“Hey Mama, How Do You Find Time to Blog?”

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The loose schedule we enjoyed this summer has come to an end. We began school this week. They look happy in their pictures above, but I know they’re missing the abundance of free time from the summer months. I miss it too.

But the structure that school offers is good for all of us, especially for me. I knew that with homeschool back in full swing, I had to take a good hard look at where all this blogging was going to fit in or if I had to give it up altogether.

What I love about blogging

  • I love the creative outlet that it has given me.
  • I love growing and improving in my writing.
  • I love the new friends that I have made through this.
  • I love the opportunity to help someone by sharing the things that I’ve learned in this life.

But even though this has been a great experience so far, there are things about taking on this additional role of blogger that I don’t like so much.

What I don’t like about blogging

  • I don’t like how much time it takes.
  • I don’t like feeling distracted.
  • I don’t like losing my time in checking social media and comments.
  • I don’t like not giving my children my undivided attention because of all of the above.

Can you really be a good mom and a good mommy blogger at the same time?

I had to get a better perspective. I won’t always be a mommy blogger. I suspect that one day, this will all end. But, I will always be a mom. Even when these kids are grown, I will still be their Mommy.

So, when I was drafting our household schedule, I had to include time for blogging in there. I wanted to be purposeful, attending to my main blogging duties during the early morning or evening hours when the children are in bed. If I didn’t include it in the schedule, I would be prone to “blog” throughout the day. And that just can’t happen when I’m trying to homeschool.

Consider this quote from Kevin DeYoung’s book, Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem [affiliate link].

“I’ve often had to ask myself, ‘Why am I blogging? Why am I tweeting? Is it for my name and my fame?’ It doesn’t matter how big or small our following; we can turn Facebook and Twitter into outposts for our glory. Or–and this is more my struggle–we can fear what others will think if we don’t show up for hours, days, or weeks. We don’t want to disappoint hundreds or thousands of people we’ve never met, so we work all night and ruin the evening of the few people who depend on us every day.”

If you are a blogger, you may not blog about every moment of your life. But, with or without a blog post to follow, you can live each moment to the fullest without regret.

What does blogging or social media distract you from?

 
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20 thoughts on ““Hey Mama, How Do You Find Time to Blog?”

  1. Ai, you have read my mind. As I sit here I should be playing with my kids. They’re up and I’m on the computer. 😦 I don’t really have a lot of time right now that isn’t spent with children as mine get up around 6am. I find myself trying to eek out time whenever possible, but it’s been a detriment.

    My husband and I had a long talk about it last night. I will probably have to give up on some of this because it is *not* the most important thing.

    This was a very well timed post for me. I’m not sure how to schedule in the time effectively right now. I’m going to have to pray on this one, because I really love blogging, but I don’t want it to come before what’s really important.

    Thanks so much.

    1. Praying for God to give you some clear direction. I love blogging too, but I could clearly see that it was “getting in the way”. We have to know our limits and realize that we may not be able to post as much as we want or read other blogs or reply to comments as much as we want. Some people are able to do it all, and that’s great! Everyone’s situation is different though.

      1. You guys are right where I’m at. There are so many things I enjoy online but it’s all supposed to be extra, after the (more) important things. I take care of school and some housework before blogging, but the additional housework as well as just good ol’ play needs my attention! 😛
        I’ve actually decided on dropping all screens for a certain period of time every afternoon so that phones and computers are black and we become much more interactive! 😀 I’m praying for you, Ai and you, Melissannde! XO

  2. This is completely true. I have been dialing it back a little because it felt like too much time was spent distracted. I love doing it but I don’t want my kid to fight with the computer for attention.

  3. I just started blogging, so I have been spending a lot of time writing my posts and figuring it all out. I know I will have to dial it back at some points. I am trying to work on getting ahead so I can have more time. I only have one son right now though, so I can imagine it is a lot easier than more than one child!

    1. I try to write posts ahead of time and take advantage of free weekends to do it, so I don’t spend so much time writing during the week. Took me some time to figure out a system that worked for me.

  4. I have had these exact thoughts!!! Blogging is like another job…unpaid of course. I absolutely love it but it takes up so much time so I find myself distracted or staying up way too late to catch up. I like your plan to schedule it so it has its proper place and time. Its tough to balance everything and do it all well. Something always suffers, but it certainly shouldn’t be our families. ❤

    1. Scheduling was needed for me. I know that by doing this, I would limit the amount of time I spend on it. Like the other day, I was reading other blogs from the Mommy FB group early in the morning when my baby walked in my room and said a very tired “good morning”. I had to set aside the blogging and cuddle with him. I knew you gals would understand.

  5. I know what you mean. I feel blogging is much more addicting than any other social media outlet. Posts take time to read and although I love doing it, it can such away a good amount of time without me even realizing it. I have limited my time on here to when my kids are napping or down for the evening. . . Glad you are sticking with it though–I enjoy your blog very much!

    1. I hope this new routine works out. I do want to continue blogging, but not if it becomes too much of a distraction with our family life. I would feel like a hypocrite, blogging about family and kids and not spending time with them because of the blog.

  6. This is right where I am too. My blog is still new so there is still a lot to figure out. I am really enjoying the writing and if I am going to blog, I want to do it well. But it is something that has to be scheduled and disciplined because sitting at the computer can easily encroach upon other more important things. And while I would never say that my children are not more important than whatever online ministry/influence my blog has, my actions can demonstrate otherwise if I’m not careful.
    “Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” This quote is displayed on my fridge and has been a good reminder for me.

  7. Ahh, the struggles are real indeed! I try to blog during nap periods or at nighttime. If I really need a break and since my husband is home, there are times where I will sneak away to blog because it’s also relaxing for me. It can definitely take up a lot of time, so it’s all a balancing act. I find that it takes time staying connected to other blogs too..I try to prioritize, but it’s not always easy.

    1. It definitely isn’t easy. We’re already wearing so many hats, and adding blogger to that is a lot to carry

  8. I hear you Ai. I have struggled with the same thoughts since starting my blog in May. The thing I have found most helpful is setting clear boundaries of when I can and can’t do stuff. My husband helps me with that, even deleting the Facebook app from my phone. 🙂 I’m very thankful for that accountability.

    1. Same here. I’m thankful for the accountability from my husband. He’ll give me the gentle rebuke if he knows I’m spending too much time on it, but he’s also very supportive and a regular reader of the blog.

  9. This is such a difficult balancing act! I recently took the plunge to self-host rather than utilize a free WordPress blog… and I had to think for a long time about whether it would be worth it. We have a 2 year old and another baby due in October. I don’t have a lot of extra time to blog, but I had to set some pretty firm boundaries on the time I *do* blog.

    Here’s what I ended up doing. My husband works evenings. I allowed myself 2-3 hours each evening to work on blogging tasks, plus 2-3 of my son’s naptimes each week. This means I get about 13-18 hours to work on the blog. If I’ve got a major project (which I try not to do regularly), my husband is good to take care of the 2 year old while I get some extra blog time in. Otherwise, I just can’t do more than 18 hours a week.

    And I agree that it depends on our life season. I, too, don’t think I will always be blogging. But I love how you put it in perspective — I will always be a mom. Need to keep that in mind when I’m struggling with being content about the “little” time I have to blog. 🙂 Thanks for your post! (Stopping by from A Mama’s Story link-up)

    1. I’m glad you stopped by and shared what you have done to fit in blogging with everything else! I know it’s challenging for moms, and it’s helpful to hear from others about what they have done.

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