The 5 Day Blogging Challenge – Behind the Scenes of Freelance Living

The 5 Day Blogging Challenge – Behind the Scenes of Freelance Living

Since reading Better than Before, by author and happiness expert, Gretchen Rubin, I’ve started to come to terms with the type of person that I am. You know, sometimes we see ourselves the way we want to, instead of the way we are. By accepting and acknowledging our daily excuses, fears, and objections – we can learn to change these ‘bad’ habits into something good.

I’ve come to learn that I’m an obliger, and all obligers need accountability in order to achieve their goals. Because meeting outer expectations are more important than meeting inner expectations for obligers, we need an outside factor to adhere to.

I’ve been neglecting my personal blog for months, and with that, I haven’t really made time for personal writing. So, I’ve decided to create this 5 Day Blogging Challenge as a freelance writer, for the following reasons:

  • Accountability for daily personal writing
  • A tool of measure of my daily productivity
  • Personal promotion and exposure
  • Creating conversation about the everyday life of a freelancer

By merely documenting this week’s freelance activities, I also eliminated the barrier that prevents me from writing for my own blog.

Blog titles and Topics.

Since I don’t have to spend time deciding what to write about, what’s trending and overthinking content that’s been written about – I won’t be able to avoid writing these entries.

So let’s get started. 

The day in the life of a freelance writer, social media manager, and copywriter.

15 February 2016 – Freelance Routine

Rough start.

This morning we overslept, and I wholly blame this on the Netflix series, Making a Murderer. My mind was so consumed from all the murderous Valentines day binge-watching that I couldn’t get Steve Avery’s story out of my mind. Although I was tempted to just skip the work day and finish the entire series, I had to stick to my adult responsibilities.

8.30 – 10.00 – After a friend was here for coffee, I decided that my morning schedule setback wouldn’t prevent me from getting a head start on this week. Monday’s are mostly filled with admin tasks. I replied to emails, pitched a few ideas and created by To Do list for the first few days of the week.

10.00 -11.30 – This time was spent on social media scheduling and management. At the moment, I’m running social media accounts for TravelCab, Handheld Labyrinth, and my freelance social media pages. These jobs are also my monthly retainers, and apart from them giving me some relief, I really enjoy the variety of work that comes with running social media accounts.

11.30 – We had a super late breakfast this morning. Made three cheese omelettes, yum!

12.00 – 13.30 – By this time I felt like Cersei Lannister in the ‘Shame, Shame’ scene of Game of Thrones since I was laying on the couch with my laptop trying to complete web copy, with Making a Murderer playing in the background. Safe to say, that was a useless hour.


Back in the Game.

13.30 – 16.30 – Today, this seemed to be my most productive hours, when usually it’s between 9am-11am. During this time, I also got the bright idea of starting this blog series. I managed to complete all the website copy for my client, Isning Gamez and read up on industry news. On that note, how many of you are using Medium? I’ve only really checked it out today, but it looks like a great platform for writers.

Notes about today:

  • Even though I was/am super tired, having a strict to-do list prevented me from taking a nap.
  • Watching cutting-edge series while being productive at work is impossible.
  • Nothing feels better than crossing something off a to-do list.

Please share with me what your day has been like? How do you stick to a schedule? What do you have planned for the rest of the week?


5 Replies to “The 5 Day Blogging Challenge – Behind the Scenes of Freelance Living”

  1. Hi Anneke, am a freelance writer too, fresh out of the rigorous full-time grill. And I was loitering on the internet when I came across your blog. Lady, you’ve hit the right nerve with this one. Now am hooked to your blogs :), Take a bow!

    1. Hey Digital Nomad

      Thank you so much for your reply! It means a lot to know that someone is reading my posts. I should definitely up my game a bit when it comes to regular posting. So, what type of freelancing do you focus on? Do you have a blog or portfolio that I can have a look at? You are also more than welcome to follow The Joy of Unemployment on Facebook. 🙂 Have a lovely day,

  2. laughed my head off reading this… just knowing I AM NOT ALONE as I receive my daily dose of the Cersei Lannister experience….is there a cure!


  3. Thanks for this. Very informative. Looking forward for 2017 what do you imagine to be the biggest change in the social media landscape? For me I’ll be focusing on gaining traffic from Tumblr. Any tips?

    1. Hi Jonathan

      Thank you for your comment. Well, I see everything switching to conversational commerce. People want to engage. In the social media realm ‘stories’ and podcasts will still lead the pack. But I do think, when it comes to expertise advice and informative content – people still want to read a quality post or article. If I may ask, why do you prefer Tumblr?

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