Many of you own a blog–you’re a blogger.
I am a wife, mother, home educator, homemaker, virtual assistant, youth group volunteer, writer, and blogger.
How in this world do I fit all that in, you ask? It’s not so hard. Really. It’s not. There are a few basics things you need to do in order to fit blogging in, if you truly want to blog.
First, you need to define your priorities. You need to decide what’s important to you. Most people have a hobby or two. If you don’t, you should. You need to decide what you love to do in your spare time. OK, I hear you laughing, “What spare time?!” Friends, mothers, you need to make spare time. Don’t fall into the lie that mothers aren’t allowed to have time to themselves.
If what you love to do has nothing to do with writing, blogging, online community, reaching people with your words, and being teachable in all of that, you may as well let go of the idea of having a blog.
You are going to waste your own time pursuing something that doesn’t really interest you. If you do have a passion for these things, you need to decide what you can cut out of your life in order to make room for them. And it can’t be the essentials such as your husband, children, or house work.
How about television? How many days per week do you plop down in front of the T.V. at night?
Reduce the amount of novels you read. Reading is good for writers, so don’t cut out reading altogether. But definitely be more choosy about which novels you’re reading.
Minimize (or cut out) mindless shopping trips. If you have no reason to go out and purchase something, stay home and tend to responsibilities so you have time later for blogging.
Whatever it is you are doing in any spare time that you have, if you don’t love it, cut it out of your life. Don’t be it’s slave any longer.
Next, you need to manage your time.
Use your time online wisely. If you are constantly perusing Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, or Pinterest, you’re wasting time you could be writing and sharing your words with the audience around you. Social media is important in blogging, but it must be kept in it’s place.
Schedule time in for writing. I wrote a post called Balancing Mothering and Blogging in which I share ways to carefully balance the two, leaning on the side of caution as to not get sucked into the black hole of blogging. More recently I wrote Making Room for Writing While Mothering where I show you how I fit my writing in, around my day to day life. I believe both aspects are important for a well rounded view of balancing the two.
This is part of your prioritizing. Once you cut out those things you don’t really want eating up your time, you can then spend your time doing what you love and being productive with your own talents.
One piece of information I failed to share in my Making Room for Writing While Mothering post, is that I don’t watch television, unless it’s to snuggle up with my husband or children to watch a family movie once or twice a week. Other than that, I do not watch any tv. None. We don’t have cable. We don’t have satellite. We don’t have Netflix. This decision is based on our own interests. We prefer to pursue other things and recognize that our time is limited. Based on our own preferences, we cut out television and chose to make our time count to us.
If you prefer watching T.V. to blogging, that is totally fine! But you must recognize, it’s not likely you will have time for both. Blogging does require a bit of commitment and consistency in order to get it off the ground and keep it going.
However, this depends on your own lifestyle. Some mothers home school, some don’t, but are still homemakers. You can find some time to write while the children are in school and still enjoy a little television in the evening as well.
Whatever the case, you need to decide what works for you.
The question is, are you willing to commit to the long haul blogging requires?
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