Seven Days to a Successful Mommy Blog

Successful mommy blog

In my unending quest to get a couple of (gasp!) peaceful moments to myself, I decided this week to attempt a challenge. Mission: See how long it takes to write an overdue blog. Here’s how it went.


Spoiler alert: (only because the outcome is totally predictable) I managed. Barely. And even that is questionable.

 

Now, if you’re a mom, you know that attempting to accomplish even the simplest of self indulgent tasks is often pointless. Hence, you should also know better than to bother trying, which is exactly why I have dared to push the limits: I’m dumber than you. Taking one for the team- that’s how I roll.

The idea behind this little operation came to me one night while I was doing what I’m doing now: attempting to write. Imagine that, me being so brazen as to think I could just sit down and type out a few useful and intelligible paragraphs. It’s actually a wonder I succeed at writing anything, considering I’m doing so despite:

  • a zealous toddler, hardhat in hand, insisting I play “Wendy”
  • various spillages and / or potty training debacles and / or tantrums
  • a chatty husband, sharing details of his day while rolling down the top of a crinkly chip bag and maxing the tv volume
  • some dude at the door asking if we need our driveway sealed
  • my mom calling to say she thinks my headache is a sinus infection
  • oh-crap-it’s-dinner-time-and-I-don’t-have-anything grocery runs
  • nighttime pre-ovulation “trying to conceive” sex interludes (sorry dad)

 

…you get the jist.

The point is, it’s damned hard to write, and that bugs me. I mean, why? Why must it take several days of battling disruptions to do something so simple? It wasn’t nearly this hard to accomplish things when I was single and had my own place, and sometimes I resent it.

That’s not to say I want to go back. There are parts of being single I definitely don’t miss. But what a treat it was to come home from work every day, plunk my size zero butt in front of the computer, snarf some KD and just write. What I miss from those days (aside from having the size zero butt) is the personal time. With the exception of garbage bags tumbling down the chute directly outside my door, I had quiet. I had peace. I had two. freaking. seconds.

But no more.

As a side note, I have no idea how mothers of two or more do this kind of thing all the time. If you are one of those mothers, I applaud you. And I hope your next blog reveals the secrets of your got-it-all-together-ness for the sake of unworthy slouches like me.

 

So, let’s examine the average length of time needed for me to churn out one belated mommy blog:

Day 1 – Sunday

All attempts to write: Squelched. It was my mom’s 60th birthday and family visited from out of town.

Result: Total writeoff.

 

Day 2 – Monday

Attempt to write #1: Failed: Got up at 6 thinking I’d get some work done before my son woke. Most days he sleeps until 7. This morning? Yep. 6.

Attempt to write #2: Failed again Decided I’d wait for my son’s nap and try again. Most days he naps for 2 hours. Today? No nap. Perfect.

Attempt to write #3: Aborted. Finally got the kiddo to sleep after an hour of refusal. Crashed with a nasty headache.

Result: Zip.

 

Day 3 – Tuesday

All attempts to write: Abandoned With thanks to what was probably the most torturous headache I’ve ever had.

Result: Surrender

 

Day 4 – Wednesday

See day 3.

 

Day 5 – Thursday

Attempt to write #1: Failed: Got up at 6 again thinking this was finally it. My son got up at 6, too. Sensing a pattern.

Attempt to write #2: Semi-failed: Managed to get my son interested in a re-re-rerun of “Caillou Goes to the Beach” long enough to log in to the blog’s “write” page. Wrote two sentences, erased. Paused to take some ibuprofen for aforementioned headache. Wrote 6 sentences, pausing repeatedly to say “no” or “stop” or “don’t hit the t.v.”. Gave up, couched it.

Attempt to write #3: Meh: Got kiddo down for his nap just in time for my husband to come home. He had stories to share. And share. And share. Wrote a paragraph while listening, deleted it. Wrote another paragraph while trying to block out the penpal episode of M*A*S*H. Deleted it. Wrote two decent sentences while considering whether my mom was right about the headache. Realized we needed dinner. Succumbed to fate.

Result: 5 hours sleep + 8000 distractions + 2 Life brand liqui gels = 8 sentences.

 

Day 6 – Friday

Attempt to write #1: Didn’t happen: Figuring on another 6:00 wake up for kiddo, I decided not to bother trying. He slept ‘till 7:15.

Attempt to write #2: As if: 2:30 p.m., Unbuckled sleepy boy from the van. A non-napping buddy and his mom, out for a walk, decide to stop and chat. One sleepy boy no longer sleepy, one frustrated blogger and one neglected website. Again. On the plus side, my headache was gone.

Attempt to write #3: Debatable: You’re reading it now. Buckled down at 10:00 p.m. and made it happen while hubby watched Clash of the Titans, 2 feet away. Managed to keep my concentration as I’m not into Sci-Fi. I think it had something to do with Medusa?

Result: A finished, legible, semi-decent article that will hopefully make you forget it’s been over a week since I published anything.

 

Et voila. One mommy blog, ready to post 7 days later at 12:35 on a Saturday morning. Getting up at 6 should be great!

 

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I founded Mums 'n Chums in 2009 after realizing that the area I live in was drastically underserviced as compared to surrounding areas for support and activities for growing families. Mums 'n Chums grew popular very quickly and I have been dedicated to nurturing that growth through frequent networking, social media engagement and in person meetups. By the end of its first year, Mums 'n Chums had close to 500 members and was receiving regular inquiries from fans outside of its service area, asking when we would be expanding to serve them as well. After much careful research and polling, I expanded the site in May of 2011 to cover the entire North end of the GTA (from Cambridge to Markham), areas I believe are still receiving far less attention than they deserve from other sites and family services. We also changed the focus from small scale local mom and tot meetups to more of an informative purpose, closing down our forum and adding several talented contributors to the blog. We do still offer several large scale family events per year, such as our popular Birthday Bash events and our Holiday Bash in December. Our contests have also become a member favourite, and we strive to offer amazing prizes from trusted brands like Babies R Us, La Roche Posay, Johnson's Baby and many more. In March of 2016, after months of work spent migrating all of the site's content to a new platform, Mums 'n Chums re-launched with its fresh, new look. The changes and expansion have proven a great success and we're still getting inquiries from several other cities within the Greater Toronto Area, whom we have decided to serve as well. I have built this site and its' reputation carefully and look forward to continuing its growth!