Just wondering…

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Does anyone else keep a list of possible blogging topics interspersed with grocery items or household chores?  I know, I should probably keep separate lists, but really that would

  1. make too much sense and
  2. require multiple post-its which could result in the loss of any and/or all of them!

I know I’ve writtenabout the “have to’s” and “want to’s” and at the time I was a little overwhelmed and looking back disappointed.  Now, I’m still overwhelmed, but curious.  There are some days, like yesterday when all I do is sit and savor every small moment of my time off and say “Who cares!” when it comes to laundry and dishes and all those other things that have to be done.  Then, I swing to the complete opposite end of the spectrum and go on power-cleaning kicks and insane reorganization and realize that Calder has just pushed his way between me and the cabinet I was trying to clean for a reason – he needs attention to.  And how about hubby?  How often to we have time alone?

So, I’m trying to think of the rest of my time at home as a dress rehearsal for the big show, which takes the stage in December.  I know that once I’m back to work my Parentingmagazines are unlikely to be read in a timely manner.  The books I’d like to read might take a while, and the thousands of writing ideas (for blogging or otherwise) may get only as far as the jotted note in my journal. 

Yet I’d like to try.  I’d like to do my best to eek (is that really how to spell it?) the most out of each day, each hour, each precious minute.  When I read this article it got me thinking.  While I have a penchant for photography, reading, writing, and blogging (with or without the time to actually post, and even less time to comment on others’ blogs – so sorry!), I don’t always manage my time well enough to do each of these things. 

I’m thinking about when I go back to work and how I’ll have even less (sigh) time to write, read, comment, etc.  I’m trying to get into a routine of writing out my posts for the week and publishing them via time stamp.  Does anyone else do something similar?  What are the habits and practices that have worked for you?  Which ones didn’t?  I know many of you have children, full time jobs, and several other involvements – so how do you find the time to do it all? 

On a slightly different note, I find myself stuck in the same “tone” in many of my posts.  I’m still fairly new to this process and I wonder if this will change with time and experience.  Can the writing I do here stretch me as a writer too?  How do the roles of audience and purpose factor into the equation?  I’d love to hear from someone…anyone!

5 thoughts on “Just wondering…

  1. I have no ideas for you. My blog is never as profound as yours, I just use it to keep mostly my mom and sister updated on Spencer (my sister is in Portland and my mom is still in Michigan). I am lucky enough to stay at home (I babysit my niece and nephew for extra money) and yet I still don’t find the time to keep the house as clean as I want it or blog as much as I want. and Spencer is growing up so fast I can’t even believe it. If you get any great ides let me know! PS…your children are beautiful

  2. Oh how I wish I had some GOOD advice for you…I struggle with the same things! Even though I don’t work outside the home, I still can’t keep up with everything…I am overwhelmed most of the time! i do think a “to blog about” list is good and helps you remember the things you want to write about when you do have time!

    I do a little pre-writing on my posts and schedule them for a future date, but most of them are written late nights staying up on my laptop in bed.

    I often post pictures that I want to use in a particular blog ahead of time on flickr, so they are ready to go when I have a chance to sit down and write.

    I always wonder about the tone/voice of my blog…I know it has changed since I started it back in 2006 when I was just updating family every few weeks on my pregnancy with Caden…I think it is an ever-evolving process. I think it has made me think more about the moments in my life that I want to preserve…just like that author mentioned in that article! I loved that article…thanks for sharing.

    Ok, this is now the eternal comment!

  3. Well, Amanda, I cannot even begin to give advice on blogging, however, I think I can share about fitting things in your day. As much as I wanted to have my house clean and time for me to just pleasure read, etc., I found that seemed so overwhelming. I had to make a choice to keep my sanity. I figured out, finally after stressing for a while, that my house would always be there needing to be cleaned and my “alone time activities” would too. The one thing that wouldn’t was the time I had with my kids. I decided that things could wait until the kids were older and more independent. I didn’t want to blink and realize I had missed their growing up while cleaning! Now that my kids are much older, I look back and remember every small detail of their young years and never even remember that the house was a mess or I didn’t get that book read that I wanted!

    Hang in there, Honey. You will settle into a routine that fits your family and everything will be all right.

    Love you!!

  4. I can tell you that my blogging “style” has evolved greatly since I started. I do get stuck in ruts…that’s when I typically ask for ideas from whoever reads. Or I get some guest bloggers and take a break.

    I don’t consider myself a writer, per say. My blog is more ‘journaling’. Mostly for me, but if you guys enjoy it then yay!

    I also find that work/home routines quickly fall into place after a major change (maternity leave, vacation, summer break) but that they evolve so quickly and often that I’ve just had to learn to roll with the punches. Many things don’t get accomplished in a timely manner, but most of the important stuff does.

  5. I always time stamp my posts. I spend a little time on Saturday or Sunday and write everything for the week. Or if I have a shot that I know I will want to use for a Wordless Wednesday or something like that, then sometimes I will do that several weeks in advance. Then I try to go and leave my comment/link on Mon/Wed/Thurs whatever when I get a chance – although there are times that I never do. I can say for sure that if I didn’t schedule my posts that I would probably never get any done…on the weeks when I don’t do that, I rarely manage to post at all!

    As far as reading and commenting, I’m still trying to figure that part out. I always read (thank you, google reader!) but it can be hard for me to find the time to leave a comment. At this point I usually try to do that when I am in the midst of other things, but I am commenting much less than I used to, when I was less busy.

    Good luck trying to fit it all in — you’ll figure out a system that works for you I’m sure!

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