Blogging is brilliant. It brings a lot of satisfaction, social interaction and a great deal of joy to many.
Such as having lots of comments on a post that YOU wrote. Or being featured in a large publication. Or receiving a product and getting to review it. Or, when it starts leading to exciting opportunities.
In the two years that I have been blogging I continue to fall even more in love with it.
It can, however, be extraordinarily tough too – let’s face it. Especially if you are a parenting blogger. Because, when you have children, life is not always easy; it can be incredibly challenging to find the time (and energy) to keep your blogging at a certain level.
Life can be SO busy.
Most parenting bloggers I know are forever multi-tasking; blogging around everything else that is going on in their lives. Snatching time here and there to work on it. Which is not easy.
Plus blogging and social media is all SO fast-paced. If you take your eye off the ball long enough your readers may disappear elsewhere to somebody else’s amazing blog. And if life gets too busy it can be easy to wonder why you are bothering blogging at all??
How to keep the ‘spark’ alive…
I see my blog similar to that of being in a relationship. Sometimes I love it, and sometimes I REALLY hate it! But I am lucky in that I don’t dislike for very often!
So here is how I keep myself focused as a blogger and a busy Mum-of-two:
1/ I just love to write
I don’t put myself under any pressure to produce material. I simply do it because I LOVE doing it. I wish I could write more but I don’t have any more time at the moment. When I get an hour here and there I can’t wait to get started. I adore writing and would like my blogging to continue to open up further opportunity, which I think is the main thing that keeps me going through the rougher days. Plus, looking back on my previous content and family memories is amazing; I’m documenting our lives in order for us to remember forever.
2/ I find the time
People are always asking me how I manage to fit it in, but I just do. I blog when the twins are in pre-school three days a week and then during some evenings too. During this August break (the children are off preschool for the next six weeks) I will write more in the evenings. In August, like a lot of parenting bloggers, I will have a slower month in order to enjoy the summer holidays…but I know I will be itching to get back to it all come September time again!
3/ I am very organised
I am super organised and I always have been and I think this helps me to produce content quickly. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that this is one of my strengths. I do manage to keep on top of producing posts and managing my social media (although some days are easier than others).
I don’t take very long to produce a post either – a few hours maximum plus editing photos. I’m quite good at sitting down with an idea, typing it up and publishing it. I try not to get too distracted…although easier said than done!
4/ Read, read, read
I read other blogs, online newspapers, magazines, watch YouTube and keep up to date on social media – and so I get a lot of inspiration from these places. However, I usually get most of my ideas when I am lying in bed trying to drift off to sleep!
5/ Good friends
Finally, I would say, that enjoying it all and having a good group of blogging pals helps me throughly, especially when I am feeling a little ‘meh’. I absolutely love how sociable blogging is and how much confidence it has given me as a Mother and woman. It’s really quite empowering.
Love, Jess x