At the start of my blogging journey, I wrote a post about mommy blogger struggles:
As I sit here looking at my notepad of ideas, I am stumped what to write this week. Nothing is inspiring me, and I am having difficulty finding the time to sit down and write. Charlotte is requiring a lot of mommy attention: she’s teething, crawling, climbing stairs, and grabbing onto anything to help her stand (last night she stood up holding onto her car seat and it ended up rocking and knocking her over.) Needless to say, my baby girl is a little needy lately, by the time she’s napping or down for bed I have other to-do’s that take priority over writing my blog…read more HERE
I chuckle a little bit because time is still an issue today as much as it was for me 2 months ago (with blogging and being a mommy at home) but the struggles are a little different.
I don’t have trouble sitting down and writing (and I’m getting more confident blogging about myself!) It’s the time required on social media to promote my blog posts that take more time. 2 months ago, I never would have thought that I would have an Instagram account or Pinterest account for my blog in addition to my Facebook page. But, here I am trying to find people through social media who enjoy reading my blog to help drive traffic to my blog posts.
I also discovered mommy blogger support groups through social media. When I started blogging, I had no idea there were groups out there that helped encourage and mentor bloggers, as well as help drive traffic to blogs. This has been huge! It’s been less than a month since I’ve started participating in groups, and my Instagram followers went from very few (less than 50) to 306! I also just started using Pinterest this past week and now have 165 followers (I started around 60). Not to mention, my Facebook page now has 199 likes (I started around 50 before participating in groups.)
Not only do the groups help drive traffic to my blogs, but I am learning something new everyday! Yes, it has required more time from me but it has been worth it. I have big dreams for my blog, just like everyone else who is participating in these groups, so it is awesome to be surrounded by like-minded people.
I mentioned 2 months ago that what my readers enjoy is what inspires me to continue blogging, and this is definitely still true! I also said that “I try to keep the topics versatile” which is something that I am trying to move away from. You could say I have been searching for my niche.
Thankfully, now that I have 40 published posts and an increase in my number of readers, it has been a little easier to narrow-down 1) what I enjoy writing and taking pictures of and 2) what gets a good response from readers. From what I’m learning, “go niche or go home” is very important, so I am definitely still working on this! But, for now I’m happy to focus on food, crafts, and making memories.
It’s still true that I’m enjoying blogging, so even when I feel these mommy blogger struggles I try to focus on why it is important to me. Trust me, my baby girl is still needy and she deserves my attention when we are home together, so lately it’s been a constant struggle with not having enough time to do everything. But, I am working everyday on the blogging/life balance to make it possible.
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