How to Be a Work from Home Mom: Blogging Behind the Scenes
Hove you wanted to learn how to be a work from home mom? Today I’m giving you a sneak-peek of what it’s like to balance work and family life as a work at home mom.
Working from home does have its perks:
I don’t usually tell people this, but…I spend more time on social media than most teenagers. And casual Friday includes pajamas.
I know what you’re thinking.
What do these people do all day? They take some pictures, write about it, and companies give them money? How can I become a Stay at Home Mom Blogger?
Tip 1: Create a Blog that Fits with your Lifestyle
Do you love to garden? Cook? Make things out of recycled materials? Write about it! Don’t start a travel blog if you can’t travel regularly, and don’t start a blog about fashion if you only own one pair of shoes. Write what you know, and what is easy for you to create content around. My family enjoys crafting, diy, books and we are a homeschooling family, so I created my blog with our lifestyle in mind.
What does that mean exactly? It means that I spend a lot of time taking photos of things my family would already be doing.
Tip 2: There is more to creating good blog images than you think!
Blog images are an important part of attracting readers to your blog, and hard work goes in to creating those images. Activities at our house are often paused to get the right angle and lighting. I take several photos of each activity or diy, and then I spend an hour or more editing photos for a post.
I take too many photos.
My kids get tired of posing for photos. I sometimes have to take three or four just to get the right shot. And other times, I take one photo of a precious moment, and it’s perfect.
Tip 3: Kids need your time before you start your work for the day.
My kids know I work at home, but that doesn’t stop them from trying to get my attention. It’s important that I spend time with them before I begin work each day to make them feel like I’m not ignoring them while I’m sitting at home. Work at home moms can confuse younger kids because they see you sitting right next to them, but don’t understand that what you’re doing is important too. We’re on our smart phones and other devices outside of work so often now that many young children don’t understand the difference.
I sit with my kids each morning and talk about what we’re going to do with our day. I tell them about an activity we’ll be doing after lunch, or set up an activity. If I don’t start the day focused on my kids, they’ll try to get my attention in other ways:
I feel guilt every day because I know I should be playing with my kids more and blogging less. My kids don’t understand that blogging is mommy’s job, and they don’t want to understand. So I leave my browser open, and sit on the floor with some books. I cuddle on the couch, leaving my iPad on the counter. The trade-off is that I work late into the night to finish a deadline, and become grumpy mom in the morning, leading to more guilt. Being a work at home mom isn’t always easy!
Tip 4: Create great content
The life of a work at home mom blogger can include posting and writing about crafts and activities that your family does each day, but what many people don’t know is that bloggers don’t write about all their children’s works of art, or every new piece of home decor. We usually have ideas about what we’re going to write about a month ahead, and those crafts and activities are set up to be blog post content.
I only use a few of my children’s creative ventures for my blog. For example, I never thought my preschooler’s water-color painting titled “Poop Egg” would make the cut. But here it is:
Tip 5: Don’t expect to make a large amount of money right away.
Building an audience of readers requires great content. Lots of great content. You can’t expect to make money from sponsors, ebooks or ads without a large audience. Start small and don’t give up!
So there you have it. Some of my best tips for how to be a work at home mom blogger!
This post is part of a blog hop where a group of bloggers are all sharing on similar topics (Working Mom, How to Balance). To find more inspiration, check out these awesome blogs:
Daily Momtivity (http://dailymomtivity.com),
The Buccio Clan (www.thebuccioclan.com)
Peaches and Pickles (www.peachesandpickles.org)
Simple at Home (Simpleathome.com)
Sara B Nash (http://www.sarabnash.com)
Multitasking Mom (http://www.themultitaskingmomsite.net)
Home Maid Simple (http://homemadesimple.com)
Sweet Discord (http://www.sweetdiscord.com)
Smart Mom, Smart Ideas (http://smartmomsmartideas.com)
Misty Shaheen (http://mistyshaheen.com)
Start A Mom Blog (http://www.startamomblog.com)