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10 Sanity-Saving Tips for Moms Who Blog

8 Comments 11 November 2010

This post is a stop along Tanya Peterson’s Blog Tour 2010.  Tanya is the blogger behind Blogelina, where she writes about blogging your way to success.  Be sure to check out all the other stops along the tour and enter to win $100 to use in improving your own blog!

Before I had kids, I heard so many moms talk about how they just couldn’t keep up with things like they used to.  They would forget the most obvious things, were slaves to their lists, couldn’t remember an appointment without it being on the calendar – and then they would talk about how it never used to be that way before they had kids.MP900422409 10 Sanity Saving Tips for Moms Who Blog

“Whatever,” I thought, “it won’t be that way for me.  I’m a Type-A personality with a photographic memory.  I won’t get that forgetful.”

Well, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, it did happen to me and it IS that way for me now.  I have two beautiful children, ages 1 and 2, and if I don’t write everything down, I don’t get anything done!  It scares me sometimes the important and obvious things that I am able to forget these days!

Adding to the busy-ness of being a stay-at-home mom to two toddlers along with being a wife, a sister, a friend, involved in church and community activities… the list goes on… I am a blogger.  To even attempt to be somewhat successful at life and blogging, I’ve coming up with a few ways of doing things that have helped me tremendously.  Does this mean I have it all together now?  No way!  But, I do think that this list helps me be in a better place than I could be!

10 Ways to Be a More Successful Mom Blogger

Keep a notebook out. Keep it in an obvious place like the kitchen counter or in a handy place like the top of the fridge.  If you have to, keep a couple or even a few notebooks laying around.  When inspiration hits or you remember something that you need to do, write it down.  Right away!  Then forget about it.

Create a reserve. Life as a mom – you just really never know what is going to be thrown your way.  It could be a sick child, an unexpected visit, a day with more spills and clean-ups than normal, a child who just needs more mommy time than usual… the list could go on and on.  Be prepared for those days when you just can’t get to blogging by creating a reserve.  Have a file on your computer of posts that are ready to be published at a moment’s notice.

Schedule your time for blogging. Treat your blog a bit like a job that you have to show up to each day.  Now, I know there will be those days when blogging just isn’t going to happen – and that’s the beauty of the blogging idea, right?  It’s a flexible way to earn money at home.

Take one day a week where you do not blog. We all need a break, a day off.  If you post on your blog every day, plan to write two posts one day a week.  Then schedule one of the posts to be published on your “off” day.  Then, don’t think about blogging that day – or think of it as little as you can.  Just spend time enjoying your family and pursue other interests and hobbies.  Don’t let blogging consume your life.

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Organize your blogging time. Schedule it.  Plan what exactly you would like to get accomplished during your blogging time and work on those items in the order of highest priority.  Decide how long you will spend emailing, on Twitter, on Facebook, etc. each day.  Then stick to your schedule – as much as possible!

Get some support. It may feel like it sometimes, but you are not the only mom who is trying to make it at blogging while fulfilling the many duties of being a mom.  To keep yourself encouraged and help give you the push to keep going, find and join a group of other moms who are blogging, too.  Share your experiences, ask for advice, and just be open in helping each other keep it all together and running (somewhat) smoothly!

Cut yourself some slack. It’s a lot of work being a mom.  And, it’s a lot of work trying to earn an income as a blogger.  Don’t put undue pressure on yourself to take your blog from 1 to 1,000 readers overnight.  Make sure your goals are reasonable and attainable.

Don’t compare yourself with other moms. Everyone has different strengths and weaknesses.  Everyone has kids with different temperaments.  What another mom might be able to accomplish easily may be very difficult for you to do.  And that’s okay.  Just be sure you’re holding yourself to a standard that you are able to achieve.

Remember your priorities. Keep the important things important.  Your family is infinitely more important than your blogging.  What legacy do you want to leave to your kids?  A harried mother who made more money with blogging?  Or, a mommy who was there for them when they needed her to be?  Remember why it is you want to stay at home with your kiddos.  I’m pretty sure the first reason is not to build a blogging empire!

Tip # 10 – This is where you come in!  What do you think the final tip for succeeding as a mom blogger should be?  Leave a comment below and share!

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8 Comments so far

  1. Rishi says:

    I think people should be more spontaneous about blogging, and when they blog. No one wants to read a post that “has to be written daily or else…” Who has the time to read so many posts anyhow? Also, I’m into shorter posts. It is very rare that longer posts keep me interested… Thanks for the tips!

  2. socialmediamom says:

    Good points Rishi - nice blog, keep up the good work! :)

  3. Rivki says:

    What great suggestions! I especially appreciate the bit about scheduling blogging time and treating it like a job. That and having realistic expectations of growth. At the moment, I can’t think of a tenth point, but when I do, I’ll write it down on my notepad. ;)

  4. Lydia says:

    I really love the tips you’ve shared with us. I’m recently gotten into blogging and have been trying to find ways to fit into my day better. It annoys me when I have a really good idea in the middle of doing something else, and not being able to remember where I wanted to go with it later. I think the notebooks around the house would definately help.

  5. Lydia says:

    Of course I meant I’ve! Chaulk it up to the drawbacks of reading/commenting on blogs through iPod. Ey ey ey ( sorry for multiple comments )

  6. phoenix says:

    Notebooks are my life saver. If I don’t write it down, I forget it!

    My tip would be to take some time each month or quarter, and make a list of ideas you’d like to blog about. Just a brainstorming list, then when you have writer’s block, you can look at your list, and usually something will jump out at you that you can easily write about.


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