Lots of people give me a real blank stare when I answer their question: “so what do you do?”.
I totally understand. It is a pretty new arena, after all. A blog? What’s that? You work for someone else’s blog too? What does that entail?
Well, today, I thought I’d give a play-by-play of what a Friday looks like in my life, a checkin each hour. I’m a work-at-home mum, and my girls go to day care twice a week. Mondays I work at home, Fridays I work from a shared office across the city. Everything else I need to do has to fit in around naptimes, nights, times when the girls are out with their dad, or one-handed while breastfeeding. I never get everything done I need to every week (hell, every day), so I’ve learned to not try. Blogging to-do lists never end. I do what I can and I make my peace with it.
Fridays are great, as we have a meeting with the ProBlogger team and we get to talk, workshop ideas, collaborate, rock out to ’90s jams and eat cake. Today is one of those days.
Eat breakfast and read the news. Ignore teastains on the nightstand. Feed the baby.
Wrestle small children into jumpers and socks. Wrestle hair. Wrestle teeth. Wrestle faces.
Time to head out to day care. The last thing I need to do before we leave is change my shoes. Tempted to leave these babies on today, it’s very grey outside.
The drive to work is about 35-45 minutes, and usually I listen to a podcast or spotify on my phone (my car radio is broken). Today I listen to the TripleM app, and am devastated that Mick Molloy has the day off. He’s the only reason I was listening. Humph.
Get every red light in an 8km stretch.
Arrive at the clubhouse for our meeting. Laugh because we’ve all brought that day’s morning tea as nobody knew who’s turn it was. Make a cup of tea and some small talk.
During the parts of the meeting that don’t directly relate to me, I’m moderating comments, reading emails and responding to some, co-ordinating guest posts, editing posts for spelling, grammar, formatting etc, sourcing images, and checking in on the ProBlogger.com forums.
This hour I also check Veggie Mama emails but don’t respond to any. I also check in on the Facebook page.
I open my to-do list, and promptly forget about it.
More tea and a lemon tart.
Much of the same as the previous hour, except I also check twitter. Retweet Darren’s twitpic about our overabundant morning tea. Eat grapes, strawberries, and a mini caramel slice. Delete some of the emails in the VM inbox that has been sorely neglected while I was sick. It is mostly newsletters and affiliate stuff that I just won’t get time to read.
Moderate new comments that have come in. Respond to emails from people who wish to guest post on PB. During my portion of the meeting, we workshopped some upcoming themes, post topics, and sewed the seeds for the next week of posts that I will then go ahead and co-ordinate. Discussed some names of people we wanted to feature. Added 10 things to my to-do list that need to be covered off over the next few weeks.
I danced unapologetically to Baby One More Time.
Decided to stop taking pictures because all it would be is my laptop and food. I’ve moved on to the smoked almonds, you’ll be interested to know.
Installed a plugin.
Discussed how much I loathe the Live song Lightning Crashes.
Back to the ProBlogger.com forums to see what’s new, who’s chatting where, and if anyone needs any help.
Respond to a couple of VM emails.
Edited three widgets.
Uploaded more ProBlogger.net posts. Edited for spelling, grammar + formatting.
Jotted down some notes about themes and shuffled my editorial calendar.
Wrote a ProBlogger post.
Checked my online to-do list that others provide. Make a note to get to the most pressing of them ASAP.
Check Facebook again. Laugh at this.
Continue with emails. Respond to the ones who’ve responded to me during the morning.
Write another post.
Have another cup of tea.
Wish there was more smoked almonds.
Edit two images.
Google Matt Corby because my colleague says she wants to marry him. Feel old.
Provide feedback via email on some of the posts submitted.
Schedule three posts.
Workshop some new ideas I have for presenting content. Google some things.
Check Twitter again.
Figure I can swing a quick trip to Costco for (among other things) smoked almonds before I have to pick up the kids.
Get to Costco. Buy a 5-kilo bag of rice for $6.
Squeeze two small, grubby children who have had a wonderful day. It was someone’s birthday and they had cake.
Dinner. It is an epic tray of nachos. It is delicious.
The bath/bedtime hour.
Skype meeting with A Mother Far From Home as we work on a collaboration.
(PS: See what I was doing on a day in the life almost exactly two years ago)