Every so often something comes up that makes me need to pause and take a moment to tell you about being a blogger and handling a busy life at the same time. I think many bloggers are a little secretive about how daily bloggers write but I’m not that way…I will pretty much answer any question or comment that anyone asks. The teacher and love of learning does that to me.
I don’t blog every day. I know you see a post twice a day but in reality, I don’t blog every day. On some days I write three blog posts. On other days…none. On some days I write six blog posts on a Sunday and then I hardly touch the blog for a day or two.
How you read the posts isn’t always the exact order of how I did things. For example I didn’t want to leave Thanksgiving with no posts for you read but I wanted to spend time with my family and not be required to stop everything and write a blog post so I wrote both posts a week in advance and scheduled them to be shown to you on Thanksgiving at the prescribed times.
Sometimes I get three boxes of fabric from blog readers all in the same week so I write stash report blog posts for the next three weeks and schedule them out that way so I can thank each person personally who sent a box and showcase each gift.
Some weeks I listen to five books in a week. The next week, I only listen to one. I know that although book reviews are popular, they aren’t something everyone enjoys so I will write all of the posts and then space them out to be seen over the next two weeks or so showing two, maybe three, book review posts each week.
All bloggers do these types of things for a couple reasons….we need time away from the computer. We want your reading to seem seamless and frankly we all need a couple days that don’t have demands on our time. While I love blogging (I truly do) I do need a day where I don’t have to have to do something related to the blog.
I’m taking a moment to tell you this because a reader “caught” me. On Saturday I showed you this picture of my Wild Child quilt on the frame.
But on Friday, the day before, I showed this picture via my Instagram feed. (Follow my here if you’d like) A reader notice that the quilt is actually finished.
I don’t want anyone to think I am dishonest or lying so let me explain what happened.
Reading my blog is often like reading a day old newspaper. I’m sorry, but it’s the most honest way I can explain it to you.
With Thanksgiving coming, I didn’t know for sure when my kids would be home. With five kids, 4 with spouses, and multiply that with their in-laws it’s a crap shoot to see who all will be home when. I was working to fill in blog posts for the week so that I could enjoy some family time last week. So the weekend before Thanksgiving I snapped a picture of my Wild Child progress. I wrote the blog post for Wednesday’s UFO challenge. I got everything I needed together and on the frame early of Thanksgiving week so I wrote the Saturday morning post. I really didn’t expect to have any more time for the quilt that week….but alas, the stars aligned and I finished the quilt sooner than expected and it was off the frame.
I knew Kelli was coming on Friday for a sewing day so I stayed up late to complete the binding and show the quilt off to her. She plopped down on the bed when I was showing it off. I snapped the picture and loaded it on to Instagram….and yep the finished quilt was shown there while the blog read that it was on the frame.
Did I lie? NO. The blog tells the order of how the quilt was done..not exactly shown with the “right” progress on the “right” date. I still have the exact same feelings that I’m having at the time I write. If I say I was frustrated…I was at the moment of writing. If I say I can’t wait for it to be finished…I can’t at the moment I’m writing.
So…the truth about bloggers is this…sometimes in order for readers to see a post every morning and every night a blogger has to blog ahead. I do this more now since I am doing childcare than I did before. I have to. There are just more people in my life with more schedules that aren’t completely predictable. I can’t guarentee that every nap time the kids will all sleep at the same time so I can go on the computer and write a blog post so readers will see it in “real” time. I sure wish I could…but I can’t.
The bottom line is this….If you read something on the blog, I may have done it a day or two before. If you see something on Instagram I am doing it right at the moment. I am sorry if this seems dishonest but trust me, I’m not the only blogger that has to do this…we all do to some extent.
I like to be up front and honest about how blogging works. You can read a previous post I did on how bloggers make money here as that is one of the questions I get most often.
I welcome any other questions or comments about blogging. I hope this post helps to give you a little insight and understanding.