Tips For Blogging Mums And Dads

Blogging is not always easy and it can be even more difficult for blogging mums and dads.  I know first hand how difficult it is to undertake a full time blogging gig as well as looking after children.  It is not at all easy to concentrate or get the jobs completed that you need to do, when you have little one’s running around your feet.  Added to those pressure are the general household duties, a part or full time 9-5 job and of course having some “you time”, which sometimes makes it feel like everything is going to come crashing down around you.  Can you relate?

Blogging MumsThe main reason I started my blogging career was because I wanted to be a stay at home mum but I also wanted to keep earning an income.

Whilst this is possible, it is not an easy task and to be successful you need to have dedication and commitment to see it through.  Blogging mums and dads do therefore have to go that extra mile.

Blogging as a business is not about posting ‘every now and then’, flicking through social media and sharing pretty pictures (although there is nothing to necessarily stop you from sharing pretty pictures!!).

Business blogging is about setting blogging schedules, working towards goals, building networks, engaging with other bloggers, undertaking guest blogging roles, and so much more.

Undertaking blogging as a business is a FULL TIME job.  Sure you can spend less time on it, but will it be a business?  A hobby and a business are two very different things, and blogging mums and dad’s who want to do so for an income, need to put in the hard work.

As you know when you work from home, there is no escape from young kids, and nor would we want there to be.  The purpose of being at home with the kids is to be involved in their play and their learning and not just leaving them to their own devices.

Unlike working in an office, you can’t just have that chunk of time set aside for work and it can often be difficult to maintain the balance.  There are two crucial elements that you need to embrace if you want to be a successful stay at home blogging parent.

2 Important Tips For Blogging Mums And Dads

Time Management

Blogging Mums and DadsTime management is absolutely crucial when blogging, and especially so for blogging mums or dads.  Time management seems to be magnified when trying to schedule taking care of kids at the same time.  Trust me when I say I feel your pain!

If you want to make the distance with your blogging, you MUST have good time management.  Blogging is not something that you can do all day long whilst the kids are around, it’s just not practical and we have to be realistic here!

I have certainly learnt that in order to manage my two blogs, my part time job and be a good mum, time management is crucial.  Take a good hard look at your daily schedule and determine what time you have available.  Break up those time slots into achievable blocks and schedule in your blogging tasks.  For instance, I have found that the following works really well for me and my family:

* Breakfast time is a great time to check on social media and catch up with what’s happening.

* The day time nap (for the babies….not you!!) is a great time to focus on tasks such as post writing and SEO research.

* Evening time when the kids have gone to bed is certainly the quietest time and the time when most work can be undertaken.  Yes, I know that this is the time when you want to collapse in a heap, relax and watch some television, but we have already established that this blogging career is going to take time and commitment, and the tv might just have to go!

Be Flexible

Schedules are fantastic, but if you are trying to fit this around being blogging mums and dads, you need to be prepared to be flexible with those schedules!

I have lost count of the amount of times that I have scheduled a blogging task into my daughter’s nap time, but then she decides not to sleep.  That’s a whole hour and a half gone….vanished….*POOF*.   I’ve also lost numerous days when my daughter has been sick, so blogging is off the cards completely.  It is important to learn to adapt otherwise you will seriously go crazy!

Likewise some time may appear when you least expect it, as the kids are happy to sit quietly for an hour with a movie.  Take this opportunity with both hands and get stuck in to the work as much as you can, because you can be guaranteed it wont last for long.

Are you still working a day job too?  Most people will have a lunch break at the office ranging from 45minutes to an hour.  What do you normally do in that time?  I still work 2 days a week in my day job and I can tell you that I embrace those two lunch breaks and get as much use out of them as I possibly can.  Those 2 hours are gold nugget times and probably the quietest time of my week.

Understanding the time that you have available and using this to it’s maximum advantage are absolutely crucial if you want to succeed at being a stay at home parent whilst also undertaking a blogging career.  Don’t give up though, because the hard work will eventually pay off!

Are you a stay at home mum or dad who is also undertaking a blogging schedule?  What strategies do you implement to help get the job done?

Please share your thoughts with us below.

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Catherine Holt is the founder of Blogging Tips 101. She has been an internet marketer since 2012. Connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Google and Pinterest.

4 Responses to “Tips For Blogging Mums And Dads”

written by Nathaniel Kidd On 25 May 2014 Reply

Catherine,

I totally agree that you can make a great income from blogging. As you stated, that is only possible if you treat it like a true business. We must maintain some consistency when blogging because our audience expects it first and foremost.

As a blogging stay at home mom it can be challenging to blog and make an income of it but it is definitely achievable. Great time management skills will enhance the ability to be successful for sure.

I also agree that as a stay at home parent flexibility is important as it relates to blogging. Taking advantage of your free time as it arises will propel your blog in the right direction. Thank you for sharing.

written by Catherine Holt On 26 May 2014 Reply

Any job is going to take time and commitment and blogging is no exception. It does make me chuckle when I hear people say you can’t make an income online because they have tried for 6 months, posted (every now and then) and really havn’t committed to it. It can certainly be challenging when you have so many other commitments, and little people in the house make it even more of a challenge, but if your head is in the right place, you can certainly make it work.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts :-)

written by Simon On 25 May 2014 Reply

Great article Catherine, I always struggle to fit in the Blog writing, and research with the ‘day job’, keeping healthy, and spending time with my family!

The best advice is to turn off the TV and set aside 1 hour to learn or write.

written by Catherine Holt On 26 May 2014 Reply

It really is a juggling act isn’t it Simon, and one that takes time and effort to get right. Finding a schedule and keeping to it as much as possible definitely helps, but when family is involved, schedules can go out the window as quick as you make them. That’s when plan B comes into action :-) Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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