A Day in the Life: When Blogging Is a Desk Job

A Day in the Life: When Blogging Is a Desk JobI get frequent requests for day-in-the-life blog posts but I never do them because honestly I feel like they’d be so boring. Anyone remember the MLIA (My Life Is Average) Internet sensation back in 2009/2010? (I think it was a spin-off of My Life Is Awkward.) I feel like my day-in-the-life blog posts would be one long #MLIA tweet. Wake up, teach, blog so hard muhfukkas wanna fine me, work out, make dinner, watch Netflix on the couch with my boyfriend, go to bed. #MLIA

But I get it. I have an unconventional job and even my family members don’t quite understand what it is I do all day. With blogging, I have hands-on, active days where I’m shooting workout videos or making recipes and then I have “computer days” where I sit at my desk all day editing/writing/scheduling/answering emails/etc. Some days are a mix of both, but I’m definitely more productive if I just focus on one at a time. For this day-in-the-life mini series, I decided to document one of each type of day and we’re starting with the boring one so that it can only go up (in entertainment) from here. 😉

This was my day yesterday …

A Day in the Life: When Blogging Is a Desk Job

5AM | Wake up

img_5706I wake up at 5AM on days I teach at Btone‘s Back Bay studio. I throw on some workout clothes, drink a glass of water, grab a snack in case I get hungry teaching, brush my teeth and am tiptoeing out the door twenty minutes later. I’m a Dunks fan (stereotypical New Englander), but unfortunately the only coffee shop open on my quick walk to the studio is Starbucks so I stop in for a cold brew with almond milk. It has to be below 40 degrees outside for me to order a hot coffee. pre-breakfast

I’m at the studio no later than 5:40AM which gives me enough time to open up, get the music going, and test out any crazy exercise ideas that seem good in my head but probably won’t work in class. Some mornings I don’t eat until after teaching, but I was hungry yesterday and ate a banana on the walk over.

6-8AM | Teach

teavhing-athletaOn Thursdays I teach two classes back-to-back, which feels like nothing compared to my usual three in a row. I swear I blink and boom–done teaching for the day. I’m obsessed with these new Athleta leggings–cute cutout detail on the back, high waist and super comfy. Scarf is CALIA and sweater is from my latest Stitch Fix delivery (brand is RD Style).

8:30 | Breakfast

rainy-fall-boston-public-gardenMy walk home from teaching always puts me in the best mood. It was a rainy fall morning but the Public Garden still looked gorgeous.

oatmealBreakfast was this big, boring (but delicious) bowl of oatmeal. Usually I’d top with fruit but we didn’t have any at home so I went with quick oats + unsweetened vanilla almond milk + cinnamon + a drizzle of maple syrup. I drank another big glass of water and took my daily vitamins (yesterday it was multi for women, multi for healthy bones, turmeric and blood builder all from MegaFood). I’m weirdly obsessed with that grapefruit vitamin dispenser I found on Amazon. As a side note, I’m a MegaFood ambassador, but this post is in no way sponsored by them. Their supplements are rad. I love them and take them daily even when I’m not being paid to blog about them. 😉

9AM – 12:30 PM | Prepare and publish the week’s workout video/post

start-workAfter breakfast, it’s time to werk. My desk is in a little corner of the bedroom by a big window and I love my tiny, sun-filled workspace (it needs some decorating still or else I’d post a pic). Each day I take a second to determine what priority #1 is and then I don’t even let myself think of anything else until its done. When I try to multitask, nothing gets accomplished. Yesterday’s top priority was finishing up, publishing and promoting the biceps and triceps workout. I kept my email inbox closed (screenshot of my browser tabs below as proof haha) so that I could focus.

These workout posts are BY FAR the most time-consuming thing I do for the blog. On Wednesday I filmed the workout and edited the video so yesterday I just had to … do a million more things for it.

  • Upload video to YouTube. It takes about 90 minutes to upload a 20-minute long video so while that does its thang, I work on everything else.
  • Edit video thumbnail. If I had fancy lighting for filming, I might be able to just use a still as the video thumbnail, but since I don’t I take a photograph of one of the exercises, edit it in Lightroom and then add text to it in Photoshop for a bright, eye-catching image.
  • Write the blog post. I have a word doc with written explanations of exercises so if a post contains moves I’ve already blogged about, I can just copy and paste the description. This saves a ton of time!
    • Add links. The only links I typically need to add to workout posts are to equipment and outfit details. I then make sure they’re “nofollow” links if affiliate and specify that they should open in a new tab.
  • Make the pictorial. Even though I do YouTube for workouts now, I still make the pictorials for Pinterest traffic and those readers who don’t want to watch a video.
    • Take screen grabs from video. Instead of taking pictures of each step of the exercise, I just use screen grabs from the YouTube video. The quality isn’t as good though so I may have to go back to self-timer pics.
    • Edit screen grabs. Crop, adjust brightness and contrast, etc. etc.
    • Assemble in Photoshop. I have a template I use already saved so  I just drag in the pictures, assemble nicely and edit the text. I then match the color scheme to whatever I’m wearing in the workout (has anyone ever noticed this or am I just a huge loser?? haha).
  • Make videos for social. Once I have the full-length YouTube video edited and assembled, it doesn’t take too much time to go in and cut it down to short clips of each exercise with written explanation for a 1 or 2-minute long Facebook preview video. I export that and then cut it down even more for Instagram (typically just a montage of the exercises–no longer than 45 seconds).
  • Promote post on social. Once the blog post and YouTube video are live, I share the links on all my social networks.

By the time I’ve done all this, my eyes are starting to cross. Time to take a break for food.

12:30PM | Lunch

roasted-veggies-pestoI kept lunch simple, but not quite as boring as breakfast. I roasted some veggies I had on hand simply in olive oil, salt and pepper (375 degrees F for about 30 minutes). I had cooked quinoa and some leftover pesto in the refrigerator so once the veggies were fully roasted, I just mixed everything together in a big bowl (I microwaved the quinoa for a few seconds first to warm it up). Delicious, easy meal and I washed it down with another big glass of water.

1-3PM | Emails and client reporting

My email inbox is a constant catastrophe. I just can never seem to get on top of it. I spent a little over an hour working through it and then took care of some performance reporting I had to submit to a client.

3:30PM | Hair cut & a snack

hair-cut-marc-harrisIt had been almost a YEAR since my last hair cut and I was in desperate need of this appointment. My hair was so long it was just constantly in the way and the ends were completely dead. My girl Christine at Marc Harris saved my hot mess of a mop. It’s still long (every time I’ve gone short I’ve regretted it) but a million times healthier. Yay! cashew-cookie-larabar

On my walk home I stopped into CVS and grabbed a Larabar for a lil’ snack.

4:30-7PM | Plan tomorrow’s class and write post draft content for a client

I don’t normally teach on Fridays but I subbed for another instructor this morning and spent about 20 minutes planning the class. I then spent the rest of my work day on a post draft I have due next week for a client.

7:30PM | Dig Inn for Dinner

Dig Inn Boston DinnerWhen Joe got home from work we decided to go out to dinner. We always start out with the intention of trying out a new restaurant and then without fail just end up at one of our go-to fast-casual spots (Sweetgreen, bgood, Dig Inn, etc.).

10PM | Bedtime

I try to go to bed at 9pm when I’m teaching the next day but it rarely happens (oh boy do I feel glorious the next morning when it does though!). I don’t see Joe in the mornings because I’m out the door early so the evenings are the only time I see him during the week.

No workout …

Yesterday wasn’t an intentional rest day. I had a lot of blog work to do and as it got later and later in the day I just got tired and lost motivation–something that’s uncharacteristic of me as I truly love working out and typically prioritize it. Honestly, I’ve been in a bit of a workout rut the past few weeks. I’ve still been working out 5-6 days a week but just haven’t been excited about my routine at all.

I think the issue is that I actually want more of a routine. I’m all over the place because there are tons of different classes in Boston I truly do love but–and I never thought I’d say this–I think I’m over the whole studio-hopping thing and my days with ClassPass are probably coming to an end. The time-consuming scheduling of available classes (often at weird times), the trekking across the city to studios, the uncertainty of if a new class is even going to be worth my 45 minutes–I’m feeling unenthused by it all lately. But at the same time, I don’t want to give up access to this variety of classes. Do I keep ClassPass and also join a gym? That’d be expensive AF. Do I just do Btone and then workout from home? Will I have the self-motivation to actually do that after teaching all morning? Maybe it’s just that I need a goal to work towards like a half marathon? Gahhhh I don’t know. Bottom line: Not sure what the change will be, but a change is needed and coming. TBD …

Anyone else feeling blah about their current workout routine?
ClassPass users–will you be dropping the service now that the Unlimited plans are being taken away?
Bloggers–how do you divvy up your work days? Multi-tasker or do you focus on one thing each day like I (try to) do? 

If you like day-to-day stuff like this post, follow me on Snapchat (nicoleperr)! I’m always snapping the video editing process so that we can all laugh with/at me in the outtakes (I’m so awkward on film). If you thought reading this post was like watching paint dry, don’t you worry–just one more to go next Friday. 😉

Enjoy your weekend!

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Comments

  1. I thought this was a really fun post to read!
    Even though you may find it boring, I think it’s so fun to see what other people are up to in their careers/lives 🙂

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  2. I love hear about other people’s days – I find it interesting to hear how different they are. Larabars are my favorite quick snacks – I have a stash of them in my locker at school.

  3. Your hair looks great! And I wanted to thank you for the pictorials, where I do my workouts tha internet connection is really bad, and only with the videos I wouldn’t be able to do them in a reasonable time or not at all…

  4. Even other people’s average days interest me…loved this post!

    I am feeling the same about my workouts lately. I love my studio classes but they are a bit all over. Should I join a gym (ugh…)? Should I start to train for something? Maybe.

  5. I was waiting to join ClassPass until my 6 month yoga membership ran out and I’m super bummed about their change in Unlimited Plan. Not going to do it anymore :/

  6. I only used ONE class last month so it was a total waste of money. I’ve typically been running 6 days a week and I can’t find the time for classes. I think it’s time to cancel the ol’ classpass.

  7. I can’t believe you get up at 5 and are teaching 40 minutes later! I don’t even know what my own name is 40 minutes after waking up. My body just will not work out in the morning. I tried it for a couple of weeks once, because I read an article that said if you did that your body would catch on and get with it. But my body? Uh, yeah, not so much. So I stick with my after work workouts. Which is good, anyway, because then I’m on my own time and don’t have to stare at the clock to make sure I’m not late for work!

    As far as burnout, I totally get it. That’s the time I take a week-long sabbatical and let my body/mind rest or I find some new workout I have never done before and give it a whirl. Mixing up the location of workouts helps me, too. Sometimes my BF and I will go to the park and do a bodyweight and/or bands workout, taking turns throwing moves and number of reps at each other (i.e. I say, “Give me 20 wide push-ups!” Then we do them and he says, “Do 30 alternating jump lunges!”). It brings us closer, it’s fun, it’s a free date, and it helps mix things up because he’ll tell me to do stuff I never/rarely do and vice versa. We can also do partner moves that we couldn’t do on our own, like wheelbarrows where you walk forward/backward on your hands and your partner holds your legs. We almost always hike once a week together, weather permitting, and we always, without fail, do yoga together every Sunday to get our minds right for the week ahead. Besides that, we usually do workouts on our own due to work schedules. I don’t know if any of that helps, but there you go! 🙂

    • Love all these ideas–thank you! And I’m that way with EVENING workouts–my brain is just done for the day haha. I used to teach the after-work time slots and swear I couldn’t even put a sentence together! 🙂

  8. Thanks – I always love reading about what other people do in their day. Especially when they live in a city (I’m in the suburbs, so I drive everywhere). Love your blog, keep up the good work 🙂

  9. I’m in a blah phase right now, my problem is I’m going to a desk where I sit all day long which as a mover is hard for me, and then I’m trying to squeeze in workouts, and time for my kids, and my husband and clean my house and it makes me stressed which causes me to eat which causes me to gain weight which stresses me out them I’m like a mouse running in a wheel trying to catch my tail. Modern life is not at all what I expected…this just sounds super whiny but it’s where I’m at right now.

    • I totally understand! I’m a stress eater, too, and every. single. time. I go through a stressful period with work or life it seems to spiral into this cycle of overeat –> stress out that I’m overeating –> overeat some more in response to the stress of overeating, and so on. I try to find a day that isn’t as busy (a Saturday or Sunday maybe) to hit the reset button with a little “me time”–even just yoga class or run outside can do wonders in getting my head right. <3

  10. I’m genuinely so envious of your day! Especially the food. That food looks amazing. I’m currently switching up my workout routine by adding in a load of early morning gym classes so I can get up and take on the day!

  11. I find that having a 1-3 month plan to follow is the best way to keep my energy levels up for exercise. I’d totally buy a pumps&iron workout plans :p

  12. Great post! I’m glad to see that I’m not the only one who makes simple meals when I have a busy day. I’m definitely going to miss ClassPass Unlimited when it’s gone because I’m still in the class-hopping phase. I was thinking of joining a gym also ($$$), but I don’t think I can swing it. Could you supplement your ClassPass with a class-pack at a studio you really love or with workouts at home? That’s probably what I’ll end up doing.

  13. I talked about this a bit in my post today, but having blogging be my day job would be a DREAM. Thanks for sharing the events of your typical day! 🙂

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