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When Blogging Gets Tough, Press On

It’s no secret that a parent working from home has an additional challenge during the summer months. Keeping up with the regular writing, editing and posting routine is a lot easier when the children are in school. Unfortunately, they do get a rather extensive summer break and your blogging is affected by it.

There are times when I wonder if I have what it takes to maintain a blog during the summer months. Between parties, vacation, chauffeuring the children to their activities, sleepovers, etc., it becomes a little more difficult to maintain and stick to a blogging schedule. I wonder if I have what it takes to press on through the rough times.

Self Discipline

I do my best to blog six days a week and not miss a day because once I miss a day its easier for me to make an excuse to miss a second day, then a third. The trick is to press on. Anything worth having is worth working for. Being able to be around the children in the summertime is great. It beats completing a vacation requisition sheet and handing it to my boss hoping that my co-workers with more seniority don’t want to take the exact same days off.

Find Your Pick Me Up

When things really start to get to me and I feel overwhelmed and am about to make an excuse not to blog, I think of one of my favorite Bible verses Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing; for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:9 has given me the kick in the butt that I needed on several occasions . Whenever I think that the kids’ summer schedule and my blogging schedule is too much for me to handle, I think about “in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” The hard work I put in now, will reward my family and me in the future. Therefore, I press on.

Remember Your Vision

I say this only to encourage other blogger parents and folks with many obligations and responsibilities who want to earn money through blogging. Anything worth having is worth pressing on for. Sometimes I mentally fast forward a year or two from now when my Google AdSense account is growing by leaps and bounds, my affiliate programs are electronically depositing money into my PayPal account and my blog’s traffic has surpassed my greatest imagination. At that time, I’ll look back and be thankful that I pressed on.

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  • Alyssa Vita August 12, 2008, 12:58 pm

    There are many blogs in cybersapce, to say the least. I find your blog appealing because of your style and tone. It speaks to me and the struggle that I have in trying to design a plan to generate income writing web content, freelancing, and starting my own blog. With a full-time, high-pressured job with endless deadlines, and two children under the age of five, I lose my focus easily. This particular post resonated with me because I live some of your experiences. As you mentioned, you have to press on and keep your eye on the prize. I am still at the early decision-making stages; i.e. if I start a blog, what will my messaging be and will I be able to consistently post thought-provoking and colorful posts to keep up the readership?

    A good post like this one, which allows your readers to reflect, is what blogging is all about.

  • Felicia August 12, 2008, 2:05 pm

    Thank you for your comment Alyssa.

    As far as whether or not you should start a blog and your concern about thought-provoking posts, just be yourself. I realized rather early on, I couldn’t please everyone so I just had to be myself.

    Your personality shines through in your comment and I believe if you decide to start a blog, you’ll be just fine.

    I wish you the best!

  • MsMayor August 12, 2008, 2:33 pm

    Hi Felicia I started my blog but there is so much I want to write about I am not sure if it’s great blogging material. I figure let me begin then soon my writing may tailor itself. I am like a kid in a candy store right now. I have a few questions how do I generate traffic to my blog or do I even want traffic? I don’t know. I mean I do but how and I need to define my reason- which is I love to write. Also, what site would you recommend for RSS training? What methods did you use to enhance your writing? I sometimes write to post then I use things that is already written to post and I think using good old current events- is that worth anything- since you can find that anywhere.
    Lost with lots of hope and ambitions…

    MsMayors last blog post..Grand Opening!! FREE

  • Felicia August 12, 2008, 6:02 pm

    Hi MsMayor,

    I’m glad you started your blog. You have quite a few questions and I’m not quite sure if I’m qualified to answer them out all but I’ll try.

    First of all, since your just starting out with your first blog you might want to play around with it a little bit before worrying about getting traffic. Let your blog take on the personality that you feel most comfortable with.

    In my experience with blogging, I found that I started several blogs. Since blogs at http://www.blogger.com are free, I started my first one quite by accident. I started a blog about living green and small changes and choices I made in an attempt to live green. I later moved it to my own BLULOW domain.

    I posted things as I did them because it was a part of my life. I did not look too far outside for things to blog about. I stumbled across things to blog about every day. If I did not stumble across something to blog about I did not blog. If you were to ever visit to that blog you will notice that the posts aren’t consistent. There are times where I make regular posts and other times not.

    Further to that, I created another blog on the topic of insurance. I created that only because I had written a lot of insurance articles and had no place to put them. So, I decided to put them on the Internet on the blog. I monetized the blogs with Google AdSense and made a couple of bucks with it. If you check that block out to you will notice that the posts are not consistent. As a matter of fact I think it’s been several months since I’ve posted anything there.

    After that I created a couple of the blog here and there and realized that I did not have a passion for him. So, my advice to you is to blog about something that you truly enjoy. Let your personality shine through your blog and then you will find that it be easier for you to post. Don’t worry about your readers as yet. They will come.

    This No Job for Mom blog, for instance, is a passion of mine. For years I had wanted to be able to help people earn money from home (including myself). What better way than a blogging platform. You don’t have to worry about childcare and the hours are flexible.

    This blog is really an extension of me. As you read through the blog you’ll see glimpses of my personality. From your comments, you seem to have an outgoing personality and probably have many friends and acquaintances. People are drawn to you because of your personality. Use it. The same reason why people are drawn to you is partially why people will read your blog (the blog’s topic is also important).

    As far as improving your writing ability, I’m not quite sure if mine is all that great. It’s just that I write and I continue to write. I’m sure some of my old school teachers would cringe after reading some of my stuff, but who cares. I’m the editor-in-chief of this blog so I set the rules (one of the great things about having your own blog).

    I if you want more experience in honing your writing skills, I would suggest that you write for a few sites that have editors that will give you feedback. Suite 101.com is one that I write for. I also write for Demand Studios and a couple of others.

    The best way to improve your writing is to submit articles to some of these places and let the editor come back to you and critique your writing. Bear in mind, some editors are better than others. As far as I’m concerned, editors must realize and remember they are speaking to grown adults and not children. Accordingly, they should be mindful and respectful when they give constructive criticism.

    On the other hand, you, as a recipient of the criticism, must keep in mind that it is not a personal attack. The editor is critiquing your work to make it better for their particular newspaper, magazine, website, etc. Evaluate the criticism, learn from it and keep improving your writing.

    As far as your question about RSS feeds, I’m still learning a bit about that. I’m currently using FeedBurner which is a free service, but I’ve gotta be honest with you, I’m not extremely satisfied with it. Whenever I go to check my account, it seems that all of my subscribers disappear. Other times I have a bunch of them. Quite honestly, I don’t know how many people subscribe to my RSS feed.

    Currently I don’t have the time at the moment to research another RSS feed source. Once the kids go back to school and I have a little bit more time on my hands I’ll look into it further. In the meanwhile, I’m not going to worry about it.

    As far as you’re concerned, you might want to spend your time finding your passion and your voice for blogging and work on the RSS stuff later.

    Remember, I’m not an expert on this stuff, so take my advice with a grain of salt. There’s a ton of information on the internet. Spend some time reading and researching.

    I hope I didn’t overwhelm you with my response.

  • Msmayor August 12, 2008, 7:33 pm

    Well let me start off by saying a big “THANK YOU”. Out of the million sites I ended up on yours with only the idea to make money from home(Elance) using my other skills- Administration, but your site and me lock because you were doing what I wanted to do. Your voice was easy and understandable. The first day I read on and on and went home with your site in mind and started my own blog. All I had was the passion to write and the information you supplied me and countless people with. Your are truly a Gem. My question could have been answered vaguely but your response was in depth. What you just gave me I now will give to others. Wow- thanks again for all the useful information. I hear you when you say write and my passion and me will shine through. I will stay tuned….

    Msmayors last blog post..Grand Opening!! FREE

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