One of the issues I've had with blogging consistantly is when to do it. It's hopeless for me to try to write anything sort of coherent when the kids are awake. The constant interuptions mean that I have more trouble than usual stringing together a couple of complete thoughts. If I want to write when the'yre both asleep, well, that's hard too, because they're not often asleep at the same time. L wakes up really early, and V takes a long time to get to sleep at night. I've either got to get up at about 5 am, or stay up past midnight to write. Lots of days, it just doesn't happen.
After reading a while back that Kristen at We are That Family did what she called bulk blogging, I decided to try something similar. I'm on my second month, and so far it's really working out for me, so I thought I'd pass along the info to you other time and sleep deprived mommies.
Basically, it goes like this: I print out a calendar of the upcoming month. To the extent that it's possible I plan out nearly every post for the next month, taking into consideration things I ether have already done, or I know I'm going to do.
Then in one or two long late night sessions, I write up all the posts. The posts that are complete, meaning they already have pictures, etc, get immediately auto scheduled. The posts that are for things I haven't done yet are still written to the extent possible, and saved as a draft, until I can go back later and add pictures, my final impressions, or tweak the text. As needed, I go back and add those little bits of info throughout the month, and then auto schedule those posts too.
The result is that I'm able to consistently post, regardless what else may be going on that month. If something new comes up, an unanticipated review, or a project I just can't wait to share, I go in and shuffle things around a little to fit them in. Excepting the long writing session or two at the beginning of the month, I only spend only a few minutes a week on my blog.
Not having to try to fit something else into my daily schedule has made blogging fun again. It's working for me. For more WFMW posts, check out www.wearethatfamily.com.