How to Blog When You’re Super Busy
It can be hard to fit in time to blog when you have a million other things to do. If you are a parent and you work, you’ve already got plenty of plates spinning. However, if something is really important to you, you will make the time to fit it in.
I started a blog with my college best friend, Amber after we’d married and had kids. We had been writers for years but began to find it hard to fit it in after having kids. Pen and Parent was born out of the idea that we wanted to inspire ourselves and other writer/parents to keep creating in the slivers of time between our other responsibilities.
Here are my five top tips to keep you motivated.
1. Get up before the kids do. This sounds awful and I’m not saying I would do it. I love sleep and I’m not a morning person. That said, my hard working co-blogger, Amber has started a new routine of getting up at 4:00 a.m. to get her writing done. Since I know one human doing it, that means it is possible.
2. Stay up after the kids go to bed. This requires discipline. If you love Netflix as much as I do, it can be tempting to zone out and watch something instead of writing. Let’s face it, writing a blog post is work, even if you enjoy it. I suggest making a compromise and setting a timer for 30 minutes. You’ll likely get 500 words down. Then you can watch TV, read, or snuggle up with your spouse. After 3 nights you’ll have an edited draft ready to post.
3. Write during your lunch break. This may not work for everyone. However, if you have an hour-long lunch break and you bring a pen and notebook with you, you can get down an outline for a post or maybe some headline ideas that you can type up later. If you are able to hop on your laptop during your break, even better.
4. Dictate a post while on a walk. There are dictation apps that allow you to record your thoughts on your phone. So if you can find a secluded place to walk, you can talk your thoughts into your device. Sometimes movement gets the brain working in ways that it won’t if you are trapped at the desk in front of your computer.
5. Partner with another blogger. That’s what has worked best for me. Not only is writing a lonely craft at times, if no one keeps you accountable, it’s easy to just stop doing it. Now that I have partnered with another busy mom/writer, we are able to produce regular weekly posts because if one of us is sick or busy or taking care of cold-ridden kiddos, or on vacation, there will still be a post up each week.
Good luck on your blogging journey! I hope you find a few bits of time to make your blogging dreams come true.
Melissa Uhles is a Freelance Writer, Co-Founder of Pen and Parent, and mom who has authored three books under her pen-name MJ Greenway. She writes under the clouds of the Pacific Northwest where sometimes her son and husband pop in to check on her. Feel free to check out the Pen and Parent blog or connect with her on Pinterest or Facebook.