It’s time to get real, friends. Juggling a blog on top of a full time job is draining. I spend nine hours staring at a screen, only to come home to continue the same. It seemed so easy in college, when I only had 15 hours of class to attend, and hours of free time to
study perfect the blog. In the real world, there never seems to be enough hours in the day, and I end up feeling guilty when I fail to get out and live.
Some days I question if I should just quit. Am I spreading myself too thin? But I am not a quitter.
My envy for those who are able to travel and freelance full time is fierce. I would love to follow suit, but value the security of a steady income to fund my travels. I am spoiled with four weeks of vacation in Australia, and worry I will go crazy with the one week norm for entry level positions when I return to the States.
So which do I give up? The blog or the corporate world? Is it possible to blog on the side?
As I search for new career paths that would suit me better than the highly technical environment of Business Intelligence, an idea hit me. Perhaps I could get a finance role in the travel industry, where I could combine my passion for travel with my education. I begin ferociously searching career databases for the top places to work in the industry, and run across a slew of hospitality management positions. Not for me.
In the meantime, I welcome any shortcut allowing me to work smarter, not harder. Introducing my new favorite blog hack: IFTTT
Let’s face it, blogging is time consuming. Beyond the actual writing of the post, there’s photography, sponsorships, emails, editing photos, brand collaborations, promoting content, I could go on and on…
If you find yourself spending hours organizing a planner or forgetting to share your latest blog post, it’s time to hand it over to the automation Gods. IFTTT saves your sanity by creating connections with one simple statement: “If this, then that.”
With this genius tool, you no longer need to manually update your social networks. IFTTT can be programmed to do it for you. So when you publish a post, an action triggers automatically when it’s pair is activated, allowing you to instantly share across multiple channels at once.
Each has its own set of triggers (the “if this” part) or actions (the “then that” side). Combine them just right and you can create a daisy chain of triggers and actions, where a single post could hit almost every corner of your Web presence. Pretty nifty right?
IFTTT has 100+ channels to activate including: Facebook (profiles, pages, and groups), Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, YouTube, GoogleDrive, Gmail, Pocket, Google Calendar, Evernote, Buffer, Dropbox, Feedly, and more!
IFTTT Recipes for Success
1. Add a post from WordPress to Twitter with an image
2. Post your Instagram photos as native Twitter photos
— Shane ✈ (@atlasadrift) April 14, 2015
IFTTT allows your flawlessly filtered Instagram images to display as native Twitter images. Note: The recipe will create two separate links; a link to your Instagram post and to your Twitter image. Keep it short, you only get 96 characters before your description is cut off.
3. Share your Facebook Status to Twitter
Gone are the days of posting the same call-to-action or announcement across multiple streams. This is the most useful IFTTT recipe in existence to share the same status on both Facebook and Twitter. You can also use it in reverse.
4. Share your Instagram images to a Facebook album
You can create a Facebook album for your Instagram pics (I call mine Instagrammies) and upload them automatically. There may be a slight few minute delay, but soon your Instagram photo will appear!
5. Share your WordPress Post to your Facebook Page
So go on girl, put the internet to work for you.
How do you automate your workflow to relieve your sanity in the virtual world? How do you balance work with traveling and a blog? I’m all ears!