Do You Ever Wonder How They Do It All?

“They” as in Bloggers. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones you always see on social media and publishing blog posts on a daily basis.

How do they do it?

Most of these Bloggers have a family, a job, and other priorities yet they continue to have an online presence!

Do you ever wonder why they can do it but you can’t?

Do you ever think, “I must be doing something wrong?”

Do You Ever Wonder How They Do It All?

Let me tell you a bit about myself and then maybe you can tell me why can’t I do it too!

  • I have a full-time job as an Administrative Assistant. That is by title only as my position requires much more than just an “assistant”.
  • I’m married divorced.
  • I’m a furmom to two three (3) very needy pit bull mixes that keep me on my toes daily.
  • I am a glorified homemaker.

Well hell, that’s not a lot. Right?

A day in my life

My morning begins prior to 5 am. I need at least 30 minutes in the morning of laying in bed, scanning social media on my phone, listening to the local news, and cuddling with my furkids.

Then the morning begins by tending to the furkids. This takes about another 30 minutes. I prepare their breakfast and make sure they get ample potty time outside. This generally resorts to me heading out into my backyard in my robe with a water bottle in my hand rounding up the kids to come inside.

Then for morning treats and ear cleanings. Yes, my bullies have allergies and get ear infections. Next, they get about 10 minutes to rough-house prior to me getting in the shower. Have you ever seen an adult chasing their dogs around the house naked in the morning? Yeah, it’s not such a pretty site.

While in the shower, I try to think about my day ahead.

By the way, this is one of my best times to brainstorm blogging strategies.

The next 30 minutes are spent on getting myself ready for a day at the office and making sure the furkids have ample time outside to potty, bark, be nosey, and chase whatever stumbles into the yard beyond the chain-link fence.

Shew! Are ya with me?

My work day

My work routine is never the same. There are routine tasks that need to be done but it’s the unexpected things that pop up that can be a real pain in the bum. However, I’m not complaining. At least I have a job and a paycheck to rely on, right?

I try to take time during my workday to keep in touch on social media. Thank goodness for smartphones! I also check in on my breaks and lunchtime. I just can’t stay away! There is always something we have to do as bloggers!

Through in my Virtual Assisting business and I am up to my eyeballs in computer work!

My evening begins

First things first. Furkids are a priority as always. I come home and out into the fenced yard to have potty breaks. This is a good time for me to hang out with them in the yard and rub up on them.

Dinner is generally something quick during the week. Who has time to prepare a full-course meal? In my household, because we start our mornings so early, we are early to bed.

Only to repeat the whole kit and kaboodle the next morning.

Wait! I didn’t even mention blogging!

Oh yeah, in between dinner and early to bed, I try to squeeze in my blogging and social media. If the kids are acting up that means less time for me in my virtual world. We have priorities, right?

Do you see what I’m talking about?

How do all these other bloggers manage all they do in a day when I can barely squeeze out one blog post a week?

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you have suggestions for me? How do you do it?

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By the way, this post was inspired by my friend, Ryan Biddulph of Blogging in Paradise and his most recent post Is Your Blog Missing TheseRyan really touched on what I’ve been wanting to do on my blog but was afraid to because it is a business site. I highly recommend you give it a read and take him up on his advice.

Thanks, Ryan!

37 thoughts on “Do You Ever Wonder How They Do It All?

  1. Hi Bren!

    I really considered you and other bloggers as “super bloggers”, and I always wondered how you guys do it. I can barely write one post per week myself, having a new family and a full-time job. Donna’s idea (1 hour per day) is great, and I’ll try to implement it.
    Although I’ve read many times that waking up early is the solution but as I am a night-owl, I prefer working after 9-10pm (when all is quiet).

    Thanks for sharing your personal experience!

    1. You’re so kind, Marios! I tell you, the ones I mentioned really are power blogger in my book. I slack off too often. These folks kick butt 24/7. They truly are ones to admire!

      Now, if I could only get into a routine of writing, publishing, and commenting, I would be great! I think I need a Virtual Assistant. 🙂

      Have a blessed day!

  2. I have often wondered how some bloggers do as much as they do. I appreciate knowing I’m not the only one who doesn’t publish on a definite schedule all the time. I know I’ve got to consolidate my blogs and eliminate some of them. I’d rather spend more of my time offline now. My normal routines have been disrupted by medical problems that make it difficult to follow through on my plans sometimes. I’m living one day at a time, blogging when I can as I try to rearrange my priorities.

    1. Hi Barbara,
      You’re not alone, dear. It’s hard, imo, to consolidate blogs when they are different niches. I’ve merged and unmerged only to be left more confused than ever. 🙂 I understand medical issues and other priorities happen. Heck, LIFE happens in itself and we’d rather enjoy it than spend time online on our blogs. Eventually, I think most of us come back to it and at least piddle here and there.
      I hope you get some answers soon so you can get back to blogging on a routine. My thoughts are with you.

      Bren

  3. Hi Bren,

    Thanks for the shout!

    3 months late but oh well 😉

    Love your daily story and routine. Either we are home with 3 kitties or house sitting somewhere with cats and dogs. Appreciate the fur baby routine.

    I released the Kraken aka cats at 5 AM today in Qatar. Late sleeper usually but jet lag and a new house sit changed that pronto.

    Work in those personal stories. Share your experience. Connect with bloggers. Easy as pie.

    Ryan

    1. Better late than never, right Ryan? Hey, Paradise gets in the way! I totally get it! 😉

      I’m actually thankful that you replied now because it just reminded me of this post and that I failed miserably at sharing more personal content on my site. Maybe if I did, like you do, I would blog more frequently. I know for you, your personal stories haven’t hurt your business in such. That is just one of the things I’m afraid of. However, should our reputation and testimonials account for something?

      Happy Belated Birthday in Qatar to you! I know you and Kelli are living it up! Great to have you visit my humble little site. 🙂

      Bren

  4. Hi Bren,

    I must say when a woman becomes blogger that means she is doing a lot and managing much more than anyone else can even think. Managing family, house, regular jobs and after that blogging also is really something which make us proud to have women bloggers.

    How you do it shows how good you are in managing everything. I know family is always the priority but still you manage blogging that`s really great. This all comes from commitment also.

    1. Hi Gaurav,

      Thank you for your kind words, not just for me, but for all women bloggers. Blogging it a huge commitment no matter what gender. However, at least in America, being the woman is generally the caretaker for children and running a household, I find it a bit more work than a man. I hope that didn’t come across biased.

      I’m happy that you realize how difficult it can be for us.

      Sorry for my delayed response. It’s great to have you add to the conversation.

      B

  5. A VA! That’s how I do it it’s the only way I can get things done. I also batch my stuff. So I take a lot of my photos on the weekends and write up blog posts on the weekend. Like right now I am writing 4 posts which normally takes me about two hours to do then I all I have to do is promote next week. That way I can concentrate on my business. I also have someone researching for me I give her a topic and she gives me main points and then I just put my post together. that helps out a lot! If that doesn’t work hire someone to write your posts because a lot of bloggers do that.

    1. Hi Kita,

      I know you love your VA’s. I wish I could afford one. 🙂 Wow! I never thought about a researcher. That’s fabulous! I bet hit helps not doing Web Design too. It can be so tedious and prolonged. Maybe that’s part of my issue. Doing a FT job and part-time web design and trying to keep it all together.

      I appreciate you sharing with us.

      B

  6. Hi Bren,

    I completely “get” where you’re coming from! I “only” have a part-time business and myself to look after, alongside my blogging / online marketing business. That takes me all my time – never mind everything you’re juggling.

    This weekend I’m lucky enough that my granddaughters are coming to stay, so I don’t expect to make ANY progress online. It will take me all my time to keep up to date with emails.

    Yes – a virtual assistant would be wonderful and something to aspire to.

    Your furkids sound gorgeous – would love to see some piccies 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    1. Hi Joy,

      It’s great to see you here! I love finding more bloggers and entrepreneurs that have the same struggles as me. It makes me feel better about myself knowing I’m not alone. 🙂

      Sometimes, as you know, our other priorities (like family) must take the front seat to our online world. At one time, I didn’t and my family suffered from that. I will never make that mistake again. Taking a much-needed break can also leave us feeling refreshed and energized. Something our online world may appreciate.

      Maybe some day, you and I will both have our own VA’s to make our lives much easier. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Have a blessed day!

      B

  7. I’d say kids are more important, and for the Internet can always be outsourced. Glad to know that you do have a paycheck. But seems like you love the internet.

    1. I absolutely love the internet, social media, and doing web design. Someday, I’ll move it to my home biz. But until then, I will do both, as being happy is what I’m most about. Thanks for stopping by.

  8. Hey Bren,

    Girl, I am right there with you. I’m always scratchin’ my head wondering what the heck I’m doing wrong and how the super bloggers you talk about manage to juggle it all. I always try to remember to run my own race but sometimes I just can’t help but wonder.

    I’ve made some changes to my personal and blogging schedule in hopes things would get easier and even still, I can’t. 🙂

    Your day sounds pretty busy gf, I’m wondering how you do it because you always have an online presence.

    I’m going to head on over to Ryan’s to read the blog post you mention – I’m sure I’ll be missing something. 😉

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this…I’m sure a lot of us feel the same way.

    Happy Tuesday chica!

    Cori

    1. Hi Cori,

      I remember when you were one of “those”. 🙂 However, things changed in your life and you have even less time now and not quite out there as much. I totally understand why though and I do hope it gets better for you.

      Thanks to fab scheduling apps and my smartphone, I’m able to stay connected throughout the day. The evening is when I slack off a bit because I enjoy my beauty sleep too much. LOL

      I think we all need to find a routine and a rhythm that works for us. As you know, not one blogger is alike and we just need to fumble around until we find the show that fits, right?

      Sorry it took me so long to get around to replying. Been a bit crazy! Happy Monday gf!

      B

  9. Hi Bren,

    Never wondered how they do it. I can do it too, but I don’t want to 🙂

    Here are two ways:

    1) You can hire a ghostwriter
    2) If you become a full-time blogger, then most probably you can do it too.

    So… it’s not that you’re doing something wrong. You’re doing something different.

    1. Hi Adrian,

      I love your candor. I have to wonder if those who do it all miss out on the bigger things in life? Thoughts? A ghostwriter is a great idea. Even contributors to your blog. However, you would still have the tedious tasks of editing and scheduling. I think I’m a bit envious of those who can do the daily publishing and make their blogging rounds every day, especially in those intense Facebook groups. But then I think about how hard it must be for them to unplug. I love to unplug if only for half a day or so. It’s therapeutic for me and generally, I can regroup my thoughts.

      I believe what I need to do is find a rhythm that works for me and own it. No one says we have to do it ALL, right? Thank you for pointing out that I’m not doing it wrong. Means a lot.

      Have a great week ahead, my friend!

      B

  10. Hi Bren,

    You sure have your hands full. You work a job and have a business and blog at the same time. I work on my business full time so I do have more time to devote to it.

    However, I have my two furbabies that need tons of attention and my mom living with me. Thank God she can get around, but I need to spend time with her every day…making sure she isn’t binging on the wrong foods, etc. And taking her out to her yoga classes.

    My secret is working one hour a day on pushing my business to the next level. That one hour has to be well planned out. So each week, I mastermind with David and each of us has our own hour to unplug…not be disturbed and do what was planned. After that, I can keep up with clients scheduled and blogs, social media, etc.

    So if we take one hour a day and really focus on what we want to do…it does work. I’m writing about it as I comment here….Sort of a diary coupled with the feelings of accomplishment and drudgery. lol.

    -Donna

    1. Hi Donna,

      Your system sounds like a good and productive one! I know you have a lot going on too but you continue to be a super blogger. Thank you for sharing your “secret”. I know many can learn from you and take your advice like I will.

      There are some days where I feel totally focused. Then others, like today, where I just want to unplug and close my eyes to all of social media, including my blog. I think I might try a daily schedule. A day to publish. A day to research. A day or two for commenting on others, and so on. There just has to be a good way to get through my madness. 🙂

      I hope you’re having a great week, Donna. Tomorrow is the big day! I may unplug. hehe

      B

  11. Hi Bren

    I love your honesty in this post about the reality of blogging, holding down a job and running a home. I think sometimes when we stop and think all we achieve in a day, it is amazing to think how do we not need a nap during the day… chance would be a fine thing!

    1. Hi Corinne,

      Thank you very much! I’m a firm believer in being “real”. Bloggers to be, don’t realize how much is involved with blogging. It’s not like my hubs thinks, publish a post and wait for the people to come. of course, you and I know differently. Even those who work-at-home with infants and toddlers seem like super bloggers to me. I just don’t know where they get all the energy to do it all! I hope to be a super one some day but for now I think I’ll remain “little taters.” 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by gf! Have a great week!

      B

  12. Hey Bren,

    First, let me tell you that you are doing more than enough already with everything you have on your plate. With your day job, your business, and your family to take care of, it’s quite amazing that you can do all that you do.

    And since I also work outside the house, I can understand the lack of time to blog and surf social media. But as long as I have a job outside the house, I’ll never be able to write as often as some other bloggers.

    I decided a while back to cut on my posts. At first, I cut back to once a week and then it was once every other Monday. That’s where I’m the most comfortable at and can concentrate on other things than blogging.

    I admire you for being able to do all of this! Thanks for sharing your schedule with us!

    Hope you had a great weekend, gf! 🙂

    ~Nataly

    1. Hi Nataly

      Oh yes, my friend. I know you have a full schedule as well. Finding a good publishing rhythm is key. Scheduling our social media as much as possible is another great idea. I bet you’re utilizing all the social media schedulers that I am. I think as long as we can keep an online presence and keep our readers advised of our schedule, your loyal readers will always be there.

      I appreciate all the sharing you do of my content, Nataly. It really means a lot to me. I hope you’ve recovered from your San Fran trip! Have a great evening!

      B

  13. Hey Bren,

    Brainstorming is one of the most powerful creative techniques ever devised. When used properly, it can produce more and better ideas than any other process. It’s based on the concept that two heads or more than, are better than one.

    But brainstorming is not about executing ideas. It’s simply about coming up with ideas. And it is almost always more productive as a group activity. The result of a brainstorming session should be a long list of potential ideas which we can evaluate at a later time, acting only on the best. Eventually, thanks for your regular support.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    1. Hi Amar!

      Thanks so much for discussing “brainstorming”. I love to brainstorm and do have a group of girls that I do it with. We come up with some really great ideas including how to execute them. I think we at least need one other person who we can bounce ideas off of and get a non-biased opinion. Without that, our world can become a bunch of frustrations.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing, Amar. Have a great week ahead!

      B

  14. Bren, I found myself holding my breath waiting for a break. Boy I thought my day was busy well I commend you on keeping up such an awesome blog. I wish I had your image creating skills I am teaching myself and having fun.

    1. Hi Lydia,

      A break can always do us good, right? I tell you, I just don’t think some of these people sleep! 😉 Playing around with image creation is a fun thing. I love seeing how creative I can get. However, just one thing. There will always be someone that will criticize your art no matter what. Haters are gonna Hate.

      I hope you get your well-deserved break soon! Great to see you!

      B

  15. Hi Bren, oh yes, I wonder that ALL the time! I don’t know how many people do it all. And especially you with 2 dogs! After I got 1 dog I didn’t know how the heck you did it ALL.
    I don’t get to post every week either. And I’m okay with that now. I like to wait til I have something really good to post or think that’s really good to share with my audience. I do get antsy after 3 weeks though 🙂
    I love getting up early and do my best work then too. And the shower is a great place to get ideas as well as a long walk. Those already help me generate new ideas for posts. I just have to act upon them more often.
    Great topic Brenda and have a great weekend!

    1. Hi Lisa,

      Believe it or not, I think it’s easier with two dogs than one. They tend to keep each other occupied, where Titan would always be “Mommy Mommy Mommy!” Now he screws “Zue Zue Zue!” 🙂

      I know your lifestyle has changed and has gotten busier. I’ve noticed that you aren’t publishing as often. Have you seen a decline in your Subscribers or Comments? You’re such an early bird. I don’t know how you do it. Were you like that as a child? For me, I’ve always been a night owl. Staying up late, contemplating world domination and watching horror movies. Mornings were for sleeping in and then starting the day slowly.

      I guess we all have our routines, right? I appreciate you stopping by and sharing! I’m sure you’ve had a busy weekend. Chat soon!

      Bren

      1. Hi Bren, That’s interesting have 2 is easier 🙂
        No I’ve had more because I’m spending more time promoting than ever before. I never reached the 20% of sharing my own til recently. I was doing like 5-10
        % of my own and the rest everyone else’s. I do see a spike in traffic the day I do post a new post. I’ve always been a morning person. I’m so happy it’s light again in the a.m. too. I could never stay up past 10.
        I think you are right, we have to take advantage of our natural cycles to be our most productive. Happy new week Bren!

  16. Hey Bren,

    There are many people who have the same question in their mind. It’s pretty hard to explain how bloggers manage their time.

    Your schedule is quite hectic. I don’t even wake up at 5. I sleep too much.

    I am amazed that you manage it effectively.

    Thanks for sharing with us.
    ~Ravi

    1. Hi Ravi!

      Unfortunately, I really don’t have the option to sleep in when I need to leave my home to go to work. Blah! It gets so annoying! I’d rather stay home and work in my jammies! 🙂 Thank you for kind words. I try to manage the best I can, even if that means only publishing a few posts a month. Thankfully, I have loyal friends and readers who are always here to cheer me on.

      Hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

      Bren

  17. This is a fun read and yes I wonder all the time how people do it. I’m guessing that some of them aren’t doing it all themselves and some make good use of services that post on their behalf, so they spend time planning it out and then it is set in motion while they are doing other things – like life.

    1. Hi Michelle,

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! It was meant to open myself up as a “real” person with “real” struggles. Like you and Harleena both said, I do believe some are hiring virtual help to assist them. When I make the big bucks, that’s exactly what I’m going to do. 🙂

      Thanks for sharing with us!

      Bren

  18. Hi Bren,

    Phew! You DO have your hands full, my friend 🙂

    And, even if there are no kids around, your furkids are similiar to them! Yes, they need full time attention and care. I wonder too how they do it all though I am sure after a certain stage in blogging they all have help, so they are not handling the front single – handed like us, which makes a lot of difference, isn’t it?

    Being homemakers too, makes things all the more busy for us and that’s where the fine art of time management comes in, which I feel each one of us does to the best of our ability. Don’t worry – you are doing wonderfully well, so keep going the way you are!

    Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena,

      Aww shucks, it’s all in a day’s work. 🙂

      You may be onto something there. If I had the extra money, I’d hire a Virtual Assistant or two to help me out with the tasks. But until them, it’s little ole me. I know I’m not the only one who struggles with this but it’s great to put it out there and see if you can receive helpful suggestions on how to manage it all, right?

      So, I’m sitting here on a Sunday catching up on blog comments, finishing up a web design, working on the relaunch of MGP, and squeezing some furkid and hubs time in. Thankfully, I only work two days this week so it should be a very productive week on the home front. 🙂

      I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. It’s always a pleasure, my friend!

      Bren

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