Time for blogging, books, and ALL THE THINGS???

4 April, 2018 / 16 Comments

I have a confession.

I have really been struggling with finding the time to blog lately.

I have finally gotten back into reading more lately – okay, I never stopped reading, but I slowed waaaayyy down.  I’m still not reading nearly as much as I used to (pre-baby), but I feel like I’m on my way there.  But then I need time for blogging.  I really want to blog again!  It’s on my mind a lot actually, but then other things always take precedence.  Like cleaning.  And cooking.  And taking care of a tiny human???

Seriously though.  How do you other parents do it?  With working a full-time job and caring for my toddler, I just can’t seem to find the time to consistently blog.  As you may have noticed, I have been popping on from time to time, but nothing like what I used to do.  I’ll go months without posting!  Pleeease feel free to share any tips on how to balance work, family, and various hobbies, while also finding time to blog!  Because I also need time to spend with my husband and friends.  And I like to watch TV/movies sometimes.  And I also like to crochet.  And I need to READ in order to provide reviews for my blog!

It sucks too because if you’re not present on your blog, people stop following you.  But I’m also guilty of not being very present at all in the blogging community, so it’s definitely my own damn fault.  But I don’t want to lose you guys!

I’ve also been quite sick the last few months – in and out of the hospital way too much for my liking!  Hopefully now that things seem to be under control (I hope!!), I will be able to blog more?  Maybe???  I still can’t see where it’s going to fit in on a regular schedule, though.  You see, today I am home on a day off from work and my daughter is at daycare.  Mom guilt aside, I’m happy to actually be getting some blogging time in!  But how do I fit that in on a regular basis?

So.  Let’s hear it.  What’s your best strategy for finding the time to blog, read, and do ALL THE THINGS???  Something else to note is that I very much enjoy a full night’s sleep, so don’t even think about telling me to cut back on the ZZZs.  Plus, momming is hard and I find myself pretty tuckered out at bedtime these days!

Share your story: Give me tips! Do you feel these struggles too or is it just me? 

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16 Responses to “Time for blogging, books, and ALL THE THINGS???”

  1. I don’t have kids, but I know from watching my sister and her two-year-old that sometimes it can be so hard to do everything. I think as my niece gets older, my sister is finding she has more time to devote to things like reading and volunteer work. The baby’s schedule has just gotten much better. I’m sorry I don’t have any advice for you, though!

    • Sam

      For sure. As they get older everything gets easier lol. My daughter is almost 2 and look at me go! 3 posts this week! Hahaha!

  2. I hear you on struggling to find time to blog! I’ve been more or less the same and I’m only just managing to catch up after THREE MONTHS of being seriously behind.

    I am also a full time worker and mom of a four year old! It’s so HARD to fit in hobbies isn’t it??? And gosh! I just bough crochet hooks and my first pattern! I’m going to try to pick up what I haven’t done since I was a small kid strongly guided by my grandmother!!!! Eep.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog by the way!!! I’m so glad to ‘meet’ you! I’m a new follower on a few platforms! 🙂

    Sorry to hear you’ve been sick. I hope that you are back to being 100%?

    I have no real strategy.. I try to blog hop off my phone for half an hour a day… But since I was a month behind until this week… That wasn’t going so well for me!!! I do read at bedtime but when I’m tired that definitely means I don’t hit my ‘quota’. I guess we just bumble along the best we can??

    • Sam

      Right? It’s so hard! Lots of things about being a mom of a little are hard!

      That’s exciting about you picking up crochet! I’ve been dabbling in it for a couple years now and I quite enjoy it!

      I’m glad to “meet” you too! I’m glad I stumbled across your blog!

      My health is close to back to normal! My issues have been recurring over the last few months, though…here’s hoping I’m done with all that now!

      Reading before bed these days just puts me to sleep so fast! Lol. I’ve begun taking my lunch breaks by myself and using them to read. That way I at least get 45 minutes of reading in on work days! It’s become my favourite part of the work day!

  3. It’s hard to find time for sure, especially with a family and full time job. And blogging is so time consuming. In a good way, but still. Anyway yeah I think most of us struggle with it to some extent. I know for myself if I can get ahead with posts, scheduling them out, that helps, otherwise I’d always be lost lol.

    Anyway good luck juggling it all!

  4. I marvel at some people’s ability to balance life and blogging. I personally try to work on as many posts at once that way if something comes up during the week, I’ve already tackled the ones I need to post. I’m trying to accept that reading less isn’t the worst thing in the world and am participating in the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme twice a month as of late as a way to fill the blog when I don’t have time to produce those reviews. I hope you find a schedule that works for you so you can blog more!

    • Sam

      Good plan! It’s so hard to find the time when there are so many things to do! Thanks. Good luck to you with finding the time! 🙂

  5. Tenia

    I have a teenager and only now, as he moves into grade 10, am I finally starting to re-engage in a few of my old hobbies. I was a very young mom and I felt the judgment of non-parents weigh heavily on me, especially the first 10 years and especially at work. Yes, I could not read all the newest books, or take part in the trendiest movies or restaurants those early mama years but I don’t regret it one bit because I was learning how to be the best mom I can be. Women can be severely judgmental and everyone is an expert until they walk that parenting path themselves.

    • Sam

      For sure! I hate how judgmental people are on parenting. It drives me crazy and it doesn’t help my mom guilt!! Sorry you felt so much judgment. I’m glad you are re-engaging in some of your old hobbies. It’s so important to have you time. *hugs* <3

  6. I know exactly how you feel Sam! I have a full time job and two young kids.

    So, no, blogging is not easy at all!

    They are RL events that definitely change things for us like starting school, a new job, getting marries, having kids etc. Coincidentally I’m drafting and scheduling a series of at least three posts coming up about [feeling down and trying to keep up with blogging, especially for busy people] so I few have a few lessons learned to shared like reevaluating your blogging goals [you want to review, vs discuss, vs promote etc], and taking a break to get organized and planned ahead breaking down the time you have based on your new availability and then tips to fit that time in your new busy life [audiobooks, blogging from your handheld devices etc].

    Hope this helps for now!

    Being a new mom is VERY HARD! But Don’t give up! It can be done! And I’ll send you a GR request in case you want to chat more about it!

    • Sam

      It is sooo hard, isn’t it? Those posts sound like they’re going to be really helpful! I’ll have to be sure to read them!

  7. oh I just realized we are already friends on GR! LOL So that tells you how much time I have to be on GR! 🙂 ok we are ready to chat about being a busy mom-blogger then [winks]

  8. I wish I had actual answers. Sometimes you just have to come to terms with the fact that you can’t do all the things. I’ve been blogging seriously and regularly for over five years, but lately I’ve been slowing my pace down a bit too. You can’t do everything!

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