A Peek Behind The Scenes

I’m waiting for permission to publish the photo that goes with my next post, so I decided to delay that one a week and give you a little peek behind the scenes of the Blue Ocean Families blog.

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I have a schedule that helps me spread the parts of preparing a post over time. It includes a deadline that I hardly ever meet of sending the final draft to my editor by Thursday.

My editor is wonderfully patient and gives me good turnaround even if I only send him something on Sunday night. He’s also my husband.

Today he’s off to a business trip, so this last-minute post won’t pass under his critical eye and I must take all the credit for my mistakes. (I did manage to correct “peak” to “peek” – spelling is not my strength.)

The blogging schedule has me pick a photo at the end of the process, which I obviously have to change when a stock photo won’t do and I have to obtain permissions.

Mornings Are For Working

I usually do my blogging at 5:30 in the morning, which is often the only time when the house is quiet and the computer is available.

My husband and I share a computer and desk, which has trained us to be organized, efficient, and creative about computer time.

I used to cringe at the idea of getting up before 7am, but now I’m addicted to my 5am start to the day.

If I’m running behind (which is often) I can use the quiet period after naps to work, but since two of my four children don’t nap any more, “quiet time” isn’t so quiet anymore.

They do a great job playing on their own, but they constantly sing or hum or talk to themselves, which makes writing nearly impossible for me.

If you want to learn to use your mornings well, I recommend you check out the online course Make Over Your Mornings by Crystal Paine. I did half of this 14-day course before I had to stop to make time for the move. It’s only 17 dollars so I figured if I learned one helpful thing it would be useful.

I’m not an affiliate, I just believe in the power mornings.

Blue Ocean Families is a Non-Commercial Blog

I might try to monetize the blog at some point, but currently I’m not allowed to make any money. I only have the post basic website set up, and more importantly, our tax situation is so complicated that I’d rather not earn money than think about how to report it.

I know taxes are a pain for everyone and taxes for the self-employed are even worse. Double taxation for the self-employed overseas American is truly mind-boggling, especially since I can’t get intelligent answers out of the IRS.

But you don’t need to hear me moan about taxes, the good news for you is that you get no ads on this site.


Things are busy over here. We received notice that we had to leave our apartment so we’ve been scrambling around trying navigate the many decisions that came our way.

We are thrilled that we’ve found a house and we plan to move at the end of the month. Moving a family with four little kids might take enough energy that my blogging schedule will suffer, but I’ll do my best.

Thanks for reading, and once I get permission to post my cute picture, I’ll have an inspiring post for you next Monday!

Anything else you’d like to know from behind the scenes? I’d be happy to answer in the comments below!

3 thoughts on “A Peek Behind The Scenes”

  1. I’m very impressed with your 5am wake-up! Good job!

    Good luck with the move. I secretly love moving- such an opportunity to weed through belongings and pare down. I’m looking forward to hearing more about your new place.

  2. I have only one moving tip, which is probably a good thing because I loathe moving. You’re also following it already: Keep your life decluttered even when you don’t anticipate a move, because (1) it makes the move easier, and (2) decluttering in haste can lead to mistakes.

    Those who live in Switzerland always have a “peak” behind the scenes, don’t they? Even Basel does on a clear day. 🙂

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