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10 Ways Being a Mom is Exactly Like Being a Blogger

The following is a guest post from Abbie over at Grumbling Grace.com

In life, we women wear a lot of hats. They may range from motorcycle helmet to derby chapeau but the gang bandana we put on when our first child is born is like a pass into a whole new hood… the motherhood. We members recognize each other in the library, start conversations in grocery store lines and throw animal crackers in the direction of our fellow sisters before they lose their lids dealing with often hangry offspring.

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Little did I know that the moment I chose to throw my hat into the blogging ring by choosing a domain name and hitting publish on my first post, I had just accessed a whole new club, the blogger community. This metaphor is getting way out of control so hold onto your hat because here are ten ways being a mom is exactly like being a blogger.

1. All the Unfinished Projects

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As a mom, I begin forty-seven tasks a day but accomplish maybe six. Whether your hobby is scrapbooking or decorative laundry piles, sometimes you just close the closet door on that half-done work and call it a day. As a blogger, you might have cryptic notes that are supposed to remind you of brilliant ideas or sixty five drafts saved to finish later. Either way, the piles keep growing.

2. Enthusiastic Cheerleading

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Moms celebrate the successes.

Little Jimmy clapped his hands? Call the neighbors! 

Sweet Nora said ‘Dada’? Facebook the snot out of that video!

Evie pooped on the potty? HOORAY! 

Bloggers get just as excited for the wins of their bloggy tribe.

April just switched over to WordPress? Leave an encouraging comment!

Julio’s been published on HuffPost? YEEESSSSS! Tweet and pin the heck out of that brilliance!

Georgette’s article went viral? PARTY TIME and let’s hope she read that post on monetization

3.  Everything is Scheduled

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Naptime is factored into your day but so is your tweet, Facebook update and blog post.

On Tuesdays we have swimming lessons… oh and the weekly email newsletter.

On Fridays we visit Nana… once we tag some Instafriends for #followfriday… You get the idea.

4. The Comments

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As soon as you begin to grow a child, your expanding midsection is like a beacon for advice and admonitions from strangers and acquaintances alike. When you start blogging, you’re opening yourself up to a world of comments, some helpful and encouraging and some just made for the delete button. At least in cyberspace, there is one.

5. Just one more picture

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Two hundred photos of Huntley beaming and slobbering? Every mom knows you need at least six more. Blogging compounds the snap fever. That gorgeous wall? The perfect meal? Your feet? Don’t even get me started on the flowers. I can feel bloggers reaching for their iPhones right now. #thatsdarling

6. Imaginary Friends

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Elsa. Anna. Your awesome blog friend Tanya from Costa Rica. To a casual onlooker, these people all belong to a fairy tale but they are SO REAL to your toddler… or you.

7. The No Sleep Crew

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As a parent, little people with strange internal clocks and a serious aversion to shut-eye will age you quickly and keep you up all night. As a blogger, sometimes you’ll find that post you just have to write or that deadline you’ve been avoiding might just catch up to you in the same way… and at the same time: 3am.

8. If They Aren’t in the Club, They Just Won’t Get it

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Moms, remember the first time a non-parent yawned and muttered, “I’m tired” and then you punched them in the face? After the court-mandated therapy, you realized that it takes one to know one and that one day, they too would understand.

Blogging is sort of the same deal. When your significant eyes glaze over as you enthuse about your Google Analytics bounce rate or your engagement on social media, just channel Elsa, your imaginary friend and let it goooo.

9. But first, Google.

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Moms, let’s be honest. Our first line of (panic) attack is often google. How do I get my baby to sleep? Is it normal if they ______? What milestone should my child be reaching?

Bloggers, if you’ve googled mail-subscribe pop-ups, plug-ins and Pinterest, welcome to the club.

10. Working Overtime

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Moms, Bloggers and Mommy Bloggers, let’s be honest: at the end of the day being passionate and seeing the results of your diligent day-in-day-out work makes the long hours and the discouraging days worth it all in the end.

I tip my hat to you.


 

abbie-gintherEven after teaching high school French and English for the last six years, Abbie still decided to have her own kids. A self-professed mombie of two littles and a clumsy new blogger, she locks herself in the bathroom to therapeutically journal about mom life, style, and faith in the heart of winter, Saskatoon, Canada. Follow along or offer professional help at her blogFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 20 comments

  1. Becky Roberts

    Haha I giggled all the way through reading your article, and agreed with almost every point! Google has most definitely been there for me through thick and thin!

  2. Brit Strawbridge

    This is everything. Love it so much!! Thanks for sharing ladies!! too. too. good. #thatsdarling

  3. Abbie

    Bahahaha. You are the giphy Queen. I tip my hat to YOU!!

  4. Jessica

    This was amazing and on point!!!! Abbie, you captured perfectly this crazy world we live in (both motherhood and BlogLand) this was the best way to start my Monday!

  5. Lindsay at Lindsay's Sweet World

    Cracking up, Abbie!! This is my life to a T!

  6. Elna | TwinsMommy

    Abbie,

    What a great comparison! Love the deadlines, screaming and celebrations for both mommyhood and blogginghood!

  7. Liz

    Haha, I am new to both parenting and blogging and most of this is true for me. I just spent 20 minutes telling my husband how awesome it is that I just figured out how to schedule posts on my blog. For some reason, he was not as excited as me about it. Weirdo.

  8. Lindsey McClure

    I love this! Thanks for the laughs!! 🙂

    lindseylatelyblog.BlogSpot.com

  9. Becky

    This is hilarious and accurate. I shared it on my Facebook page!!!

  10. Viviana @ Mums Orchard House

    So much yes to this. You hit the nail on the head, per usual ?

  11. Spencer

    I love this!! It perfectly sums everything up and makes you feel like less of crazy mom.

  12. Deena

    bahahahaha, nailed it my friend!

  13. patricia ross

    This was the greatest and made me chuckle! Thanks for that!

  14. Olivia

    lol… These are too funny! Love all the pics and videos clips you put along with each topic! Great job!

  15. Lauren

    haha this is so true! You capture our mummy blogger life so well!!

  16. Leah Elwood

    Oh heck, all of this…. But especially that last one. I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry but it’s so spot on!

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