This is my third post in the 8 post series of productivity tips for mom-bloggers. If you haven’t read the previous two, here is where you can find them. And in this post of mine, real moms share their blogging troublkes.
As of now we talked about the productivity and planning in terms of general blogging, from now on I will be limiting my posts to focus only towards mom-bloggers.
To give you a better understanding of the real issues and to present you with the best solution, I talked to 10 moms who blog in different formats of social media. These moms have kids of varying age groups, are living in different parts of the world and manage many other responsibilities with equal will and dedication.
These rock-star real moms share various troubles they face and how they handle them in best of their capacity. Thanks to all of these beautiful ladies for taking out time from their busy schedules and providing valuable inputs for my blog-post.
Real Moms Share –
Gopa Bezboruah from mommygopa.com is a mom-blogger and mostly active on Instagram and Facebook. Gopa says “I am a mom blogger/ influencer/entrepreneur. I have 2 kids. One will be 5 years soon and another will be 1 year soon. Sticking to a timetable works for. Like in the morning do your household work only and later part of the day is for your work. In that schedule your work. Eg. One hour for social media engagement, half an hour for making creative like that. Having a smart phone also helps a lot. Dedicated time to each work. My blog is about parenting and travel.
Heather Kroska lives in Minnesota and is a mother of 1 year old baby boy. She is active on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with running her blog Foodsciencemom.com. Heather says “I can only work on my blog when he’s sleeping. During his 2 hour nap or after he’s gone to bed at 8:30. If my son doesn’t like an activity or recipe, I don’t feel l can post it. I only have one toddler’s opinion to test on due covid. Not mom related, but I had no idea I’d have to become a professional photographer to post recipes. I’ve spent so much of my first two months trying to figure it out and it’s nowhere near good enough yet!”
Martha Howard Villaroman is a mother of two kids. She lives in Washington and pretty active on Pinterest and Facebook and runs a blog called goplaceswithkids.com. Martha says -“For me the biggest challenge is time. There is so much to do just in terms of producing high-quality content. And then on top of that, there are all of the elements involved in promoting your posts through social media, SEO optimization, and all of the learning needed to make a successful blog. I’m a perfectionist and sometimes it’s hard for me to let some things go and just prioritize the most important tasks. “
Sakshi says – ” I am a working mom of 2 kids (3 yrs & 8 months ). Blogging is my passion , I started blogging to showcase my talent but it is very hard to manage kids , work & social media being a working mother.” Sakshi is very active on Facebook and Instagram and runs an account named @storyofhoteliermom.
Annalyn Barney is a stay-at-home mom of 5 beautiful children and she helps overwhelmed moms get out of survival mode and Thrive Motherhood through her blog figureitoutmom ! She says “An issue I face is focus. It can be so hard to focus my energy where it needs to go when I’m being pulled in many directions.Another issue is balancing work that gets me somewhere vs. getting sucked down various blogging rabbit holes and wasting time.”
Noor Anand Chawla is a lawyer who pursued her passion for writing through her lifestyle blog https://nooranandchawla.com/, where she covers topics related to parenting, health & fitness, beauty & fashion, art & culture, food & drink as well as travel. She can also be found on Instagram as @nooranandchawla. She is active on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
She also conducts content creation workshops where she teaches the basics of blogging and how to build an influencer profile on social media, in order to make it a profitable career. Noor Says -“Everyone assumes you create content for kids, overlooking our creating identity.”
Jyoti Kaur runs a blog named momcaptureslife. She is a mother of a daughter and pretty active on Instagram and Facebook. Jyoti Says -” Managing time has been difficult here . But i have managed to do things on priority basis on particular day
1) I do all my household work till my kid is busy in online classes 2) 2- 3 hours i keep for shooting for brands and my content daily Like 2-30 to 4.30 as lighting matter the most and sometimes i need my kid in shoots and these days she help me in shoots like making me rehearse lines and listening to me .
This time she and i are both mentally free and can focus though i have to deal with her tantrums.
3) I work part-time in a firm which before lockdown means same like finishing all the work by 2.30 But these days this lock down is blessings in disguise as i have flexibility in my working hours besides some crucial days when i have to meet deadlines .
I remember one week when i continuously worked day and night and didn’t sleep for two days .So its all about priorities .I didn’t take any projects online during those days .
4) So now days i work after 4.30 to 8 pm for my office and then if some extra work is there i finish in night .So that my next day is planned accordingly “
Rebecca Maddox is a working mom. She runs a blog named www.thesimplesouthern.com. She says – “I’m fairly new to blogging, but have two little boys under two and work full time. There are definitely challenges to being a mom blogger with time being the biggest challenge personally. I don’t want to miss time with my kids and also don’t want my kids seeing me constantly tied to my phone and computer. Because this is important to me, I’ve had to set aside time before my boys are up to blog and set up content for the day. Once they are down for bed, I typically go in and reply to comments, answer questions, and engage with other bloggers and social media accounts. It is ideal? No. But, this is how I’ve chosen to make this work, even if it’s not ideal for my social media presence.
I’ve also created a schedule and plan for my posts, so when I do have that hour of content creation time before the kids are up, I know I’m making the most of it!
Another challenge I’m navigating right now is working though the question of if, or how much, to share my kids online. I currently do not share pictures of my kids online (even though they are super cute!). I have no issues if other make a different decision, but I’m still battling with how to be an authentic blogger, while maintaining my kids privacy in an endeavor that they don’t have a say in yet! You can find Rebecca on instagram with the name of @the.simple.southern.
Kimberlee cardin is a single mom and an aspiring mom-blogger. Planning to launch her blog named “my accidental homestead”, She says – “As a single mom blogger I face more challenges with price to start up or grow. I find the being struggle being start up fees. I’m a single mother with no actual income. I home-school my toddler and do a lot of work on my little family farm.”
Archana Srivastava is an MBA professional and a MOM- blogger. She started living her passion of writing through blogging. Her poem “Meri Maa” has also been published this yeas as a part of an anthology. Archana is active on FB, Twitter and Instagram and runs a blog archusblog.com. She says- “Literally craving for some me time! it becomes very hard to maintain the discipline on writing/reading.”
I am sure if you are a mom-blogger and reading this, you can so much relate to each one of them. Many of them are relying upon personalized plans and time tables to sort out. If i sum-up what these real moms share with us, here are the major 3 issues, they have faced :-
1. Lack of time
2. balancing the baby and the blog with same amount of focus and dedication
3. Having an individual identity apart from being a mom
The third issue is an indefinite struggle that we all are at some point losing or winning, but the top 2 are what we will be trying to figure out and work upon in the coming posts of mine.
Thank you everyone for reading and thank you so much beautiful mommies for contributing to my ‘Real moms share’ post. Much love.
With this post, I’m taking my blog to the next level with Blogchatter’s #MyFriendAlexa.