Being a stay at home mom blogger, or trying to start a blog as a mom, isn’t easy! It requires commitment, passion, and planning. Here’s my easy-to-follow blogging schedule for stay at home moms.
I’ve actually been trying to start a blog since 2017, but time after time gave up because I would get overwhelmed with the number of tasks I seemingly needed to do.
Plus, for the life of me, I couldn’t figure out how to sit down and actually write a post. A pretty important task for a blogger!
At the end of the day, blogging is my passion. So even after giving up, I continued doing A LOT of research about blogging and listening to every successful blogger’s story. It made me realize I needed to do two important things to have a successful blog going forward:
- Simplify my process
- Cut out anything that wasn’t that important right now (Ex: Building a following on Instagram or Facebook)
- Create systems that work for me
- How often would I post? What would I post? How would I write it? How do I create my Pinterest Pins?
I took those lessons and went into starting this blog with already-done, SIMPLE systems. I even created a blogging schedule for stay at home moms, like me, who don’t have a ton of time.
I’m going to share my blogging schedule with you right here, including my entire blog post writing process!
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Day in the Life of a Single Work at Home Mom
I wanted to quickly share with you a realistic look at the day in the life of a single mom working from home with a toddler. I’ll be upfront with you. It’s often messy, chaotic, and things don’t always get done.
But it’s also incredibly fulfilling to be able to make an income from home while being able to be there for every first in his life.
Here’s what my typical day looks like as a mom working from home without childcare:
- 7:00 – Link starts to wake up. I die a little inside and turn on his favorite show so that I can get in a precious 5 more minutes of sleep.
- 7:30 – After some snuggles, diaper change, and making the bed, we get up and have breakfast.
- 8:00 – We take a shower and get ready for the day.
- 8:30- Link plays and watches tv on & off while I sneak in blog tasks here & there.
- 11:00 – Lunchtime! Then we play or take a walk.
- 1:00 – Link goes down for a nap & I start writing the body of my blog posts. (Exactly the time that I’m writing this very post!)
- 3:30 – Link usually wakes up around this time & we spend quality time together.
- 5:00 – I start making dinner and turn on music for Link to dance to.
- 6:00 – After dinner, we usually just hang out, play, or take a walk around the neighborhood.
- 7:30 – Link gets in the bath and I work on my laptop while he plays.
- 8:00 – I co-sleep and breastfeed, so my son & I go to bed around this time every night and I snuggle him until he falls asleep. (This is the best part of my day!)
- 9:00 – Link is typically asleep by now, so I get out my laptop and finish any tasks I have leftover.
- 11:30 – Finally to sleep!
I could’ve chosen to not mention all of the times that I have my son watching tv, but I wanted to keep it real with you. If he didn’t sometimes watch a show, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with everything I have to do as single mom.
I also know that a lot of mom bloggers work a lot more on their blogs during the day or after their kids go to sleep. But I’m just not a person who can sacrifice sleep for success. Lack of sleep greatly affects my mental health which then affects my parenting. Trying to be a good mom is my #1 priority.
Working From Home without Childcare as a Single Mom
There are SO many things to do and only one of me. Things don’t always get done and my parenting isn’t always perfect. I get exhausted and easily impatient.
Then comes the dreaded mom guilt. Ugh I hate it!
In a perfect world, my toddler would never watch tv. In a perfect world, I would have the patience to play every game and read each book my son brings to me. In a perfect world, my house would be cleaned every day.
But I’m here to tell you (and myself!) that it’s OKAY! You’re still a good mom.
If you have to sit your kid in front of the TV so that you can do work that will allow you to feed, clothe, and house your children, you’re a great f***ing mom!
I’m not sure how you grew up, but I spent a lot of time watching TV myself growing up, and I don’t think I turned out too terrible.
So ignore the “perfect” moms on the internet who claim that their child NEVER watches tv and only feeds them organic and do what you need to do, Mama!
I am very extremely lucky that three days a week, my mom will come over and watch my son for a few hours. It’s great for him because he gets grandma time & does fun things like go to the park and amazing for me because I get a much-needed break and focused work time.
It might be worth it to ask around and see if any trusted family members could play with your child for a couple hours here and there. You could even have them stay in your home during that time so you know they’re being well-cared for.
If you don’t have someone willing to do the same for you, my blogging schedule is still do-able. I’ve made it for single moms with no help in mind.
Blogging Schedule for Stay at Home Moms
Creating a blogging schedule is vital to your success!
I’ve created a simple part-time blogging schedule that works for moms because it’s flexible. And if I know one thing, if you work from home as a parent, you MUST be flexible.
Kids will get sick. Naps won’t happen. And the day is gone. Plans will change.
Instead of getting frustrated day after day, we have to make it work for us. This is why my schedule revolves around daily tasks that give me the biggest return on my time.
For example, I don’t spend any time creating content for Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter because they don’t bring me the same amount of traffic that Pinterest does. It’s a much better use of my time to create two new pins for Pinterest than to take a picture & write a caption for Instagram.
On top of that, all of my tasks can be done at any time throughout the day. They just need to get done that day.
And honestly, if they don’t, try not to stress. (Remember that flexibility we talked about?) It’s a new day tomorrow. Spending your time feeling guilty over what you’re not doing isn’t helping to bring you any more money.
So here are my daily blogging tasks:
- Design Two Pinterest Pins & Schedule to Tailwind
- Write a New Blog Post OR Do Keyword Research for Upcoming Blog Post
- Go Through Old Blog Posts and Add or Update Links
- Brainstorm OR Create Freebies for my Readers
I have these written on a dry erase board in my office so they are always right there to refer back to if I happen to find myself scrolling Facebook for too long. It happens!
I’m still getting the hang of having a consistent content calendar for my blog, but ideally, I would like to have a new post published every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
Three new posts a week may be too overwhelming for you and that’s okay. As a mom, publishing just one post a week is a total win! I’ve always been a person who’s constantly overflowing with ideas and blogging is my form of release.
I choose not to do anything on Sundays. After a week of neglect, I like to use that day to clean my entire house. Then I’ll usually spend the evenings at my mom’s house visiting with my family. It’s a nice way to refresh for the new week.
When all is said and done, I’m spending about 10-12 hours each week on my blog, making blogging the perfect part-time gig for single moms. But that’s not taking into account the amount of time I choose to spend educating myself on how to grow my blog and make more money with blogging. If you’re interested, this is my favorite blogging course of all time.
One-Task-at-a-Time Blog Post Writing Process
I’m not saying I’m a genius, but this system of blog writing I’ve created is pretty freakin’ genius.
When I first started my blog, I found myself unable to finish a blog post with my son around. He’s 16 months and needs constant supervision.
My problem was that I never knew exactly what I needed to be doing, so when 5 or 10 minutes did come up that my son was peacefully playing by himself, I would just get on Facebook and scroll. What a total waste of time!
First, I deleted the Facebook app on my phone. Not exactly relevant to my writing process, but an important step. It had to go!
Then I wrote out every single thing that I needed to do to take a blog post from the initial idea to published. Then I divided those up into steps that took 10 minutes top.
The only exception to this rule is for writing the body content of a blog post. I made this its own step that is reserved for nap times and bedtimes, but everything else can reasonably be done while my toddler is awake.
I’ve created a free printable checklist of my blog writing process. This is perfect to keep next to while you write to keep you on track when those few minutes pop up!
For the most part, you can hop around this list. Say your child decides not to take a nap that day and you need to save writing the meat of the post for bedtime, you can still keep working on other tasks like the featured image or pin titles.
Also if you’re wondering, here all the Blog Tools I mentioned in the checklist:
- The SEO Plugin I use (It’s not Yoast!)
- How I decide on Blog Post Titles
- Where I design all of my Pins & Featured Images
- How I schedule my Pinterest Pins
Being a single mom blogger with no help majority of the time can feel like being on a rollercoaster, some days are productive and amazing. While other days, nothing gets done, and I’m filled with guilt. It’s like with anything in life, there’s good & bad.
The main keys to make it work:
- Simplify your process and don’t worry about all the little things you could be doing
- Create a blogging schedule with daily tasks
- Have a blog post writing process that also allows you to be a present mom for the most part
I feel incredibly proud that I’ve been able to make money online and be there for my son. We have a bond that is indescribable. I want that for you too!
If you want to learn how to make a full-time income online and become a single stay-at-home mom, check out my 7 secrets to making money online.