Writing has been an intricate part of me ever since I can remember. I loved writing in school; I knew I wanted to make a career out of words; and I landed up being a journalist for nine years before I quit to become a mother. After Little Man was born, I dipped my ink in blogging – and three-and-a-half-years hence – I can now say it is my work-from-home job.
But it takes more than just putting pen to paper (or fingers to computer) to become a blogger. Here are five things that have helped me on my blogging journey…
This might be non-tangible but is THE most important factor. It is what makes me open my laptop and sit down to blog despite having a never-ending to-do list. And despite being exhausted every night after Little Man goes to bed (if you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll know bedtime is a long process in this house!). It is what made me grow my second baby – my blog – even as I was raising my first.
Anyone and everyone can start a blog, and write about stuff. But it is passion and inspiration that takes it to the next level. And keeps it nurtured.
Since becoming a mother, I have needed more than 24 hours in a day. In the early 'baby days', I didn't know when the day ended and the night began (or vice versa). The toddler years were a hurricane of tantrums, disciplining, potty-training, teaching basic life skills and playing with cars! Now, despite having six hours of child-free time when Little Man is at school, I still find myself needing more hours in the day – more so to concentrate on my blog!!!
3. A good broadband connection
Let's face it – we're living in a highly technological world, and blogging is an online entity. So we need good tech support to make it smooth flowing. A good PC/laptop is important, but a great broadband connection is essential – especially if you work from home.
Sometimes, it's a matter of trial-and-error, but it is essential to do research and take time to find the best broadband provider and the best deal to suit your needs. With so many companies out there, each boasting their own advantages, it can get confusing, but a little time and effort spent finding what works best for you saves a lot of headache later on.
I took my time to find the best provider and the best deal, and it was well worth it. My priorities were unlimited data, a fast connection and most importantly, a reliable data provider. This has made my blogging time so much quicker and stress-free, especially since I work around my son's schedule.
4. My 'blogging space'
If, like me, you work from home, then you need to have a dedicated work space. It just helps you get into 'work mode'. Some have a proper home office; others a preferred corner of their sofa. Whatever works best and allows you to work without distraction. I shuffle between the desk, my cosy corner on the carpet, the bed (on those lazy days) and now that summer's just around the corner, the garden!
5. Scheduler/ planner
Having a diary and a to-do list for the day/week has made my blogging schedule much more manageable. Mums always have a zillion things on their mind – from doctor's appointments to school-related stuff to remembering to empty the dishwasher and load the washing machine. So having a long mental list of blog stuff to complete doesn't help – writing it down in a diary or using online schedulers for social media like Social Oomph, Buffer and Tailwind really help.
These are five of my essentials as a work-from-home blogger. I'd love to hear your must-haves…
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