I’m sad our week with Stacey is coming to an end, but I’m excited because I’m recording a podcast with her today! I’ll be featuring her on the Inspired To Action podcast and the upcoming HowTheyBlog podcast. Stay tuned! Also, be sure to check out Stacey’s new book, “Being OK With Where You Are.”
Onward and upward, my friends!
Stacey Thacker on Social Media and Writing
1. How do you keep social media from running your life? Is it a struggle for you? Any social media management tips?
This seems to be a popular question, lately. I think common sense rules here. Set boundaries, put people first, turn it off sometimes, don’t feel the need to share every little detail, and know if you need a break, it will still be there when you come back.
I mentioned before that I have tried to keep Sunday from sun up to sun down social media free. This is not always the case, and sometimes I will tweet a quote from our pastor’s message. But this is good space, as a general rule, for my mind and heart to let go and breathe a little.
2. What is your writing process? When do you write? How long does it take you to create a post?
I write a little in the morning after my quiet time.
I write a little in the afternoon after school.
I write some on the weekend.
A post always takes longer than I think it will. Some go up in minutes and others take longer—like an hour. I can certainly pull one together in any time frame. It just depends how ‘edited’ I want it to be!
3. Do you have a blogging mentor or accountability group (formal or informal)? How have you created and fostered those relationships?
I been involved with various blogging groups online and currently enjoying a small mastermind group with a handful of women.
One of the best things I have done is attended Relavant/Allume to meet other bloggers and connect with them in real life. Oh what fun it is to have an entire weekend to talk shop and share cupcakes. This has been one of the best investments in my blogging life.
4. What is the best blogging advice you’ve received? (OR) What is the best blogging advice you could give?
“Be yourself wherever you show up.”
I try very hard to be me online and off. I love what other women are doing in their online spaces, and though I may be like them in some ways, in others I am not. I need to be the best version of me I can. I can’t pretend to write like the amazing Ann Voskamp, because my words are different. If I try to be Ann, my friends and blog followers will see it quickly. I can learn a lot from her, but I can’t BE her.
“Be yourself wherever you show up.” –> Click to Tweet!
I’m trying to create an authentic space that looks and feels like home where others enjoy hanging out with me. I’m trusting when they drop in the first thing they see is my love for Jesus. After that, it is all icing on the blogging cake. I’m just so humbled others stop by. I mean really, with all the places they could go, how awesome is it they take time to do that?
5. How do you keep your blog and home life in balance? What does a “typical” blogging day look like for you?
Life is crazy around here. I can’t say it is balanced. But we try…
My day usually looks like this:
6:15AM: Coffee and stare time
6:30AM: Bible study and prayer
7:00AM: Blog, social media check, read my fave posts from others. Tweet a lot.
7:15AM Breakfast while I’m still reading and my 2nd cup of coffee.
7:30AM: Some of the kids are usually up and need to eat.
9:00AM(ish): We start school (we homeschool 4 days a week and my big girls attend classes one day each week)
1:00PM: Chores, exercise, writing, phone calls
4:00PM Ballet for the girls
9:00PM: Bed for kids (we try…)
10:30PM: Reading, bed for me (sleeping is bliss)
Q & A with Stacey Thacker
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