Most of my friends and SLP “peeps” usually ask me “how do you get it all done?” “When do you find the time with work and taking care of kids?” or “Do you ever sleep?” Blogging is a time consuming endeavor and at times is a LOT of hard work, but once you get all set up, it can be a manageable hobby/job!
I thought I would share some of my secrets for how I get it all done and still make time for things like sleeping and enjoying life!
Schedule your posts ahead of time- I am able to write many posts at one time if I would like and then spread them out over the whole month. So, I have the option to write spontaneously or spend parts of my summer prepping posts that will be scheduled later during the year! When you have a businness/blog facebook page, you can share posts/pictures/links and schedule them for the time and date that you would like. So, when I am busy getting ready for work or preparing dinner, I have posts scheduled that I don’t have to remember to post. Cool, huh!?
Network with other bloggers- Since jumping on board as a blogger, I have met some great “online” friends along the way! If I need help trouble shooting an idea, need other blog posts to reference or people to review my products, I ask for help from fellow bloggers through email and facebook. Getting help cuts down the research/prep time it takes for writing a post. It’s always good to see what other people are doing on their blogs, so that I don’t duplicate products and posts.
Take time to plan- I have an Erin Condren planner that helps me to organize my posts, daily living events and keep a to-do list all in one spot. You can grab a Erin Condren Planner through my referral link. Personally, I have an ongoing list of ideas that I write down every time something cool pops into my head. Not all of my ideas are implemented, but it helps me to think of things to write about when I have time.
Take lots of pictures- Many bloggers write their posts in the evenings after work, on the weekends, during the kids nap times, in the wee early morning hours or over the holiday breaks during the year. You never know when a blogger will get inspiration, so most of us take LOTS of pictures, so we have content to work with when we are feeling motivated to write!
Use templates- I have templates of graphics that I created for previous posts and usually save them for when I need to make new graphics. That way I don’t have to change much with the graphic and I can whip out cute blog post covers quickly. I also store all my graphics in one main file and then have them labeled by the clip artist, so I have quick access.
My personal secret as a working mom is that sometimes I use my own kids to try out my ideas. I involve them in the process, so if I have an app review, guess who gets to help me out by trying the app, my kids! My son helped me make the DIY summer magnets, so I was able to spend quality time with him while we completed my project. He also did a few of the Sequencing Activities I made, so that I could try them out and see what it was like using them with a real child. Blogging has also become a hobby that allows me to be creative, write and decompress from the stresses of life. I either write in large chunks which means the house may be messier or I do a little bit at a time. My husband also helps me with graphics and some products. My last secret is this….I am a better SLP because of blogging. I think more about my therapy, I ask more questions, and I am more motivated to find/create activities for my students because I want to share something new and fresh with all my followers.
Graphics: Pretty Grafik Designs, Lovin’ Lit, & Zip-a-dee-doo-dah Designs (375)