The Blogging Schedule for the Busy Mom |Keeping it Real

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The Blogging Schedule for the Busy Mom



…or how to fit blogging into your life in 4 easy steps!




Today I decided to take a break from my usual Thursday decluttering posts to write about something that has been on the back of my mind for quite some time now: how to dedicate time to blogging without negatively impacting the rest of your life. 



I’m married, I work full time out of the house and have two kids. That alone is obviously more than enough to fill my days. That is why it took me so long to start a blog, even though it was something I knew I wanted to do for years. Today, I manage two blogs: this one, Keeping it Real and my most recent endeavor, The Book Worm, dedicated to books and book reviews. 

So, how do I manage to make it all fit in the 24 hours of the day, seven days a week? With a lot of patience, some calendar juggling and careful planning.  

Here are a few tips, drawn from my own personal experience, to manage your life and be able to post on a regular basis: 

 1. Set your priorities

Mine are perfectly clear, and though it may seem odd to post this on a blog, family, friends and work come first, no questions asked. 

Would I love to make a load of money blogging, quit my job and just spend my days crafting and blogging about it? Yes, of course. Is it realistic? No, at least not for the time being.   

Maybe one day. But right now I blog because it makes me feel good. It’s my me time, so that makes it a priority in itself. I need to stay sane though the chaos of my day-to-day life, and blogging is an important part of my keeping my sanity.
  2. Organize yourself
 
Taking into account my priorities, I have to fit both crafting and blogging in between all my other daily chores. Since writing comes naturally to me, I sometimes write bits and pieces of posts on my lunch break and on my way to meetings (this is made easy with all the mobile devices we have today, but a good old notebook and a pen work wonders too). 


Often I’m “writing” posts in my head while in the shower or driving the kids to school, and then I just need to put them to paper (or to the word processor) as soon as I have time. But realistically, most writing happens at night, after the kids are in bed. When I have time, I write several posts in a row and then schedule them to be published on different dates. 

So, basically, you have to include blogging in your daily tasks and set aside a bit of time every day, not too much that affects the rest of your life but enough to be on top of things. This was not easy in the beginning, but, believe me, after a while, blogging starts to be a lot easier. 

  3. Write about things you do, think, believe…
 
Turning your day-to-day life into blog posts is the easiest way to (1) have an endless supply of topics to write about and (2) fit your blog into the rest of your life. At Keeping itReal I post mostly about crafts. Everything I share is made with a purpose other than just creating a blog post. It’s either a handmade gift I made for someone, a set of printables for a birthday party I’m planning or something I created around the house. So it’s a 2 in 1 thing, which saves me a lot of time.
Similarly, the reviews posted at The Book Worm are my thoughts and opinions on the books I’ve read, either recently or in the past. Instead of sharing my views just over at Amazon or Goodreads, I create a blog post. 

Whenever we read something, we always have an opinion, good or bad. I just decided to start voicing those opinions publicly. But, again, since I read a lot anyway, getting new blog topics doesn’t really cost me additional time. 

4. Create a realistic schedule

Blogging gurus will tell you that one of the keys to hold and increase your audience is to post often. But posting often is not easy when you're otherwise busy, so, again, you need to set priorities.

My posting schedule usually looks like this:

Monday: one craft post on Keeping it Real and one book review on The Book Worm
Tuesday: one craft post on Keeping it Real, as long as I have something to share.
Wednesday: the (Almost) Wordless Wednesday post on Keeping it Real and the What I’m Reading Wednesday on The Book Worm.
Thursday: the No Clutter in 2015 post on Keeping it Real
Friday: one craft post on Keeping it Real, as long as I have something to share, and a book review on The Book Worm.
Saturday & Sunday: no posts, except on special occasions (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, etc.), and for the most part those are scheduled in advance. Weekends are reserve for family and for completing the craft projects I want to share during the following weeks. I also try to take all photos to put on the blog on Saturday and Sunday, to make sure I have as much natural light as possible (this is especially relevant during the winter months, when days are smaller and darkness falls well before I get home from work).

So even though I post a lot, some of the posts are part of regular series, which makes it easier to manage, since I don’t need to be constantly looking for subjects to blog about. 

Sometimes it’s impossible to follow the schedule exactly (for example, last Monday I took the kids to the doctor in the morning and then had a meeting at school in the evening, so I had to reschedule Monday’s post to Tuesday, and today I’m deviating from the decluttering posts because I decided I wanted to write about something else instead), but it works as a guideline and helps me keep chaos minimally controlled.  

In addition to posting, there are lots of other things you need to do when you blog, from layout maintenance & adjustments to social media. I try to do a little bit every day to avoid accumulation:

Monday to Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday: party linkups & social media updates
Thursday & Friday: party linkups & social media updates, reply to e-mails and comments posted on the blog (when possible, I do this on the other days too) and site maintenance (check for broken links, update pages, etc)

Blog planners exist to help all of us with this scheduling. If you don’t have one and don’t want to spend money buying one either, hop onto Pinterest and search for free printables. Then select the one that better fits your needs and go from there. Or just use the Outlook or Gmail calendars if you don’t want to haul a blog planner around. This is the digital age, so we might as well take advantage of it!


Whether you’re blogging for pleasure or for profit (or both), having a blog should not keep you from your normal day to day life. It’s just a matter of getting organized and decide what works better for you and your family. If may seem hard at first, but after a while it becomes easier.

My blogs aren’t perfect, there are lots of improvements I would implement if I had time, but that’s OK. I’m doing the best I can with what I have and I’m still living the rest of my life. Because bottom line, this is what it’s all about!

Enjoy,





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38 comments:

  1. This is such a helpful post you did about keeping a blogging schedule! Thanks for sharing these tips as you make it all seem easy and you sound like you are very organized.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Julie xo

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    1. Thank you Julie! Actually, I'm always feeling I need better organization in my life...but I've gotten a lot better over the years. I'm pretty sure a few years ago, especially in those foggy months after my son was born, having a blog and posting regularly would have been impossible for me!

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    1. Thank you Christine, have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Love the blog, it has amazing info and love if you stop by Fabulous Friday to share your posts, I party every two weeks, so it be great if you have a few minutes! Here is the link, Thanks Maria
    http://www.simplenaturedecorblog.com/fabulous-friday-party32/

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    1. Thank you Maria: Off to link up and I'll leave you a comment there too...

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  4. Great post! So helpful! I feel like this is something I really need to implement better with my blog. Thanks for linking up with us for Friday Finds and Favorites! Have a great weekend! 😊

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Anna. enjoy your weekend!

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  5. We just had a discussion in my bloggers support group about finding time to blog now that the kids are out of school. I posted it there as this is very helpful Thanks for sharing.

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  6. Thanks, these are great tips! As a new blogger, I am still trying to get into a good schedule of posting, promoting, social media, etc. so it helps to know how other bloggers organize their time. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Jody, and the best of lick for your blog!

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  7. Thanks for the tips. I desperately need to make a calendar of linky's I want to join in and when to publish certain posts. I'm a bit haphazard at the moment! #weekendbloghop

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    1. if you create a link parties page on your blog (check mine, for example) and organize it by days of the week, you save a lot of time. When you need, you can click your own page and just follow the links to the parties!

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  8. Great tips. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!

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  9. This is helpful!Sometimes i get so busy blogging that i notice it has somewhat taken over!...lol.

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    1. Blogging is addictive, I know. But it should fir into the rest of out lives and not the other way around. Thank you for stopping by!

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  10. Hi, thanks for the great tips! Seeing it writing (blogging) helps map out your priorities. I love blogging and like you said it's where I come to and stay sane:) Cheers from Bangkok! Ping

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    1. Thank you for stopping by! It's true, sometimes putting (or seeing) things in writing gives us a totally different perspective!

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  11. Finding a workable schedule and then sticking too it has been key for me. Thank you for the tips in this post.

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  12. Great info! I often wonder how busy moms find time to blog! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. It's not always easy, but it gets better with time...thank you for stopping by!

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  13. When I first started blogging I always used to either post or do some type of blogging thing on a weekend as I was struggling to fit everything in. Now however I never post on a weekend and I rarely check my emails/social media etc....I leave it as pure family time. My blog is in much better balance now for it.

    Prioritising and scheduling are definitely important for long term blogging.

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Catherine. I totally agree with you. Weekends are for family and friends and for relaxing!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your transparency with us :-) It is encouraging.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Julie, have a great week!

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  15. Great Tips!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday!! Hope to see you again tomorrow!! Pinned!

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    1. Thank you Elaine, I'll link up tomorrow for sure!

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  16. This really is a great idea! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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  17. So important to be organized-- I totally agree! Thank you for sharing on the #ShareTheWealthSunday link up!

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Gina! Have a great weekend!

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  18. So many good tips!!! Life is busy, but it's possible to keep up with a blog if it's important to you! Thanks for linking up with us at the Motivational Monday party - I hope you'll stop by again this week!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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    1. Thank you Danielle! I've linked up to this week's party already!

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  19. Great tips for blogging, i follow man of these tips!
    Thanks for sharing this on Fabulous Friday
    Maria

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