How to Manage It All

I guess it is safe to say that I am a blogger. (I mean, I have a few years of blogging experience now so I think that qualifies me to say that I am a blogger.) However, when I started this process I had no idea how much time and effort it would take to maintain it all. I did not take into account the amount of time that I actually had to devote to writing. I seriously thought that because writing is like drinking water to me, that it would be easy.

I had no clue what I was getting myself into. I did not start blogging to become the next big celebrity blogger. I don’t even like attention like that so becoming famous was the farthest thing from my mind. I came into blogging with the idea that I was simply sharing my thoughts with others. More than anything I wanted to help people move through life with as much free knowledge as possible. I blog about real life and give real reflections so that others can learn from some of the things that I have experienced. I feel that some lessons can be learned vicariously.

Again, I was not anticipating turning my blog into a business. I just wanted a place to lay my words. Within my first year of blogging, I did not do any serious research about the process and what it entails. I was still oblivious to the fact that you could earn money blogging. My life started to shift and I actually took a couple of years off from it. When I came back to it, I wanted to do it differently. As I learned more about blogging, I learned how easy it is to convert my blog into a business. During this process, I also learned about time management in a new way.

I knew that I wanted to share my thoughts about various experiences and spread knowledge at the same time. I did not think about creating a plan to accomplish this feat. I figured I would just write as things happened. I soon realized that operating this way is not conducive to the blog I envisioned. I had to create a method in the midst of my madness.


I began researching plug-ins, automation, and content mapping. I wanted to know how to make this as easy as possible. Especially since I still have to be mommy to my three little people. All of this was overwhelming, to say the least. This is also when I learned a great deal of information about scheduling meals, daily activities, and even downtime.

The importance of planning was revealed. I had to designate writing time in order to post as frequently as I wanted to. In addition to that, I had to learn how to schedule my post so that they would post without me having to sit and write every single time that I wanted to share something. At first, I was still a bit ambitious and wanted to post long post 2-3 times a week. I later scaled back to 1-2 post per week. Each blogger has to decide they posting schedule. Checking analytics for my blog helps me decide which days and times are most popular to post.

When it comes to being a mommy, I will never get out of doing what needs to be done for them. I started making them individual frozen meals so that they can simply warm up some delicious home cooked food even while I am wearing my writer hat and preparing my posts. They like to eat quick meals, so I started making them their own version of “canned pasta”. I also include them in my planning so that they are aware of which days are devoted to writing. I make sure that they have engaging activities to occupy their minds.

Just as I had to schedule a time to write, cook, and prepare a post, I also have to schedule exercise and down time. I even have to schedule a time to mingle with friends and family. Scheduling and planning are a major portion of blogging and that was the part of my life that was still in disarray when I became a blogger. I was all over the place and all I knew was writing. That was it.

Although I have learned a lot of the course of the last few years in relation to blogging, I am certain that I will continue to learn more. I am looking forward to sharing my lessons along the way.

What are some important lessons that you have learned while blogging?

13 thoughts on “How to Manage It All”

  1. Much needed post… I’m new to blogging with the same purpose, just laying out my thoughts. I started to look at things with a new perspective. And I started to actually find the time to think and write it down. Thanks 😉

  2. Wow …. Really it is because I am also a new blogger and feeling like you. But now I am getting new energy that I will get it soon like you and will learn how to manage

    1. That is awesome that you are getting the hang of it. It happens at different times for everyone. Remember not to compare yourself to anyone else.

  3. Planning and scheduling is key! I have to leave time for other aspects of life but also keep my blog up-to-date fresh and organized. I always make lists to keep things together haha

  4. I am in the same boat as you, except I am very VERY new to blogging. I have two little ones of my own and did not anticipate how much time I would be writing and managing social media. I need to be better at planning and have a lot of work to do in organizing my own blog. Good luck!

  5. Def. Planning and that you should blog just because you want to. I would like to make this an income one day, but right now if I stress about it I know I’ll lack in other areas. I’m just starting to learn how to drive traffic to my blog so earning money will come eventually. right now I blog, because I like it, I want to and it makes me happy. I think this is what should matter.

    Also, what app do you use to schedule your posts? I have tailwind but it doesn’t work for me.

    1. I agree. You should do what you love and what makes you happy. If you are not driven by income, that’s cool too. Whatever gets you writing.

      I use the scheduler in WordPress. It works great and I have not had an issue with it.

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