My Blogging Routine12:00 AM
My life is a little hectic as a mom and as a working mom at that, but I try to fit in blogging whenever I possibly can. Would I like to blog full time? Absolutely! Do I have the time? Not so much. I thought I'd share what I do throughout the day anyway.
So, I guess we'll start in the morning. Like most of us, I'm up at the "butt-crack" of dawn. I have dishes, maybe some laundry or general cleaning I have to get done. Don't forget the dinner prep for when I come home. Those pork chops aren't going to marinade themselves, you know! Then I try to dedicate at least an hour to linking up to link parties. I know what you're thinking, but it takes some time to visit other linkers, share my posts and maybe leave a comment here and there. I try to do as many as I can before I give up and schedule.
I am mediocre at scheduling. You would think that after 2+ years of blogging that I'd have some sort of method to the madness. Well, I take advantage of Buffer a lot. I mostly use it for Twitter and sometimes for Facebook, but I like how Facebook lets you schedule from my page itself so it works dandy for me. Do I pay for Buffer?
Yeah...no. I don't pay for schedulers that's why I don't use it for Pinterest. Gasp! Yes...I don't schedule Pinterest. What do I do? Use the share buttons on the side of my page. Did you faint? Okay.. Let's move on.
After I schedule my stuff and link my links, I shut down shop and get on with my day. I get the hubs set, my daughter to school and I get on with my day job. After coming home, if I'm lucky, I have time while dinner is in the oven to do more scheduling, answer emails and comments, edit the next blog post or plan out my newsletter.
When I don't have that time for dinner to be in the oven (say a half hour or so), I'm jumping back and forth from the stove to the computer. Good thing it's hard to burn green beans from a can! ;)
After my daughter's homework is done and she's showered, I have a couple of hours before the hubs comes home to chill out and finish up. My daughter's reading and I'm coasting through a blog post like this one or getting ready to party with you guys at our Wake Up Wednesday link party (that just so happens to pop up on here Tuesdays at 8 p.m.). Don't forget to jot that down. :)
If I'm SUPER lucky, I can have a few scheduled posts, too. This one, as a matter of fact has taken me about 15 minutes so far to type up....proof reading not included.
By this time, It's about 7 at night and I'm pooped. Nine o'clock rolls around and I get email notifications on my phone and I'm like: "I'm totally just going to deal with that tomorrow" as I fall asleep on the couch.
My quick tips to you are:
- 1. Don't wear yourself out. I have stopped blogging quite a few times over these past two years and it's because I've pushed myself. I sometimes forget that this is suppose to be fun.
- 2. Family first. Your kids want to play duck-duck-goose, first suggest a different game because that one stinks and then have at it. Maybe it will make a great post next week. Who knows?
- 3. Not everything is about money so if you have someone contact you about a review but you know that you don't have the time, JUST SAY NO!
Well, that's my schedule and a bit extra on the side. I'd love to be one of those bloggers with everything planned out to the minute each day, but that just isn't me. Do you have suggestions for me? I'm all ears! Shoot me a comment below!