The Lily Cafe officially reopened on January 1st of 2018 and, in the time since, I’ve seen many mom bloggers come and go, come and go. As a mom who blogs, but isn’t necessarily a mom blogger (except on certain days), I think about this a lot.
How is it that this mom of two toddlers can blog 5 days a week (the husband posts on the sixth day, so technically it’s not me)?
I can’t give any real advice to other moms, and dads or, really, anyone, on how to keep on blogging (everyone is unique and does things differently), but I can share what works for me. Maybe they can work for you, too.
- Plan and write down ideas. I’m a serious planner. Seriously. When I write, I plan the story step by step. Which can be bad because, when something unexpected happens, I’m completely thrown. But I digress. I plan and write down my ideas anywhere and everywhere. My coffee table literally has a gigantic piece of paper taped over it so it can be a place where my kids can doodle and the husband and I can jot things down. I also use a day planner where I can write down which post I want on which day and create a daily to-do list so I know what needs to be written and how long I have to write it.
- Use the schedule option. It’s been there for as long as I have been blogging, but I never utilized it until recently. I can only imagine what this blog might be now had I scheduled my posts back in 2015… Anyways, now I actually have posts scheduled as far from now as June. It’s so nice to know that even when the kids don’t nap there will still be something posting. And when you put plan and schedule together, it’s easier to write posts in advance and get them scheduled. I knew in November I wanted to revive my Cafe, so I spent December writing posts and scheduling them for January. And I kept going. Every month I add more scheduled posts and have breathing space for when the kids don’t give me time to blog or when we are out for the day or for when I just want to catch up and read other blogs.
- Consistent posting schedule. I plan, so I have always done this. Back then, when I posted was dependant on my grad school schedule. I did Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and Tuesday and Thursday groupings. This time, I decided to post 5 days a week, sometimes 6, since there’s so much I want to write about and share. Knowing when you want to post can help keep you on track and posting. It can also help hold you accountable since you know your readers are expecting something.
- Break it into chunks. I don’t like doing a lot of long posts. But sometimes I have a lot to say. So I break it up into pieces, one idea per post. Like my Surviving Toddlerhood series. The best part? This one idea literally gives me 7 posts!
- Delegate. My husband takes care of Saturdays. It’s his day. And it ensures The Lily Cafe has posts 6 days a week. If you know someone who wants to contribute or who might be interested, ask them if they would! One less thing to do; you just have to remind them about it. Of course, it helps if that person is reliable.
- Ask for help and Share. I know, moms, I know. Asking for help is so not our thing. But it really helps. This is why I have Be My Guest. I doubted whether I could do 5 unique posts a week, so what better way than to ask other bloggers if they want to be a featured guest? It involves some work (keeping in touch through the process, setting up the guest post, getting it finished and scheduled), but it’s one less day you have to rack your brain for an idea. Also, I’m always on the look out for great posts that I enjoy, resonate with me, or that I like so much I just have to share. One less post I have to do! And it bumps interaction with other bloggers.
Life is busy, things happen, and messes are inevitable. But I hope some of these ideas help.
Questions? Comments? What keeps you going?