Planted But Not Yet Blooming: An Editor’s Confession

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Hi there. It’s me, Cat. One of your co-editors. But you probably have no idea who I am, because I’ve been MIA. That’s right. I’ve been slacking on my duties. Failing to find guest bloggers, failing to keep up with social media accounts. Failing. Failing. Failing. And I’m sorry. I really am. (And I am not speaking for my wonderful co-editor Erin. She’s great.)

When I first started out, I was eager to be planted in this role. I told Stephanie Buckley, founder of the Women Bloggers network, “Pick me! Plant me!” And at the time, I was ready to thrive. I was blogging regularly, my freelance workload was thin, and I was the mother of only two children. *sarcasm*

Now, my freelance workload has tripled, I’m blogging far less regularly, and I’m expecting a third child. I’m tired. So how can I make it all work? How can I be a better editor and build Kansas Women Bloggers into what it could be? I feel like I’ve let you down my friends.

I’m not sure what the answer is. I’ve tried to find that elusive time tree where I can pick some more and store it up for later. I’ve tried to better prioritize my tasks, create to-do lists, be more efficient. And some of that helps, but it only means I’m getting my freelance projects turned in on time (and well done), and dinner on the table, and doctor appointments scheduled, and bills paid. It hasn’t freed up any time to pursue this passion.

I feel like we got off to such a great start, and then through no fault of yours, but of mine, we’ve lost momentum. I put out a call for back to school photos for Wordless Wednesday, and only got one. From my co-editor. (A very cute photo, by the way.) We need more content, more guest posts, more photos, more recipes. I need to do a better job of reaching out, of asking for help.

So, do you have any suggestions for me? How do you manage your busy schedule? Do you have a passion or hobby that keeps getting put on the back burner? I guess most of all I just need to know that you haven’t given up on us. I’m going to try harder, going to make a little more time if I can. There are so many wonderful bloggers out there in Kansas, and you deserve to have a quality place to gather, grow and connect.

Love,

Cat

6 thoughts on “Planted But Not Yet Blooming: An Editor’s Confession

  1. Carol J. Martin (Female in Motion) says:

    I feel your pain, Cat! I remember the days when my girls were at home, my husband and I started a new business and I decided to start a blog. Two things helped me: prioritizing daily/weekly tasks and learning to say no to all the great things that weren’t vital to my/our life. I do social media now in short bursts, three times per day. Hang in there!

  2. Diana Staresinic-Deane says:

    Considering that I’m still surrounded by moving boxes (and we moved to our new house in FEBRUARY), I’m not the person to talk to about time management. I just wanted to say hang in there, it will be okay. And the only thought I can offer is maybe scheduling an hour a week just for this blog?

  3. Jacqueline Bowser says:

    I haven’t given up on you! And I don’t think you’ve been failing. We all hold passions that are placed on the back burner – probably because they are the ones that fill our emotional banks and not our money banks.

    I think it might help to bring someone else onto the editing table – maybe an intern who could help you promote our community. I’m sure ( I HOPE!) there are more Kansas Women Bloggers out there. We just need to find them. I’ve been using your handle in every post or tweet when a new blog is posted, I suggest we get everyone else on board with that too.

    Hope that helps..

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