The Kentucky Gent, a Louisville, Kentucky men's life and style blogger, shares what he does as a blogger on thekentuckygent.com.

What I Do

The Kentucky Gent, a Louisville, Kentucky men's life and style blogger, shares what he does as a blogger on thekentuckygent.com.

Last week I detailed What Bloggers Do, but then I realized I didn’t really answer the question of what I do. Sure, I’m a blogger so you got the gist of what I do when reading last week’s post, but we all do things a little differently. And while I’d certainly classify myself a blogger by trade, it’s definitely not all that I’ve got going on. 

Besides running things over here at TheKentuckyGent.com I’m also a freelance writer for Thrillist.com, and work on various other projects around the city like Best of Louisville. In other words, I like to stay busy. But my true passion remains planted right here. It’s still crazy to me that you people want to tag along on this crazy, crazy journey that I call life, AND that I get paid to do it. That’s a win, win in my book. 

I’ve taken what started out as a hobby – a half-assed hobby at that – and turned it into something that I enjoy waking up early and staying up late to work on. While it’s taken some getting used to I couldn’t enjoy being my own boss more than I already do. Most days start out about the same, by hitting the snooze button for at least 30 minutes, and end essentially the same way, scheduling posts before I head to bed. I’m plugging away at this from the time I get up, until I lay my head down at night, but it’s the most fun I’ve ever had a job. 

My days usually look something like this 

  • Wake up around 9 a.m.
  • Walk downstairs and start the day with my Keurig
  • Drink coffee + read through my blog roll (more coming on this later, but this is the number ONE way to organically increase traffic to your blog while building rapport with fellow bloggers)
  • Read + follow up on e-mails (tip: try to do this twice a day, unless it requires immediate attention, otherwise you’ll never get to a stopping point)
  • Make my rounds on social media + share my latest content if not already scheduled
  • Begin working on content for the next day’s post + social media channels as well as any open projects or assignments for freelance gigs
  • Break for lunch, errands, and everything in between (aka: get out of the house for a minute)
  • Finish + schedule content for the next day’s post + social media channels 
  • Attempt to be a real human for the rest of the day

My first tip on how to be a better blogger? Figure out a schedule that works for YOU, and stick to it. Granted, there are some days that I don’t stick to my schedule, but the days I do stick to it I feel 100 times more productive. I’m definitely a go with the flow kind of guy personally, but professionally I understand the importance of giving yourself a schedule and setting expectations. 

Hopefully you can now see that being a blogger is essentially a 9-5 job, but in a creative field. A lot of the same rules still apply though, like getting out of something what you put into it. If you want to be a successful blogger you’ve got to put the time, effort, and energy into it that it warrants. 

If you’ve still got some questions about how I spend my days, or have a question or two you’d like me to answer in a “How To Be A Better Blogger Post” leave a comment or drop me a line.

 

 

15 Comments

  • Morgan Paige January 13, 2015 at 10:00 AM

    Such a great post! I think my hardest thing is finding an effective schedule an sticking to it! I definitely feel more motivated to get it together :]

    Morgan Paige
    http://www.mygorgeouschaos.com

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    • The Kentucky Gent January 14, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Glad I could help motivate you into getting it together 😉 that’s the hardest part.

      Reply
  • Carter Murphy January 13, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Love this post.

    I’ll definitely keep all of this in mind as I work to get my own blog where it needs to be!

    Reply
  • Her Fashion Blog January 14, 2015 at 4:11 AM

    Thanks for a really informative post. I love reading tips from other bloggers as they really help with my own. I’m still trying to find a schedule that works with me, my job and my kids. Thanks

    Dominique x

    http://www.herfashionblog.com

    Reply
    • The Kentucky Gent January 14, 2015 at 11:35 AM

      Of course! Finding a schedule that works for you is definitely hard, but you’ll make it work.

      Reply
  • kelsey January 14, 2015 at 4:47 PM

    I really like this post. I agree that setting a schedule for yourself is key when it comes to blogging!

    Leather & Lipstick

    Reply
  • Ronja January 20, 2015 at 12:45 PM

    Great post! And so inspiring to hear another person life story who made my dream come true – turn your blog into your profession!
    xoxo, Ronja
    http://www.sothisiswhat.com

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    • The Kentucky Gent January 21, 2015 at 12:29 AM

      It’s definitely a new challenge every day, but I’m very happy I did it!

      Reply
  • Casey Carroll January 23, 2015 at 12:37 PM

    Fantastic! I just read last week’s post also. Being a blogger is so much different than blogging. There’s much more brain power involved. It’s fun though! 🙂

    Reply
  • Harler March 5, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    Another great article about the realities of being a blogger! Thank you so much for sharing 😀

    Reply
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