When I started Momaste, two and a half years ago, my daughter took two naps a day. She was about 8 months old, and needed lots of day-time sleep. Now, she is a very active three-year-old and she needs lots of day-time non-sleep.
What I am trying to say is, when she was an infant, I could count on at least three (sometimes four!) hours per day that I could dedicate to writing. I used to obsess over my word counts, editing, and tagging. I was able to sit and organize my thoughts, and really post on a regular basis.
Now-a-days, I am lucky if I post one long post (usually on Mondays), and maybe a random photo. It feels kind of disorganized and slipshod. But I just don’t get regular time for writing these days. Life is so hectic and full of working, commuting, helping kids with homework, chasing around bickering children, and trying to keep things at least tidy and sanitary around the house.
Sometimes I’ll have a great idea for a post, but then no time to write it. Other times I want to write, even if it is just a little blurb or random thought, but it doesn’t seem complete enough and my weird OCD stuff kicks in and I don’t get it out.
I had it in mind, during a rare burst of creative energy, to start a blog specifically for poetry and fiction, but then I got busy or tired or whatever and I can’t even imagine when I would write fiction!
When I first started blogging, I couldn’t stand the meta-sounding blog posts about blogging. But now I understand how nerve wracking it can feel to question, and worse, to neglect your blog.
It’s frustrating. I suppose I could write after putting the kids to bed, but after doing bedtime, cleaning the kitchen, and putting in a load of laundry, I am pretty spent.
So, I want to know– when do you all find time for blogging?! Some of you post so regularly, which is most impressive. Do you have a schedule? Do you outline things for the month and then stick to it, or do you just write when the spirit moves you? What works for you busy working parent bloggers?