Friday, July 1, 2011

Are You a Mommy Blogger Like Me that Sometimes Procrastinates? Here's the Help We Both Need

My triplets, who are now teens, often inspire my blogposts
Vintage family photo by Janis Brett Elspas,

I’ve got a confession to make, I have not been following my own advice on how to write and publish at least one post per day. Chances are that among all you other moms who blog, that I have plenty of company on this little flaw.

Really, let's be honest.  I mean, how many of us actually have at one time or another intended to post daily, but then failed to follow through?  For sure, most of us (present company included) are juggling our self-made mom blogging empires single-handedly on top of having one or more children plus other family members and friends to keep up with. 

Much as we try and as hard as we work there never seem to be enough hours in the day.  We never seem to catch up with all we have and want to do personally or professionally as online writers. I’d even go so far as to call those of us with kids and active blogging careers super mommy bloggers on a tread mill that runs what seems like 24/7.

Life with a family certainly is unpredictable, with plenty of things happening that hit us by surprise.  But none of these obstacles -- minor or major -- have to stop us from publishing a blogpost each day, if we plan ahead and be a little more organized in our blogging schedules.

So, I’m experimenting with a new approach for the first time starting today.  It’s called NaBloPoMo, a motivational program that was spearheaded by the BlogHer women's blogging network that I have been a member of for just over two years now.  NaBloPoMo – which has actually been around for a while and is not really new -- is short for National Blog Post Month and it happens every month of the year.  

Simply described, it is boot camp for blogging women both with and without children who may be slackers like me, sometimes, but who hope to be Olympian bloggers by month’s end.  The premise is that you get to by on the month's NaBloPoMo blogroll for committing to publishing a post at least once a day.  There are no excuses for not posting daily if you participate, so it's probably a good idea to stock pile some posts for those days when you find yourself totally overwhelmed with life, not blogging.

If you’d like to get some tough-love motivation yourself, it’s not too late to join in for the month of July. In fact, the exact middle of year -- which is right now -- is as good a time as any to try this out for yourself. That’s because BlogHer is sponsoring a NaBloPoMo writing contest this month

I'm optimistic that this might be just the thing to whip me into shape.  To every mom who hopes to join me and post every day on either your personal or professional blog during July, I say “Go For It! I wish us all good luck in our lofty endeavors.”

Do you post daily on your mommy blog? Why or why not? What things motivate you the most to keep writing and meeting daily deadlines?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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