Being a mom is the difficult job!…Yaa, I know it may sound a little odd, from a girl who hasn’t experienced motherhood yet.
We all have to agree that moms are the superwomen who can do anything and everything. Be it working, running an organization, dealing with a kid, taking care of a family, cooking, or even blogging!
First of all, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there who are taking care of their families, children and handling all the household responsibilities.
Like every other working mom, some mommy bloggers are running a successful blog without hampering their household responsibilities. I invited a few inspiring mommy bloggers to have a word with me and asked about,
- Their blogging journey
- Difficulties they faced as a blogging mum
- Full time blogging with family responsibilities
- How they are managing these things altogether
- A message for other blogging mums
Here is the brief of what these pretty ladies conveyed. Let’s have a look.
Heather Cottrell who is a successful blogger, single mom, health & business coach, and marketing professional. She runs a blog “Single Mom Bloggers” that empower women to take control of their life and get success on their own terms.
Her motherhood began when she decided to be a single mom of her own choice. With the help of an endocrinologist, acupuncturist, and a sperm bank, she gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.
“Being a single parent, regardless of whether you pick it from the very first moment, is harder than you think it will be.
For hell’s sake, being a mother of any sort, partnered or not, is harder in reality than you think it will be! I love my kid more than anything there at any point was or at any point will be, yet those first years were harsh.
I have been working from home for a long time. It is difficult. Having the additional distraction – I mean bliss – of kids around gives it one more challenge to overcome as you make a living by working at home.”
Sarah Brooks is the mother of two young children & runs the blog “Keep Calm and Eat Ice Cream”.
She was always into cooking, baking, and making icecreams, so she started her blog at the beginning of the last year. You will get many homemade ice cream recipes, tasty treats, and dessert recipes on her blog. Her love for icecreams will surely make you try her easy-to-make homemade ice cream recipes.
This blog is a real sanity saver for her as it has given her something to focus on rather than her day job, house, or kids. Sarah mentioned that she always loved ice cream even though they gave some vouchers to their wedding guests.
“My biggest challenge is getting focused blocks of time. It’s hard when I’m developing a recipe or taking photographs to concentrate on two active kids! I try to divide things up, so I’m not constantly multitasking.
Some days I take the kids to the park all morning; other days, they get cartoons while I type up that amazing recipe. It’s challenging but doable, and I love it !”
Shantelle Nichole is the mother of two beautiful kids and the founder of the blog named “A Radical Concept”. Nichole writes about self peace, compassion, self-motivation, self-esteem, etc.
Here, she gives tips about how to live your best life. So if you feel stressed, unhappy, frustrated, and overwhelmed at any point in your life, her blog is the best place to be at.
As Nichole told me, her blogging journey began last fall. First, she spent normal 9-5 hours doing research and certifications to get her hands on in her niche. With her son being homeschooled, it has actually been beneficial for her to do her work from home.
“We sit alongside each other daily during normal school hours and do our separate work. That way, I am there to help him when he needs me. In addition, I have gotten into the habit of getting up early every morning, around 5 am.
Waking up early in the morning gives me some alone time to really focus on my three main tasks for the day and any personal tasks such as meditation, journaling that I need to get done.
If you are thinking about taking the plunge, I would have to say DO IT! First, make sure you have a good 4-6 months’ worth of finances saved up while building your traffic and working on the blog itself.
Other than that, go for it! I cannot think of a single thing that has been hard or difficult for me since I decided to do full-time blogging alongside my mommy duties. It has honestly brought us closer together!”
Amy Gigliotti Gatto
Amy is a passionate food blogger who has been blogging for about two years. She has a food blog named “Girl With A Spatula” that features delicious homemade recipes.
Her blogging journey began after an injury, blogging was the best way to take her mind away from the pain and keep herself busy doing something that she loved – Cooking, and it worked!
As per Amy, being married and having children can sometimes hinder your blogging journey. You may feel guilty for taking time away from your family to spend on photography, process shots, cooking and developing recipes.
“What has helped me is to set a schedule around my blog posts. I prepare my posts at least a week in advance and post on the same day every week.
Most of the time, I schedule my posts so that I don’t need to worry about pressing the publish button. Then on the weekend, I’ll spend time sharing my post on social media.
Set a schedule to do cleaning, groceries, laundry, family time, and carve out time to spend on your blog. Also, I like to schedule a little “me” time. It’s very important to carve out time just for yourself. Whether it’s getting your nails done, watching a chick flick, getting your haircut, or getting a massage, you deserve it and shouldn’t think twice about it.”
Tiffany L Thomas
Tiffany is the blogging mom with Crohn’s disease. She is the mother of three little kids and runs a blog “Saving Talents” with her husband, Phillip. She shares tips about managing finances, DIY and craft activities for kids, pregnancy tips, motherhood, and some of the delicious recipes with her audience.
Tiffany told me that she began blogging a few months after her second child was born about her blogging journey.
She started with a coupon blog but sold it after a few years and moved on to mom/homeschooling/chronic illness. When her oldest started school, they decided to homeschool.
“It can definitely be difficult finding a balance between homeschooling, blogging, and all of the regular motherhood duties! But, I’m extremely grateful for a supportive husband. That makes a tremendous difference.
I think the biggest thing that helps me balance everything is putting my children first. Everything else can be penciled in, multitasked, and fit in between my kids.”
Samantha Laycock is an inspiring mommy bloggers who created her blog “Samantha Laycock Blogging“ in 2014. She shares blogging tips, her personal experiences, healing and inspiring stories.
She was always been a writer so blogging was just natural for her to do. Her blog allowed her to create a community around herself and around her story. She became a better mother, a better wife and a better woman for giving herself an outlet.
“What I didn’t expect was PPD to hit and to feel as if I was barely surviving. My blog gave me a safe place to share my story. My blog gave me the ability to show my life in a real and authentic way and remind women that motherhood, that being a wife and that being a woman was hard but with a support system in place, beautiful connections are created.
I always get asked how I handle a blog, having my own coaching business, 3 children and everything else in life. I would be lying if I didn’t say there weren’t days I didn’t want to throw it all in and just give up. Blogging is hard work. Being a mom is hard work. Being married is hard work. I do not believe in balance.
Some might disagree with me but I have learned that in order to do something, I need to take time away from something else. It is all about having a plan and creating that plan to fit MY life, MY vision and MY goals.
I am more than a mom, wife, and blogger. All of these pieces make up who I am and there are days when I need to decide working on my business is more important than watching a movie with my kids.
At the end of the day, I want my kids to know the passion that I had for every single piece of my life. I want them to know that being a mother was the most amazing thing that happened to me but that I am so much more than just their mom.
By showing up, I am giving my children the best chance and showing up for themselves in the future. By showing up, you are allowing your children to know and see the real you and that is something that they will be forever grateful for.“
With these amazing blogging mothers sharing their experiences it is so natural for us to get inspired, amused, and motherhood guidance all at once. Go check their blogs out right now!
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