How I Find Time to Blog

by Ginger on April 25, 2011

in Blogging & Social Media

One of the things that often comes up when I talk about being a working mom is “how do you find time to blog with everything else you have going on?”

Well, just like everyone else, I find times and places where I can. My blogs are important to me, more than I ever realized they would be, and I sacrifice time in other places to make it work.  So, with a full time job, a toddler & a husband, how do I make time–and what do I sacrifice?

  • My kid goes to bed around 7:30ish. I go to bed around midnight-ish. My husband works (most) nights in his studio. That leaves me a good 4 hours or so every weeknight on my own. This is when I do the majority of my blog work. I write, tweak, read, etc.
  • I do a lot of my “writing” when I’m not in front of a computer. I can compose blog posts almost entirely in my head while showering, during my two 45ish minute commutes, while I’m doing my makeup, you name it. That means when I sit down to blog, about 80% of the time, it takes me less than 30 minutes to write, edit, link, and post because I’ve done most of the hard part (to me) beforehand.
  • I will occasionally write a post during my lunch break at work. This is where it’s helpful to a) write quickly b) have “written” the post in my head and c) not do lots of fancy stuff within the posts.
  • I do my blog reading & commenting whenever & wherever I can during my non-kid times. I read via Google Reader 90% of the time (the other 10% is links from Twitter). I can make it through about 30 blogs while I blow dry my hair, for example. I don’t take smoke breaks at work, I take blog breaks. I read during my lunch, typing comments with my non-eating hand. And I’m lucky because I actually HAVE to keep on several blogging communities for work, so there are some blogs I get to read for work.

So what don’t I do?

  • I rarely read books anymore. In part, this is because of work (when my job gets super stressful, books stop being pleasurable). But it’s in large part because I spend my time on blogging instead.
  • I am not a great housekeeper. I don’t spend my hours after the kid goes to bed making sure my house is spotless. Luckily my husband does most of the cleaning, but neither of us is a “white glove” type.
  • My TV & movie watching has dropped drastically. Part of that is that tv has been crappy this season (IMO). But even for the stuff I like, I’ve dropped a lot of my old TV addiction.
  • I don’t have other hobbies. I don’t craft, I don’t knit, I don’t cook or bake. Blogging is my hobby.

So how about you? Whatever your circumstances–how do YOU make time for blogging?

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OurLittleAshley April 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Word docs at work. It’s bad, but I do it sometimes! 🙂

I also spend a chunk of the day or two I *am* home blogging.

I just can’t spend too much blogging at home, otherwise I feel super guilty and the house looks like crap and then I *feel* like crap. (Once I realized that having a messy house made me feel absolutely awful, I started cleaning it regularly…and making it…a priority. Weird. Hehe.)

Ginger April 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I kind of wish sometimes that having a messy place made me feel awful. It would probably be less messy 🙂

Google docs, they sure can be a blogger’s best friend!

Erin April 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm

This has definitely been tricky for me since having the girls. Before the girls were born, reading blogs and writing posts was what I did when I got home from work. It was my “me” time before Ted got home. Now, I squeeze it in when I can. I can get a few minutes in after work before the girls wake up, but most of it happens after bedtime once the chores are done.

I don’t have the kind of job where I can do any sort of blogging from work. I can barely tweet during the day! Luckily, I’m very good at composing posts in my head while I’m in the car.

Ginger April 27, 2011 at 9:28 pm

It really is one of the only blessings of having a “desk” job. Ha!

Cloud April 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

My oldest (who is 4) got it in her head that I should “go type in the guest room for lots of minutes” after the end of her bedtime routine…. so that is what I do. I have to stay close to go in an turn her pillow over, kiss her head when she “has a bad dream” or whatnot. Sleep has never come easily for her, so I’m just happy that she no longer needs me to stay with her until she falls asleep, and I use the time for blogging. Some nights I have more time than others, and sometimes it takes me several nights to finish a post, but it works.

I do most of my blog reading either at night or on my lunch break at work. I’ll also read a short post at work sometimes to clear my head between tasks.

Ginger April 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I love that “type…for lots of minutes”. Good call by the 4 year old!

I do that clearing the head thing too–if I’ve been working on budgets for example, I often need a little…breather away from numbers. It’s a good way to switch gears. As long as I don’t get tooooooo sucked into it!

Alexis April 26, 2011 at 6:26 am

In theory I am home all day and can squeeze this stuff in but in reality, I milk what I can out of night-time and nap/quiet time. Of course, since Cha Cha no longer naps it can be tough. Basically, once the girls go down by 7:30 I do a fast lap of dishwasher, laundry and house touch ups and then that is my time. Granted that time has to be divided between working out, blogging, catching up my TV, knitting, sewing and, rarely, seeing Chris for a few waking minutes, but is it mine and I do what I can. This probably explains why I have not been posting very much lately….

I am always impressed with how frequently, and well, you blog given that you already have two full-time jobs. Now I see that it is because you are a genius “multitasker” 🙂

Ginger April 27, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Yeah, we’ll go with “multitasking” 🙂

Elizabeth April 26, 2011 at 1:40 pm

As you can see, I haven’t made time for blogging. I start composing in my head, but then Hannah will give me a big grin from the other side of the room and I just don’t have the willpower to not run over and play. She doesn’t go to bed until 11, so I’m pretty wiped by then. I’ll probably get back into the swing of it after a while, but I’ve been missing it less than I thought I would, oddly.

Ginger April 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

If J was still going to bed at 10 or 11, I’m not sure what I’d do. When he switched to a more “standard” bedtime, that’s when I really was able to blog more. Before that, I’d blog during my pumping breaks at work. Really, in a lot of ways, work (and naptimes) are key for me.

Lex April 26, 2011 at 11:04 pm

I’ve been pretty bad about making time for blogging. I mean, lately I think I have picked up the pace a little bit, but I end up getting so side-tracked by bedtime shenanigans, junk-food cravings, the Twitter, and Buzzfeed. Then, naturally, when I do have a minute to get into blog-mode, I open up MS Word and stare at the blank screen, slack-jawed and herpa-derping at my keyboard until I give up and start playing catch up with my DVR.

Unless, of course, it’s an RTT post, and in that case, I typically unload a few bullet points here and there up to a day in advance before copy-editing and formatting on Tuesdays. Though, to be honest, I usually just herpa-derp my way through those, too.

Ginger April 27, 2011 at 9:35 pm

I’ve been struggling the last week or so–so while writing a post normally takes me 30 minutes or so, the last week it’s taken me like, 2-4 hours. Doing that herpa-derpa thing. Yeah. Not so good.

But don’t let me fool you, I really just spew whatever thoughts come in my head. Very rarely do I put a ton of thought/planning/prep into my posts–it’s more like a brain dump 🙂

Lex April 27, 2011 at 9:52 pm

A very well-written brain dump! 😉

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