Finding Time to Blog
I’ve wanted to blog for a very long time and even started a few free blogs but they didn’t last. I imagine my experience is nothing new. I found a niche, started writing, lost steam and carried on with the rest of my life. Looking back, I definitely had the time to create awesome posts and take it much further but now I’m wondering how to go about finding time to blog.
Why I Started
What on earth am I thinking starting a “non-free” blog when my life is only going to get more hectic? Why didn’t my fear of failure kick in sooner and stop me? Well, I think my desire to discover my abilities outside of keeping a wee human alive had kicked in. Don’t get me wrong, I love my child immensely and I appreciate it is a full-time job involving both body & mind, but I needed to find a “for me” activity and somehow fit it in. I ploughed myself into social media management for my church with a bit of graphics design mixed in. It did the job at first but posts scheduling can only provide so much fun. I went back to the drawing board and came up with other ideas such as online business or service but hold on anything online would need a blog right? The blocks appeared aligned:
(The last one would probably be clearer as “Opportunity” but that doesn’t start with an ‘M’ now does it?)
Finding Time to Blog
I was all set to begin or so I thought. What followed was months wasted in niche considerations, name deliberations and the like. The busyness was winning again as I had to prepare for returning to work etc. My mind got cluttered (or messy to follow the M theme) and let’s not mention the state of my house. Then my husband quietly announced that he was going to start his online venture. I started this blog the next day. Turns out, I just don’t like losing and it was my idea first!
I quickly created a few posts so my blog didn’t look like a graveyard but I naively assumed that once I’d acquired the blog, the layout will magically transfer from my mind to the screen. I drafted in some help from hubby as there was no way my mind would focus enough to tweak html at 10pm.
Will It Last?
It’s already taking over my every second. I love it but I’m conscious about not being 100% there in real life. Good thing I love learning as there’s a lot to get my head round about having a presence online. Will the motivation and passion last? Time will tell. In my case that’s 3 years going by my hosting duration.
In one of my ‘letter’ sessions, I came up with the three ‘A’s below to help me focus on what was important. This blog is the accountability part.
Appreciate – Love the positives in my life or more holistically, count my blessings!
Action – set a realistic but regular schedule to work towards my goals
Accountability – document progress (or lack of it) somewhere to focus my mind
Update (Jan 2018)
Hurray, thegrowingmum still exists and I’ve even done a 2017 Blog Self-Assessment documenting my highs and lows for the year!