I’ve been blogging about homeschooling for a really long time now. When I started my first homeschool blog in 2010 I was simply chronicling my journey as a mom to two young children, attempting to figure out the ropes to home education. By the time I started the Christian Homeschool Moms blog in 2012, I had a good sense of how I wanted to help other moms.
But blogging is not easy. After all these years I have definitely learned a thing or two when it comes to balancing my life as a homeschool mom blogger.
First, here’s a video to give you a jump start, and if you prefer to read, keep scrolling.
Are you a homeschool mom blogger?
Bloggers are a unique group. We like to share, encourage and inspire. We give up our time, and most of the time grow our blogs slowly because we’re so busy helping others.
This blog grew very slowly over the years (you can read about my journey here) but it definitely has grown to a point that I feel blessed to be able to call it an income-earner for our family. However, during these years I have learned some valuable lessons that I wish to share with you.
If you are thinking of becoming a homeschool mom blogger, I hope you will keep these thoughts in mind.
Get control of your time.
Time is an evasive thing. It’s here one minute, gone the next. One of the most crucial and important things you can do as a mom blogger is to get a handle on your time. This is true for homeschool moms-whether you blog or not.
We have so little time allotted to us- 24 hours- and it’s important to learn the skill of time management. What we do with our hours makes a huge impact on every result we see in our lives.
I’m learning the art of getting up earlier these days (“beating my family up”, as I call it!)
My typical morning consists of a 5:30 or 6:00 am quiet time with God and then blogging before my kids crawl out of bed for school. I have been doing this consistently for a few weeks now and I have gotten so much more accomplished this way. (It’s much better for me than falling into bed at 4 am after an all-nighter).
Give yourself grace to fail.
We’re not perfect, and we’re going to fail. I have learned to accept the fact that my days will never be perfect in the sense that everything works out exactly as I want it to.
Embracing the times when things don’t work out so evenly is all part of the journey. Sometimes I get a lot of blogging done, sometimes I don’t.
Sometimes my kids learn what I want them to, sometimes they don’t.
Sometimes I’m prepared to teach a certain subject, other times I feel like I’ve hit a massive “fail” button that morning before I even got out of bed.
I’ve learned to give myself grace in these times- however often. More often than not, God strengthens me to get through yet another day. His grace has proven sufficient for me over and over again.
Family comes first.
On the days I am swamped in blogging goals, or I’m creating a course, or I’m interviewing more than my typical amount of guests, I remind myself that all of this is for my family. And if it’s for them, then family comes first.
I’m the kind of mom blogger that believes in doing everything for a purpose. It has to ultimately align with my values and core beliefs or I don’t want to spend time on it.
Since family is important to me, I see my blogging as an outlet to help support my family in some way. It’s not always about monetary value, but there’s a bigger picture involved: what example do my daughters see in entrepreneurship and motherhood? Can they possibly foresee themselves with choices one day when they are married with their own children? Choices to work a 9-5 or to start their own company? I want them to see that a freedom lifestyle is possible, but that it comes with
Lastly, I’ve learned not to compare myself- either in homeschooling or in the blogging world. Because we’re all different, every homeschool mom blogger will have her own unique way of bringing value to her readers.
I had always wondered why it took my blog so long to grow whereas it seemed other blogs were light years ahead of me. When I came to terms with it being okay to grow more slowly, the fact that I needed to be in the moment with my little kiddos ten years ago and couldn’t pump as much energy into the blog, then I was okay.
I’m okay as long as I have my values in place: keeping family first. So, that meant a slower-growing blog. And that’s okay.
Has this post been helpful to you? Are a you a homeschool mom blogger? What are some tips you have that have helped you to grow your blog while remaining true to family and purpose?