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Random Stream of Consciousness on a Thursday

So seriously, I had nothing to write about today. Not NOTHING. So I decided to do a SOOC as per Nellie

 

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Nothing is really going on this week unless you count my quest to find balance between my 9 to 5 and the bloggy world.  I have plans. Really I do.  I have so much to do on my to do list and half of it never gets done! *cries*

I’ve been using the calender, I’ve been planning out posts. But…I still have to write!!

I don’t know how some of you who work 9-5 do it.  I mean I cannot, actively tweet, Facebook, promote blog posts and comment on blog posts all day long at work like I see some do. I mean I utilize a lot of tools like Buffer and Hootsuite to plan stuff out in advance, but they haven’t found a way to automate commenting on blogs.

Or to participate in really interesting discussions on Facebook groups.

Or to apply for opportunities before they are closed.

Or to plot my complete takeover of my slice of the bloggy kingdom.

Sigh.

It’s hard out here for a chick.

There is so much I want to do, so much I have written out to do.  But no time to do it unless I never sleep.

But then I would need a IV Caffeine drip.

And that’s not legal…..

And I still have nothing else to say today. So at Mimi’s suggestion here is a photo…..
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  • Reply
    Cam Bibs & Baubles
    November 7, 2013 at 1:43 am

    Nellie and Mimi made good suggestions.

    I totally get what you’re saying. It’s so hard to balance all of this stuff. I am currently sucking at it. In my new SAHM gig, I gets no time for that bloggy life. I’m sure I will, once we find our rhythm.

    I’ve decided that in order to be a successful blogger, you need to be single,no kids and unemployed. That’s the only way you can rock this thing out. Or it least that the way it feels.

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      KalleyC
      November 7, 2013 at 10:55 am

      I am home, and second this! I can only do what I can do, and nothing more.

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    Kita
    November 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

    You gotta do what’s important blogging will be around I don’t think you should stress it. Do what you can when you can. That’s why I could not do the nablopomo I knew that was going to be an undertaking and I am at home. Do themes that may help you out like how I do my pinterest days or my conversations on Fridays that way you don’t have to reach for anything you know what needs to be posted on those days and you can manage better.

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    Krystal
    November 7, 2013 at 9:12 am

    If you ever want to chat about blog strategy, feel free to message me! I work 9-5 with a one year old … and it can be challenging, but it’s not impossible. Time management has been something I’ve been working on all summer…and I think I finally have a routine down!

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    Karen
    November 7, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Time management with my blog, kids, house and husband is a HUGE problem for me and I’ve been doing this for 5 years. Someday I’ll have it all figured out. I stress when I have posts to write and no time, and then I get them done and I can breath. At least I enjoy what I do but it’s hard. However that said I wouldn’t change it for the world because I love what I do!

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    Daniel Sitoabasi
    November 7, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Mimi’s suggestion is cool, I don’t remember the last time i promote any of my blog posts, am just too busy. You don’t have to say something all the time. Sometimes you just close your eyes and rest.

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    Meghan @JaMonkey
    November 7, 2013 at 11:00 am

    When I was working I was only able to do that stuff after the kids were asleep. You don’t want to come home and be sucked into your computer. Hit a starbucks on the weekend for a few hours to nail out and schedule things! Good luck.

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    Melissa
    November 7, 2013 at 11:33 am

    I love that photo! And it’s so hard! It’s like you have to be on 24/7 to make sure you don’t miss anything. 🙁

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    keyalus
    November 7, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I don’t know how people do it either. I think most of the bigger bloggers don’t have kids (or blogging is now their FT job) or have a non-traditional schedule. When I get home, the LAST thing I want to do is get on the computer for real…and posting from my phone or Kindle just sucks.

    I can only do the November challenge thing because my blog is now accessible at work. I’m a web programmer so I have a reason to be at my computer online all day.

    I don’t deal with (blog) Facebook. I Tweet in spurts and not much of it is blog related.

    Clearly I’m not in this for the “glory”. Blogging isn’t my main gig and I doubt anything blogging related would pay (long-term) as much as being a software engineer has for the 15 years. I like my career and have no desire to have some random social media spinoff job. Priorities in order 🙂

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    Aubrey (@highheeledlove)
    November 7, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Some weeks are just like that. My suggestion is to get some posts in your drafts for when life gets too crazy to create new content….and have a few favorite linky parties to fall back on when inspiration just isn’t there.

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    Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama
    November 7, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    There are some days I just don’t have it in me. Wordless Wednesday is a slice of joy, but in order to not become burnt out, take breaks. Also, if it’s not your JOB to blog, don’t expect to take over – there’s a LOT of legwork from here to there! 🙂

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    Chelsea
    November 7, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Blogging has recently become my actual job and I STILL am struggling to find the balance! Hang in there!

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    Quiana
    November 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    I didn’t start blogging seriously until I quit my FT job and even now I try to post in advance or before was burning the midnight oil to work on posts, but now I try to grab snippets of time (especially on weekends) when I can schedule a couple in advance and give myself some breathing room in between my other obligations. I think the best thing is to determine what type of frequency blogger you’ll be and make make peace with that. If you know 2-3/wk is manageable stick with it and know that’s the limit. I think it helps your readers know what to expect too and buildings stability and community. The most important thing is to have fun. The minute it feels like work or a chore I’m out!

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    Angela
    November 7, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    That sweet face makes me smile! I feel for you. It’s so hard to balance it all. My to do list is pathetically long. But at least you have a list and that is the first step.

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    Kecia
    November 7, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    What a cute photo! I don’t see how people with full-time jobs get so much blogging done either. Or those with lots of children which they homeschool. I sit over here with no other job and only one child, wondering how the heck I am going to make it through all the posts I need to write each week!

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    Rachel
    November 7, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I don’t know how those working moms do it:) I am lucky enough to have ‘being a mom’ as my full time gig and even that is more than enough to handle sometimes!

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    Chrishelle
    November 7, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I too am a working mom. Fortunately my crew are all teens and need far less of my attention. Don’t stress, the world never ended because a post was not published. When I get in a panic my husband utters his famous words, “It is what it is.” Do what you can and just be satisfied with what you have accomplished.

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    Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest
    November 7, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    I know exactly how it is, there are SO many things I want to do but not enough hours in the day to do them!

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    Micki @ The Parent Spot
    November 7, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    In the theme of your post, here’s my little attempt at a stream of consciousness comment… 😉 Speaking of a caffeine I.V., do you know what I discovered the other day? Caffeinated chocolate. How on earth have I gone on so long without discovering that? That’s right up there with discovering the peanut butter/jelly combo. Or when Brangelina got together.

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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    November 7, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Shoot, I have to hand it to you for being able to pull off as much as you do now! I’m not working outside of blogging and I still can’t seem to find the time to do all that stuff!

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    Ange
    November 7, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Sign me up for the IV caffeine drip, please and thanks! My to-do list feels like it’s a mile long and there just isn’t enough time in the day. Sigh. Big, big sigh!

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    Taylor @ Pink Heels Pink Truck
    November 8, 2013 at 12:46 am

    It is super hard to do everything I want to do relating to my blog. Especially since I do have that 9-5…and I get slight blog envy when I see other bloggers getting to “play” all day. 😉 One day I will be there. It is my mission. For now, my to-do list stays running….LOL

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    katherine
    November 8, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Gret picture. So cute!

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    Cara @ Craftdictator
    November 8, 2013 at 6:43 am

    This is how I feel everyday about blogging and working full time. So my solution was that my mom and I combined blogs so that we both had more time. You know its bad when my dad starts complaining because we aren’t paying attention to him! 🙂 This was a great post! Came over from the SGBC!

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    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    November 8, 2013 at 9:55 am

    I am beginning to think there isn’t an answer for this. We just gotta do what we can do, its hard when you think about ALL that needs to be done to make our passion work! Lately though, I have been focusing on one social network per week. I have been slacking on twitter lately because I have been on instagram and facebook building my network over there. Next week it will probably be something else.

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    Debi
    November 8, 2013 at 10:11 am

    I love the picture.
    I completely feel your pain and I am a full time blogger. But the thing is I also do VA work. So between the 2, and my 4 kids, I miss more than I get and I am at the computer a lot.

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    Piera
    November 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    I totally know the feeling – things get so crazy busy – especially this time of the year. I think that you should do what is good for you – don’t feel like you have to do what others do. Do YOU. What I used to do is to spend one day writing posts and schedule them.

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    Katherine G
    November 8, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    Your little man is so handsome!!

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    Janeane Davis
    November 8, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Balancing everything in life is hard. It helped me to realize that I don’t have to give everything the same amount of attention. Attention should flow with the prioity.

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    Janeane Davis
    November 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Your little boy is such a cutie pie! It was fun reading your steam of thoughts post.

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    Stacie Connerty
    November 8, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Oh my, your son is so darn cute. Blogging is my full time job and you definitely have to keep up or you can get passed over.

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    Anjanette @MommaYoung
    November 9, 2013 at 1:11 am

    What a cutie! It is very hard to do all things. There are some options for automation bloglovin, networkblogger, features in jetpack etc. It is awesome that your using a calendar, it is the only thing keeping me remotely on track.

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    Dani @ okdani.com
    November 9, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I was an EA to a CFO so I found it easier to blog at work. I was sitting in front of a computer all day. It’s harder now that I’m wrangling a toddler a husband and a home.

    I tell ya what though, you never have to write another word here. Your blog could survive on the strength of that cute little man’s face for every single post.

    He’s just too handsome for words.

    Can we start working out dowry arrangements for any future daughter I have now?

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      LaShawn
      November 9, 2013 at 9:38 am

      Does that mean that the current little bean is another boy???????

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    Kristi @dragonflytweet
    November 11, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    I completely agree! I wake up at 4am to try to get caught up from the day before. I am still days, ok really, weeks behind on everything. Love the pic!

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