When I first decided to start a blog about two and a half years ago now I thought it would just be a fun outlet, and it is. Back then I didn’t really have a direction of what I wanted to be, what my niche would be, or even if I wanted to branch out and go public or write just for myself to keep from getting bored while staying home with my son.
Then a funny thing happened.
I saw a sign up for a group giveaway on a blog that I followed. It was a few bucks to join and I figured why not, it sounds like fun and I might get a handful of people to find my blog and I could stop talking to myself. That one sign up opened me up to more sign ups and then I decided that I was going to see where this would take me.
I hope this post doesn’t come off as “Boo-hoo, poor me. Life is so hard. Wah wah” because I’m not complaining at all and I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t enjoy it. But I must admit that I do get a bit frustrated when I see comments on social media like, “oh, bloggers get all the good stuff” or the thought that review items are just free items. Nothing we do is for free.
My typical day
Between 7:00 – 8:00 my toddler wakes me up, we come downstairs and we both wake up for a little while and have some cuddles. I then get him some breakfast and brew some coffee for myself. While he eats his breakfast I check my email.
When he’s done with his breakfast he cycles between Mr. Rogers and his toys while I grab a cup of coffee and check my blogging groups on Facebook (currently four). I support other bloggers and they support me with social media requests because blogging is a community. We also network and have a little fun and conversation.
While the light is good in the morning and early afternoon I also take this time to photograph any products that I need to for blog posts.
“On paper” this seems like it would just take a few minutes but it is actually a couple of hours. The tasks themselves take time and in between all of this my son and I also might read some books, play with action figures, or what have you. When the weather is nicer this will also include more outside time and walks to the park or library.
My teenager comes home from school and if any errands need to be done, this is when we do them. The husband comes home a few hours later and we talk for a few minutes before one of us makes dinner. We eat dinner as a family and catch up on our days.
Once the kids are in bed the husband and I might take in an episode of something or other, then the husband goes to bed and I get back to checking emails, editing photos, writing and promoting posts, update my spreadsheet with new and completed work, maybe pitch a sponsor or two for an upcoming blog hop or event, look for sponsored opportunities, groups to join and other ways to network. I then go to bed around 1:00 am.
This all may seem very pollyanna but please know that there are plenty of tantrums, messes, talking back and other not-so-perfect moments thrown in. For example, right now my son is refusing to take a nap and is getting into anything and everything while giving me a bit of attitude. It’s 3:00 pm and I’m still in my pajamas.
So yes, we do get products and services without paying for them but they are not free at all. A lot of time goes into a blog both in creating content and behind the scenes. Writing a good blog review is just the tip of the iceberg. I put in more hours blogging than I ever did at my 9-5 corporate job and for far less pay. But you know what? I’m finally doing something that I love and that alone is worth its weight in gold.