If you have ever thought about starting a blog but wondered how you would fit it in around your daily life as a mother, then look no further – I am here to help!
Starting a blog can be time consuming and at times, exhausting but well worth the effort in the long run! There is a lot to learn and a lot to do to make your blog look and sound how you want it to but how do you fit in time in your day to blog? After all, you have a child (or maybe three) to look after and the dishes won’t wash themselves and then there is the laundry tower that you need to tackle, it seems to be a never ending cycle of chores and children but it doesn’t have to be.
I started blogging because I wanted to feel like I wasn’t JUST a stay at home mum (not that I don’t love it) but I wanted to do something for me, have something that was mine and a place where I could share my thoughts and hopefully help people out. I love writing, I find it rather therapeutic and once I have finished a post and hit ‘publish’ I feel like I have accomplished something.
I never imagined that people that I didn’t know would be reading my blog and commenting on my posts but there are real people out there doing just that and it gives me such a boost. Something that started as a hobby has turned into so much more and opened up a world of opportunities for me and I cannot get enough of this blogging malarkey – I spend every spare minute on it when I can.
But, HOW am I able to be a mother and fit in running a blog? Well, it is simple: Organisation and Routine. It is easier than it sounds if you aren’t the most organised person in the world – I wasn’t until I started blogging.
My Blogging Balance Tips
- Before you get started, research everything about blogging. It is best to have some kind of idea of what your getting yourself into before you start. I didn’t and it has taken me longer to get my blog where I want it to be. Have a look for some pointers on my post ‘10 Top Tips For New Bloggers’.
- Get yourself a diary and a notebook so that you can keep track of what you have on and jot down any blog ideas you have. I also use the Evernote app on my phone to store any ideas I have while I am about and about.
- Blog about what you get up to with the kids, this is the best way to get content. If you have been to the farm, zoo, beach or if you have just bought something that your kids love – blog about it! This is the easiest way to create content and shouldn’t take up too much of your time.
- Get the kids involved as well! If you have older children, you can write about a product or place from their point of view. It is great to have a child’s perspective.
- Use your ‘free time’ wisely, especially when you are in the first stages of starting out. I try and get as much done as possible once my little one has gone for a nap and in the evenings when he has gone to bed.
- Don’t use up all your ‘free time’ on blogging though. It is important that you actually have some time to relax and not think about blogging, children or chores constantly! I will try and get stuff done most days whilst he is napping but only blog 2 or 3 evenings in the week. It is important you don’t blog yourself out.
- Get your chores done one day at a time. In the mornings, whilst Little D is still waking up or having his breakfast, I make sure that I get the washing up done, put on any laundry that needs doing and have a little tidy up. I have a chore schedule so I know what I am doing each day and then it isn’t all left to the weekend. I usually try and get the housework done before I allow myself to sit down and get blogging as nothing would ever get done if I didn’t!
- Set yourself realistic deadlines. Don’t try and write 5 blog posts in one day, they won’t be half as good as if you wrote just one or two. Want to launch your blog tomorrow? Push it back a week or two, make sure you have everything ready for when it goes live. Don’t make the mistake that I did and launch without having being 100% happy with your content and not enough time in the day to make the changes I needed.
- Don’t put blogging before your family. It is so easy to get swept up into the blogging universe but stick to your routine. Only blog when you have set out time for it.
Once you get into blogging it is pretty hard to get out of, just go with the flow and I think you will find, after at least a month, that you will fall into an easy routine and will have become more organised without even realising.
So, go for it, start a blog and be a mother and a blogger, you never know where you will end up!