I keep asking myself that question a lot lately. I suppose that’s a question any working mother could ask herself but blogging is not like any other work I know. When I used to work outside the home, for other people, I would never think of work whilst at home, it was 100% family time at home.
When people that aren’t bloggers look at my blog they would probably assume that I spend about a couple of hours a week working on it. Oh how very wrong they would be!
They do not realise the many hours that go into designing a website and fixing all the problems that arise.
They do not realise the amount of hours that are spent networking in order to gain a readership.
They do not realise how addictive it can be to constantly be trying to improve your stats (or maybe that’s just me).
They do not realise the amount of hours that are spent taking and editing photos as well as the actual writing of posts.
Nor the amount of hours reading and replying to comments and emails.
And all that’s just the basic blogging part, if you want to actually make any money from your blog then there’s a whole lot more work that needs doing such as organising giveaways, competitions, reviews, sponsored posts and the like, and in order to even begin to do those things you need to impress companies with your pitch and stats, the competition is intense!
Maybe it’s not so bad to blog if you’re not interested in making money from it, if that’s the case then there’s no need to worry about your stats, you can just write a quick post while the kiddos are in bed. Unfortunately that’s not the case for me. I’ve made the decision to home educate my children which I love doing but it means I do not get any free time whatsoever because they’re always at home with me, also I’m not able to go out and work but I still want to be able to earn my own money. My children are aged from 1 to 16 which means I no longer have the evenings to myself, so literally I have no time to myself.
I’m sure many ‘mummy bloggers’ blog when their children are at school or in bed but I can’t do that so this is how I manage:
- Start at 6 am - I start work in bed, this is the only time I have when I’m awake and the children are not, usually for about an hour or two.
- Work between lessons – I try to keep up with all my emails and comments in brief 10 minute stretches between each of the lessons I teach so I’m not too bogged down with work in the evenings.
- Make sure all the children are in their rooms by 9 pm – Now some of my children are old enough to stay up later than this, I still insist they are all in their rooms by 9, they can read, draw and talk quietly while I get on with writing posts, editing photos, sorting out my website etc, etc, etc as well as spending quality time with the hubster.
So there you go, I work form 6 am to 11 pm for very little money but I do it because I enjoy it. Of course by work I mean not just blogging but also looking after 6 children, daily outings, housework, cooking, maintaining a decent relationship with my man and all the other things involved in running a household, however, blogging does take up about half the time of this in total.
My blog is my hobby as well as my work, it’s only 4 months old and I’m still trying to get it established, hopefully in a couple of months it won’t be quite as intense but I guess I’ll have to wait and see. At the moment I have to set my BT home hub to turn off between 11 pm and 6 am so I can’t work during those hours or I’d never stop, also it’s not good for your pineal gland when you sleep with WiFi on but that’s a whole other topic!
Some days I feel like quitting because it’s relentlessly hard work. I wonder what the point is and ask myself if I’d be a better mother without it but the truth is it’s my selfish creation, my release, my expression, my communication with the outside world so maybe I wouldn’t be a better mother without my blog.