Forget about balancing work and family. How about balancing the blog with work and family!?!
These last few weeks have been hell… busy at work and busy at home. By the time I can catch my breath the last thing I want to do is sit at the computer to write a post. If it wasn’t for the joining forces of the WMAG team, I don’t know how I’d maintain a blog all by myself.
It’s amazing how many mommy bloggers are out there—and the fact, that they can update a blog so frequently. (Even if it’s at least once a week!) Plus, find time to comment on other mom’s blogs. And then there’s the amount of mamas chatting on a variety of social networks.
It makes me wonder… how do all of you mommy bloggers and networkers do it? How do you keep up with the cyber world while juggling so many other things? Have you dropped other hobbies? Given up sleep? Traded your in-the-flesh friends for cyber friends?
So, I’m having a love/hate relationship with blogging right now. Don’t get me wrong—I do enjoy it. I have fun contributing to WMAG and visiting other blogs. I’ve just had to put blogging at the end of my priority list lately. Hang in there with me. Hopefully, you’ll hear from me again real soon—and more often.
More work-life balance inspiration
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- Why the Heck Do I Blog?: Susan was tagged by a blogging friend to offer up five reasons why she blogs. Here’s how she responded.
- 10 Ways to Find Balance for Work at Home Moms: How do work at home moms strike the balance between work and family? Follow this sage advice from an experienced mom of 5 who pulls it off every day.
- Is Work-Life Balance an Illusion?: Striving for work-life balance is an illusion as long we see it as an absolute target rather than a direction…
- Maintaining a Sense of Work-Life Balance: Atlanta-based certified career coach Hallie Crawford shares tips for working moms who want a better work-life balance between career and family.
7 thoughts on “Balancing the Blog”
I’ve been posting 3 days a week pretty consistently over the last year and also feel the pain of work/family. Two things have helped me keep it going:
1. Find a dedicated time per week. Sunday morning I get up with the kids at 6:30am and let them play and watch a little TV. For the next 1.5 hours I blog away, then make them breakfast at 8am. I’ve got it down to about 30 minutes per post.
2. Write in bunches. When work is a little slower or free time more plentiful, I’ll “write ahead” 3 to 4 blog entries, then set them up to publish over the course of the following week or two. It’s like you’ve got material “in the bank” and helps you manage the pressure.
Keep going and keep up the good work!
I hear ya. The blog takes up a lot of time!! I usually write late at night. Definitely during nap time. The back blog idea Bob suggests definitely is a good idea. Hang in there, it’s great you have others there supporting you too!
I know how you feel. It is hard to juggle everything. I remember a time when I had a bit of an Internet addiction. I managed to blog and participate in message boards and email and network online – I did it a lot, actually. But I wasn’t writing novels back then in addition to my daily work. I also didn’t have children. My hat’s off to the ladies who can keep up with everything!
I blog either late at night, early in the morning before my kids get up, and at lunch. Blogging is a fun creative outlet for me, but it can take a lot of time. I do have ideas from time to time that will inspire a draft post for later. I also don’t sweat about not commenting as much as I used to on other blogs and I skim in Google reader and Bloglines (I need to just switch to Google reader).
I agree. It can take up a lot of “spare” time to keep your blog updated. I find that I blog most after the boys go to sleep. I also have a lot of blogs that I love to read and try to catch up on those over my lunch hour or early in the a.m. before the boys get up.
I hear ya.
I mostly blog late at night, much to my hubby’s dismay 🙂
Life is finding the right balance for you. I admire all of the people out there who can balance their life along with having time for their health, work, school, family and cooking. We all need our time to our selves once and a while to decompress, unwind and reflect everything that has been happening. Even if it is just a few minutes, that can sometimes be enough to refocus and start off on the right foot for the day. It allows us to prioritize and to really think about what is important to us as individuals. So good luck to learning your balance and endure!