Secret Diary Of A Travel Blogger: What I Do When I’m Not Travelling

Secret Diary Of A Travel Blogger: What I Do When I’m Not Travelling

The 9 to 5 (yeah right, more like 8 at least) of a travel blogger when she’s not on the road, laid out in all its boring, unsociable glory.

8.30 Alarm goes off. (It’s called work/sleep balance yo.)

8.35 Do a quick catch up on social media and scroll through emails from bed. Today my inbox has some nice comments from readers, a few loosely worded emails from people who want to work with me but don’t explain what exactly they mean and a reply from a company that gets me really irate. Earlier this week I crafted a well thought out response to a company that got in touch last week wanting to promote their services on this blog you’re currently reading. They were a good fit so I responded with my ideas for how I could feature them and also told them more about my audience and demonstrated how engaged they were with the topic they wanted me to write about. I also shared my standard rate for this type of work and received a reply today saying it’s too high for them and having looked at my site they want to know how I came to this figure. Ouch. Really want to reply saying – “Coz that’s what I charge (insert expletive)” but am talked down by the more professional side of me.

9.00 I’m at my desk with a cup of tea and breakfast bar. Reply to emails that warrant a response and ask Facebook what to do about the one that’s offended me. Whilst a few cheeky friends insist I reply using the blunt phrase above, most agree I should just ignore it. The best suggestion is that I reply “I just looked at what the local plumber charges and add $2 on.” This makes me laugh for far longer than a normal person would. Eventually I decide to delete it and move on, albeit still a little grumpily.

9.30 I begin working on a blog post for one of the companies I freelance write for. I have some lifestyle brands I work with in Oz as well as travel clients so I could be writing about anything from Instagram Husbands to making your home cosier in the Winter. Today I’m writing a delectable piece on Aussie bakers to follow on Instagram. I want cake badly.

10.30 Do a bit of Yoga With Adriene whose YouTube Channel I am obsessed with. Having completed the 2016 30 day challenge earlier this year and feeling amazing, I’m now working my way through 2015’s version.

11.00 Decide it’s time I should shower. My freelance rule is ‘always wash before lunch’ so I usually break up my writing with a shower break around 11. Go to grab my phone from the living room, forget curtains are open, flash the neighbours.

11.15 Send some snaps. Hubby is working away and I’m lonely. Snapchat has to pass for social interaction.

11.17 Realise I have a strange Snapchat voice that only comes out when recording. Can’t stop it.

11.20 Curses. I’ve dropped the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick gifted to me by World Duty Free for a campaign 2 years ago and that I’ve loved and worn every day since.

11.30 Do a bit of invoicing and admin. Check who has paid me, who hasn’t, lodge some expenses and wonder if I can afford to buy a Shimmer Brick. Send a silent thank you to Serj Mustafa who has created a Kisstory playlist on Spotify that makes this UK expat very happy.

12.00 Read over the blog post I wrote this morning. Edit, source images, send to client for publishing.

13.00 I usually break up my days working from home with a lunch date with a fellow blogger or freelancer. I haven’t got anything in the diary today so prepare lunch at home and watch Masterchef, which is ironic as what I ‘made ‘ for lunch was a jacket potato and baked beans. After that I clean the kitchen, put a load in the washing machine and realise rather sadly that the best bit about freelancing right now is being able to do housework mid-week and not on my weekends. #freedom #ironic

14.00 Decide I really need to get out the house. Head to post office to send a card to a friend back home who’s just had a baby. Accidentally buy coffee and chocolate. Fitbit says I’ve done less than 3000 steps. Vow to go further than 2 blocks tomorrow.

14.30 Start work on a blog post for another client. This time it is travel related and has less research involved but a lot more formatting as I upload it direct to the client’s CMS.

<Insert various distractions from Facebook/Instagram/all the social medias. Ain’t gonna lie – it happens.>

16.30 Get to a point where I’m happy with the article but decide to sit on it and reread tomorrow when it’s due to be completed.

16.35 Start working on a post for Girl Tweets World. You’re reading it. (Ha, inception!)

17.30 Check back in with inbox again. Client who I sent the article to this morning loves it. Breathe sigh of relief. Have been a freelance writer for 4 years now (wow? when did that happen) but still get the daily fear of receiving a reply from a client that says ‘you’re shit, what were you thinking?’ RSVP yes to a few events, send pitches for more commissions, negotiate a collaboration with a brand who see the value in my work and are happy to pay me. (Hurrah!) Make a few more plans for upcoming trip to Sri Lanka – decide insurance is crucial if a little expensive.

18.30 Press publish on the GTW blog post and get to work creating, sharing and scheduling social media posts about it. Try to time all activity for when both the UK and Oz are awake. Spend a bit of time reading, commenting and sharing blog posts by my favourite bloggers.

19.00 Co-host a Twitter chat. We’re talking travel mistakes and I have a heap of them.

20.00 Have a Skype call with a UK client now they’re awake. Then I catch up with my mum and over share every minute of my day as I’ve spoken to no one but the barista since yesterday lunchtime.

20.30 Have a lazy dinner of chicken fajitas as I’m a crap cook and this is the best I can muster. (Justin is usually the chef in our house.) Settle in to watch some trash telly on the couch, phone in hand as I chat to peeps on social media/read the comments on the blog post I published earlier.

23.30 Get into bed, still holding phone. Give every app one last check. Fall asleep half way through a tweet. Favourite it in the hope I’ll remember to reply in the morning.

So that’s my average day working from home in all its boring glory. Was it what you were expecting?

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29 Comments

  1. May 18, 2016 / 12:54 pm

    Haha I love this! My days are surprisingly similar (except I don’t even have yoga in there, oops!). Had to laugh about posting a card to get out of the house and checking your step count – I’ve done that on a few occasions too! Nice to know other freelancers have the same stories 🙂

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 19, 2016 / 12:26 am

      Oh good, glad it’s not just me who has to create reasons to go out!

  2. May 18, 2016 / 6:22 pm

    Ha, totally agree on the snapxhat voice. Sometimes I watch mine back and wonder where that child voice came from. Ah well. I don’t notice yours being different so maybe that’s just what we sound like?

    Also agree with the twang of doubt whenever I go to open an anticipated email. We got this though Jayne, we got this.

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 19, 2016 / 12:27 am

      Haha thanks Vic – positive thinking for the win.
      I think your Snapchat voice sounds normal too. Maybe it’s just weird to hear yourself speak..

  3. May 18, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    This sounds almost perfect, actually! Love your writing style, this post put a smile on my face !

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 19, 2016 / 12:28 am

      Ah thanks Jo – that’s so nice to hear! It is definitely not a bad way to work – just a bit different to the days I’m on the road. Maybe I should diarise one of them for the contrast!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 19, 2016 / 12:30 am

      I have massive respect for parents who blog – I can imagine you don’t have time to wait for inspiration to strike but rather have to get to it whenever you can.

  4. May 18, 2016 / 10:07 pm

    So familiar although that is my Saturday as I am still bound to an office Monday to Friday. Love the yoga video – must try to get into doing it!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 19, 2016 / 12:31 am

      And I have massive respect for bloggers with FT jobs. You must fit a lot into your weekends!

  5. May 19, 2016 / 6:01 am

    Haha this is too funny! Glad to know I’m not the only one who sits around a good portion of the day writing!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 19, 2016 / 6:57 am

      Yep it sounds like there are quite a few of us who forget to leave the house 🙂

  6. May 19, 2016 / 6:51 am

    I LOVED reading this! One of my favourite things is to see what goes on behind the scenes, and realising that blogging is so much more work than you’d think! 🙂

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 19, 2016 / 6:55 am

      Me too! I love reading about fashion or lifestyle bloggers days as it seems everyone is so different

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 20, 2016 / 7:55 am

      Me too. And you’re very welcome!

  7. May 19, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Sounds like my day as I work from home too although I have to get everything done for my FT job and squeeze in the blogging around the edges. Must look at that 30 day yoga challenge…. yoga keeps me sane!

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      May 20, 2016 / 7:56 am

      It does me too and Adriene is a great instructor!

  8. May 23, 2016 / 8:59 am

    Love ‘freelance rule: always wash before lunch’! I usually spend the morning in my gym kit answering emails and writing and then exercise just before lunch, gets me ready for the afternoon!

  9. May 29, 2016 / 11:30 am

    Thanks for sharing this Jayne… The one thing I don’t like about working online at times is the aloneness of it all.

  10. June 3, 2016 / 3:34 pm

    I never tire of your witty writing! (Also relate to every single one of these steps, as a freelancer myself. but instead of talking to Snapchat it in a weird voice I talk to my cat, neighbours think I’m insane).

  11. July 13, 2016 / 7:19 am

    Quite similar to my days… but I never do yoga. In summer when I have a break I go swimming to the sea (I live in Puglia, south Italy… yes we can!). today it was supposed to be my free day, so I’ll start with some payment reminder. Arrrghh

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      July 14, 2016 / 6:19 am

      A dip in the sea in-between articles sounds like bliss 😉

  12. November 13, 2016 / 11:36 am

    Love this, the Fitbit piece made me laugh I get angry at mine all the time and it’s accusatory beeps! Ha Ha.

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      November 14, 2016 / 4:41 am

      Mine doesn’t beep luckily or I think it would be going off all the time haha

  13. August 30, 2017 / 9:30 am

    Loved your post! I remember I had similar days when I was studying abroad and writing my thesis … My daily walks out were to the coffee shop and to the supermarket 🙂 If there’s one thing I learned about myself from that experience is that I feel much better when I have daily interactions with people in real life.

    • Jayne Gorman
      Author
      August 30, 2017 / 11:48 pm

      I completely agree. I arrange to work from cafes with friends and catch up with clients face to face every few weeks to break up the monotony of my own company!

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