I am a mom and I blog. However, I do not consider myself a “mommy-blogger”. I love reading all those blogs, they actually inspired my journey into blogging. But I felt that I didn’t have enough to offer in that area of “mommy blogger”, BUT I still felt “the calling” to blog.
At work, we do for our boss, at home we do for our significant other and our children. When I created my blog, I have to admit, I was doing for myself.
Selfish, I know, but so what?!
I was in school, I work outside the home, my son was 3 and my husband lived 3 hours away. It was not easy and not necessarily considered the “ideal time” to start a new project. But I loved the idea of starting something that was all mine. Finding success from it is just the cherry on top.
In the beginning, it was hard for me to find time to work on my blog. I was so excited about it and at times, I was all gung-ho about working on it. Anytime my husband was home, I gave him toddler duty and worked until my eyes crossed. Every night, I would tell myself, if I could get my homework done by ten, then I would work on my blog until midnight. Some nights it worked, while most nights it just didn’t pan out.
As moms, it seems easier to put aside the one thing we have for ourselves in order to make sure that others are taken care of. I have fallen guilty of that all too often. However, it is also that train of thought that has us moms not taking the time to care for ourselves and that includes not taking the time to care about things we want to do for ourselves.
“If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves.” ~ David Allen
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I want to show my support to all of my fellow moms who blog and be able to help in any way I can. Here are some tips that I’ve found to help me.
- Schedule Time Wisely
- Take Advantage of Downtime
- Do What You Can
- Don’t Beat Yourself Up
Schedule time wisely
Schedule time for your blog. After your child’s bedtime, start with an hour a night. Plan out your tasks so that you don’t over-schedule yourself or get too overwhelmed and stop. To start off, say, Monday’s are for writing, Tuesday’s research/editing, Wednesday’s creating graphics and email, Thursday’s creating social media posts/pins, Friday’s Fill your social media planner and Pinterest planner and schedule your posts.
If you narrow down and batch your tasks, it can be so much easier to get more done.
Take Advantage of downtime
I know, downtime, what is that?! It is almost laughable to even think that there is actual “downtime”, but I have found a way to “multitask” during mundane tasks. I use the Evernote app to draft my posts and ideas. I use the talk to text option and while I am in the car to “write” my posts. For one, the talk to text is so much faster for me than typing because I am one to constantly rethinks what I am writing or fixing errors as they happen, which can actually take more time to create a post. By the time I get home for lunch, I have a lot to work with. Also, during my lunch break, I go on Pinterest and live pin, or do Facebook Group reciprocations.
Do what you can
If you have after-school activities or evening sports, you may not have your hour to work on your blog, so take whatever time you have and create. Do a brain dump, sketch an idea for a download, come up with blog post titles or go through your email. These can be done in as little as 15 minutes, that way you feel like you can still accomplish something, even with a busy schedule. I have little notebooks filled with headline ideas and blog post outlines that make it really easy to pick back up on at a later time.
Don’t beat yourself up
Give yourself a break every now and then. If there is a night that you just don’t feel like working, then don’t. The beauty of blogging is that you can give yourself a break. You don’t have to ask permission. Unless you are under contract to have something completed, do yourself a favor and shut down your laptop, put on your fuzzy socks, and catch up on Stranger Things, or whatever show you love.
What is some advice you have for other’s who are trying to juggle blogging and dealing with mom guilt?