Finding Time to be a Blogger
Blogging is so much fun but how do you fit it into your everyday life?
I want to make my blog the best it can be, I want it to look good and have interesting content but I also want to be the best mummy I can be and this means being present (in both body and mind) whenever the children are home. Sometimes when I have an idea for a blog post or if I really need to get something typed up while its in my head, I worry that I'm not achieving that goal.
Back when I only had my book blog to think about, I didn't have E so I could take the kids to school and spend the whole school day in a whirlwind of housework, reading, blogging and social media. It didn't matter if I skipped lunch to get that blog post written or if I didn't put my whole self into the hoovering - I had no one to please but myself! Then I could happily spend the evening with my family, blog-free because I had spent enough time on it already.
So with a baby around 24/7 I simply had to alter my daily routine to fit around her needs, but is it really that simple? And how much time does that actually give me to blog? On top of writing posts you also need to find time for taking photographs, editing said photographs, note-making, visiting other blogs etc etc.
Here's how I find the time...
During the day I strategically place my iPad where I can check it as I walk past, then I can reply to comments/messages as they arrive throughout the day. If I leave it on or near the sofa I end up sitting down to look at it and that's when I become too distracted (usually by Twitter). When I'm out and about I use my iPhone to keep updated with online activity, if I'm not driving I've found that long car journeys have become my friend because I can catch up with social media and visit other blogs on the go!
During a typical day I get two main periods of time when I can enjoy some guilt-free blogging...
Firstly when E has her mid-morning sleep, this can last anywhere between one and three hours so I have to get on with it or risk having a really creative moment interrupted by E waking up! The thing is I also use that time to sort out more washing (a family of five produce a lot of washing), do a quick tidy up and generally catch up with household paperwork or letters from school (mostly requests for money for some reason or another but that's another blog post altogether). So even though I can blog peacefully I don't always achieve much during this time because I have other things to do as well.
Secondly is bedtime, that glorious moment when E goes to sleep at the end of the day and the older children have been fed, watered and are happily doing their own thing in their rooms. This is my favourite time to blog but it isn't without its own distractions. Blogchats on Twitter are a prime example, if I happen to come across one during my 'quick social media browse' then I just can't help but be sucked in by it and boom that's another hour lost! I also like to squeeze some reading in during the evening and often I'm so tired by the end of the day that my eyes just won't stay open.
I have tried blogging while E is awake but it simply doesn't work and with the children being home on Easter holidays even my daytime blogging is more difficult. But, saying that, having the children home can also be a good thing because this is a family blog and I can involve them with ideas, photography, and even what to include in certain posts. They seem to enjoy this, especially when they get the privilege of trying out a really cool toy for the blog!
I admit it can be tricky to find the right balance between running a successful blog and spending enough time in the 'real world' but as long as you get that balance right I truly think blogging can enhance your family life.
What do you think? How do you find time to be a blogger?