It’s 11:43 p.m. as I’m writing this and I’m willing to bet that at least 80% of my professional mom blogger friends are parked in front of their laptops somewhere, willing their eyes to stay open and trying to “get some work done.” From my seat on the living room couch in a quiet house where only the dishwasher is running (and everyone else sleeping), that bet seems like a sure one, because it is the story of my life.
As moms who make social media our profession (or are striving to), late nights and early mornings are the name of the game. Unlike the typical 9 to 5 job, professional blogging for moms is usually done when the needs of the family are met and mom finally has time to steal a few minutes here and there to fulfill obligations and connect with others.
[Because, as I have to repeatedly explain to my husband - no, I am not "wasting time" on Facebook/Twitter/Other Blogs - staying connected and engaging in conversation is part of my job.]
But all of the networking and writing and replying to email and planning events and writing e-books and designing media kits and whatever it is that we’re all doing takes time. Which is a luxury for many of us, and means that something has to give. That something could be sleep or “me” time or family time or significant other time.
So while you may see your professional mom blogger friend from a distance and think that her life is so awesome because she attended this event or that, or reviewed this product or guest posted over there, know that those opportunities came at a price. And that she’s probably very tired.
And up in the wee hours of the night. *yawn*