It’s that time of year! The time of year when your kids are home everyday. It’s summer vacation. As a mom, I love summer vacation but as a blogger life gets a little more complicated during summer vacation. Gone are the days of only entertaining my toddler while I write and promote my blog. How can you balance being a blogger and mom during summer vacation? I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that make it a little easier.
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Summer vacation is all about road trips, swimming, crafts and quality time. When you’re a mom blogger it’s hard to balance your time. You don’t want to spend your entire day blogging while your kids stare at electronics or spend every night blogging. By implementing a one or all of these tips you’ll be able to play with your kids and relax at night while still rocking your mom blog.
Create A Content Schedule
Take one day a month to sit down and plan out all your blog posts, affiliate pins, paid programs and anything else blog related. Having a master schedule makes life so much easier. You won’t be scrambling at the last-minute to write a blog post while your kids are screaming and demanding attention. You can use a printable calendar to write on, a planner or whatever works for you. Here’s a peek at my master blogging calendar. It may seem messy to most but it works for me. All my posts, paid posts and other blogging things to remember are on that one calendar.
I use different colored pens for each blogging task. My paid posts are written in one color, my regular posts are in another color and all social media tasks are in another color.
Batch Your Tasks
This is something I’ve recently started doing and it’s made a world of difference. When batching you’ll want to have some time to completely focus on one task. You must ignore social media, email and other time wasters. You can batch any blogging task. When I batch my blog posts I take four days to create a month or more of content. One day is spend researching and coming up with post ideas. Then the next day I write whenever I have spare time. On the next day I edit and add photos, affiliate links and ads. The last day is spent creating my pinnable images and social media images as well as scheduling my post to go live and social media. There are times that I don’t get it all done and that’s ok. The next day I just keep on going.
You can create your own batching schedule. Give it a try and let me know if it helps you?
Take Advantage Of Schedulers
There are so many schedulers out there. I’ve tried the free versions of pretty much everything. If you don’t want to spend a ton of money, I suggest finding out where most of your traffic is coming from. Choose that platform to automate. For me my traffic comes primarily from Pinterest so I pay for Tailwind. I don’t get much traffic from Twitter, Instagram or Facebook so I use the free version Crowdfire for those. Tailwind has made my life so much easier. You can spend one day a money batch scheduling pins and be done. If you’re interested in trying Tailwind you can use this link to get $15 off.
Give Yourself A Break
Sometimes I sit down to work and all he## breaks loose. Seriously, my kids seem to sense that I’m in the zone and choose that time to loose control. At moments like that I save what I’m doing and walk away. By stopping what I’m doing and spending time with my kids I’m actually creating time later in my day to get work done. Kids need to feel important. No one can get work done while their kids are freaking out so just stop and take care of your kids. You’re blog will be there when you come back to it.
Blogging during summer vacation doesn’t have to be stressful. Plan things out and take time to spend with your kids. Sure you’ll have to spend the occasional late-night working but overall by using these tips things will go much smoother.
How do you find time to blog during summer vacation? I’m always open to tips and tricks!