Productivity

How to Make Time for Your Mom Blog (So You Can Earn Big)

I have a confession to make:

Having a mom blog is tough. After I started this blog I decided to turn it into a business. So I created a plan to grow this blog.

How to Make Time For Your Mom Blog (So You Earn Big)

But let me tell you – it’s grueling for me right now. Not only because I’m also a freelance writer and I manage several blogs plus my private Facebook group for my course participants, but because blogging is a big commitment on top of having a house and children to take care of!

And a lot of us don’t realize it in the beginning. Especially if you made the decision to monetize your blog and want to earn big.

How do all the other mama bloggers do it? How do they pump out quality posts every week and even have time to create a course or eBook?

I’m actually thinking about a course for moms who want to be mompreneurs. I know, I’m totally cray-cray. But I had like five minutes to daydream yesterday and I was thinking, hey, if I wanted to do a course for Twins Mommy, what would it be?

Which just got me thinking about a whole mess of things that I want to do for this blog. But..

I. DON’T. HAVE. TIME.

Does this sound like you?

What do you do? I don’t want to stop daydreaming about this soon-to-be course idea. I don’t want to turn down freelance writing work and I also don’t want to stop blogging.

But I’m already feeling the crunch. I started this blog by publishing twice a week – Tuesdays and Thursdays. Well there have been three times (including this week) that I’ve only published once a week.

I know it’s no big deal, but I feel since this blog was in in the freshman year, it needed a lot of posts to help it rank and get noticed. And it also meant I was letting down my loyal followers who anticipated my posts every week (if there are any I mean 🙂 ).

Hold up! Do you have a blog?

Before you get into the nitty gritty of this post, if you’re reading this and don’t have a blog, but want to start one, I have an easy step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog using SiteGround!

The Real Truth About Your Mom Blog

Melissa, over at Blog Clarity, surveyed her subscribers and you wanna know what she found out?

She found out that the biggest struggle every blogger had was: NO TIME.

Yet, they still wanted to make money from their blog.

And if you’re a mom blogger thinking about monetizing your blog – or, you are already doing some affiliate marketing or sponsored posts – the thing to remember is this:

Treat your blog like a business.

Because it really is a business once you earn some income from your blog. And with any business, you need to invest time and money.

Okay, so you’re a mom with limited time. You’ve craving productivity hacks so you can make time for your blog.

Well here are four easy ways to manage your time so that you can get on to what’s important – growing your blog and building a tribe.

1. Use Tools and Apps

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Hold up!

I know what you’re about to say to me:

I have to learn another tool?

You’re plate is full already with learning blog traffic tips, growing your email list and learning how to use social media to promote your blog.

I totally get it. You just don’t have room to learn something.

But, let me tell you – picking up a few tools will not only help you free up more time to learn about those important topics, but it will also help you stay more sane, be more productive and feel like you are accomplishing things.

I personally don’t use a lot of tools, but the ones I do use, save me like an hour or more a day.

Tailwind

Have you heard of Tailwind? It’s my new BFF right now. Pinterest is my #1 source of referral traffic and a big reason behind this is that I’m automating my pinning strategy.

Tailwind lets you schedule your pins in a matter of minutes. It takes me like 10 minutes to schedule pins for a week or more.

I can even schedule when I’m on Pinterest – which is my preferred method since I can schedule several at once.

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TinyJPG

Do you optimize your images? If you’re not sure what the heck I’m talking about, optimizing your images just makes the file size smaller while still retaining the quality of your image. This saves room on your site which doesn’t slow down your site’s speed.

It’s always good practice to optimize your images even after your editing tool optimizes them. For example, Photoshop optimizes images as does Canva.

But you can even reduce the file size by as much as 70% or more if you optimize it again. I like to use TinyJPG. They also do PNG (like graphics or screenshots).

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Photoshop’s Artboards

Photoshop recently came out with a new feature called artboards. This makes it easy to make a template for your graphics and work on multiple graphics at the same time.

For example, I used artboards to make my Pinterest board covers. I made a template and then created multiple boards in a half hour.

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If you don’t have Photoshop, you can use Canva for work (paid version). This option lets you save your brand’s colors, fonts, and logos so you can create templates.

Trello

Are you trelloing?

If not, you are missing out on some great to-do lists. I use Trello to actually help me with my content schedule.

You create boards and in each of your boards, you can make cards. I use the boards to walk me through my blog content schedule and the cards are my individual blog posts.

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I can add labels and use that to make sure I’m not missing anything like adding keywords, optimizing my images,  creating a content upgrade, or using a headline analyzer to see if my headline could be better.

So how does this save me time?

Well, I have everything that I’m going to write about on Trello. So I just open up my board and I can immediately see what the next post is (by the way, this image is a mock image. Those won’t be my next posts).

So instead of taking all day – or however long it takes – to come up with a topic, I just look at my Trello and get to work.

Hootsuite

Another scheduling app I dabble with is Hootsuite. I have a big Twitter following and when I’m swamped with client work, I take a moment in the morning and schedule my tweets for the entire day.

I’m using the free version and I can only automate one day at a time so it isn’t a huge time saver but for that day it is.

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I also only use it for Twitter but you can sync it with other social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.

2. Swap Tv Time for Blog Time

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I know, who wants to miss So You Think You Can Dance? I don’t!

But that’s why we can stream our shows and watch them whenever we want. I often blog into the night since I’m writing for two of my blogs and client pieces.

My husband also is on the computer and we typically stop around 10pm. We watch an hour of TV and off to bed.

This doesn’t bother us because we are both determined to get our businesses up and running. Since he’s home all day I see him ALL. THE. TIME 🙂 and we do things – like eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner – together.

But if you really say you don’t have any time, see if you can’t swap some of your TV time for blogging time. If it’s not TV, then insert social media as your biggest time suck.

Trust me when I tell you – if you want to earn big from your blog, then devoting the time to growing it will be a small commitment in the beginning that can catapult your blog to uber success in the long run.

3. Outsource and Delegate

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This is a big time saver mamas, but one of the hardest things to do! I’m actually working on getting outside help for my freelance writing biz. I’m on the hunt for a copyeditor but I’m not 100% ready to give up control.

Because after all, that’s the biggest hurdle to outsourcing and delegating your work to someone else. How can you entrust some stranger to help you grow your biz?

With the editing I need, how can I be assured that the editor I hire will catch all my mistakes like spelling someone’s name wrong or linking to an old source?

But, this is what I’m going to have to do – and you too – if you want to take your biz to the next level.

You can hire a VA (virtual assistent) to do your blog management, find your graphics, edit your work, manage your emails etc..

Or, on the home front, you can hire a babysitter or a maid to do some light housekeeping.

Maybe you just need to hire an editor or a writer or a social media manager. If there is one aspect of your business that is eating up your time or you just don’t like doing, consider hiring it out!

It may be hard at first – especially if you aren’t making a lot of income from your blog right now – but think of all the time and stress this person will save you in the long run.

You can actually have time to do create that course you’ve been daydreaming about 🙂

4. Develop an Editorial Process for Your Writing

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I sort of hinted at my process when I discussed my Trello board, but thought I’d go into a bit more detail here.

Since I’m a freelance writer, I sort of have a process to whip up blog posts fast. I can write 1,000 words+ in under an hour and have a completed blog post – 1k-2k words– (images and links included) in under two hours.

How do I do this?

With my editorial process. Here is a summarized version:

1. Come Up With Blog Topics

I try to visit other mom blogs and look at Pinterest to get some ideas of what I want to write on this blog. I also look at my most popular content using Google Analytics and see if I want to write a post relating to my popular content.

From there I try to come up with at least 5-8 topics – i.e. a month’s worth of content. Sometimes a blog post idea will just come to me while watching a TV show or getting ready for bed.

I try to keep all my blog post ideas on Trello or just on a notebook next to my computer. I don’t stress too much with blog topics as I have accumulated a lot of topics already with my blog being only 4 months old.

2. Create a Working Headline

Before I can write my blog post I have to think of a catchy headline. Since I’ve been freelancing writing for a while this is quite easy for me.

But, if you’re struggling, Pauline Cabrera from Twelveskip has 100+ attention-grabbing headlines to use for your blog post to help you if you’re stuck.

Keep in mind that How To and list headlines are the most popular headlines that get many shares online.

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3. Make an Outline

This step is very important to do.

Before you start writing, make an outline!

Your writing will go so much faster and you know what? Your blog post will be better quality.

Yup!

Having an outline keeps you focused and on track to what you want to write about. Your post won’t be filled with off tangent writing or take hundred words to get your point across.

With an outline you’ll know what the subheadings are going to be and what you will talk about in each of your subheadings. You might even have the links you are going to use in your post.

Filling out all of this before you write, will make your writing go faster and smoother. Give it a try!

4. Edit My Post

After my post is written, I proofread my post. I sometimes use an editing tool like Grammarly, but for Twins Mommy, I only just proofread it.

Yes, I have errors on these posts, but I do my best. Like I said, I have client pieces that go through a much rigorous editing process (five steps) before I send it to my client.

My blog post? Goes through me a few times and maybe my husband glances at it.

5. Create My Image

Once everything is done, I create my image. Since I have a lot of free stock photos on my computer, all I have to do is open up my files and peruse all my free images.

Now this is where I can spend a long time dabbling and exploring. But, I try to limit this and now that I have a template, it’s a lot faster to create a pinnable image and my Facebook image.

Reclaim Your Time Most of the Time

We’re moms here.

We have busy lives. Just today I went to gymnastics with my twins, then on to the Teddy Bear Picnic at a park. It was muddy and my twins got dirty.

I had to bathe them once we came home, put them down for their nap and do the cleaning that I didn’t do in the morning – because we had gymnastics.

So, on days like that, I do what I can. I was able to write this blog post however and I will have a bit of time to start on a client piece.

Know that you don’t have to write a blog post every week, or it’s okay if it takes you five months to create a course, you’re a mom and you’re doing it all.

Mom Boss and All.

So tell me mompreneurs in the making, how do you make time for your mom blog?

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55 Comments

Hi Elna, Thanks for this great post, I enjoyed it. Some of the tools I’m already using, like Trello, it is a good project manager tool for me. I hope I can use your tips soon, after I started my first blog. I’m on the planning phase jet, and try to find the most effective way how to do it in Hungary ?. Thanks again and Read you soon, ErikaReply to Erika
Hi Erika! Yes, Trello is a great tool and I use it too! Good luck on your new blog! So exciting 🙂Reply to Elna
Thanks for sharing. I currently find myself trying to keep up with family and my blog time. Seems like time management is off balance for me right now. As a mom with enough kids possibly another along the way(to nervous to check)”) but, I still try to make time for my blog. I am still learning as I go. These are very helpful tips you have listed & I can’t wait to use them. Thanks Elna!Reply to Sonia
Hi Sonia! Thanks so much! Yes, time managment can be off balance practically every day! Next week in our house is going to be CRAZY with soccer twice a week (around supper time), gymnastics (around summer time) library “preschool” in the morning, Kindergarten orientation day Wednesday, Karate on Saturday and Dance on Mother’s day..and then on the following Monday is my father-in-law’s birthday! I have no idea if I can blog!Reply to Elna
I love all your post. Great read. Thank you for all your helpReply to Lauren
Hi Lauren! Thanks so much! Glad you found some tips to help you be more productive with your mom blog!Reply to Elna
I discovered your blog just today while I was nursing my 5 month old and simultaneously on Pinterest. I love your blog and writing style. This was such a great read! I started a blog last year (consciousearthmama.com) and I can’t stay consistent with it because I never feel like I have time! Exactly the issue you’ve covered in this post. It took me forever to even get my blog started because I’m such a moron with computers. Lol. You’re totally superwoman for being able to do all of this and be a mother of twins! Thumbs up! 🙂Reply to Claudia
Hi Claudia, Aww thanks so much! Blogging is awesome and a great way to get all those ideas out eh? Yeah, staying consistent is hard for me too. I have client posts I need to write as well as my ElnaCain blog too!! Busy busy!! Thanks so much for stopping by.Reply to Elna
Wow! You truly are a SUPER MAMA! ? At the moment I am kinda lost with what I need to do for my blog. I am still in the learning curve. I decided not to try send traffic to my blog without offering a good freebie. Thank you so much for sharing these great tips! ?Reply to Eva
Hi Eva! I think you’re doing fabulous with your blog! I’m excited for my guest post on your site too 🙂 Don’t worry about offering a freebie…produce content and then think about an incentive!Reply to Elna
Thanks so much for this, Elna! I completely agree that having a blog that is a business can be all-consuming! It’s been so important to come up with systems and processes (and use tools like the ones you mentioned) to get organized and maximize time! I’ve also realized it’s important to check in with yourself and see how the processes/tools are working and if you need to tweak. Otherwise, you might miss opportunities to be even more productive. I’ve got a new process and plan for 2017 and I’m excited to try it out. Thanks for the resources and ideas!Reply to Sara
Hi Sara! You’re welcome for the resource list! I worked on that all through December, even when sick, so I’m happy it’s up and out there! Yes, tools can totally help you streamline your biz! For me, I’m trying to streamline what I’m doing so that I can have more time!! That’s one of the reasons I moved from Mailchimp to ConvertKit. I wanted to not rely on my husband to handle my content upgrades. Now, I can whip them up quickly and get them up on my blog without his assistance. It also cuts down on the tools I use! Have a Merry Christmast!Reply to Elna
This was just the inspiration we needed! We write a twin blog too (www.twocametrue.com) . I’m always writing during naps and at bedtime and it’s exhausting. Going to look into your recommendations asap! From one twin mama to another…keep up the great work! MeghanReply to Meghan
Hey Meghan! I just checked out your blog and it rocks! Great stuff for twin mamas. Yes, making time is a challenge when you’re a blogger or work from home AND you have twins! I always write during nap time and bedtime but now that my twins are dropping their nap, I’m scrambling trying to find time! I’ll be sure the check out your blog for tips on that!Reply to Elna
Hi elna, Again great post n I can totally relate to. I usuly do not schedule my posts bcoz honestly im still not regularly blogging. I have a 2yr old n expecting another in 2months so things r a bit lazy. However, I do use a few tools like grammarly, hubspot topic generator, coscheduler I just used a few days back n found it good. Otherwise, I would ask u to recommend me scheduler that could help me make a schedule for my blog posts. I usually use twitter, linkedin n google+ as professional networks so which tool be suitable for these 3. Also im still running a free blog with 0 incine so would like you to advice me on how to earn through it?Reply to Afaf
Hi Afaf, Thanks so much! Great tools! I like the topic generator by Hubspot! I like IFTTT for twitter. You can use Buffer for the other two I think! Good luck!Reply to Elna
Yes, I so needed to hear these tips! I’m also a freelance writer and now trying to grow my new site for mompreneurs. I’m so passionate about helping other moms, but feel like I devote all my time to client work. I’m sure you can relate 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!Reply to Carrie
Hey Carrie, That’s great! I’ll have to check out your site soon. Yes, freelance writing and having a blog (or two!) is hard girl!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! Thanks so much for your tips and solutions! I will definitely check out Trello. I have 17 month old twins as well and I’ve been blogging since June. Most of it is done during naps. Props to you and your hubby for being able to work into the evening. I usually feel brain dead come 7pm and my hubby falls asleep watching his favorite shows. Poor guy works two jobs now so I can stay home but we love our crazy life! 🙂Reply to Anna
Hey Anna, Sounds like us! My hubby falls asleep watching shows too and I only work during naps and when the kids go to sleep. I’m freaking out because my twins are nearing the end of their nap! It will be a sad day when that time comes. Having a crazy life is much better than a boring one! 🙂Reply to Elna
Haha, I know that feeling! Mine are trending towards dropping down to one nap and I am not looking forward to it. I’ve been filling my Pinterest boards with quiet time activities. ?Reply to Anna
Hey Elna. Thank you for the tips! I recently started a blog (olivetreeblogs.biz) and am hoping that it does better as I invest time and effort. I am pregnant with twins ( 36 weeks 4 days) and since I love writing I decided to finally pursue blogging. I receive your email tips. I am hoping to meet other twin mommy’s as well. And I hope to learn a lot more. This is my first pregnancy so it is going to be a new journey for me in the parenting world. I hope to stay connected!Reply to Olivia
Hi Olivia, Congrats on your twins! I delivered at 37w4d. Your time is nearing! Good luck and there are some great FB groups for Twin moms and for moms and for mom bloggers!Reply to Elna
First I want to thank you for the free download, I look forward to this. I’m a stay-at-home mom and work part-time from home as an administrative assistant. I am just starting my research on blogging and how to create my own blog…I’m so excited! I cant wait to create and share as well as generate some extra money.Reply to JR
Hey! That’s great. I hope you enjoy the free guide! Yes, there a lot of free tutorials on how to start a blog! I’ve been meaning to put a post about that for a while but I’ve been quite busy 🙂 Good luck!Reply to Elna
Wait! Did you say “Give up TV?!” That’s the best sex I’ve had in my life! O.o LOL These are all very good options to help one in making and saving time, however, you also have to be passionate enough about your blog to make the sacrifices needed. I think that is where some may struggle most. They want to monetize until they find out how much work it is and then fail. Thanks for sharing this with us! BReply to Bren
You always make me laugh Bren! I LOVE TV too. I can be finished blogging at midnight and oh hell no, I’m not going to bed yet. I’m gonna watch a show first and THEN go to bed. Because that’s how I roll… I don’t get much “me-time” in a day so my TV time is precious too 🙂 But, yeah, on some days I have to swap it all out for my blogs.Reply to Elna
Such amazing tips and information! Sometimes I feel like I have no time but what it comes down to is that I’m not effectively managing my time. As a mom to 4 who homeschools, attends graduate school, blogs, and has to maintain a house, it can get overwhelming but when my time is managed effectively, I am more productive.Reply to Amanda
Amanda, Wow! homeschool too?? I could never do that 🙂 And I was a teacher too. Having twins is a lot. I often say I’m coping with twins 🙂 ha..While I am excited for when I can turn this into a full time gig when the twins go to school next year, I’ll be totally sad and anxious when the twins go to school next year. But, yes, time management is key and I really suck at that. Ha…I need those systems and processes and apps in place or else I dwadle and get distracted easily.Reply to Elna
This is so helpful, Elna. I use photoshop, but I’ve never heard of artboards…I’m going to check this out because I spend major time on creating images.Reply to Latoya
Hey Latoya, Artboards rule! I love them. I may not be doing them like the pros use them but I like how it save me time. Thanks for stopping by!Reply to Elna
This was amazing! I knew about some of the apps, but you introduced some new ones to me. I definitely need to work on scheduling more to free up some time.Reply to Diedre
Hey Diedre, You’re welcome! Glad you found some tools and apps to help you out. They are definitely a life saver and time saver for sure.Reply to Elna
I just started using Trello as an editorial calendar. I love being able to see everything in the calendar view and then switch back to list view to work on things. Have you used Buffer? I have been using it to schedule to FB and Twitter, but was wondering how it compared to HootSuite. We have swim lessons everyday this week and next and I am going a little crazy with how far behind I feel. Thanks for the tips!Reply to Emma
Hey Emma, I haven’t used Buffer (well I signed up so not sure if I am? I don’t know). Right now I manually put in my tweets in Hootsuite. I’ll look into Buffer. Maybe it’s easier. Ha! swim lessons EVERY DAY? Yikes. In June we had soccer practices twice a week and that was brutal. It was 5:30-6:30 we had to rush home and throw something together for dinner (which is code for call the pizza place now) and then bathe them and put them to bed by 7:30! Crazy. I HATE being soo busy. It makes me feel so unaccomplished and I just freak out. Good luck mama!Reply to Elna
I haven’t heard of most of those tools, so this is really helpful. Thank you!Reply to Leah
Hey Leah! Glad to help you out! I love using Trello and and Tailwind!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna! A very relatable post! I’m a single mom of 3 boys and some days (most days) now that it’s summer where I don’t even sit down to my computer till 11 at night. My smart phone is my biggest time saver right now and I plan all my posts in Evernote but it’s far from organized. I have dabbled with Trello but I think I will give it another try. Thanks for sharing your tips. Much love ? xo KylaReply to Kyla
Hey Kyla! Wow! Let me just bow down right now 🙂 I never knew that summers would be super busy. I mean my kids aren’t even in school yet, but as soon as summer hit, boom – activity after activity. Insane. And I’m the type of person that absolutely HATES being on the go-go-go like ALL.THE.TIME. Welcome to being a mommy!Reply to Elna
My huge thing was minimizing my facebook time and narrowing it down to like less than 45 minutes, facebook is a time hog! I’m also working on an ecourse, resource library, blog posts, and Q&A. the biggest success I’ve had is start optimizing your systems but also make time for self-care. You thrive better and write better imo. I work on automating everything through IFTTT, it’s a lifesaver. I also keep in mind respect the balance of work and play. I take breaks with my kids, sometimes it’s fun to stop the hustle and just play with bubbles and sidewalk chalk. We create our own schedules it doesn’t have to be posting 3-5 times a week. I think that is crazy for a mom, you must be really exhausted! I know I am 🙂 Good tips. love AshReply to Ashley
Hey Ashley, Yes! FB is a bit time suck. So is Pinterest. I do limit my time but with promo days it’s hard. I’ve heard of IFTTT, I gotta seriously look into that app. Yes, balance is key. Most of my day is spent with the twins doing activities like park, bike rides, library etc.. Those breaks help a lot! 🙂Reply to Elna
I don’t have any tips and tricks yet. I am just figuring things out, trying to find a system that works best for me and allows me to be productive. My biggest struggle is the fact that I can’t set a schedule. I can never plan that I’ll do something on a specific day, at a specific time because when I can’t do it frustrates the hell out me. Now knowing when I will be able to sit down and work on my blog is the biggest struggle right now. Any tips on that?Reply to Irina
Hey Irina, I totally hear you. Creating a schedule and then sticking to it is a challenge for a lot of people and sometimes for me. The best tip I can give you is to create tasks you KNOW you can complete that day. Set yourself up for success! For me, I KNOW I can create a blog post image and I also know I won’t be able to finish my post today. Give yourself permission to “fail.” You can also make a big page of all you want to do and then break it down into meaningful tasks. Oh hey Allison over at Wonderlass has a goal setting workbook. Maybe that will help? http://www.wonderlass.com/blog/the-ultimate-guide-to-goal-setting/Reply to Elna
Love this! I just started my blog in last month and I feel kind of hoodwinked about how much work it takes to run a blog. But now that I’m in it in addicted and there’s no going back. LOL. I’ve been test driving Hootsuite, Buffer, and Tailwind, but feel like they are all a bit over my head, so I’m avoiding them. I’ll have to take another look and see if I can get them figured out. I’ll have to look into Trello. I am using Evernote right now, but I’m not thrilled with the interface. Thanks for the suggestion. I’m really trying to nail down a schedule that would for me and my 18 month old. We’re getting closer to something that works, but I must days I’m running around like a banshee. I’m trying to do all my cleaning done in the morning since my son loves to help me. (Mopping, bathrooms, ect is done during naptime.) I would love to be able to work when he goes down for bed, but that is the only time I see my husband and he wants to watch TV with me. So I can maybe squeeze an hour of work in a night of I’m lucky. Sundays are my work days. I head out to Starbucks and my husband and son get some bonding time. I’m normally out from 10am-6pm. Since I’m such a newbie, that’s still not enough time for me to get my work done, but it’s a huge help. Sorry for rambling. LOL. I’m definitely going to put this post to good use. Thanks so much. You rock Elna!Reply to Amanda
Hey Amanda, I’ll be reading your clean your home series like a boos when I have time. I try so hard to keep my house at least TIDY but when I tidy one room the other rooms are a mess! I have systems in place but if I miss one step, I’m literally trying to play catch up for the next three days. Twins make a hella mess! As for fitting time to blog, yeah do what you can mama! The Sunday all day thing sounds super! Bang out a weeks worth of posts girl! There ya go. Oh and then do your content upgrades and newsletters too. If typing is slowing you down, then start practicing. Just Google free typing tests and start. The more you practice the faster you’ll be! You can also create a swipe file of the blogs and resources you often link to! Good luck mama!Reply to Elna
This is a great list! I recently discovered Landscape by Sprout Social and it’s my new favorite tool to resize my pics for all the different platforms. It’s free! I don’t work for them or anything, I just love it and want to share haha. I also use Buffer to schedule tweets and the FB post scheduler (all free). I’m still trying to figure out scheduling pins. I don’t want to pay for anything at this point, but maybe in a few months when I’ll (hopefully) be making a small income with my blog. I love the swap TV time for Blog time tip. Although I only watch 1 hour of TV a day with my hubs after our son goes to bed, I do typically pin and schedule tweets during that time. Also, we follow a very similar blog editorial process! I use the Edit Flow plugin for WordPress (and Google Docs) to organize it all. Thanks for sharing!!Reply to Kristan
Hey Kristen! That’s fan-freaking tasktic mama! I never heard of Landscape but gotta Google it like NOW! That’s great you are using a social media schedule! I’ve heard some great things about Buffer but haven’t tried it myself yet. The Edit flow plugin sounds awesome! Need to check it out 🙂 Yeah, I don’t use a lot of tools but the ones you’ve mentioned sound pretty nifty. Thanks!Reply to Elna
This is super helpful Elna! My to do lists are my saviour! I use every little bit of time I have to do stuff 🙂Reply to Francesca
I would be totally lost without my TO DO lists, too!!! They are a life-saver. The ultimate life-saver!Reply to Lorraine
Hey Lorraine! Thanks for letting me know a spelling error! Ha…anyways, yes, to do lists are important, especially in a blogger’s world. That’s why I like Trello a lot!Reply to Elna
Hey Francesca! Glad you liked and yes trying to find time to do ANYTHING is super challenging. I try to run my household on a tight schedule but that means if I miss something – like I “forget” to load up the dishwasher and TURN it on – I’m backed up for like 3 days. Serious.Reply to Elna
Great tips! It is hard being a mom and doing all these “requirements” to make your blog successful.Reply to Toni
Hey Toni! I know! Being a mom and working from home pulls you from left to right for sure! Thanks for stopping by.Reply to Elna
At the moment I work on my blog/freelance writing/play with Pinterest… I mean research… every night from 10pm – midnight. And I often get an hour or two during the day when my 11 month old goes down for a nap. It seems we are using a lot of the same tools – I’m just getting started with Trello, Hootsuite and Tailwind Pro. How do you choose your pins for Tailwind? – I used to carefully curate each and every pin for my account, making sure they linked to a quality blog post… now, not so much… I tend to choose pins that are popular or are from pinners I know produce good content. Thank you for the insight into your editorial process. Its really helpful to see how other people manage essential blogging tasks.Reply to Cath
Hey Cath! Your schedule looks like mine 🙂 It’s grueling eh? Trello rocks and so does Tailwind. For choosing my pins to schedule, at first I was choosing any pin of mine since I didn’t have many pins to choose from. Now I find the ones with high repins and schedule those as well as any new pins I have (like this post for example will have a new pin). I also schedule pins from my other blogs that I have and other people who are affiliates of my course. So I will schedule their pins that mention my course (not all the time, but just when I happen to find out which pin it is). I try not to think too much about it though. Yes, having an editorial process is key to having a plan for your blog and not feel overwhelmed.Reply to Elna