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When I started this blog over 5 years ago, I never saw it moving past a place to diary our adventures for friends and family. Then, I was accepted as an alternate for The Old Schoolhouse’s Schoolhouse Review Crew (which I’ve continued to be a part of ever since.) Suddenly the blog started to take on a new purpose ~ ministering to other homeschool families. And, after my move to self-hosted WordPress in July of 2012, I was working to build the blog to generate a small income for our family. It was all done through trial and error as there just wasn’t much available in the way of resources for building a blog. Today, though, I am sharing about a recently updated resource, Growing Your Blog While Managing Your Home – The Ultimate Guide for Christian Mommy Bloggers, which not only tackles some of the nitty-gritty of building a blog,but also encourages the reader to keep primary focus upon managing their home.
This is where I , like many other moms, tend to have a problem. The online world can draw you in and time seems to evaporate. Before you know it, hours may have passed and the chores you have to complete are still awaiting attention. Yet, when I take time to sit in the quiet and listen to God, I know that he has called me to my vocation as wife and mother and expects those ‘roles’ in my life to be the focus before the ‘fun’ outlet of blogging.
What You Will Find in Growing Your Blog While Managing Your Home
Jacinda, author of Growing Your Blog While Managing Your Home and owner of the website Growing Home, has packed a lot of information and things to consider in this title. I was impressed how right off the bat she tackles the issue of whether or not you should even be trying to grow a blog when God is calling you to manage your home.
I love the quote she shared right out of the gate:
So I would like younger widows to marry, have children, and manage a home, so as to give the adversary no pretext for maligning us… 1 Timothy 5:14 (New American Bible)
Having a focus upon our family which includes raising children and managing the home is what God calls many of us to do. However, we are often drawn to those time suckers whether it be social media, soap operas, or any other thing that pulls us away from our calling.
As this book is written for Christians who seek to be growing a blog and managing a home, this initial section is written more as a warning to not lose sight of what is most important. I, for one, am quite appreciative of it as I can find myself falling victim to the draw as well.
You can see what other topics are covered by glancing at the different sections for the book.
Part 1 | Creating a Vision and Maintaining A Schedule
Part 2 | Content and Design
Part 3 | Growth and Monetization
Part 4 | Logistics and Legalities
There truly is a wonderful wealth of information packed into this 66 page book. I wish I had this back when I first decided to start growing the blog, but am glad to have had God speak to me through her words and help me with the need to prioritize what I am doing (as I shared in my 2014 Bucket List for a Catholic Homeschooling Mom post.)
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If you blog and are ‘charged’ with managing your home, do you ever suffer from issues with balancing it all?
How do you find a balance between family life and other activities (work or otherwise)?