Hard Work


I’ve been blogging on and off now for more than a decade, albeit anonymously. I blogged for myself and didn’t really want to be found or read by anyone, let alone strangers. I’ve also been all over blogging platforms, started with Live Journal, Blogger and a free WordPress site.

I only decided to blog differently when I moved to WordPress and bought myself a domain name. I was taking little steps (hence the blog name), not really knowing what I wanted to do with this, and then I started getting offers to do sponsored posts and collaborations. That honestly took me by surprise, I knew I didn’t have a massive following, but the offers kept coming, so I thought to myself, why not see where this goes?

Then I discovered linkys or blog hops. I do like linking-up, especially since it’s a good way to discover new bloggers and reach out to a wider audience too. I’ve also recently joined a Blogger FB Group, I love the “community vibe” of it, but I’m finding out, that this is hard-work.

I’m wondering now how other bloggers do it, especially the ones who have more than one child, or even a regular job, or are back in school, or taking up courses, and then there’s writing blogs posts and then commenting on other blogs as well. Are you guys superwoman/man? How do you balance all of it? Hats off to you folks, would you care to share the secret with me please?


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I'm a part-time writer, full-time mother and dog-walker living in a small English village by the sea with my husband, daughter and a dog named Doc.


  1. It’s such hard work isn’t it…lol
    I do a lot of bloggy things when my girls are at school….I leave my computer on all day and pop on and off between doing housework and other things.

  2. I work a full-time job as a solo parent and I don’t find blogging to be a chore or hard work. I see it as a hobby – my “me” time. I don’t ever feel an obligation to churn out posts or comment on blogs. I do it because I enjoy it and it brings me joy. In fact, I see blogging as a form of free therapy at times! I’ve promised myself that if it EVER feels like work, then I can put the computer down and walk away from blogland.

    That said – I am by no means the kind of blogger who gets many offers for sponsored posts. I’ve had a few here and there, but by and large, my blog is just read by a small community of mothers. I think I’d feel a lot differently if I had sponsored posts I had to write, or was trying to get popular/famous in blog-land. That would feel like so much work, and I know people who have quit their jobs to blog for a living.

    • That’s how I got into blogging too. Saw it as a hobby. I don’t have any intentions to try to get famous πŸ˜‰ that will be too much hard-work πŸ˜‰ and at least here in the UK, that would mean having to attend blogging conferences, I’m not there yet. To be honest, I don’t really want to. But I’ve been earning a bit from this little blog of mine (& not just in kind, but real money ;), which is great, because I haven’t had a decent writing contract in ages! The last one I had that paid decent money and was a regular writing stint back in 2013! Yep, that long ago. Let’s see where this takes me πŸ™‚

  3. Ah yes, it can be hard work! It kind of becomes ingrained over time so that I can get so many things done, juggling loads of different things at a time. This year I’ve been working to try and streamline it further so that I can be fully present with my kids and husband when they’re around, and then I work and study at other times – so not easy, but it works somehow! Like now – they’ve just nipped to the chip shop so here I am catching up with Word of the Week! Hope you find a way that works for you x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Thanks! Not used to it yet. In the past, I’ve only joined only a few “linkies”, yours and Fiona’s. Now I’m joining more and it can get a bit overwhelming. Once I get sort of into the groove of things, I’m sure things will settle down a bit πŸ™‚ x

  4. I have a new baby and I found I was hooked to playing candy crush saga when feeding her. That was such a waste of energy I found blogging as a hobby I could do without moving. And jolly good fun it is too. Xx

    • Wow. You have a new baby and started blog! I admire you. I’d never be able to handle that πŸ˜‰

  5. You are very lucky getting the offers. I haven’t received any myself. It’s great to hear your take on blogging and I too love reading others who participate in linkys. #WotW

    • Don’t worry, give it time. It didn’t happen overnight for myself, especially since like I mentioned, I didn’t really know about how to “self-advertise” myself. It will come πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Dean B, I’m pretty new to blogging, only started about 3 months ago, I find sticking to a routine has helped me make sure I regularly write something and take the time to promote it. At the same time I have a full time job, a toddler and another baby on the way so I try not to be too hard on my self or too ambitious at this stage.

    • Oh well done! Hats off to you too πŸ™‚ Oh and good luck on the new baby πŸ™‚ x

  7. Hi, I totally agree with you, it is hard work isn’t it? You couldnt do it if you didn’t love it. I have found myself getting a little bit overwhelmed with keeping up with everything, I work part-time and have two kids too so trying to juggle that with link-ups, FB blogging groups and social media is hard. I definitely spend more time promoting than writing blog posts! I have today just bought a blogging journal, I plan to figure out what I am going to do for the week and properly plan out my time. I am hoping that helps!
    I am currently in a debate with myself about moving to self-hosting, just not sure whether to make the leap… x

    • Hi Yvonne, I’ve recently just moved to self-hosting, I think it’s only worth it if you want to monetise your blog. Won’t make you rich (how I wish), but it gives a little bit of pocket money once in awhile which is nice.

  8. I’ve been blogging a similar length of time but mostly just for me until a couple of years ago when I started my current blog and discovered the blogging community. As to how to juggle it all – if you find the magic solution please let me know! I find myself sacrificing sleep a little too often in order to catch up but it’s just so addictive. Blogging is definitely hard work – something I never realised when I first started joining in linkys. These days I try and cut back on some of them and try not to put pressure on myself to post or join linkies which helps. I try to schedule posts in advance as much as possible which helps take the pressure off.

    • I’m glad to know I’m not the only one and to think you have more than one child! πŸ˜‰ I think I’m going to cut down on joining linkys too, except my faves. The one other problem with me, when someone invites me to join their linky, I have trouble saying no! When in reality, I’m thinking “Oh no, not another linky!” You’re so right about not pressuring ourselves. After all, we have no one to answer to except ourselves πŸ™‚ x

  9. I have just recently started blogging, and seemed to jump in full throttle with linking up and joining a facebook group. It is a lot of work, and I have three children, but I have to admit that I love it. I have never been one to have a hobby, with kids it is hard to do anything crafty, as you never know what time you will have. That’s why I love writing, you can pick it up and put it down as needed!! xx

    • Welcome to the blogging world! Yes, it can be addictive. It took years for me to discover linkys, to be fair though, I don’t think they were around that long either. That would make a great trivia wouldn’t it? Who started the first ever linky or blog-hop πŸ™‚

  10. It’s lovely to hear that others find it hard work as well! It amazes me how much other bloggers appear to get done. I’m pretty good at not stressing about it, but not so good at the production of posts part of it lol

    • Same here. How on earth do they do it? I guess the trick there is not to stress over it and just do what we can πŸ˜‰ Otherwise, it might just take the fun part away from it πŸ™‚ x

  11. Great post and you got to do what’s right for you. I have two children but I right a week of posts I do then a list of linkies and then comments. I then section it out I.e. Comments on two linkies a day. I do amount of linkies and blogs. It can be addictive but learning to limit and do what I want to link with. I have to remind myself it my space and I chose. Though I do feel guilty when I have e joined on with a linkies to be promoted that it is there again following week. But can’t please everyone and sometimes they just want the numbers. That’s more political but but you get my just. X #wotw

    • You are so right! Yes, I think I’m going to limit the stuff I join too. I do love blogging and joining links, but we still have our lives to lead right? πŸ™‚ x

  12. I started my blog soon after my 2nd baby – found myself sitting reading a lot and thought – why not? I dream of getting some sponsored work but am taking the philosophy that if I’m good enough – it will come. If not – then at least I’m doing something different. I’m giving myself until I go back to work to see how I go and whether I want to continue beyond that. As then it will be really hard work to fit everything in!

    • Oh I’m sure you’re good enough. I’ve seen blogs that are a bit … but do have sponsored posts. It will come, soon. Just be patient. I once read this article about brands and how they choose their blogs to work with, while of course some did mention that they look for “big” blogs with a certain number of followers, some though (thankfully) also mentioned, that they don’t look at numbers, more on the content and the look of the blog and if they think they can have a good relationship with that blogger, they don’t really mind if you don’t have a big following – I certainly don’t. Good luck!

  13. It’s a very hard thing to balance but for me it’s my me time cause I enjoy doing it. I tend to blog early in the morning or late at night when the kids are asleep. I love the facebook communities too x

    • Same here. I do see it as my “me” time. My husband has joined the local gig club for his “me” time, mine is blogging πŸ™‚ I do it after my daughter has gone too school πŸ™‚ x

  14. There is so much to do isn’t there? Just reading through these comments and it’s good to know that everyone finds it a little overwhelming – especially with kids and a job! I’ve been blogging a while but it’s only now that I’m starting to get back into it. I have to say I love it and find it a little addictive, but I’ve got a blogging journal and I’m going to get organised so I can use my time (when I have it) wisely!

    • Good luck. I also have a diary which I planned to use as a blogging journal. Let’s just say I’m not so good at this planning malarkey πŸ˜‰ But that’s just me!

  15. Blogging is definitely hard work! I am a nanny, Primary and Secondary school tutor, blog five times a week and social media and am a freelance journalist/ writer too. It is hard work but I wouldn’t change it for a thing!

    • Phew, how do you do all that? You must be an expert on multi-tasking πŸ˜‰ But I do enjoy blogging, so I’m seeing it as a challenge πŸ˜‰ And I do enjoy a challenge! x

  16. It is definitely hard work I can assure you. I usually dedicate most of my weekends when not travelling to doing the threads, writing posts etc. Keep it up, its not easy but its worth it.

  17. Well I am glad you have joined us :). I had no idea you had been doing it for years! You are right it is hard work and has a tendency to take over your life. I definitely sleep less! I have no idea where mine is going either if that helps. I try to post 5 times a week and participate in linkys and FB threads daily. Inevitably I am behind by the time the weekend comes but never mind!! (I also work 45-50 hours a week and have a 3.5 year old!!) Look forward to reading more πŸ™‚ x

    • Oh my goodness, I actually felt dizzy just reading your comment! Then again, you do manage even with work and 3.5.year old πŸ™‚ x Hats off to you!

  18. Hi there!
    I find it hard to squeeze in but also a great chance to reflect on what is going on. Have you looked at Bloggers Required? We’ve done a few book reviews and reviewed a few apps as well.
    Good luck on your journeys!

    • Yes, I’ve managed to land some offers too through Bloggers Required. Thank you πŸ™‚

  19. I only started blogging a few weeks ago am finding it very time consuming! The actual writing the blogs I love, its trying to promote it that is the hard bit

    • Oh well done then! At least you’ve joined #BloggersClubUK, so you’re on the right track. It took me a while to realise that you actually have to promote the posts πŸ˜‰ so in a sense, I’m kinda new to this side of blogging πŸ˜‰

  20. I have been blogging for two years and it is my job now. I also am a single mum, and have three teens and a tot! I work hard – blogging is my life, but my children understand – we have three holidays already sorted for this year through blogging so they are happy to help me! Kaz x

    • Wow, well done! And hats off to you. I am aware that some bloggers do earn a good living from this. I’m not sure though that’s where I’m heading. I do earn a bit, but not like you! I think I’m really struggling with the “promoting” bit. But let’s see where this takes me πŸ™‚

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