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Back to blogging. Who’s with me?

One of my goals for 2013 is to get back on the blogging bandwagon.

Pre-baby, I rocked it. After starting the bar’s blog back in 2006, I consistently posted 3-5 times every week. EVERY WEEK. For five years.

Then, I had a baby. And for all those people (my former self) who think that maternity leave is a great time to clean out your closets, organize your photos and generally get stuff done, I’ve got news for you: you’ll get nothing done. And I mean nothing, except for feeding a baby, changing a baby and occasionally taking a shower.

And once I went back to work, I had even less time to spend on all the things I used to fill my evenings and weekends with. Thus, the bar’s blog suffered. I didn’t even post a single thing during the entire month of November or most of December. And this blog? Even worse.

Last summer, I was determined to get back to blogging. I signed up for a course called Content Brew from Momcomm.
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This course promised to help learn how to plan and create content ideas for your blog. It’s an instructor-led, online course with tons of great resources and handouts and tips. I absolutely loved it- and one of the great things about it was that even though it contained daily lessons, it was still possible to work at your own pace and on your own time.

Now, I can’t say that I’ve actually been able to follow through with all of Content Brew’s tips. If I had, then my blogs would have been full of content for the last half of 2012. However, the techniques I learned in this course are solid, and I’m even implementing them in my day job on our newly-redesigned website, which I’m super excited about.

My goal for this year: to devote at least an hour each weekend day to content planning, until I have several months’ worth of content mapped out. See how I’m being specific about that goal? Instead of just “blog more,” I’m trying to hold myself accountable. One of the other changes the kid has brought about in my life is the inability to sleep late on the weekends, so when he gets up early, so do I. And I plan to use a little bit of that time to work while he plays.

So, if you’re struggling like me to find a better way to plan your content, I highly recommend Content Brew. The registration for the next course opens tomorrow, Jan. 22. Click here to learn more about it.

Full disclosure: the links above are affiliate links. If you sign up for the course (and I hope you do!) I’ll earn a little cash. But even if I didn’t earn a dime, I’d still recommend signing up. I really can’t say enough about the planning techniques. And Momcomm is just plain awesome- even if you’re not a mom, it’s a great blogging blog to follow.

6 Responses to “Back to blogging. Who’s with me?”

  1. Oh no. I sense it. That new mom, oh-man-am-I-neglecting-things-I-used-to-do? feeling. That am-I-losing-myself-and-who-I-used-to-be? feeling. I remember those. Next up is the am-I-becoming-my-mother? feeling – just to give you fair warning.

    Here’s what the rest of us know whose youngest children now boast two digits. It’s just a shift in priorities and a temporary reduction of free time and it really is okay. You are trading blogging time for mommy time and that is fine! That’s great, in fact. Mommy time includes just sitting there, deliriously exhausted, on the floor, and doing nothing with your little man by your side (while your dishes stay dirty and your emails pile up).

    Give yourself a break. Take your time. Ease back in. And never, ever, entertain even the slightest hint of guilt for one moment spent crashed on the couch, reading and cuddling with that precious child, instead of writing, volunteering, or cleaning. Your time with him is limited and takes priority now. Everything else can wait.

    • Debbi says:

      Thanks, Sherry. That was beautifully written.

      And I wholeheartedly agree. I do sometimes feel guilty about not “getting things done” like I used to…but it passes quickly when I look at that sweet boy!

      I’m still working on prioritizing the other things I want to do- after mommy time, of course- but blogging is definitely something I miss. But I certainly don’t feel the same obligation to it that I used to!

  2. Very cool! Glad to see you are back to blogging and have a plan. You’ll enjoy carving that time out for yourself too!

    • Debbi says:

      Thanks, Chelsea! P.S. I had to laugh at your most recent post about painting; we’ve been in our house thirteen years now and it feels like we’re *always* repainting something! We just repainted our bathroom, too.

  3. I am an excellent planner. It’s the execution that I get caught up in. And trying to cram too much stuff into too few hours.

    • Debbi says:

      I think my issues are with time management. I get distracted too easily with too many things going on! I used to be an excellent multi-tasker; not so much anymore. But if I can get the time management issues figured out, I’m a great planner and pretty good at execution!

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