I live without getting up and heading to “a job”. This post will hopefully shed some light, break some myths, and more than anything… prove to myself that “actually girl, I know your to-do list is as long as your arm which makes you feel like you’re the least productive person in the world, but you actually do a lot”

I will refrain from talking to myself throughout the rest of this post…
… you’re welcome πŸ˜‰

Next to note – oh jesus christ, enough disclaimers just get on with the darn post – is that there really isn’t just an average day in a blogger’s life as some days I’m up at 6am, at events/meetings all day, home really late (well, really late is 11pm for me #GrannyBlogger) and then I’ll carry on working into the early hours. Other days I’m up at 6am, working from home all day and literally not moving from the same spot – bar kitchen/bathroom breaks – again working until stupidly late. Either way, what I’m trying to portray is that despite some completely ignorant knob head comments over social media that full time bloggers are girls that sponge off of their parents/partners etc. a lot of us do actually work our arses off and make a living in the process. Especially those of us new to full time blogging, because things don’t just come easy, you really do have to work for it.
Oh, lastly – *cue everyone reading this’ head drop to the keyboard in exasperation* – I have a little surprise announcement at the end which may or may not have something to do with Youtube. On to the post.
full time blogging

06:30: I wake up at 6:30am (completely pissing off annoying the other half in the process – because I love to be awake early so I can be productive and get shit done! Whilst drinking my tea and lemon water – which I’ve drunk every day for years because this totally cleanses the thrice weekly Indian takeaways away, right? – I go through Twitter/Instagram/social media.. replying to messages, scheduling tweets/links to blog posts and generally catching up on the world. I then reply to emails which are quite easily the bane of my life. Shortly followed by publishing a blog post and replying to the the lovely comments on my previous blog posts. FYI, if you comment on my blog, you really do make my day, just thought you should know that πŸ™‚

07:00: Time for a bath/shower/whatever I have time for that day, and then to make myself look more human, i.e slap on all of the concealer in the world. Alongside many other products, as seen below.

FOTD
Bourjois Healthy mix serum

07:45: Cleaned and Casper face-free, it’s time to chose my clothes which the control freak in me usually mentally picks out the night before. Otherwise, girlfriend gonna be going through those rails for hours…


08:00: 8am and it’s back to work to reply to some more emails – the ones that I don’t get finished over my porridge, usually – schedule some more tweets, check my affiliate link accounts, chase up sponsored post payment, and generally just a lot of blog admin which after emails, is the other bane of my life. (blogging really isn’t all fun and glamour is it?)

09:00: Time to take some blog photo’s, today the photo’s were for the outfit that I was wearing so alongside my Mum/boyfriend/whoever is willing to step in and a tripod… I trot off to a pre-thought out location and get snapping.

American eagle jeans
off shoulder top
american eagle jeans off shoulder top
fashion blogger locations

09:30: Once the photo’s are done – [insert hallelujah emoji here] – I drop off my camera and head to my local Starbucks with my parents (who do actually work FYI, just at all different times of day) to procaffeinate*/steal Starbucks’ wifi to upload my blog photo’s. That’s not because I’m a tight arse by the way – although my umpteen Primark bags might suggest otherwise – it’s because I live in an area that has the lowest wifi speed in London. True story! #BloggerProblems.

*For the actual meaning of Procaffeinate, head over here to see it used in “proper” context πŸ˜‰

10:30: After walking back home through the delights of South East London, I grab my stuff together, drop off my laptop and head out for any meetings/press days that I have.

#HOFPressday
#HOFPressday
House of fraser fashion
Biba House of fraser

11:30: I arrive at Baker Street and head to House of Fraser’s ridiculously lovely office to check out their AW15 press day which was just… there are no words. Well, obviously that’s a lie as I wouldn’t be talking now πŸ˜‰ but I really was gobsmacked by how stunning some of the items were. *Spoiler: if you skip to the end of the post, you may see some video evidence of said stunning-ness*

13:00: Lunch time. I am literally the least fussy person when it comes to food, as long as it’s gluten free – I have coeliac disease by the way, ain’t nobody got time for faddy “I’m wheat intolerant but the pizza was worth it” types of people – and today I ended up in Itsu.

13:30: Lunch over – sad times, just because it’s always sad times when you get to the end of your lunch – I then had to sprint down Oxford Street to make it in time for my meeting with American Eagle. Luckily, I made it in time, with sweat, messed up hair and just general bedraggled-ness in tow. Sexy…
Itsu Salmon
American eagle
American eagle
American eagle
American eagle
14:00: Meeting time with American Eagle and a good look around their showroom. The meeting, again, was so lovely and I’m really excited to be working with such an amazing brand πŸ™‚ I actually have a post coming up very soon featuring their gorgeous denim – I mean, can we just take a moment to appreciate those rails of dreams? – which I’m very excited to post!

14:45: Time for the inner granny in me to rejoice, it’s home time. πŸ˜‰ As much as I absolutely love press days and meeting brands, I do equally love getting home, putting my hair up, getting the comfies on – #BraOff – and settling down for an evening of work.

full time blogging

15:30 – 18:00: Back home and ready for said evening of work. This is when I crumble into a pit of self pity when I come home to all the emails in the world. I’ll spend the next few hours replying to emails from PR’s/companies regarding samples (which I actually turn down the majority of because they’re not a great fit for my blog or I don’t have the time to write about them all anymore)/sponsored posts/collaborations etc. I’ll continue to write some posts, edit photographs, brainstorm some blog post ideas… and for this day specifically? Upload some video footage to my trusty old Mac to be edited. [insert shit a brick emoji here]

courgetti
courgetti carbonara

18:00: Dinner time. Tonight we went for Courgetti Carbonara i.e all the healthy intentions covered in a load of cheese, cream and bacon πŸ˜‰ It was ridiculously delicious though, I am practically Nigella Lawson these days. Minus the coke…


18:30: After dinner I unleash the granny in me again and practically delight in taking off my make up, running a lush bath and getting ready for bed. #22GoingOn82

Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm
Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm
Emma Hardie moringa cleansing balm

19:00 – 22:30: This is one of my favourite times of day, I love getting tucked up into bed and carrying on working late with a glass of wine (I don’t drink every night by the way… promise) and joining in with the Twitter chats – hence why my tweets are probably incomprehensible 99% of the time – In between chatting to so many other amazing bloggers, I’ll write my to do list for the next day, start editing a video/post, schedule some post links for the next day and generally plan what content needs to be going up, and when. Sponsored content, whilst obviously great because a girl’s gotta pay the bills somehow, takes me a while to brainstorm, plan, create etc. so I always try to roughly schedule every day. Yes, you can say it, I’m a neurotic psychopath πŸ˜‰

22:30: Working for yourself means it can be incredibly hard to switch off, but I try to “finish work” by 22:30 latest. To chill out and get ready for bed, I’ll watch an episode of a series I’m currently watching or read a book. Unfortunately due to the devil that is Insomnia, I don’t usually drop off to sleep for a few hours but, what’s a girl to do…

So that is, briefly – well, as brief as I could make it – what a typical day in my full time blogging life is like. I just wanted to take a moment to say that despite occasionally mentioning working all the hours in the world/never getting a day off, I do feel incredibly lucky to be in a position where I have been able to take my blog full time and make a living out of it. Yes, I am not by any means a “big blogger” releasing a novel with millions of followers, but with hard work – and a little freelance work occasionally on the side – I can make a comfortable living out of it, and this genuinely blows my mind on a daily basis. Blogging started off 2 and a half years ago as an amazing hobby and quickly turned into a passion that I couldn’t get out of mind. I could never do this job without the support of you amazing people that read my blog – Mum, that’s you I’m talking about here πŸ˜‰ –  and I am eternally grateful to each and every one of you.

Soppy stuff over, it’s time for a ridiculously exciting/shit a brick announcement. Whilst writing and photography will always be my passion, I’ve recently missed filming/producing/editing – I was a TV Producer before going full time with my blog – so I thought, f**k sod it, after being an avid YouTube watcher for at least 6/7 years, I decided to finally strap a pair of balls on and make a video. It’s not amazing, it’s not ground breaking, but it’s my first video and it took a hell of a lot for me – i.e all the dutch courage [insert wine emoji here] – to actually publish it, so it would absolutely make my day… year… life... if you could check it out and *maybe* subscribe if you like it….

… or if you’ll take pity on me anyway because I’ve only got two subscribers i.e my Mum and my Nan πŸ˜‰

Before this turns into the longest post in existence, I’ll wrap it up here. I really hope you enjoyed this post and got a bit more of an insight into the world of full time blogging. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments below as I always reply to every one I get πŸ™‚
Thank you so much for reading. I really hope you enjoyed this post (and video [insert monkey cover eyes emoji here])
xx

118 responses to “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A (NEWBIE) FULL TIME BLOGGER + SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT”

  1. I loooove that you're on youtube now! I honestly can't wait to see more of your videos, I really liked the chatty part of the video, you're such a lovely, funny person πŸ™‚ I hate talking to my camera/ my accent and just my voice in general haha

  2. Lady, the video looks GREAT! No worries there, also one of my favorite outfits so far!

    xx – Naomi in Wonderland

  3. Elle, this is one of my favourite posts from you! Probably because I'm a tad nosey, but also because you're now on Youtube (subscribed immediately..). You work so hard, and you definitely deserve breaks! Don't always be too hard on yourself πŸ™‚ xxx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

  4. Holly says:

    So excited to watch this video Elle, I have a sneaky feeling I'm going to love your channel just as much as your blog πŸ™‚ This was really interesting to read (I love having a nosey into what peoples lives looks like!) and it's very obvious how hard you work, usually those people making the horrible comments are just incredibly jealous and I know it's impossible to ignore them but you've done so well so I think you should be extremely proud of yourself <3 πŸ™‚
    Love Holly x

    http://www.thehollydays4.blogspot.co.uk

    • Ahh thank you so much Holly, I really hope you do πŸ™‚ Thank you for the lovely comments, I think it's just a generalised perception of full time blogging but it's frustrating when you're working so hard.

      xx

  5. Laura C says:

    I'm not usually one for vlogs simply because I don't get the time to watch them, but I totally lost my shit over this one Elle – the duck for a start and the perfume – haha! I love that you don't take yourself too seriously. More of this please πŸ™‚

    Laura | Loved By Laura

  6. Antonia says:

    I loved reading this post! It was such an interesting read. I always like hearing about other people's routines. Congratulations on launching a YouTube channel too!

    Antonia x | Fifi and the Diamonds

  7. This was really interesting, always keen to find out what goes on in peoples lives! Congrats on the youtube too, it's fabulous! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

  8. Rachel S. says:

    I watched the video, it's really funny! Not surprising, you're posts are funny too πŸ™‚

    RachelShuchatMakeup

  9. Loved your video! Can't believe it was your first one. Look forward to more in the future. I'm trying to venture into vlogging too…but I'm rubbish at keeping up with it. I start off well in the morning and then come afternoon have forgotten completely. *oops*

    xoxo – Kelly
    http://www.dreaminlace.com

  10. Zarrah Jane says:

    Great video ellie.
    I read it all and finished your video.
    Glad to know you have a youtube channel now.
    I can't wait for more.
    May i know what software you used to edit vids? TIA.
    XO

    Check my new post.
    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin

  11. Zeena Xena says:

    Loved reading this!

    Zaineb – Blogging Gals Founder | http://www.zeenaxena.com ❀

  12. Liz Tarran says:

    You go girl! Absolutely loved the post and the video as always! xx

    lotsofloveliz.blogspot.com

  13. I blog once a week, and even that takes a lot of work – whether it be writing posts, taking photographs or replying to comments/emails, but I really enjoy working with my hobby and everything that comes with it x

    http://www.sheintheknow.co.uk

  14. Thanks for doing this post! I found it really insightful! Also I loved your video you should definitely do more! I always find it weird seeing how bloggers sound, it's always a nice surprise haha! πŸ™‚ Have a lovely weekend πŸ™‚ xx

  15. Damarcia says:

    I love this post! I'm currently in the process of relaunching my own blog because I feel I haven't been able to give it the attention it deserves. Reading all the work that goes into yours has left me feeling both motivated and inspired to step my own game up!

    – Damarcia | Amour Marci

  16. Imogen Smith says:

    Brilliant! Such an insightful blog post and video and your wit and humour is just amazing!! x

    Miss Imogen Smith

  17. May Cho says:

    I'm not a full time blogger and I'm new to the blogging community, so it's super interesting to hear about what an actual full time blogger does! It does sound like hard work, but I like to keep myself busy, haha, so I'm hoping to turn into a full time blogger one day! Lovely post, Elle!

    May x β€’ THE MAYDEN β€’ bloglovin'

  18. I have really loved this post!! I have recently taken blogging full time and my god is it full time! The time is just slipping through my fingers!

    Shot From The Street | Fashion Blog

  19. Alina Bostan says:

    Definitely subscribing to you Youtube channel, fair play to you for starting it up and I loved your editing style. This was a really interesting read actually even though I already have a fair idea of how much work blogging full time involves. I also started my blog as a hobby when I moved to London last summer and now almost a year on I have realised that I'd love to do it full time but since I have my little one to look after for the time being it's hard to go to events (as I've no one to help with babysitting here in London). But I will keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully in a few years time it may be easier to take the step towards blogging full time x

    Beauty with charm

    • It's definitely always a possibility Alina and your blog is fa, I would love to see you blog full time! It must be tough with a child because obviously they'll always be your priority but maybe when they're older you might get more time? Either way, so excited to see what's to come from your blog πŸ™‚

      xx

  20. Jordan says:

    Yaaaaay! I absolutely loved your first video and hearing your voice (that's one the weird stalkery things I enjoy when people start youtube :'))! I loved the duck as well! GET THE DUCK IN THE SHOT!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

  21. Congratulations on the first (of maybe, possibly, who knows many) YouTube videos!

    P.s. By the way you don't sound like a twat or have a bad accent!

    Emma | HarmonyBlaze.Blogspot.co.uk

  22. Iida Emilia says:

    This was very interesting blog post. I love to read about the daily routines of other bloggers and entrepreneurs πŸ™‚ I almost wish that my wifi connection would suck too so that I had an excuse to go to the local starbucks everyday πŸ˜€

  23. LBG says:

    Love this post! So interesting and cool to see what your day is like! Your video was so well done, warm and friendly. I love your accent, it now adds a voice to your posts when I'm reading. And House of Fraser was stunning. Thanks!

  24. Fii Cridland says:

    Yay you're on youtube now!!! *Toddles off to subscribe*
    I really love this post too, since I'm a nosey bugger and enjoy watching what other people get up to during the day. πŸ˜€

    Fii || little miss fii

  25. bryony grace says:

    It's amazing how writing a blog can become your job. Blogging is one of my favourite things to do and I'm so glad I discovered it. Thanks for this post too, it's really interesting to see a bloggers daily routine πŸ™‚ http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

  26. glenka says:

    You always come across as someone with a great sense of humour, your posts are so funny and your video is just the same. I hope this was the first of many videos from you.

  27. Beautylyme says:

    Loved reading this & have subscribed on youtube. Best of luck with it! xx

    Beautylymin

  28. Glam O'Clock says:

    Such a lovely post and video Elle!!! As there is no real rules with blogging, I love to be a bit nosy see how other bloggers organise their day πŸ™‚ Sad times I couldn't go to the HOF press day! I would have loved meeting you! xx

    Alexandra | Glam O’Clock

  29. April Nunez says:

    This was very interesting post, and love the outfit too. Great post! πŸ˜‰

    April of: https://beybiapril.wordpress.com
    Instagram: @aprilnunezzz

  30. Uzo O says:

    I really enjoyed reading your post and see a lot of similarites in what you do especially with the photography shoot, since moving back to Europe i dont have any one to take my pictures so i got a tripod too ,but its never the same when its taken by a photographer and to be honest its one of the reasons i haven't being taking much pictures for my blog. Bloggers do have a busy life and please ignore whatever comments you get that says otherwise. I will check out out the video and subscribe . Great post dear , really great!

    http://www.stylenbeautylounge.com

  31. This was a really fantastic post but to top it off was your Youtube video! Congrats on taking the plunge! You're a natural in front of the camera and I 100% didn't expect you to have an accent exactly like mine! Haha!

    'I can't really say fuck on Youtube, can I?' – Actual LOL.

    http://blessedbymeow.blogspot.co.uk

    =^.^=

  32. Rachel-Beth says:

    I really enjoyed this post Elle! I've always wondered what full time blogging was like, as I hopefully may one day be ready to take this plunge myself πŸ™‚ American Eagle are such a cool brand to be working with- I'm excited to see your collaboration! Congrats with the You Tube channel too!!

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  33. I really enjoyed reading this! I work from home (writing freelance) and I don't nearly have as much structure as you do in your day, reading this makes me realise I need to get my s*** sorted, haha! I might just steal your lemon water daily routine too, thank you very much xx

    Shaqinah || Shoes and Roses

  34. Wow, you do get up quite early and you're so well organised! I really enjoyed reading this post πŸ™‚

  35. alison says:

    Congrats on your first video!!!. I love reading these day in the life posts, it really gives an insight as to how hard it must be

  36. Jenny says:

    Huge congrats on your new channel lovely!! I've also started YT it just seems the natural thing to do and also your up super early haha! You've worked hard and keep it up xx

    http://www.krystelcouture.com β™₯

  37. Gabrielle says:

    I've been reading your blog for a little while now and I just love seeing it go from strength to strength πŸ™‚ A huge well done on being able to take it full-time and of course for entering the world of vlogging! Looking forward to more of your posts πŸ™‚

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice

    x

  38. Sian Marie says:

    Literally laughed out loud when you said "I fucked up… I can't say fuck on youtube" It is actually quite refreshing to hear someone swear on a vlog. But a fab video and post. Can't wait to see what you do next πŸ™‚

    Sian | SiΓ’n Marie Beauty
    xo

  39. Anonymous says:

    Everyone who runs a blog know how much work it acutually is! I really appreciate your work. Your posts are always so long, good to read & your pictures are great quality!
    <3
    http://www.simplyartdicted.com

  40. Hello!
    I really enjoyed reading this post! Lovely blog!

    R.
    http://jarofsweeets.weebly.com/

  41. Colleen says:

    Oh my god, I love this post so much! I am about to make the leap to full-time blogging, so it's exciting to see what that entails for others. And I LOVE the video. You don't have a bad accent girl I think it's cool! I always think I have a bad accent which has really turned me away from Youtube thus far….

    I have a question though: when you go to a press day, do they invite you or do you just find out about it and go?

    COOCOO FOR COCO

  42. Great post, Ellie. That's a hell of a long day. But your hard work definitely comes across in everything you do, so it's definitely paying off. Also, great to see on YouTube; looking forward to seeing more videos soon x

  43. Read that, seen the video, subscribed, liked. Done! Your sense of humor is just.//!! (that meant amazing )

    <3
    Dora Bangs Bang | Bloglovin

  44. Such a great post Elle! It's so interesting to see what kinds of things a full-time blogger gets up to as I've always wondered. And YAY for YouTube! Loved the video, the editing was great, can defo see your production skills there, I can tell you're going to be making some good videos! Good luck with it, I'm subscribing! πŸ™‚

    Heather Xx
    100waysto30.co.uk

  45. Emma Felin says:

    Lovely post, and I adore your outfit!

    xo,

    Emma
    http://www.sassystreet.com/

  46. Fantastic post! Loved reading and watching about you blogging world! Wonderful humor and fun. That zucchini machine is so great how it swirls the veggies like that.

    xo, Bry

    BurlesqueX(A.Twisted.Romance).Naughty&Nice

  47. Fantastic post! Loved reading and watching about you blogging world! Wonderful humor and fun. That zucchini machine is so great how it swirls the veggies like that.

    xo, Bry

    BurlesqueX(A.Twisted.Romance).Naughty&Nice

  48. R Burden says:

    Crikey you do wake up really early and your day seems very busy and full. Blogging is definitely not all glamour. It's actually really hard work as a hobby, let alone as a job / full time. But we can tell by your posts that you put a lot of effort and work into your blog so I'm sure good things will continue to come your way. πŸ™‚ I love American Eagle. I even got my husband into shopping with them. So happy they're finally here in London. Look forward to your post about their items. xx

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

  49. Kim Petersen says:

    Hey gorgeous, I tagged you in the love/hate tag, can't wait to see your responses! XO -Kim
    http://www.thethirtysomethinglife.com

  50. Congrats on the new YouTube channel Elle. I am so proud of you. I know it will be a success girl. And I wish my blogging days were filled with as much fun as yours. I just loved reading this girl.

    Kia / The House of KTS
    http://www.houseofkts.com

  51. Stella says:

    Just found your blog. I love it….

    http://fashionandstylepolice.com/

  52. angelina says:

    Thanks for writing this very detailed post! It sounds like your days are always very full – I'm not sure I could deal with getting up so early and running around the whole day.

    Angelina Is

  53. Rachel Hosie says:

    Fab post, Ellie. And the vlog is great! I totally relate to the post-lunch sadness btw. x

  54. This was such a great day in a life post! I'm used to seeing them on YouTube and ones that are on blogs are so quick and i'm like WELL WHAT DID YOU DO THEN hahaha! x

    Katina | http://www.katinalindaa.com

  55. La Travelera says:

    Lol Your video is fab! Your alarm was really funny, loved it!!!
    I would love to be full time blogger but I think it will be very difficult to get a full time job of it and I am not that great in computers or social media…so I will o have to continue with my boring full time job…
    xxx
    http://www.travelera.es

  56. Selena J says:

    I love this post! You have such good humor lol
    β† Mondays & Mimosasβ†ž

  57. Caroline says:

    Brilliant insight post and bloomin excited that your on youtube, you'll be fab! πŸ™‚

    Caroline.x
    notesfromcaroline.com

  58. Sophie says:

    I'm such a granny too – I love getting to bed early, ALWAYS taking my make-up off and having some quite of stable routine…I promise I'm not boring πŸ˜‰ Also you get SO much done before 10.30am girl – you work harder than almost everyone I know in an office! Keep doing what you're doing – because we love it! Sophie xxx
    http://www.fashionnomads.com
    http://www.fashionnomads.com

  59. Rhea Dillon says:

    Love this insightful post, great hearing about the full time blogging experience!

    thegridldn.blogspot.com

  60. Lisa Tran says:

    Hi Elle!
    I'm new to your blog, and I LOVED, LOVED this post! I've been scouring the Internet/other blogs for this type of post, and I'm so glad I found it. It was very thorough, inspiring, and I loved getting the "behind the scenes" look of a full time blogger. Keep up the great work and the awesome attitude!

    Lisa
    everydayelevated.blogspot.com

  61. Blogger says:

    Just received a check for over $500.

    Many times people don't believe me when I tell them about how much you can earn by taking paid surveys online…

    So I took a video of myself actually getting paid $500 for taking paid surveys.

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