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.
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!
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