Who says as a stay-at-home mom I don’t work? Well, no one directly says that to me, but that’s not the point.
The point is this blogging business is a lot of work. First, it started off as a venue to record cute stories, pictures, and videos of the kids. A place to perserve memories. Then, the blog found friends. It kept complaining, “Buuuuttt, Moooom. Sasha’s blog is so awesome, why can’t I be awesome too?” I asked it if Sasha’s blog jumped off a bridge would it follow? It stomped off and was inacessible for 20 minutes on a random Wednesday, which left me panicking enough to immediately look into how to back everything up.
When the blog decided to return it was all cute and pouty, so I gave in and found it an adorable background, fancy widgets, “Grab Me” buttons, and a cool slideshow. Like any sulking teenager, though it wouldn’t let me off that easy. The blog stomped it’s foot and made the “Grab Me” buttons come with extra characters attached to funny boxes with an “x” in them. And then it decided to make its cool slideshow run backwards.
I spent a lot of time working on all these technicalities (to no avail) and visiting other blogs to see if the blog actually knew what it was talking about. While out in cyberspace, I read a story about a mommy blogger who had her 2-year, 300 post blog erased in a Google error. I read another story about a mommy blogger who, after examining her stat traffic, found her child’s photo on an inappropriate website. These things terrified me, and as a result I’ve spent even more time on the technical end of blogging, insuring as best I can, that these thing don’t happen to my little blog.
All I wanted to do was write. Instead, I’ve learned so much about the world of blogging, I deserve a paycheck. It has felt like a part-time job lately which has it’s positives and negatives. I’m learning a lot (like HTML) that will always stay with me and can even be seen as a stepping stone to something else later. However, while the blog is supposed to be a scrapbook-like venue for memories of the kids and an outlet for my parenting observations, all this other stuff has left me little time for actual writing and it’s also been sucking time away from the kids.
I’ve decided I need to rework my daily routine so I can spend an appropriate amount of time on the blog, both writing and dealing with technical issues, so I can help it become the best blog it can be. I do want the blog to be wonderful, but I don’t want it to become so, in the absence of what truly matters.
How do you balance blogging, the technical aspects, and family life?