Do Working Moms Blog?

It’s not news that working mothers have the least amount of available leisure time. Even executives can schedule their leisure time (with the cocktail hour doubling for business purposes). Rich people have assistants to help with household chores and errands. Most working women and I don’t have those luxuries. Something must give. It’s the blogging.

 

I like to blog. When I hear something interesting, discover an explanation, or have an opinion I must express, I have an outlet. It really helps. Writing about things helps me understand the world and frees my brain to move away from stewing over a nasty bit of news. I blog and I’ve got it off my mind.

 

It’s a sad fact that I really don’t have time to share day-to-day thoughts with the world. As a whole the viewpoint and opinion of the modern woman is diminished because we simply don’t have a spare moment to do much in the way of political activism, writing, contributing to discussion, and join groups, for example. That’s a shame because I think we become marginalized because of it.

 

This, I hope, is a temporary situation for me. My dreams are to write a book (not related to anything I’ve discussed online) and to have more free time as the kids get older. I won’t have to pay for child care (note that the cost is well over $10,000 a year). Someday, I’ll be able to hire a cleaning person to vacuum, dust and clean the kitchen. Can’t wait.


Another dream is to be able to come home from work and decide what to do – watch TV, read a book, take the dog for a walk, go shopping. Now, everything must be coordinated and juggled or left out entirely. This also applies to Dads too. There is less hang time. Priorities must be in order. I know that as time goes on, I’ll have less of those responsibilities and I will have more vacation time earned from work. My husband and I can go away on weekends without massive strategic planning. Hurray! Places to see, things to do…ah, someday.


I suppose we must compartmentalize our lives based on priorities of the time: childhood, teen, college, young independent, mother, and so on. I am trying to resign myself to the truth, here. This time of my life is not a leisurely stroll, it’s the familiar running to stay in place. It’s important to find small things that make me happy. It is a time for raising kids, enjoying their accomplishments, making enough money to live comfortably and keeping up a house. Framing this via the observations in The Happiness Myth, by Jennifer Michael Hecht, I have mostly good days made up of small contented moments among the rush – enjoying dusk on the back porch, sipping a vodka martini in my lounge chair, jamming to My Chemical Romance on the iPod while grocery shopping. Overall, raising kids to be healthy, well adjusted, educated and independent is one of the goals I work towards in terms of a Happy Life.

Associategirl
12.09.09

My blog has had such a nice bonus - It has allowed me to feel more in touch with being a mom. Although it started off as a blog about my job search after a lay off, the biggest responses come when I talk about my son. www.decisionsonmargaritas.blogspot.com

aztec-rose
08.01.08

I have to admit, that despite being a mum who is in paid employment and studying, i am now addicted to blogging. It kind of started of as part of my research project on work life balance but it has also become my hobby. Please come visit me at www.worklifeinterconnectivity.com

Azucar
05.29.08

Boy, do I ever blog! I try not to go more than a few days without a new entry. Like some of the other comments, as a working mom, I blog to keep sane. I should be cleaning, or folding laundry, but sometimes, a girl has to blog!

Alexis
05.21.08

I'm a working mom who blogs. I do have my own business, so perhaps that's different because I do control my schedule. But, in many ways I find I "work" far more than a typical working mom with a 9to5 job, unless you are talking about 9a-5a! You can find my musings at alexismartinneely.wordpress.com

partybluprints
05.07.08

I am one of two moms that blog as part of our work - so I guess you could say we are two working mom bloggers. Come see the great tips we have for busy Moms who still want to entertain and keep up a social life. It can be done!
http://partybluprintsblog.blogspot.com/

We have a great website too: http://www.partybluprints.com - we are running a promotion for Mother's Day. If you sign up you will receive a FREE "Queen Bee For The Day" eparty plan. Sign up and send it to someone who will crown you a "Queen Bee" for the day. All Mothers deserve the royal treatment once in a while.

katbur2
05.06.08

Another working Mom and new blogger. The kids are 3 and 7 so they have an early enough bedtime that I can get some blogging done. We'll see how long I can keep it up.

MrsWaz
04.22.08

I am a working mom, and I just recently started a blog. Who knows if I'll be able to keep it up, but so far it's been a great outlet to have. I can focus on all the non-mom stuff that makes me happy. Nothing too elaborate or lengthy - just fun and happy things. Give it a read if you're interested. mwazloves.blogspot.com

kathleenu
03.10.08

i work full time and i blog! usually i am online at night after the kiddo is asleep! i could probably be cleaning, but i prefer blogging ;)

ApplesH
10.14.07

I have a full time job at work and at home but I make time to blog. Blogging you see keeps me sane. :)

Pat
09.08.07

I do blog and work full-time, but I share custody of my kids with their dad. I'm not sure I would be able to do it if I was a fulltime single mom, but even though it's a stretch, I feel like it's helping me stretch what I do and set goals like writing a book someday.