Monday, February 4, 2013

Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood

Blog at Home Mom by Christin Slade

A quick look through my archives reveals that I am a sporadic blogger. My lack of consistency is due to an ongoing struggle between my role as Mom, Wife, Housekeeper and my passion to write.

After wrestling with this lack of balance for over five years I jumped at the chance to review Christin's new ebook, Blog at Home Mom: Balancing Blogging and Motherhood.

I devoured the book in 3 evenings! Since reading the final page I have slowly read through it again, this time taking notes.

"Living out my passion to write helps me live out my purpose to mother with greater passion to thrive."  - Introduction, Blog at Home Mom

Christin inspired me in the introduction that blogging and motherhood (housekeeping, parenting, homeschooling, etc.) doesn't have to be either-or. I can do both simultaneously, and I can do both well.

The first page of chapter 1 really pinpointed my problem for all these years. Namely, I am a part-time blogger and a full-time stay at home mom.

"Part-time bloggers don't have some of the time luxuries that full time bloggers have. Especially if you are a homeschooling mom like me, or a working mom. My time is divided, therefore my goals will be different from those who have the ability to blog full time."  - Chapter 1, Blog at Home Mom

After reading the above quote something finally clicked for me. As a home school mom with four children (and another child due in May), I don't have the same about of time to dedicate to blogging as a mom with children in traditional school.

So, what am I to do? Christin answers that question.

"The key is to choose what will be most impactful for your time, your family, and your season."   - Introduction, Blog at Home Mom

 The rest of the book gives practical tips and ideas for how to decide what's most important for your family and blog and then follow through on those decisions. Some of the tips I put into place last week: tighten up our daily routine, set aside 2 hours each day (4 days a week) to write, and staying off the computer until my morning routine is completed. So far, so good.

I have other ideas that I hope to implement in the coming weeks, but for now I'm taking my return to blogging slow and easy. I don't want to burn out again!

If you struggle with balancing motherhood and blogging, then I strongly recommend you purchase Blog at Home Mom today. 

As a side note, Christin is using all of the income from her book sales to fund their Ghana adoption travel expenses. For less than $5 Christin's ebook will help you balance motherhood and blogging; and you help Christin bring her two new daughters home!

I'm thrilled to tell you that Christin has offered to give a copy of her ebook, Blog at Home Mom, to one of my readers. Just leave your email address in the comments on this post to be entered. This giveaway will end in 48 hours on Wednesday, February 6. Congratulations Del Kroemer, you won the copy of Blog at Home Mom!


Blush Mamas said...

Love this! It's a constant struggle, but when I feel overwhelmed I take a break because motherhood is first priority for me. I picked up blogging to be part time as a creative and professional outlet for me. A good rebalance is needed every now and then :)

Carrie said...

Huh. Well, I'm very curious to hear what she has to say so I'd like to be entered.

readingtoknow (at) gmail (dot) com

Leah - said...

I love reading books that help to motivate or help you think through a problem, sounds like she has some nice tips!

Jennifer (Savor) said...

Sounds great!!

Now keep blogging missy!

Candice Moretti said...

Is this available to download also? I'd love to read it.thenewmodernmomma (at) gmail (dot) com

Annette {This Simple Home} said...

Count me in! Sounds great!

Thissimplemom @ gmail dot com

Melissa Pezza said...

I would love to hear what she has to say! Blogging and motherhood is a hard combination!

Stephanie said...

Candice, it's an ebook. You can download as a PDF or for Kindle. The author is working on getting it available for Nook. The links are on her site.

Chelley/AIsForAdelaide said...

I'm so excited to download to my Kindle! Great post.

Sharon - said...

Great recommendation! I'm approaching Blogging from a Grandmahood and retired teacher place (thinking that I'd have more time than I know what to do with - NOT!)... so the wisdom of this book may just apply to me, too. Thanks for posting.

Katy Nieto said...

Steph said...

I've been following Christin for a while on Twitter & can't wait to read this book!!

Sheena @ An Imperfect Life said...

The balance between blogging, housework and taking care of my family is something I am constantly working on. Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Stephanie.

sheensteve (at) gmail (dot) com

Del Kroemer said...

Thanks for sharing this book! My email is Del (at) devoteandseek (dot) com

Carla @ All of Me Now said...

Love that last quote? Beautiful. I've struggled with this ever since I started blogging because I feel so passionate about both. I'd love to be entered

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