Thursday, 10 October 2013

Working Mom Problem #1: Finding time to be a Mom Blogger

I’m pretty sure this post is being read by no one.

A few years ago, if I would’ve thought that no one was going to read my post, there is no way I would’ve hit publish.  I was far too consumed with my number of readers and subscribers, whether or not I was getting comments, and if my stats were staying consistently good enough for brands to recognize me.  I’d keep a running list of blog-worthy topics in my iPhone, and would often find myself ranking my day as “blog-able” or not.

When I started getting months supplies of cereals delivered to my door in exchange for telling my growing group of readers what my family thought of it, I knew I had become a “mom blogger.”  I joined every social media mom group I could find, attended every shindig I was invited to, applied for every “shop” I remotely qualified for, and spent hours weekly connecting with brands on Twitter and Facebook.

Guess I had a lot of time on my hands.

It’s ironic because, like most bloggers, when I started this whole thing, I didn’t have a clue what a page rank was, nor did I have any actual readers.  I wasn’t looking for free laundry detergent, or to schlep myself fours hours away to listen to someone tell me why I should buy their product in exchange for a free dinner.

I would’ve just bought a timeshare if I wanted that.

Blogging just seemed like a good platform for me to express myself, for no other reason then because I loved writing and wanted a hobby.

Now I have this little thing called a full-time job, and being a “mom-blogger” really cramps it’s style.  The realization has been a long time coming, and for many reasons.  The biggest?  Being a “mom blogger” no longer suits me. I can’t attend daytime events in the city, and attending weekend ones aren’t even an option because that’s my chance for quality time with my kids.  Speaking of my kids, they are too old to care what the hottest Playskool toys of the season are.  And, unless someone is giving the latest and greatest floor cleaner to the maid I’m about to hire, I will be useless in reviewing it.

Does that mean I won’t blog anymore?

No.

It just means I no longer will consider myself a “mom blogger.”  Ain’t no full-time working mom got time for that!

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