Oh! This article relates to my life so well, must-remember-to-blog my reflection.
OMG! The food here is so good, my girls cleaned their plates and I did not even have to feed them. Must share on my blog!
New playground in town! Got to bring my girls there to check it out soon and blog about it!
Oh yeah! Family staycation and must take lots of nice photos and share our experience on my blog.
Attended this cool product launch and I love the products. Must-share-about-them!
And the list just continue to grow and grow and grow… and… vanished!
That’s a fast forward version of my life as a blogging mum. All memories and experiences documented in my mind and camera rolls, but almost none (sometimes a lucky few) got published on The Loving Mum. I wish I could say that I am just too lazy to get things moving in this blog of mine, but reality is NO TIME! I’ve tried staying up as late as I can till my eyelid couldn’t take the screen backlight anymore, or even tried to squeeze time out while in the loo to get photos edited and uploaded. There’s only that many things I can do in a day, with my new role with Alvinology Media and juggling the other commitments I have and spending time with my family… well… I really just want to do everything I want to do at the best I can.
Sooo… what it means as a blogging mum (to me) and am I still considered one?
Blogging to me means to share the good things and fun experiences, be it an invited opportunity or self-paid experiences etc. Let me flash back to that one week where I felt most like a blogging mum… just because that week I tried packed in as much as I could to kill-many-birds-with-one-weekend.
March 24, Thursday
One of those rare days where I feel like a blogger again (after being on the other side of the fence for work since September last year). Took up a review opportunity with an automotive brand and had their latest Sports MPV for the long weekend.
And that evening I oversee and also attended as a blogger for a client’s event for the launch of their new headphones. Since I got the car at 11am my mind had been doing mental note-taking throughout the car walkthrough and quick training, video recording the session, check out as much features as I can while snapping photos of the car the moment we drove out of the showroom, and then repeat the same cycle again for the headphones. By the time I reached home, my mind was overloaded with blogging notes, work schedules, to-do lists, the nephew’s 1st birthday planning and the constant nagging behind my mind “See lah! Why your backside itchy go accept to do so many of these blogging things. Regretted already right?“
And then Good Friday came along… March 25, Friday So after the long late night I thought I could sleep a little more that morning since the girls do not need to attend school. Oh boy I was so so wrong! “Mummy I want milk!” this came just as I was slumbering into a good deep sleep. Sheepishly I crawled out of bed to the kitchen to prepare two bottles of milk for the girls. Assuming they will continue to sleep in that morning after milk. But instead of their usual we-don’t-want-to-get-up-for-school mode, both of them jumped out of bed once their bottles were cleared. “Mummy wake up! It’s time to play!” (Play the familiar tune from Frozen… and yes with the plying of my eyelids by the littlest Zara.) And so my day started way too early for my liking.
With a great car loaned to us for review, comes greater responsibility… to bring it out for a photoshoot of cos. As we had a long day out in the car with the two girls, I had to ensure sufficient activities, snacks and hydration were packed while trying to get them both ready to head out. Oh no this wasn’t as easy too, that day they preferred playing with their LEGO builds then to head outdoor with us. “Come let’s go shower now… don’t you want to see the big car and go for a ride?” … cue sound of crow … I shall not bore you with the rest of the day since it was mainly the family chilling inside the car while the mummy me sweat it out under the crazy sun taking photos and videos of the car. The other drivers passing by us at the carpark must be thinking what this crazy woman is doing stretching up and crouching down with the cameras around the car.
March 26 – 27, Saturday to Sunday: Weekend Celebration and Family Staycation!
After months of planning and preparing for it, the nephew’s first birthday celebration finally took place. You can read about the party preparation and the day’s run-down over at Punggol Babies, my other blog baby. (Yes I know! Crazy Claudia got how many sites har?) If you’ve seen the blog post, you would have seen the video and the photos from that day. If you’ve seen me that day at the party, and don’t know I’m part of the family, you would have thought I was a hired photographer cum videographer for the celebration. I did however have a friend to help out with taking photos for us; just so I can have many varieties of shots! (Thanks Soon Koon!)
Blogging Mum 101: Always try to capture everything (as much as one is capable of) cos you want to ensure you’ve got the best shots and right moments captured for your blog, Instagram, Facebook page and personal Facebook album. And because it’s not interesting if everywhere shows the same photos right? So keep calm and snap on! Usually for our staycations, I will be documenting every single thing we see, try and experience. But because this is the third time we stayed at Hotel Jen Orchardgateway, so I was a little less “snappy” and took everything slowly and tried my best not to go at my usual flash speed every second of the day.
To kill more birds at the same time, I redeemed some free ice popsicles from 313@Somerset since they sent out media vouchers to us. So while the rest of the family were enjoying their dip in the hotel pool, I head out to check out this new dessert place and brought back sweet treats to cool down the heat. And also managed to do some quick shopping too at Muji. Women are natural multi-tasker!
March 28, Monday: Back to work and continue contemplating
Really? It’s Monday AGAIN? Relaxing weekends are great and I love them. But that also means I did not get any time over the long weekend to catch up on the always-growing-to-do-list! Whenever I start planning my day’s tasks, I’ll pretend those blogging topics were invisible till I really die-die-must-publish-it-else-someone-is-going-to-come-after-me kind. Just like THIS post which you are reading now. I started the link-up right? Cannot last minute pull out say no time to write right? (For record, time now is 1.15am on 1st April, and this post is to go live on 3rd April.)
The backlog of posts is Un-un-un-un-un-belivable! With multiple sites which I’m contributing to, and the many events for work and as a blogging mum that’s happening every week, what gets posted first greatly depends on the following:
- Is it time sensitive? If not, push it down the to-blog list.
- Is it breaking news? One that no one else has published yet and I want to be the one to first post about it? If not, push it down.
- Is it a paid assignment that has a deadline? If not, push it down the list.
- Is a post really necessary? If not, remove from list and maybe share about it on social media.
- And all other personal posts that I want to write about or milestones to record, these are almost always never get to see the light.
March 29, Tuesday: Rushing out a video and post
After the nephew’s celebration, I’ve planned to cut a video and dedicate a post on the day of his actual birthday. And the lousy GuGu got the dates mixed up, thinking it was 31 March, when the actual date is 30 March. So after dinner on Tuesday, I sat at my desk and get the video, photos and post ready. From about 8pm till 12am, I shut myself out as much as I could from the daily routines with the girls and left my hub to shower, change and put them to sleep. My only focus was to get the post up by midnight, and I did.
The night did not end at 12am, I then recalled of this link-up for the Singapore Parent Bloggers group and my promised to have the community site updated by 1st April. Horrible horrible me been pushing back this tasks for too long. So I started installing the new plugins, setup the theme, get the site deconstructed and slowly (until today), I am still trying to get it done right.
Sorry to everyone in the group, tahan for a little more, I promise I will make the site a better place to help us and the community grow together. Time to schedule our next catch-up lunch!
Hectic and Challenging Week
The rest of the week really just flew by with meetings, proposals, pitches and all the crazy stuff at work and at home. The week was also challenged by an unwell child, Ayra was almost admitted to the hospital for observation as she had been complaining about stomach pains and vomited a couple of times during the week. But the doctor wasn’t able to detect anything wrong from her tests and checks, so we made our own decision to monitor at home. She’s well now.
So just from this one week, I’ve got two more to-blog posts added to my super backdated backlog of posts. And this weekend is going to be a long one for me, but a fun one for the kids. Blogging mums and dads are really a bunch of very hardworking group of loving parents, who will do our best to give our children many happy times and fulfilling weekends. And documenting all these experiences in great detail for sharing online, creating usable and sharable content that become good resources for other parents.
Thank you to all awesome content creating mums and dads! You make the internet a better place with your published pieces of content, well tagged photos and uploaded videos. Because of your selfless sharing, everyone on the internet get to search and learn about new places, activities and things to do with their children and family.
Keep on creating. Keep on sharing. Because we can.
This post is part of a link-up with other Singapore Parent Bloggers to share a week in the life of a blogging mum and dad. You can peek into the life of 29 other families over at Week In Life of Blogging Mum and Dad linkup here.
Next up is Andy from Sengkang Babies. The wonder Dad who shares lots of fun things his family experienced. I want to be like him when my kids are older, packing our weekends with activities for the children and family, and sharing about them on our blog. I hope he shares how he maintain his blogging-stamina!