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Being a mom blogger isn’t always easy.
In fact, trying to juggle everything can be quite challenging at times. But, you can’t let the difficult times get you down. You may have to think creatively, but you can overcome the challenges that arise.
To help, I’m going to share eight of the biggest problems I’ve faced since I started blogging regularly. I also share how I worked to overcome them.
1. Finding Time to Blog
I’m a homeschooling mom of eight kids. Free time isn’t something I have a ton of.
And since I started blogging, I learned that finding time to blog doesn’t happen automatically. It’s not something I can fit into the schedule once and then have it repeat on auto pilot.
No, I’ve got to prioritize this time as I create a plan for my time. I’ve got to consistently make time for blogging.
By deciding in advance when I’ll work on my blog, I help minimize my decisions. I no longer have to wonder “what should I do?” Instead, I look at my list of blogging tasks and start knocking something out.
I must use the baby steps philosophy to make the most of the time I do have. Sitting down for thirty minutes is a lot more rare for me than sitting down for five. By having a plan for those five minute chunks of time, I can put them to use.
2. Keeping Up with Social Media Changes
Just when I felt like I got the hang of Pinterest, they went and changed their algorithms. My views tanked.
And it’s not just Pinterest. I’ve experienced similar problems on other social media sites.
Just when I finally feel like I’m in the groove, what I was doing stops working. Social media seriously changes ALL the time.
And when you can barely find time to market your blog in the first place, it’s hard to take time to research the changes. Plus figure out what the changes mean.
Thankfully, we don’t have to do everything on our own. There are several bloggers who tackle social media best practices for us. So you can let them do the research and spell out the changes you need to make.
Then you can experiment with changes one at a time, and see what works best for you and your audience.
So find some social media bloggers you love and follow them. Make it easy on yourself and subscribe to their newsletters so you don’t have to remember to check their blogs periodically.
Then, make changes to keep on top of your marketing game.
3. Cooking and Cleaning on Top of Blogging Responsibilities
Those kids of mine…they like to eat. Several times a day. I can’t just skip lunch if I need more time for my blog.
And I have a minimum level of cleanliness that I strive to keep the house at. If it drops lower than that, my productivity goes way down because I’m focused on what I need to do cleaning wise.
Thankfully, there’s a simple solution that covers both of these. Ready for it?
Plan in advance, work the plan, and enlist your family to help.
Here’s how it looks in real life:
When I don’t meal plan, I struggle several times a day with making last minute decisions. I’ve got to remember what we have in the house, and try to figure out what I can make. And I’ve got to do it on the fly because if I’m not on top of things, I’ll wait until the kids are all crying out about being hungry.
Or, I can make a meal plan. Then, the kids and I review the plan at the start of each day. Everyone knows what’s on the menu for breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner.
I know if I need to take something out of the freezer or start rice in the InstantPot on delay.
I love my annual meal plan. And having this, plus including the information in our Plan of the Day meeting has been an amazing combination!
But, an annual plan might not work for you. Do what does. Find something that works and stick with it.
Then work your plan. It doesn’t make any sense to spend time making a plan only to deviate almost every night.
There are days when we go off plan. Like when my mom invites us over for pizza. That trumps whatever is on the plan. 😀
But, we mostly stick to what’s written down. It’s easier.
It’s also important to enlist the family for help. My kids can help in the kitchen. I try to plan snacks the kids can handle on their own. And teach them cooking skills so they can take over more tasks as they develop the skills.
Having a teen is amazing! She can cook whatever is on the menu, and often makes yummy treats like lemon bars as a surprise.
Let your kids cook (and help clean up the mess!). It’ll pay off in the long run. And they won’t be living on microwave meals and take-out when they move out on their own.
I also make an annual chore chart. I know which day of the week is focused on which part of the house.
There are some things that get done daily (like cleaning the toilet). But most of the housework only needs done weekly.
So, I create a list of morning chores, bathroom chores, table chores, and afternoon chores for myself and the kids. I spend all of August teaching them their new chores.
Then, they’re ready to roll with them when we start homeschooling again in September.
From then on out, it’s just a matter of working the plan. If we each do our chores every day, the house stays decent.
And by getting the kids involved, I don’t have to clean the whole house by myself.
4. Lack of Traffic
Mom bloggers want traffic!
At least I know I want people to see the content I’ve put time into creating.
But, it’s not always easy to know how to drive traffic when you don’t have a ton of time for marketing.
I took and recommend Elna Cain’s course, Ready, Set, Blog for Traffic. (<=affiliate link). There were so many strategies, and they were very workable for a busy mom blogger.
Since taking her course, I’ve consistently improved my traffic. It’s still not impressive compared to many mom bloggers, but it is progress!
I’ve also seen increases in traffic when I publish guest posts on other sites. Getting your name out there is always a good thing!
It’s also important to spend time building relationships with other mom bloggers. People matter, so spend time getting to know others in your niche and in corresponding niches.
Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what works. You might find your audience loves it when you post consistently and share funny memes on Facebook.
Or those might drive them crazy.
What works for one blogger won’t necessarily work for you.
As a blogging mom, I have to figure out the fine line between keeping my family life private, and being authentic online.
It’s a challenge.
There are moms who try to keep all real information about their family off their blog. They use fake identities for the kids, and never post pictures of them.
But, I have a hard enough time keeping my kids’ real names straight. I know I’d mess up the fake identity thing. 😀 So, I stick to their names.
And I share pictures of them too, occasionally.
I do try to make sure I don’t:
- Share details of struggles they’re having
- Name a misbehaving child by name (so I might say one of my kids has been …)
- Share anything they’d be embarrassed about
- Post pictures they don’t approve of me sharing (for my older kids)
Basically, I try to remember that I grew up before Facebook. I didn’t have to worry about my antics being shared with the whole world, or being used against me when I tried to get a job once grown.
So, I might text my husband and mom about something cute one of the kids said. But, I’m not likely to share it on the blog or any of my social media channels.
Sit down with your family and decide where your line between privacy and authenticity will be. You might need to reevaluate over time, but make sure you at least have the conversation.
6. Constant Comparisons
There are SO MANY mom bloggers out there. It’s so easy to fall into the comparison trap. Especially if you get sucked into Pinterest and the beautiful pictures.
And if you start comparing stats – why does this blogger have so many more page views than I do when I have three times the amount of content and have been blogging longer? How come this post got shared when mine didn’t?
How can she keep her house like that all the time when mine looks so messy?
So many things to compare.
It’s a definite downside of the internet.
The solution isn’t easy, but it’s doable. You’ve got to believe in yourself and your self-worth. God made you with a specific purpose. You are not anyone else. You are you.
And so keep doing your best. Experiment and change things up if you want, but don’t do it to “be like her.” Do it because you think it’ll be good for you and your family.
7. Smartphone Addiction
I use my phone to grow my business. It helps keep me on top of my to-do list when I’m waiting in doctor’s offices or waiting for meat to brown.
But, it’s easy to become addicted to the technology.
I’ve struggled with smartphone addictions more than once. So I don’t have a great answer for you. But, definitely set limits for yourself.
I leave mine downstairs when I head up to bed. That way I’m not tempted by it if I wake up with a kid in the middle of the night.
I have my kids help keep me in check. Then I ask them to let me know if I’m on my phone when I should be doing something else.
And I’m trying to remember to put it up in the evenings so I can spend time with my husband.
Prayer also helps me. I’ve learned I’m better at saying no to phone time when I’m spending time reading the Bible and praying regularly. It helps me be stronger throughout the day.
8. Feeling Isolated
I’m not an overly social person. But, it is nice to chat with real people. It can feel isolating to work from a computer and spend all day home with the kids.
Adult conversation isn’t something I get to engage in very often.
And there’s the fact that many people don’t see my freelancing and blogging as a “real job.” Some think I just play online all day.
So isolation is a definite struggle for mompreneurs working from home. To help, I try to build relationships with others in similar positions. That way I have some people who understand.
I was in a mastermind group for a while and we did video calls every other week. It was a nice way to connect with people and share our struggles, victories, and plans. There’s something about the video that made it more genuine. Facial expressions are a huge part of communication, and that gets missed on the phone and through emails.
So connect with others. If you live in the middle of nowhere like I do, getting together with other bloggers may not happen. You’ll have to look for other ways to network and connect.
Also have non-blogger friends. They might not understand all your challenges, but does anybody really get it all? Nope!
What Mom Blogger Challenges Are You Dealing With?
Do you also struggle with these eight, or are you currently facing others? Please share in the comments below.
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Lisa Tanner is a former teacher turned homeschooling mom with 11 kids. She's also a successful freelance writer. Lisa enjoys helping other busy moms find time to start and grow a side hustle of their own.