10.17.17

{Part Four} How to balance motherhood, blogging and Instagram

Hello friends, I feel like this is a topic that is not talked about enough and I couldn’t be more excited to be collaborating with so many of my favorite bloggers and friends in real life!

If you’re new here, here’s the scoop. Once a month, our group of amazing and inspiring mamas will answer the same set of questions to do with blogging, Instagram, photography, collaborations, sponsored posts, balancing it all with motherhood, and more. We each have different perspectives and different opinions, so this is a fun way to learn from one another. We hope you’ll join along! Check out the hashtag #themomblogcollective to see everyone on Instagram, and I will also link you to all of the amazing blog posts here at the bottom of my post!

How do you balance motherhood and posting on Instagram and your blog?

I think this is a really good question we probably all wonder about and question with some of our favorite bloggers we scroll through daily. Do they just do it all and be it all so effortlessly all the time? The answer is definitely “NO.” Just like any other momma out there I have good and challenging days. I have days where I feel like balance is my best friend and other days where I can’t seem to figure out how to be present with my children and get my work done, and complete deadlines for sponsored posts! Especially on the days my daughter is fighting naps and or sleeping very little 😉 My best piece of advice is to figure out what your priorities are with Instagram and blogging. For me Instagram has turned into a source of income for my family I never thought imaginable. It has created a way to for me to be home with my babies, present with their milestones and everyday smiles. It has created a way for me to be creative, share my heart through writing, and share about things I find interesting and helpful all while making a monthly income that supports our lifestyle. So for me sometimes I can’t take a lot of time commenting and engaging with all of my favorite accounts simply because I don’t have the time. Most of my time that is carved out goes to editing and submitting content for sponsored/paid posts. If I ever do get some extra time I like to catch up with my friends and favorite accounts giving them as much love as I can. But just like any job it has it’s ups and downs. Some days I feel very uninspired while other days I have a lot of inspiration. For me I have created somewhat of a loose schedule for my work.

How do you work Instagram into your daily schedule?

When all three of us go to the gym in the mornings I take that time to catch up and respond to emails, edit photos, and write captions that can easily be copied and pasted into my notes for sponsored posts so they are ready to go when I need to meet a deadline. In the afternoon when the girls are having quiet times I catch up on household things and generally tie up any other things I need to get done such as blogging, editing, or communication with companies and friends on Instagram. It’s definelty a balancing act I will be trying to find for awhile. As with any job some days I have to finish up my work when the girls go to bed, but I try to do that as little as possible as I like to put my phone away after dinner to read, watch a show, and spend time with my husband.

How often do you post to Instagram?

I usually post everyday with the exception of weekends. If I am feeling overwhelmed and have gotten all deadlines posted I will take a break and come back on a Monday.

How many collaborations do you take on in one week or a month?

I would say generally I take on about two-three collaborations a week just depending on the flow and feel of my week! Lately I have been taking on more paid sponsored posts and very few unpaid so that I can better manage my time and also have time and inspiration to post what’s on my heart or a photo that is sentimental to me. Month to month it’s always different, but one thing I feel strongly about is only sharing products I genuinely love and use as well as my family! For me two to three collaborations a week feels balanced as I can still have room to post things on my heart or photos that make me smile.

Thanks so much for reading, I have linked all the other blogs below! Be sure to check them out as these mommas have so much wisdom and talent when it comes to motherhood and blogging!

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occasionallyperfectstyle.com | @occasionally_perfect

mrsseacannon.com | @mrsseacannon

britthavens.com | @britthavens

koleimpressions.com | @steph__pollock

cultivatemotherhood.com | @cultivatemotherhood

www.ashleynoel.life | @_ashley_noel_

hellobabybrown.com | @hellobabybrown

thelovedesignedlife.com | @thelovedesignedlife

our guests this week:

henaandcompany.com | @henaandco

momwifefoodie.com | @momwifefoodie

amandapahls.com | @amandapahls

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