19 June 2014

Blogging?! Ain't Nobody Got Time For That!!




As a full-time working mom, I often get asked, “How do you juggle it all?” This question often makes me cringe and makes me feel as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs because honestly, I don’t juggle it all. Not even close, and most people don’t want to hear that. They want you to tell them that you have the perfect secret formula to being a super mom when really, I’m just a hot freaking mess. Just this morning I was 10 minutes late for work, smeared lipstick across the side of my face, almost ran out of gas on my way into work, and am now working on this post at my desk at work because I made zero time to do it yesterday. #iadmitit

 Zero time. So when do I find time to blog?? Well, let me back up for a second.

 I figured a few things out quickly when I started this blog:

//I would never get more hours in the day for simply deciding to take on another project.
//Blogging takes work.  It’s not gonna do it on its own.
//Albeit work, I want it to be enjoyable and fun.

Having said all of this, I think the main way I find time to blog is by remembering my priorities. I don’t blog at the expense of my child and my own well-being comes first meaning, if after I’ve put Maddy to bed and I’m exhausted, I’m not blogging. I love you guys but chances are I’m going to bed to relax and will not be up just so I can finish a blog post.

I also don’t put a lot of pressure on myself to constantly post every day. I know most bloggers will disagree with this tactic but it’s what works for me. I don’t feel the need to have to post something all the time just for the sake of posting so it really frees up my time to give me more wiggle room on being able to focus on more important things when I need to or to simply just set the blog aside for a bit. Remember the fun aspect I mentioned above? Not putting the extra stress and pressure on myself to constantly have something to say helps with keeping the fun in my dysfunctional. This space will always be here. There’s no need in rushing things.

I’m also notorious for having several blog post drafts going at once. I constantly have ideas floating around in this head of mine so I may log into my account and briefly get out those ideas and then leave it alone for a while. It also allows me time to think, research, or decide how much effort I really want to put into a particular topic or issue.

So when do I find time during the day to get it all done?

Lunch breaks at work. Quiet mornings in my office. Evenings after Chickie is asleep. Nap time on the weekends. I keep a running list of blog post ideas on my Wunderlist app and update it when a thought or idea pops up. I also keep a calendar with important dates noted for the days I definitely want to post or for reminders of link-ups but I still give myself leeway to not participate if I’m just not feeling it. I wish I could tell you that I have the magic formula for making it all happen but I don’t. The reality is that this blog is a hobby. My life as a mom, partner, and employee isn’t. Those things must, and will always, come first so really it’s all in your mind-set. The truth is that we will always make time for the things we really want to do regardless. Just remember what the priorities are.

So, that’s how I make it happen. I’m curious to know other blogger's tactics, thoughts, and ideas. How do you make it all happen as a blogger?

Linking up today with Sara at Running From the Law and so many other lovely ladies
to join in on the One Year & Beyond series!
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Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup
Courtney @ Shiraz In My Sippy Cup

Courtney is a published author, mom, taco enthusiast, and a Star Wars and Tennessee Volunteers fanatic. She's never met a piece of sushi she didn’t like and enjoys an amazing glass of wine and a great cut of meat. You can read more of her wine-induced, sleep-deprived adventures on The Huffington Post and Scary Mommy.

8 comments:

  1. I am a draft person as well. I will start a draft, or multiple when I know what I want to talk about or events that have happened. Then I can go back and plug stuff in. But I am with you, it is all about making the time, but family comes first! Thus I blog when everyone in my house is asleep :)

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    1. Yeppers! I have a sneaky suspicion this is the case for most of us mom bloggers! ;-)

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  2. EXACTLY. We basically wrote the exact same thing today! I agree completely with everything you said! Well-written, chica!

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    1. Ha! Yes we did, lol. Great minds think alike? Thanks, girl. I hope you're doing well. I love seeing your IG pics!! We finally got moved so I'll be shipping Mim's box O' goodies soon. ;-)

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  3. Awesome post, perfectly written! It's a juggeling act and we have to focus on our priorities first.

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    1. Thanks, Amanda!! So glad you stopped by! :-) Have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. I totally feel you on the just not going to blog if you're not feeling it! I have so many blog ideas lately that I'm got like 20 drafts started haha! you said it well it has to be fun. when it feels like work I take a break:)

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    1. Exactly. Time is precious as it is. No need in wasting it doing something that's not enjoyable. Have a great weekend, friend! XO

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