Running a blog (whether it's part-time or full-time), while also being a full-time mom is an effort that can feel impossible at times.
There were many instances that I considered quitting my creative pursuits and simply focusing all my attention on “mommying”. But I knew in my heart that I needed a creative outlet. That's what running a blog is for me–a creative way for me to share my talents, passions, and interests with the world…and get paid to do it!
One of the things that inspired me to keep going was reading about other mompreneurs. Listening to their stories to hear why they started, where they struggled, and how they found success was just the dose of encouragement I needed to keep going.
In the spirit of inspiring more moms, I'm highlighting a different mompreneur and her story every Monday for the next few months.
These women are hardworking, amazing mommas who are balancing family life and creative business life. They are at varying levels with their blogging business. Some are just getting started. Some have been blogging for years.
Each mom offers a different perspective on what works (and doesn't work) for her when it comes to being a mompreneur.
Take a few minutes to read the mompreneur stories each week and find the inspiration you need to move forward with your own mompreneur journey! Be sure to check out the resources they recommend, take a closer look at their blogs, and signup for their mailing lists to keep in touch!
Interview #1 with Elizabeth, owner of Girlsguidetopm.com
What's the name of your blog? What do you blog about?
My blog is A Girl’s Guide To Project Management, and – you guessed it – I blog about project management.
It’s the way people get things done, from planning a wedding to building an Olympic stadium. I write mainly for early and mid-career professionals who are managing projects at work and leading teams.
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a blog?
This is my 11th year blogging. I began when I realised that there weren’t enough women writing and speaking about project management, although there were plenty working very hard at it. Back in 2006, flicking through the trade press and going to conferences meant reading and listening to what men had to say about project management. There’s nothing wrong with that – they were (and still are) often very good. But the project management world was lacking a female perspective. Basically, there wasn’t enough stuff about shoes, chocolate and crafts for my liking.
I also had a book to promote, and I read that authors needed an online platform, even back then. As a writer, blogging came naturally to me and I never stopped.
How many children do you have? Ages? What do they think about you being a blogger?
My boys are 3 and 4. They understand that mummy writes and that’s how we make money to buy things, but it doesn’t go much beyond that at the moment. They love seeing my picture on the screen and thought it was funny to watch my Facebook Lives, but luckily they haven’t appeared in any of them!
I’m quite protective of their online presence although I did share a whole series of articles in the first year or so that my eldest was born, relating managing projects to managing a changing family. I’m looking forward to when the cries of, ‘Can I help, I’m good at typing,’ can actually be answered with little jobs they can really do to help my blog! At the moment if I let him, my eldest son would just type pig and cow and his name on the screen over and over.
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
Meeting so many great people, virtually and in real life. I continue to be surprised when people I meet say something they couldn’t have known about me (once it was, “I watch Gossip Girl too”) and then I realise they’ve read it on my blog.
I love hearing from readers, especially the ones who tell me I have had a positive impact on their work, or helped them get through a tough project. The amount of people out there working on amazing things is incredible – some of the women I interview for my irregular column on inspiring female project managers have delivered things that have literally changed the world.
The blogging community is so positive as well. I’ve had such a lot of support from my peers and I hope I give back in the same way.
What your least favorite thing about blogging?
Dealing with all the spammy ‘will you publish my quality guest post on a subject that’s totally irrelevant to your audience?’ requests!
I’m getting stricter with my time, I have to, given the demands of work and family, so I have chosen not to reply to the obviously random ones any longer (I used to respond to everyone, because I’m nice like that). However, a couple of generic pitches have turned out to be lucrative sponsorships hiding behind poorly-worded introductory emails, so I’m wary of deleting everything.
What's your favorite blogging tool that you simply cannot go without and why?
I have a spreadsheet that I use for content planning. It shows me a year at a glance, every post and newsletter. It’s colour coded for ‘idea’, ‘drafted’ and ‘scheduled’ so I can easily see how much work is left to do in a month. I also include notable dates – important events in the project management world – so I can make sure my social messages reflect that and I’m supporting my community.
I couldn’t work without it because I’m often scheduling giveaways and guest posts months in ahead.
If you want a software tool I couldn’t be without, that would be PicMonkey. I love it; it feels more versatile to me than Canva and I use it for all my post images and quotes.
What's the best advice you would give to a mom looking to start her own mompreneur business?
Do it, but think long term. When I started blogging I thought my blog name was cute. Eleven years on and it’s stuck, although I’m not sure I’d refer to myself as a girl any longer! And only do it if you love it. I’d be writing longhand in journals if I didn’t have a blog, I love my subject, and there’s a lot to say about it. That makes it a joy, not a chore, although some of the elements of blogging feel repetitive, as they do in any job.
I’m still learning after all this time and I’m about to head into memberships and mentoring, so set your expectations realistically and remember you don’t have to do it all at once!
Just for fun: If you were a beverage, which beverage would you be?
I drink a lot of tea (hot tea – I asked for it in the US once and got iced), but I think I’d like to be something more interesting than Tetley, maybe Lapsang Souchong.
Want to connect with Elizabeth?
- Visit her blog at Girlsguidetopm.com
- Join her newsletter here
- Follow her on Pinterest at pinterest.com/otobosgroup
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