How I Blog as a mom of four

November 2, 2015

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I get comments all the time on this blog about “How do you find time to blog with four kids?” or “How do you do it? I have one and have a hard time finding time.. etc.” The answer is prayer for one thing, as only God is my strength (Philippians 4:12) and two I need something to be my creative outlet and social outlet…and sometimes means of income. Yes, my blog generates some income but that is for another post another time.

Because of these comments, I thought it would be fun to tell you all about how I do it, how often and when. I will do this through a schedule below of my normal daily routines with blogging as I blog almost as a part time hobby and job, as I have dipped in the sponsorship world lately.

However there are some things I must cover with you, or well lessons I have learned in this journey of balancing being a mom and blogger.

Lessons Learned

Lesson number 1: Be there for the kids, put the phone or computer away when they need you…Ok, ok easier said than done but this really is tough for me as a stay-at-home mom. When they are watching a TV episode I tend to be on my smartphone reading blogs or commenting (which is an hour or less a day). But when outside or playing with them, be THERE, not just there. Again some days are harder than others, but in those moments I realize it is best to leave the phone as far from me as possible.

Lesson number 2: Never replace blogging for friendships or friendships that could be. As a stay-at-home mom of toddlers I don’t get out very much with other moms or for play dates. In fact once I had more than two children people stopped wanting to do play dates or offer to watch our kids. It’s sad but a reality, so I took blogging as my personal healing sort to speak because I felt there was no one else to talk to (just being real here). Many of my best friends moved away and so this blog was started with a goal to meet others to filll that void.

However, thanks to my hubby and a few friends still in the area I was able to see the value in human interaction and how encouraging this is. I started attending women’s Bible studies when I could and found other outlets other than blogging and this is VERY healthy and needed.

Lesson number 3: Take a blogging break every so often as needed to get inspiration, spend time with family or God and don’t feel guilty if a post isn’t done or missed. Kids get sick, other life events come first, point is family and life comes first over blogging.

Now that the lessons I have learned have been covered here is what my schedule looks like as a blogger. Now note these change daily, here we go.

My Blogging Routine

7:00-8:30am- After I put my school aged child on the bus I either go back to bed (if other 3 are not up yet) or I stay up and link up to link up parties, but generally I try to link up when others are in bed or during their TV time (which is after breakfast and just waking up time).

12:00 pm Nap time- this is a good time to catch up on some blog reading, or commenting time.  I may take this time to link up to link ups if not already done so. I also like to take this time and add my blog links to blogger facebook groups for shares or read other bloggers and share their stuff. I like to use the facebook group Blog Love to do this. Then some days I just take a nap with the kids (being real here).

The kids go to bed between 8-8:30pm so afterwards I clean the house and dishes a bit and then get busy til 11:30 pm doing anything from creating blog posts (which can take anywhere from 1 to 3 hours depending on content, and if it is a review post or my link up post) responding to e-mails, applying for sponsorship programs, adding to my Instagram (at 9-9:30, which is my good times to post), sharing my posts on social media, and more.

Timing for blog photography

Photography on the blog is taken by myself during nap time or if my hubby happens to be around watching the kids. On the weekends my husband takes my outfit shots for the week or weeks following. You may be wondering, “well where are your kids during these photo shoot times?” In the zoo, nah!

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So there you have it, my reveal of how I blog with four kids. I can’t thank my hubby enough for his patience and support of my blog and for being my photographer and I couldn’t thank you as my readers enough for helping this blog be what it is and has become for me. I have loved connecting, collaborating or getting to know and be inspired by so many of you. I appreciate your support and encouragement daily.

If you are a mom of kids and an avid blogger how do you do it? If it is your way and means of income or extra income how do you do it?

I have listed some other blog posts I have previously put together that you may find interesting pertaining to blogging:
How to Host a Successful Link up, How to Stop Comparing Yourself to Other Bloggers, How to Increase your Followers on Bloglovin, How to make money to blog as a stay at home mom

Rachel Garay

Linking up with: Tuesday Talk, Mama Shares Monday

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  • Rachel November 2, 2015 at 8:50 am

    Dang girl, you are awesome! I can barely make time to blog without kids. I like to argue that my dog acts like a kid (aka just needs lots of attention all the time) but I know it’s not the same! Good for you 🙂

  • Laura November 2, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Amazing, good for you:)

    Laura
    http://www.24-7style.com

  • Shauna November 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

    You are a super Mom! And so inspiring to all of us!

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom November 2, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    This is really interesting. I have 2 kids, but I still find it really hard to find time to blog as I always have things I need to do that aren’t blogging. I think lesson #2 is important, too and not always mentioned.

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • Sheela Goh November 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Lesson 2 is such a key one for me. I’ve always preferred to stay in my own bubble, away from everyone else because I honestly prefer to work alone and be alone. However, over time, I’ve come to realise how that isolation can downstream and affect my children’s relationships (or lack thereof) with their peers. I’m working so hard to rectify that at this very moment and it’s supremely hard but I’m working on it. I think you’ve defined the best possible routine for you, for now, and that’s wonderful, Rachel. What’s even more wonderful is that you’ve been honest with yourself and acknowledged what can/can’t be done realistically. I admire that, a lot 🙂

  • Amy Ann November 2, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    Great to learn more about how you balance it all. It’s hard to be present for me too even without kids.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Becky @ bybmg November 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    Nap time is HUGE for blogging. Now that we have Calvin and his schedule is not predictable, nap time is not so great, but I’m trying to make it work. Our kiddos are in bed by 7:30 so I have that time after they go to bed and also have a few minutes sometimes at school than I can squeeze things in, too!

  • ashley November 2, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    The lessons you’ve learned are so good – it’s important to keep your real-life friends and family first priority! I have not even figured out how to blog with 1 kid so I think you are doing amazing!

  • Shann Eva November 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I’m a mom of three boys, and I have to say it’s hard work. Not just the writing, but the promoting and the photography too. I often don’t get enough sleep, but I always make sure to put my kids first, just like you.

  • Esther November 2, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    You’re doing a great job, being a mom and a blogger must be really hard. Your 3rd lesson is so important for me, I tend to stress a lot about missing a post and not having everything done in time. I have to learn to forgive myself and take a break sometimes.
    Keep up the good work!

    xo, Esther

    http://bubblesther.com

  • Christie November 2, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Great tips, Rachel! It’s not easy to keep up with blogging. I can’t imagine having 4 kids on top of that! Looks like you balance it well!

    Christie
    The Closet by Christie

  • Shannon November 2, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    This is so great! You are like super mom!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  • Jenny November 2, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Props to you!
    It’s definitely not easy to keep up with blogging but you seem to be on top of it.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Anna Shirley November 2, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you for sharing your tips Rachel. Blogging is quite time consuming, but I am sure that you found nice balance in your life. o)

    Anna
    http://www.glamadventure.com

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life November 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Well done! If you are organised and have a routine blogging with kids works well. D love to read a post about how you started off with sponsorship on your blog as I am hoping to head in that direction myself.

  • Keri November 4, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    Love these tips! So very helpful and I love your routine and organization! I love reading tips from others because it always leaves me inspired.

  • Maria November 4, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    This sounds a lot like my schedule. Though I only have one child, mornings, naptimes, and bedtimes are most productive, so I try to split my time up based on those. I also love that you emphasized a blogging break. I try to schedule mine from time to time to avoid burn out and get refreshed and re-inspired.

    Thanks so much for sharing this, Rachel! So glad I found you on Tuesday Talk!

  • Moriah November 8, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Thanks for linking up! Love these tips. I try to squeeze in blogging time in early morning, nap times, or bedtimes!

  • Shaunacey November 8, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    great tips!! I have 2 and I barely can find the time lol

    http://www.confessionsofafrumpymommy.com