I’m so excited to bring you another installment of the “How This Blogger Stays Organized” Series.
This time, we get to know Jules from Pancakes & French Fries. Jules is one of my favorite bloggers because she’s funny, adorable and, above all, very “real”. She shares her life in such a personal way and I always look forward to reading what she’s got to say. Here, she gives us an inside look into how she balances being a mom and a successful blogger.
Q. When did you start your blog?
I started on my 35th birthday. November 30, 2007.
Q. Why did you start blogging?
My friend, Nicole Balch of Making it Lovely, decided I needed one. She put one up for me and that was that. Secretly, I think she was trying to reduce the amount of emails I was sending her at the time. What can I say? I had a newborn–I spent a lot of time in my rocker with the laptop.
Q. What physical items keep your work organized? (notebooks, binders, etc.)
Notebooks. I feel better writing things down. I’m a bit particular (understatement) and have different notebooks for various ongoing projects (blog, weight loss journal, freelance writing projects, etc.) Each notebook has its own pen, too.
For example, I use a green or turquoise roller ball pen for my blogging notebook because it matches the design of the cover (I told you I’m particular). I can’t be positive, but I am pretty sure that if I were to use a different pen in my blogging notebook the world would spin off its axis and life as we know it would end. Horribly.
I work better with a concrete list of things to do. Left to my own devices, I can pretty much spend the day buying books I won’t have time to open, reading blogs (thereby limiting my time to do anything else), and eating obscene amounts of salad.
Q. What do you look for in a perfect notebook?
It has to be lined and open flat.
Q. What software or online tools do you use to keep yourself organized?
Prior to that, I wrote out my lists on sheets of paper but my three year old kept taking my paper to color pictures. I’m not sure about the online list thing, but I’m willing to give it a go.
Q. Mac or PC?
Q. How many hours a week do you spend on your blog?
Well, that depends. I’m lucky in that most of what I blog about is just a retelling of my day-to-day.
On average, I would say 10-15 hours a week. Probably more if you include the hair pulling and agonizing over what to write.
Q. There are a lot of tasks involved with successful blogging: writing content, guest blogging, commenting on other blogs. How do you organize your time?
Organizing my time is a challenge as a stay at home mom with very young children. I can’t say I do a very good job, really.
The best thing I have done recently is to limit the number of blogs I read. That’s a terrible thing to say on a blog in an interview about your own blog, but it’s the truth.
Balance is key, even when it comes to things you enjoy. Actually, especially when it comes to things you enjoy.
What about your blog work makes you most anxious and how do you deal with it?
Oh, just the writing part. I agonize about what to write and if people will like it. I posted about deodorant the other day and almost lost my lunch thinking people would think I was insane posting about a hygiene product–that I MADE.
That’s my problem: I worry that people won’t find me interesting or that my life isn’t exciting enough to blog about when, really, if I just remember to write about things that excite me I will be fine. That’s the trick, I think. When you write about something that excites you, that passion and energy will carry through to your readers and excite them, too.
Q. What’s the one piece of advice you’d give to a new blogger?
Post everyday in the beginning. It’s too easy to get stage fright at first, and if I didn’t commit to posting everyday at first I might have stopped blogging early on.
Q. And, finally, what’s your favorite book of all time?
Right now it’s The Bible. I’ve challenged myself to read it this year. I don’t think I ever have (in its entirety), and that bothers me.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The winner (selected using Random.org) of the Olive Manna giveaway is BROOKE, with this comment: “The classic letter writing set is so cute… but I love the neighborhood print, the jotters… it is all so adorable!” Congrats, Brooke!
- How This Blogger Stays Organized: Meet Benita from Chez Larsson Since I started blogging, I’ve loved Chez Larsson. It’s author,...
- Interview with a blogger: meet Jessica from Lavender & Lilies Today’s post begins a new feature on Penelope Loves Lists...
- How This Penelope Stays Organized: an interview with Holly Bohn of See Jane Work It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that the office...