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A Typical Day in the Life of This Mom Blogger

by Regan

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mom bloggerSome may think that being a mom blogger is all butterflies and rainbows. We sit here with our cups of coffee, bons bons, and marvel over our piles of free stuff, right? Not quite.

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. 

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Pam McCormick February 15, 2014 - 7:50 pm

Sounds like great day πŸ˜‰ I’m still learning the sponsor/review thing but I can see the opportunity. πŸ™‚ This is my first year of blogging but I’ve been writing since I could “write” πŸ˜‰

Suzanne February 15, 2014 - 5:17 pm

This is a great post! I have recently started blogging regularly on a new joint blog with a friend and I’m super excited to be doing it, but I feel like “holy cow how does all of this stuff take so freaking long to do!”, while trying to fit in all of the “everyday” stuff that needs to be done. And I don’t even have any children at home during the day anymore…so I can totally sympathize with you! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing…and making me feel a little more normal! #SITSBlogging

Raquel | Organized Island February 14, 2014 - 10:07 am

Love that you are the anti-June Cleaver. I love the support of the blogging community and wish that the entire world was as supportive and kind as the community. They did not have blogs when my kids were small and I can imagine that it is a challenge to balance it all. Looks like you are doing great! Stopping in from the SITS challenge and following you on Twitter.

Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life February 14, 2014 - 9:46 am

Blogging is very hard work – I agree with everything you are saying here. Nothing is free. But I do enjoy it, so I keep at it. I love the name of your blog, by the way!

chelle February 14, 2014 - 6:06 am

hehe this reminds me when people ask me “Oh your a stay at home mom? What do you do all day? It must be so nice to have so much free time.” Seriously?

I also always say, “Just give me five minutes to finish this blog post then we can ….” At that point my family members wander off knowing from past experience, five minutes will stretch to much more time because it always takes me longer than I think to post!

Momfever February 14, 2014 - 3:49 am

You are so right! Blogging is really hard work. And you have to be disciplined and know your stuff. It’s not like things just fall into your lap. Dropping by from Sitsgirls.

Phoebe @ Lou Messugo February 14, 2014 - 2:43 am

This is so true, blogging is fab but it takes up an awful lot of time which has to be worked around other things. I love it though and wouldn’t have it any other way. Thanks to SITS for bringing us all together.

Rene February 13, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Great post and insightful. I’m quite new to all of this and feel like the site has become all consuming with limited time between wrangling kiddies. Some sort of structure is important. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

Regan February 13, 2014 - 11:15 pm

It really is all consuming. I feel horrible for checking my phone or being on my laptop while my family is home but I don’t have much of a choice. I have to take the moments that I can or I will never get it all done. I try to be as present as possible and I have actually taken a small break this past week and only worked on posts with deadlines and dealt with the emails that I absolutely had to. I need to πŸ™‚

Thanks for stopping by!

Lindsay February 13, 2014 - 8:00 pm

I definitely love the “free stuff” I get for doing reviews, but if I were to calculate the amount of time I put into testing a product and reviewing it and the retail value of the item, let’s just say I am not making minimum wage! BUT I love my blog and I hope that my efforts will eventually mean I small revenue for my family. Thanks for sharing your day… I think I may steal this idea for a future post! (With linky love!)

Regan February 13, 2014 - 11:17 pm

I love the stuff I have had a chance to review too but you’re right, it’s not even minimum wage when you consider the amount of time writing, editing, taking photos, and editing them on top of testing the product.

Keara B. February 13, 2014 - 6:34 pm

I’m not a blogger, so it was really interesting to read this post! I always wondered how much time it takes for all the reviews, personal posts, giveaways, etc… you just proved how much hard work goes into creating an interesting and successful blog. As I reader, I thank you for taking on this job and I’m happy to hear you enjoy it!! πŸ™‚

Regan February 13, 2014 - 11:19 pm

Thank you for hanging around πŸ™‚ Before I started blogging I thought it looked so easy – get stuff and write about it? These ladies have the life! I LOL at myself now but it’s much more rewarding than I expected it to be.

Nissa February 13, 2014 - 3:38 pm

It’s fun to see how you spend your day. I definitely try to limit the amount of reviews I do because they are a lot of work. It easily takes me 10 times longer to do a review than to just write a short tutorial or troubleshooting post. But, people contact me for reviews and I like to review products that interest me. To save time, I photograph products in one massive session (say I have three reviews, all are done at once). This usually happens on a Saturday morning when the light is good, my husband is watching the kids, and I can get 30 minutes to do what I need to do. With time, I have gotten much more efficient about photographing, editing, and writing. I work full-time outside the home, and evenings (especially on the weekends) are usually spent on my computer. I also invested in a better computer so I can use my photo editing programs with lightning speed. My iPhone has also helped me to get more promotions in throughout the day and on the bus too.

Regan February 13, 2014 - 11:23 pm

I have been turning things down too. As I have grown I am getting review requests all the time and I just can’t do them all. You’re right, they are more difficult than regular posts. I am getting much better at the time management aspect as time goes on, though.

Amanda R February 13, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Finding what we love: what should really be taught in school. That is priceless. Thank you for sharing.

Suzi Satterfield February 13, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Yeah, it’s funny how much “free time” it turns out that we don’t have when we start blogging… But at least it’s something we love!

Regan February 13, 2014 - 11:24 pm

What is this free time you speak of? I think it’s a diaper, isn’t it? πŸ˜‰

Rebecca @ Love at First Book February 13, 2014 - 8:51 am

Thank you for sharing! Yay for the SITS Girls for helping me find your blog!