15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

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Blogging can be a great job for moms because it is so flexible. You can work whenever you want from pretty much wherever you want. However, the flexibility only stretches so far; you still need to carve out a certain amount of hours each week to work on your blog if you want it to be successful–and if you are like most moms you are probably already feeling like you are constantly busy.

I totally get that. I am a homeschooling mom of three and if it were not for the time management tricks I carry in my homemaking tool belt, I would never be able to fit in time to run a blog that now earns a full time income. Today I am going to share those tricks with you.

Struggling to find time to blog? This post can really help!

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

 1. Perform a Time Audit

Before you can manage your time well, you need to know how you are currently spending it. In order to do that you need to perform a time audit

Related article: How To Perform A Time Audit

2. Figure Out When You Do Your Best Work

Do you work better at night or in the morning? Save the blog work that requires the most concentration for the time of the day you work best and do the no-brainer tasks when you are at your lowest energy levels.

Related article: Are You A Night Owl Or A Morning Bird?

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

3. Plan In Advance For Bigger Windows Of Work Time

Working hours for moms are all over the place. One day you might be able to have 2 hours to yourself while one child is at band practice and the other is at gymnastics. Another day you husband might come home earlier than expected and tell you he can manage the kids if you want to go to the coffee shop and work on your blog for a few hours. When these type of “bigger windows” of work time come up you can use them more efficiently if you already have a plan for them in advance.

Related article: Making The Most Of Large Windows Of Uninterrupted Time

4. Keep A List Of Small Blogging Tasks For Small Windows

The job of being mom comes with small breaks here and there throughout the day that you can use to advance your blog. Got five minutes? Repin a few pins. Got 10 minutes? Write and schedule a few Facebook statuses. Got 15 minutes? Get out a pad of paper and a pen and brainstorm ideas for future posts.

Related article: Making the Most of Small Windows

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

5. Always Write Out A Daily To-Do List

You have probably heard the saying “aim at nothing and you will hit it every time”. That is what happens to a day where you don’t take the five minutes to write a to-do list: you end up with little done.  To-do lists don’t have to be fancy. I create mine on a small yellow legal pad (like these ones), circling the top three things on my list so that I get the most important things done and if the rest doesn’t get done there is always tomorrow.

Related article: How I Create My Daily To Do List

6. Say NO Often

If you want to carve out enough time around motherhood responsibilities  to create a successful blog, you need to keep outside activities to a minimum and the only way to do that is to say no to the good so you can say yes to the best.

Related article: Say No

Great book that covers this topic: The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog7. Eliminate Your Ill Fitting Yes Choices

Some “yes choices” might have been good choices at the time, but they are not now that your stage of life changed. Perhaps you said yes to helping out with an activity your child was in at one time, but now the child is not involved and you are still helping out. If so, it’s time to find someone to take your place so you can say yes to other things.

Related article: Eliminate Poor Yes Choices

8. Make Effective Use Of Short Waiting Times

In the day and age of smartphones we are basically walking around with mini computers in our pockets. Take it out while waiting in line at the grocery store and pin a few pins to Pinterest. While waiting for your coffee, create a new Facebook status. When stuck in the car waiting for the soccer coach to wrap it up and release your child, open your favorite notes app and brainstorm some new post ideas.

Related article: Making Effective Use of Waiting Time

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

9. Make Effective Use Of Longer Waiting Times

This tip has been vital to me getting enough time to work each week. After I performed a time audit I realized I was spending a lot of time driving my children back and forth to their practices. I would drive 15 minutes to drop them off and then 15 minutes home then an hour or so later drive 15 minutes to pick them up and then 15 minutes back home again. That equals 30 minutes of time in the car each way. I started packing up all that I needed to work and then dropped them off and stayed in the car and worked. I gained 30 minutes of work time each time I had to drive a child somewhere.

This works for me since my children are all old enough to stay home by themselves while I drive their siblings somewhere–I realize it won’t be as helpful for moms with younger children.

Related article: 7 Wise Ways To Use Waiting Time During Children’s Practices

10. Involve The Kids

You can involve your children in your blog work in two ways. One way is to teach them to perform simple blog tasks . The second way is to get them to do age appropriate household chores that you are still doing for them. The first is only going to work if you have older children interested in your blog work, but the second will work for all ages. Even two-year-old’s can help you pick up their toys. At first it might take longer to get the chore done with them helping, but soon it will take less time than if you never taught them–trust me. As a mom of three children who are now 14, 16 and 21 I am reaping the rewards of those frustratingly slow chore teaching sessions when I so wanted to just say, ” Forget it let me do it.”

Related Article: The Popular Mom Thought That Is Keeping You Busier Than You Have To Be

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

11. Get Help

What type of help you can get is going to depend on your finances and your stage of motherhood. If you have younger children and are able to afford it, you might consider hiring a sitter a few hours a week so you can be 100% focused on blog work. If your budget just won’t stretch that far you could consider a babysitting swap with a friend.

For those of you with older children you still might want to consider getting some outside help, but obviously not in the form of babysitting. Perhaps you can afford to hire a VA to take over a few blog tasks? Or do a talent trade with a blogging friend. You, the grammar queen, can edit her “free for subscriber eBook” and she, the image queen, can make you some image quotes for social media.

12. Own Less Stuff

Owning less stuff might seem like a weird time management tip, but hear me out. When you own less, you spend less time taking care of things. Less time dusting. Less time sorting. Less time repairing. And my personal favorite–less time searching through your piles of stuff to find what you need right now.

Need decluttering help and support? Join my decluttering Facebook group.

15 Ways Busy Moms Can Find The Time To Create A Successful Blog

13. Create A Simple Timer Based Cleaning Routine

If you are like me, you put cleaning tasks off because you figure they are going to take too long. Then when you do get around to doing them the job ends up taking a long time because things have gotten so bad. However, when you give a task a time, you will discover that you not only move faster, but the task somehow seems less daunting. Plus, when you consistently clean an area it stays cleaner and therefore starts to take even less time to clean.

Related Article: How to Create A Simple Timer Based Cleaning Routine Plus a Peek at Mine

14.  Do What You Can To Keep Meal Preparation Simple

There are so many ways to reduce time spent in the kitchen. You can cook a double batch and freeze half for a quick meal another night. You can cook meat in large batches and then freeze it in such a way that you can easily toss it in a stir fry or casserole, significantly cutting your meal prep time. You can make a list of simple meals requiring simple ingredients and keep them on hand for nights that you want to work just a bit longer.

Related Article: My simple meal planning method

The Make Over Your Mornings and Make Over Your Evenings courses by Crystal Paine of Money Saving Mom!

15. Take A Few Great Time Management Courses

Two times during the day are critical to being as productive as you can each and every day–morning and evening, which is why I recommend taking Make Over Your Mornings and/or Make Over Your Evenings. These are 15 day, video driven courses that come with a workbook for you to complete. Each day’s lesson consists of a five minute video, five minutes of reading and a five minute workbook activity.

The information I learned in the Make Over Your Evenings course gave me 30 minutes each and every morning without getting up earlier. The Makeover Your Morning course is just as full of great time saving advice that can help you carve out more hours each week to work on your blog.

Related Article: 10 Books To Help You Manage Your Time Well

Got any great time management tips to add to my list? Add them in the comments.

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10 Books That Will Help You Grow Your Blog

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Starting a blog is easy, growing a blog is tough. However, the job can be a lot easier when you have the right tools in hand. I find books and eBooks  are great low price tools to help you grow your blog.

Grow your blog in pageviews and profit with these 10 books.

 10 Books That Will Help You Grow Your Blog

I have read each and every book and eBook on this list and found them helpful for growing my blog in either numbers or profit.

Blogging Strategies

1. Blogging For Profit Without Losing Your Soul

Blogging For Profit took me from wanting to give up on my blog to finally earning a part time income that eventually grew into a full time income. When I applied what I learned from it, I doubled my pageviews and my income in just 30 days.

2. Delicious Blogging: The Ingredients You Need To Create A Better Blog

I read Delicious Blogging several years into my blogging journey, but still found it helpful. If you are a beginner blogger, Delicious Blogging can help set your blog up right for growth from the very start.

3. The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers: A Proven Roadmap to Becoming a Full-Time Blogger

The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers provides not only a look at how other bloggers became successful, but gives you an outline for how you can reproduce their success and create a profitable blog of your own.

4. Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

Micheal Hyatt, the author of Platform, runs a very successful blog and in Platform he gives you a behind-the-scenes look at what he believes to be the important “supports” of that platform and tips on how to create them for your own platform (blog).

5. iBloom in Business: Equipping You to Build a Successful Business while Living a Life You Love!

iBloom in Business takes you through an important series of questions that will help you create a clear focus for your blog as well as a clear direction for its future. When you have completed all the questions in iBloom in Business, you will have built the foundation on which to grow a successful blog.

6. 17 Strategies I Used To Go From 17K to 350K Pageviews in 9 Months

I recently read 17 Strategies and came up with a list of 23 new things I could do to increase readership of my blog. Yep, 23 things from a list of 17. Now some of the suggestions in the eBook were outdated, but the author is planning an update in the near future and all those who have purchase the book before get the update. Plus, as I said, even with tossing the outdated information aside I came up with 23 things I can try to increase my traffic.  (psst.. the only reason I haven’t tried them yet is I am on an RV trip of a life time and am trying to keep blog work to a minimum until I return home)

Blog Design

7. Blog Beautiful: 50+ Tips & Fixes To Make Your Blog Grow

Blog Beautiful is another eBook that I plan to go back to after our trip is over and start implementing the suggestions. If you want a blog that looks great, but you can’t afford a designer Blog Beautiful can help. It breaks down how to make design changes to your blog into simple to follow steps. I did manage to make one simple change suggested in between our exploring and I am already seeing an increase pageviews from it.

Networking

8. How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Getting to know other bloggers is vital to blogging success. Blogging is so much simpler when you have blogging peers to help you with your blogging questions.  I don’t know about you, but the number one thing that keeps me from getting to know someone new is simple breaking the ice with that first conversation.

If the idea of starting conversations with strangers freaks you out too, How to Talk to Anyone can help. I will warn you–some of the language in it is a bit outdated and therefore seems kind of corny, but the tips on conversation starters within it are excellent.

Time Management

9. 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

If you struggle with breaking down blogging tasks into simple, daily doable action steps, then I suggest reading 21 Days To A More Disciplined Life. When you apply what you learn in this eBook, you will be able to take a big blogging project like creating your first email subscriber freebie and break it down into small pieces that can fit into your daily life.

10. Time Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your Passions

Are you a mom of little ones trying to fit in time to blog around chasing toddlers and nursing babies? Time Management Mama will reassure you that you are not alone, plus give you examples of how others make it work and how you too can become a successful work at home mom.

What books have you read that have helped you grow your blog?

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So you Want to Start a Blog–or Grow the One you Have?

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Starting a blog is easy–growing one is another story.

Tips for starting or growing a blog.

 

How To Start A Blog

Starting a blog is as easy as 1. 2. 3. 4.

  1. Pick a domain name (blog name) and register it: I personally use Go Daddy.  This is so simple and inexpensive to do. Go Daddy often runs sales where you can register your domain name (blog name) for as little as $0.99.
  2. Pick a Web Host: I started out with BlueHost. It costs as little as $5.95 a month.
  3. Get started on WordPress.org: I started with a free WordPress template and saved up money until I could afford Genesis with the Prose child theme.
  4. Start blogging: I simply jumped right in (Yep, that is my first post. It makes me cringe, but I did it!). I learned as I went and I don’t regret it.

(and if you want to earn money from your blog, check out this post)

Where I was When I Decided to Start Blogging.

My Blogging Story

I am not one of those people that remembers where she was when life changing moments happen and yet I remember where I was the day I decided to start a blog.

I had been painting the badly damaged floors of our old home black so we could rent it out (we later sold it). I had an old outdoor furniture cushion under my knees and was rolling the black paint in the stubborn cracks.

This was the last job I needed to complete on this project and since I had been carving out 10 to 15 hours a week to renovate I was wondering what I could best do with that time now that it was no longer needed for painting.

As a Christian I had been praying to God for a few weeks an answer. Somehow while my mind was wandering as I was painting I thought about blogging. Could I start a blog? What would I blog about? Who on earth would want to read it? Could I really make money to help my family with a blog?

On and on went the questions for weeks as I researched blogging. I was filled with self doubt and one day it spilled out to my husband in ugly tears as I said–well let me give you the short version–“what if I fail?” My husband who heard the very long ugly cry rant turned to me and said, “You are not going to find that out unless you try first,” and then gave me an ultimatum: I had two weeks get my first blog post up–otherwise I had to stop talking about it.

And so I jumped in knowing very little about what I was doing. I learned and improved along the way.

Now I am almost finished 5 years of blogging and I love what I do. Blogging is the flexible job I hoped it would be. I am not one of those 6 figures a year bloggers. I am not even a 1/2 of 6 figures a year blogger, but I do make more per month than a full time minimum wage worker and I do it in less than 40 hours a week around my family’s needs.

If you have been on the fence about blogging for some time, I want to encourage you to give it a try–but don’t expect an immediate pay back for your time invested. Sure, some bloggers out there do earn amazing incomes their first year, but the vast majority do not…although there is a way of increasing your odds of succeeding.

If you have been blogging a short while and feel like you are getting no where–hang on. You can succeed if you give it just a bit more time and apply the tip I am sharing today.

How to Run a Profitable Blog that DOesn't Take Over Your Life.How To Run A Profitable Blog That Doesn’t Take Over Your Life

 

How to increase your odds of succeeding at blogging

Blogging is one of those careers where improving your skills will pay back over time. I rarely leave a blog post unchanged from the day it is published. To me this has been vital to my success. I have dozens of articles that were once getting little traffic until I changed the picture, re-worked the SEO, added value to the post with more research and helpful links, then re-shared it on all my social media platforms to finally have it take off and get thousands of visitors to it in a matter of days.

Some of those re-done posts are my biggest traffic drivers now, but they were traffic flops until I applied what I learned since I wrote them.

One Blogger's Journey to Earning a Full Time Income From her Blog--Plus What she Regrets not Doing Sooner.One Blogger’s Journey To Earning A Full Time Income From Her Blog

So how do you learn what you need to improve your skills?

Free Content

With a bit of time spent searching you can find all the information you need for free on the internet to improve your blogging skills. Going this route costs you time, but no money. Search for bloggers helping bloggers, blogging advice podcasts, and attend free webinars covering areas you wish to improve in (warning: most webinars end with a sales pitch for a paid course, still they do give away great tips at the beginning for free).

Pros--It is free.

Cons–It is hard to give depth to a topic in just one blog post or just one podcast. for that reason free help often leaves you having to fill in the gaps on your own.

Paid Courses

Normally paid courses go into greater depth than any free materials you find on the internet. I learned this when I spent $99 to have an in-depth blog review. What they showed me in their report about my blog helped me more than hours and hours of researching free blog help on the internet.

I made my $99 back in no time once I started implementing their suggestions.

Pros–You get in-depth help that can help you grow your blog faster

Cons–Paid courses often cost hundreds of dollars each and if you are not earning anything from your blog yet or even if you are, shelling out that kind of cash can be hard.

That is why I like to watch out for great deals on blogging courses like the one I recently got with the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit. I was able to pick up 62 blogging courses for just $97. That is like paying for one course and getting 61 more for free!

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So how do you find out about such sales? Sign up for my weekly newsletter  and when one comes up I will be sure to share it with you. Deals this big don’t come up often but when they do they are worth grabbing.

Some inexpensive eBooks to jump start your blog’s growth

If you simply cannot afford paid blogging courses, but you do have some money to spend then eBooks on blogging topics can be a great option. They will be more in depth than a blog post but generally under $10 and can be as low as .99 cents.

I have read each and every eBook on this list and found them helpful for growing my blog. Some like Blogging For Profit caused my blog to grow by leaps and bounds.

Blog Growth

Blogging For Profit Without Losing Your Soul

Delicious Blogging:The Ingredients You Need To Create A Better Blog

The 15 Success Traits of Pro Bloggers: A Proven Roadmap to Becoming a Full-Time Blogger

Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World

iBloom in Business: Equipping You to Build a Successful Business while Living a Life You Love!

You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One)

Networking

How to Talk to Anyone: 92 Little Tricks for Big Success in Relationships

Time Management

21 Days To A More Disciplined Life

Time Management Mama: Making Use of the Margins to Pursue your Passions

psst….. Before my blog started generating an income I would used gift cards for Amazon earned through point programs like these ones to fund blogging eBook purchases.

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