Have you ever wondered exactly what goes on in a blogger’s world? How, when, where they work, how they get stuff done every day? I thought I’d take you all on a small tour of my daily blogging life to show you how a stay-at-home mom blogs with a toddler at home.
Here is my view at 4:00 every morning. (Ignore the daylight, I forgot to take a picture.) Yes, I said 4:00. Am I crazy? Probably, but I need this time! It also helps that I go to bed between 9:00 and 10:00 every night, so 4:00 doesn’t seem too bad to me. Every morning, I drink my coffee in bed while publishing my daily post, scheduling my social media posts, replying to comments, and completing any reciprocating in my blogging Facebook groups. That’s the part that takes the most time in my day; I share people’s content in exchange for them sharing mine. That’s one major way I get blog traffic, so it’s a necessity every day. A lot of it is mindless work, so it’s pretty easy to do in the mornings when my brain doesn’t function as well.
After my morning workout, shower, and breakfast, I finish up any reciprocating, add my new post to the blogging groups for more reciprocating, and check out the sponsorship programs to see if there are new opportunities that fit my blog. Usually at this time, Allison wakes up and I put aside everything to prepare for my chaotic day.
Any blog work I do while Allison’s awake is during TV time, which is usually every day for like an hour. I can’t focus on writing while she’s awake, so I just work on sharing posts and other research that doesn’t require my full attention.
Here’s my “desk”, by the way. I don’t use it right now because our office is very unorganized. We’re actually having a garage sale today, so everything’s going to be cleared out and we’ll hopefully have enough money to buy me a new, actual desk! I’ll be sure to post pictures and updates whenever this happens.
Naptime is my most productive time, which is why I was so upset when I thought Allison was dropping her naps. For some reason, I simply can’t do any writing except in the afternoon. My brain doesn’t function early in the morning, and by the time she goes to bed, I’m so fried that I just sit in front of the TV. Since I don’t have a designated work space yet, I sit on the couch with my second cup of coffee and just write.
Naptime is also when I take photos of anything I need to pose. One, because Allison’s not around to move things, and two, the afternoon has the most natural light. Let me show you a picture.
Such a lovely-looking picture of my cinnamon raisin bread, right? Here’s a peek at what was going on around it:
It makes me laugh just looking at it. A typical toddler-home, and a typical day in the life of me. We have beautiful French doors in the living room that lead to the backyard, and opening them brings in tons of natural light. It’s the perfect spot to take those great photos… I just have to clear away all the toys first.
I’ve shown off my planner before, but I have to do it again. The bloom planners (Affiliate link) are the perfect size for me; It has a weekly page view, which is what I wanted, and each day is large enough for me to place a Post-It with that day’s post, with a little room on the side to write down any notes/things to do. I like using Post-Its rather than just writing it on the planner because I move things around so much. I have things color-coded, but it’s complicated; not even I know what it all means. So just appreciate all the colors. =)
I also have just a plain binder with my yearly blogging stuff. Receipts, income/expenses, sponsored post reports, blog stats… everything is in one place to help me track all the important stuff. I used these printable pages for my binder and it really helps keep me organized!
Any blog work I do in the evenings is just finishing up any reciprocating because at this point in the day, I’m just done. I’d like to be the kind of person that can pull late-nighters and be productive at multiple periods during the day, but it’s just not going to happen.
That’s pretty much my entire day! Some Sundays I go up to a coffee shop, usually Panera, and get some iced coffee while getting some uninterrupted work done. I’d say on an average day, I do about 3-4 hours of work a day, sometimes more depending on what we’re doing that day. I’m still getting the hang of this work-from-home stuff, but I think I’ve got a pretty good schedule going! I hope you’re all now enlightened as to what my work days look like. Happy Friday!