I have been blogging for nearly three years now and I have been a stay-at-home mum for nearly four years. I can not believe how fast time has gone. I have loved working for myself and being my own boss. I can't see me ever going back 'out there' to work as I am enjoying working from home instead. I always like setting myself challenges and starting new things. I am the kind of person who will start one thing and not finish it but start something else. I am terrible at doing it actually. But blogging has been one thing I have stuck too and I can not see my stopping any time soon.
Being a stay-at-home parent and blogging from home has been hard especially that I have two children to look after too. Mia is in full time school and in after school club every Tuesday until 5-6pm but Elliw only goes to part-time school. In September she will be full time school but I will then have a nearly 3 month old little boy at home with me too. I am hoping he will like his naps during the day so I can still keep on top of my blog but I have plans on how to still keep on top of my blog either way.
Blogging with a 4 and 6 year old can be difficult especially when it gets to the holidays. But I can't stop blogging. I love blogging and it is my hobby. I love documenting my family life on my little online space and it does make me happy that I have actually achieved something too, such as having people actually reading my blog. My blog wouldn't be where it is now if I hadn't of carried on working hard on it. I have many people asking me how do I keep on top of my blog, how do I manage to write a post every day (most weeks) and how do I keep organised when I have two children to look after, housework and school runs to do. My reply is always determination and keeping to some sort of plan.
• Blogging Space
I remember when I first started blogging I used to have my laptop on my lap. I wasn't very organised at the time, I was never keeping on top of my blog and missing deadlines. When I was getting more into blogging I found my paper work piling up and my notebooks needing space so I decided to move to the dining table (which we hardly use). I have also moved upstairs to my desk but having two children to look after I find it easier having my blogging space downstairs in the dining room for now. I feel more motivated to write posts and keeping on top of my blog when I have a desk.
• Scheduele Posts once written
I have been trying to stick to this for a good while but I always suck at social media! I know I really need to pick up my game with social media and listen to my own tips. Once you finish writing a blog post, use Buffer to scheduele your Twitter posts and use your Facebook page to scheduele posts there. Social media is always a great way to update your readers on what you have written and what you have been up to. Schedueling posts once you have finished writing the post also makes things a little easier for you too.
• Jot things down
This is one reason I go through loads of paper during the week and so many notebooks during the year. Once I get a blog post idea I prefer to write things down. Others prefer to jot it down on their phone or in their drafts. I have always been a paper kind of girl so that is my reason to writing my ideas down on paper.
• Set Days
Being a parent it can be hard for you to set certain days for each week to blog but there are ways you can do it. Mia goes to after school club on a Tuesday for me so Tuesday afternoon (when Elliw goes to school) I forget everything else and I just blog. My other really busy blog days where I try and catch up on everything is Friday evenings, Saturday evenings and Sunday unless the weather is really nice. On the rest of the days I do a few hours here and there. If you do struggle to what days you could do it, you could write it down and do a time sheet.
• Write a List
At the start of the week write a list of posts and other things blogging related you need to do. In this list you could add any sponsored posts you need to write by a certain deadline or a product review, aswell as blog post ideas to write down. Always start on the hardest ones first then work yourself down to finish the rest.
• Stick to Deadlines
When you start writing Sponsored posts and publishing Guest posts you will have to get used to deadlines. I am not the type of person who keep to deadlines but with Blogging being my job I try my best too. I have income sheets where I write information on about when I published and when the deadline was. I also find writing a note on the fridge and having a reminder on your phone can help this.
• Buy a Blog Planner
I really regret not buying a blog planner for last year as I know I would have been a lot more organised last year if I would have just bought one. I had seen a certain planner I had my eye on but the price was a little to steep and I don't earn enough yet to buy such expensive planners. However, just after Christmas I found a blog planner from Cocochicblog which was £15.99 to purchase. The planner has really helped me to keep on top of my work and keep organised.
• Schedule posts
Atleast once a week I will sit down for a good few hours and just schedeule posts for the following week. I won't complete the whole week that day, it can take up to three days to do that but it really helps me to keep on top my blog and make sure I have at least one blog posts a day.
• What times are best to blog when you are a stay at home parent?
Personally I would say when your child naps or in school. But if you have a child who doesn't nap and doesn't go to school yet, you could just try and work it around them such as bringing your laptop into the room they are at and write a draft then complete the post in the evening.