My 2 year blog birthday is coming up next month...yes, I've been doing this for quite a while-back when there was only a handful of teaching blogs popping up out there. Now, they're everywhere and SOOOO many people who are so good at it....maybe you all will be able to give me some advice:)
Sometimes it's discouraging when you see a new blog pop up and within a few short months they already have as many followers as it took me to build up over 2 years!! LOL! But, I tell myself-these people have a lot more time than I do-(although most teachers don't have a whole lot of spare time to begin with.) Blogging is something I don't think I could ever give up now-I'm hooked! It's my hobby and I LOVE to do it!!!
I started thinking about this post when I read Deedee's post of advice to new bloggers HERE. We all know that Deedee is the rockstar of ALL bloggers. Seriously, when it comes to blogging she is THE best!! And, no matter who you are-if you ask her a question-she will get back to you within the hour....how does she do that?!?! And of course, when it comes to TPT she is in the top 10 all time sellers!!! So, basically she is totally AMAZING!!;) In her post she said that she puts in about 40 hours a week toward her blog/TPT. I'm LUCKY if I put in 1/2 of that...and basically my blog/TPT time happens late at night when my 3 boys are in bed:) Here they are:
Brody-5 Grady-3 Finn 3 1/2 months
I also have a supportive husband who will take my two older boys outside on Sunday for most of the day while I work on planning for school, creating new materials and devote time to my blog...in between cooing with my 3 month old Finny, changing diapers and feedings:)....that is-when he's not hunting :) It's goose season right now-so, I'm pretty much on my own:)
So, back to how do you juggle it all??? Here's my plan....maybe it will help a LITTLE bit:) (Maybe not-Ha!)
I will of course, write the normal day to day stuff on it-but, I also want to put atleast ONE small goal a day for myself to stick to and complete. Maybe it's "do a blog post", or "complete 5 pages in my Feb. homework pack", or "complete one center for my valentine centers pack":) Hopefully this will cut down on the time when I sit at my computer and feel so overwhelmed and jump from one project to the next, to the next and never really get anything accomplished!;) BUT, for one day during the week-it will say "Family Night". This night will be ipad free, leapster free, spongebob and TV free, blog and computer free!!! This night will be sit at the table TOGETHER and talk about the day TOGETHER. It will be spending time together and playing games and reading books together ! Of course we do these things on a day to day basis...but I think it's important to completely and totally devote your attention and time to eachother sometimes and I think that "family night" will help with that :)
So, this is my idea to help me juggle. What do you think?? I think it will help me focus and get things done AND help me remember what it truly important.
Are you a full time Mommy, Full time blogger/TPTer and full time teacher????? How do you do it???? (Better than me-I'm sure:) Ha!! I'd love to hear your tips and tricks and I'm sure there are SOOO many others out there that would too:)
Please link up and share!!!! OR just leave a comment revealing your secrets:)