If you're a blogger, you know how time consuming living the writer's life can be, particularly when social media is necessary to build a community, promote your efforts, and eventually earn any income from any books or products you might be involved in.
If I'm to be honest, I don't always juggle everything well.
I'm not always 100% attentive to my children and husband when I need to be. I easily get consumed by writing goals and bringing my long term vision of this ministry to life.
I'm an encourager too. I lead this amazing online support group I like to refer to as the 'Wives of UnEmployed Faith' and God continues to bring more beautiful hearts to the group. It's growing!
However, the bigger it gets the more I feel pulled toward being there for these women, encouraging them, praying for them, listening to them. It's worthy work for God's kingdom, but it's time consuming.
I'm not gonna lie. It pulls me away from my family.
So finding a balance has been a constant struggle and is something I find myself praying about frequently.
God has shown me effective ways to manage each day well, but it's up to me to make sure I'm consistent in following the schedule I've set in place, in being organized and focused on what needs to be accomplished during a particular block of time, and to be sure I'm not allowing my many Apple devices to become a distraction when it's family time.
One of my favorite bloggers is Christin Slade. She blogs at Joyful Mothering and also at ChristinSlade.com where she writes specifically for blogging mamas. Christin just launched her new eBook Blog at Home Mom and provided a free copy of it for me to read in exchange for my honest review.
The book is written from a Christian perspective, offering the foundation for how to balance life as a blogging mom.
What I Loved:
I loved that Blog at Home Mom is a quick, easy, and interesting read with a beautiful cover.
I loved that Christin included personal experiences and commentary throughout the book from popular bloggers such as Crystal Paine of MoneySavingMom.com, September McCarthy of One September Day, Kimberly of Raising Olives, Gretchen from GretchenLouise.com, Amy Lynn Andrews from Blogging With Amy, and one of my personal favorites Courtney from Women Living Well.
I loved that Christin doesn't claim to get it right 100% of the time. Like many of us she also struggles to juggle it all. She's authentic and real, sharing what has worked best for her and in many ways I found myself nodding in agreement.
I loved that Christin's words about mothering really convicted me. She writes a section about setting goals in our mothering, just as we do for our blogging. Christin encourages us to have a plan for mothering. This particular quote from her really struck a chord with me and I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to pay attention.
"If we can make the time to blog and have a plan for that, we must also make the most of our time with our children.
Other than the usual eating and sleeping routines, which are very important for our children's security and behavior, we need to think through the nurturing aspects of mothering.
Our children need our time to know our love. They need our patience to feel loved.
When in the day can you carve out the time to read to your children, to play games with them, to have them work alongside you as you do laundry or bake?
All you need to do is intend to be with your children rather than leaving it up to the default of your day. Always plan for it or the time will easily slip through the cracks."
I loved that Christin offers great tips for being organized in our writing efforts, as well as in our parenting, and in our homemaking.
I loved one of the last chapters, Care for Your Marriage: Be intentional about keeping your man in the loop. It's so true that our husband is very much a part of our blogging journey, so he really needs to be on board with what we're doing and we need to make sure we aren't putting our relationship with our man on the back burner so we can write.
I loved that Christin reinforces the need to give our writing to God and make sure we're growing in our own personal walk with the Lord. Just as Christ should be center in our relationships, He should also be center to our writing ministry, and in our heart.
What I Disliked:
Blog at Home Mom is an awesome read! I feel like Christin provided a really great foundation for the beginner blogger trying to find her focus and her place in the blogosphere, while also being a good wife and mother.
While my blog is only 2 years old (I suppose you could call me a beginner), I'm finding myself in a season of sudden growth. It's a little bit frightening, but I'm pushing forward because I feel God is calling me to bigger things like more eBooks, public speaking, and opening up my blog for advertising/sponsorship, and more.
Recently I was contacted by Huffington Post Live with an opportunity to participate in a round table interview. The increased exposure I'm starting to get is overwhelming to say the least. I feel an incredible amount of pressure to be everything to everyone, and the truth is it's an unrealistic expectation I have of myself.
Still, I'd like to know how to deal with the pressure of that role. What happens when you wake up one morning and your blog and fan base have really taken off? What happens when the demand for your online presence becomes full time, and you're still in the very busy season of full time stay at home mom and wife?
What happens when you're a shy or reasonably private person and everyone wants to know more about you? When suddenly the spotlight is shining over you and eyes are staring? How much of your personal life do you share? And what about the potential for persecution from those who don't agree with your choices?
How do you manage the human nature of having very-driven-to-succeed desires with the very-determined-to-be-SuperMom desires? What happens when you want it all, not just for your own personal satisfaction, but also for God's glory?
I guess I was secretly hoping Christin's book would answer those tough questions. That was my only disappointment, if you would even call it that.
Then again, maybe those questions are not for her (or anyone else) to answer, but for me to figure out on my own, with help and guidance from the Lord.
Overall, I think this was a very informative, well-written, and excellent resource for the blogging mom to get her hands on. I definitely learned a few great things from it and was inspired to try some balancing methods I hadn't otherwise thought of before.
The price is very reasonable and worth it for the valued information provided in the book.
If you're a blogger, no matter what stage of blogging you feel you're at, get a copy of this book and spend an hour or two reading through it. You'll definitely walk away with a few new ideas to put into practice.
Are you a blogging Mom? What's your greatest challenge in finding a balance between motherhood and blogging? I'd love for you to share your experience.
All for Him,
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