It's very hard to answer that question unless you know what kind of blogger you're talking about. There are several kinds of bloggers such as review/giveaway bloggers, fashion bloggers, food bloggers, event bloggers, life story bloggers, and many many more. I consider myself an everything blogger because I do a little of each of those things. So this question has many components in it's answer.
The below is a list of things that bloggers (like me) do on a weekly basis.
|1| Research & Emails
If you ever see me reading a magazine, just know that I always have a piece of paper and pencil nearby because magazines are a great way to find brands to reach out to for collaborations on your blog. When bloggers aren't researching brands they are responding to or writing emails. Emails that need to be filed away by category or whether they need follow up or not. In the time it takes me to do an evening workout I can have 10 emails come through! Ahhh!
Not only do we have to stage and set up areas for photos but we have to spend hours each week setting up lighting, backdrops, etc. for pretty photos to impress you on Instagram. No you can't just take a photo of your food. It has to be the right angle, lighting, time of day, etc. And once you take the photos on your nice camera, you have to edit them which can take plenty of time in itself.
|3| Editorial Calendars and Spreadsheets
When a company sends us an item for review on our blog, most of us have to log it in (I keep track of companies that say they are sending something because if they forget then I can follow up) and set a date for the post to go live. Then we usually touch base with the company and let them know what date it is going up.
|4| Tracking Income
Yep, just like a real business. Everything gets tracked, saved, filed, and monitored. It's actually A LOT of work especially when you try to keep your blog income separate from your main income.
|5| Writing Posts
First of all, you have to wait till inspiration hits you and when it does you need to be able to sit down and slam an entire post out. Then read it again and again to edit it. Then format it, add pictures, and schedule social media shares.
|6| Sponsored Posts
I love when people say "So they send you a product and then you just write about it?". Yeah, we wish. Realistically there are times when you have to visit a store to take in store photos, and then stage the product for photos when you get home. For sponsored posts there is almost always a list of required points you need to cover and links you need to include.
|7| OOTD Photos
If you are a fashion blogger, this is a huge ordeal if you work full time. Coming home, putting makeup on, doing your hair, getting the perfect photos OR spending an entire day taking multiple outfit photos. It's exhausting. You not only have to plan out the outfits and the accessories but you need to take tons of photos each time.
|8| Social Media
Ahhhh the biggest timesucker - SOCIAL MEDIA! On a near daily basis we have to get on and interact and respond to comments on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google +. We also have to get on and look at everyone else's posts and comment and interact. It helps boost traffic and get followers when you are more social on these channels.
|9| Reading Other Blogs
Yep, we read other blogs. It's how we get inspired, find blogger friends, and stay entertained ourselves.
|10| Blog Comments
When you comment on a blog, any good blogger will read that comment and respond. It takes some time but we do our best!
What? You thought it was easy?