Managing Blog Time and A Blogging Tip: 4 Moms

moms of many manageWelcome to this weeks edition of 4 Moms, 35 Kids: How Moms of Many Manage since all of us are bloggers we’re talking a little about blogging today.

For us the purpose of Raising Olives has always been clear:

  • Offer practical help, advice and encouragement to younger moms. (Titus 2)
  • Tell a little of our story, the joys and the struggles, so that others would know that they aren’t alone.

We accomplish that by focusing on:

  • Creating content and answering reader questions
  • Being available to readers (I am often available to speak with blog readers on the phone and we’ve had several readers and their families into our home for a meal.)

When we started the blog we thought that RO might be beneficial to those we personally knew and those who others sent to us with questions. We never imagined that RO would have any significant reach, but we immediately saw that the Lord had other plans and realized that perhaps this was a ministry that God had called our family to at this time.

At that point we clarified what role the blog should play in our family:

  • God, first.
  • Family, second.
  • Church and personal friends, third.
  • Blog, last

and we set up some guidelines, the primary one being:

  • No blogging when children are awake.

I blog because we believe that it is something that God has called our family to do as a means of ministering to the body of Christ. For this reason, blog time stays on my to-do list.

All of this to say that your reasons for blogging will determine when and how you make time for it, how you manage it and what you spend your blog time doing.

I almost always blog early in the morning before the children get up. Sometimes I will spend some of the children’s afternoon rest time blogging or answering emails. (I’m hopelessly behind on emails as I really haven’t gotten back to it since the beginning of this pregnancy, sorry if you’re waiting on me.)

My Best Blog Tip

The one idea that works best for me as I seek to manage the blog is to have a basic weekly posting schedule. Back when I was posting regularly it went something like this:

I miss those funny posts and pictures as well and hopefully will get back to more of that type of posting soon.

Questions?

Something that you would like to see on Raising Olives?

Be sure to visit the other 4 Moms to read some of their blogging wisdom:

KimC at Life in a Shoe
Connie at Smockity Frocks
Headmistress at The Common Room

For more Moms of Many posts visit the 4 Moms page.

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11 Responses to Managing Blog Time and A Blogging Tip: 4 Moms
  1. Tami Lewis
    April 5, 2012 | 11:34 am

    great idea- to have a different idea for each day. maybe i should try it! thanks for the tip :)

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  2. Rebecca P
    April 5, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    I love “Not me Monday”! They are some of my favorite blog posts…of any blog.

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    Deirdre Reply:

    Ditto.

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  3. Amanda Sikes
    April 5, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    I love the recipe, freezer cooking, link up posts.

    Also, do your older children offer a lot of help to free you up to school the younger children or do they help in the schooling area? I find myself having less and less time for hosting families in our home because I am spread so thin schooling three younger children and I don’t have any “older” (my oldest is nine) ones that can help a lot. My girls 9 and 7 help me a lot but it seems to still be enough to keep me “behind” many times. Should I be expecting more? Do your nine year olds put whole meals on the table?

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    I think that as your children grow, your family will become more proficient in hospitality.

    Our current 9 year old could put a hot breakfast on the table for our family, but not a dinner. Our 11 year old could put a dinner on the table.

    Up to this point I’ve done all of the homeschooling of the children (except for a big kid occasionally listening to a younger one read). However, nearly all of the basic housework is done by the children. (They weren’t able to do it all when they were 9 and younger.) This obviously frees me up to plan, cook, homeschool, etc.

    Bottom line: I think that you’ll see that in the next 2-3 years your home will function a lot differently. Hang in there. :)

    Another big tip about hospitality is to relax.

    Simply double whatever you’re feeding your family for dinner and invite people over. It doesn’t have to be a ‘company meal’ to have company.

    Host a pot-luck and ask everyone to bring some food. Use paper products and invite guests to sit wherever they like. (We do this often.)

    Have another family over for dessert.

    This past Saturday it was 6:30pm and our whole family was walking out of Sam’s with two weeks worth of groceries. Mark’s phone rang and he when he hung up he told me, “We’re going to have company for dinner.” By the time we pulled in the driveway, our company had arrived. We put visited while we put groceries away and grilled hamburgers and steaks. We used paper plates, set up a buffet and asked the children to please eat out on the deck.

    Our guests will probably not remember that I served pretzels with steak, but hopefully they will remember a lovely time of fellowship.

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  4. Ellie
    April 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Your blog has been SUCH a blessing to us. Someone heard we were open to more kids while pregnant with our fourth and mentioned your blog. I read alone for a few months till my husband read about your “Matt 18″ way of helping kids handle disputes. Since then he likes hearing what you blog about too. Thank you so much for what you share. If your husband ever felt like sharing something I think mine would enjoy reading it. May God continue to use you and bless you.

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  5. Gwen
    April 5, 2012 | 5:05 pm

    We started blogging primarily to keep our ministry supporters informed, to keep our family members happy w/ pictures since they live far away, and to serve as a family album.

    That said, it can’t be a priority above family! I’m amazed how it has become a ministry in itself and the number of people that I see who say, “Hey! I read your blog! I was really encouraged by…” Even though that’s flattering, humanly speaking, it will never be a ministry priority above the husband and 8 kids God has blessed me with!

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  6. Tara
    April 6, 2012 | 12:49 pm

    Wow! This post really confirms what the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me this week. I am a new blogger and I didn’t realized how fun and rewarding it could be! I found myself getting a little caught up and out of balance. After some prompting in my spirit, I sat down three nights ago and made a list: God, husband, children, church/ministry, blog. Then I wrote down all my daily activities and placed them into each category so I could make sure my day was structured around what God says are my priorities. What blessings and peace are found when we submit our lives to His ways! Thanks for a great post!

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  7. Deirdre
    April 10, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    Blog last….. that must be my priority too since it never gets my attn. LOL! On a serious note, even thought I am a in-person friend of your as well as a blog reader, I never realized you only blogged when the darlings were asleep. I am glad you are feeling better.

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    Kimberly @ Raising Olives Reply:

    It’s a goal or guideline and is sometimes broken, but it’s a great goal. It forces me to get up earlier when I have a post due.

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  8. Rhen @Yes, they are all mine
    April 11, 2012 | 8:50 am

    I am feeling swamped and pulled under, and I am in the search for balance at this moment. Thank you for this post! I think it is time to give my Momma Schedule an overhaul.

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