Practical Moms Feature: Creating Balance

 

Today is the first day of a new feature here at Practical Parenting.  I’ve had the great pleasure of guest posting for a number of other bloggers along my journey, and now it’s time to give back.  There are many great writers out there with different areas of focus and interesting information to share.  Today I will start sharing some of these wonderful bloggers with you.

Meet Jessica.

Jessica is a very busy mommy of two.  When she’s not  getting her kids off to school, or to bed, or to a play date, she’s blogging over at her site.  When she’s not blogging at her site, she’s writing for Eli Rose Social Media…which is quickly becoming the go-to source for all things technical in blog world.  When she’s not doing that, she’s tending to her amazing garden…I’m serious friends, this woman does it all.  I recently asked Jessica to share a few tips on how she balances family and blogging.  Here’s what she had to say:

Creating Balance

I’ve been blogging for about 9 months now and I can honestly say that balance between being a blogger and being a mom is extremely difficult. Both can be more than full time jobs.
I still have not found the perfect balance between the two but I have learned some tips that can help.
1) Schedule your time. Use a posting schedule for your blog so you always know what days you will post on, scheduled time to write posts, and schedule time dedicated to all the other aspects of blogging (Twitter, commenting, etc). I generally do most of my blogging after my kids have gone to bed at night.
2) Unplug occasionally. Social media can take up a lot of time if you let it. Allow yourself to unplug without regret. I usually do this on the weekends and when I return to the computer on Monday morning I feel refreshed.
3) Don’t spread yourself too thin. It’s impossible to be on top of all the social media outlets and be a parent. Instead focus on a few social media sites that you get the best return from and spend the rest of your time with your family. For me, I focus most of my online time reading blogs and tweeting. I spend a little time with Facebook and StumbleUpon but the rest of my time I spend with my family.
4) Get a smartphone. I have no idea how anyone can keep up with emails, Twitter, and blogging without one. A smartphone will allow you to stay updated online without always having to be tied to the computer. Having email and Twitter on my phone has allowed me a lot of freedom while still keeping up with the online world.
5) Remember what’s important. At the end of the day your family is the most important thing, not the stats you have on your blog or your Klout score. Don’t forget that.
What tips have you learned that help you balance being a parent and a blogger?

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Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and the forthcoming "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)