For the last nearly 5 years this blog has been similar to an extra child. I have loved and nurtured it and over the last few years it has become a job, admittedly one that I have loved.
It has been an immense journey of discovery for me, to find who I am and my voice.
It has captured moments of my life that ordinarily would have passed by without a second glance allowing me to reflect and remember some amazing adventures
Since this has become a full-time job it seems that it can be hard for some to accept its a job that pays the bills, after all I am at home all day. That being the case it isn’t easy to balance a home and baby around working full-time with no childcare.
It helped drastically when my husband and I converted the spare room into my office but finding enough hours in the day has been a struggle.
As much as the opportunities my blog brings are amazing before my operation I was frazzled. I was worn out and working till 3.30am just to meet deadlines.
I have decided that when coming back to work properly after my operation I am going to use my time more wisely. I am going to ask for help more from family, and I am going to involve more freelancers in my stuff.
Although I have a wide grasp of so many new things though blogging some task take me days to do and in effect paying someone else to do them would be cheaper and less time-consuming in the long run. Leaving me to do what I love and still get time with my family.
I am hoping 2017 will be the year I take control of my blog and my business and re address the work life balance to allow me enjoy my children and family instead of seeming to rush from one thing to the next.
Time is precious and I want to make the most of every single second.
If you are new to blogging and think this is going to be an easy way to earn an income, forget it.
Blogging to earn an income is not an easy route, many people will need key skills above and beyond their blog such as social media management experience, photography or even being a qualified writer. For me not having those before I started meant it took years of working and networking 10+ hours a day, seven days a week to become established.
There is an influx of new bloggers on the scene at the moment and there is a high percentage of them with only weeks under their belts shouting about contacting brands and wanting to be paid for just about everything and it makes me more weary at how so many presume blogging is an easy route to income.
Like anything else blogging and working on social media is hard work but for me it’s just finding that balance of working and home life that is illusive …. But not for long!