In 2013, towards the end of my second trimester during my pregnancy with Squeaker, I was confined to partial bed rest. I had to stop working and from that point on, I stayed home. Naturally, there was only so much TV I could watch, books to read, FB games to play.. you get the picture. Then it dawned on me to restart my family website that I had done so many years ago… before blogging became what it is today. But, I’ve talked about that already, so let’s get to the heart of this post: becoming a blogger. Really, this is a general recollection of how and why I made the transition.
I suppose this also explains a bit behind the blog name, but if you’ve read my about me page, you knew that already 😉
My steps to becoming a blogger probably started as many others have. Either with boredom or wanting to share something or contribute something to the internet. In my case, it was mostly boredom and wanting to see if I could take blogging seriously again. My biggest roadblock in the past was consistent posting. Sometimes I still struggle with this, but I’ve become a better blogger throughout this process. Not a perfect blogger by any stretch but I think I better blogger none the less.
And it wasn’t until Squeaker was a little bit older and that I got a new computer (initially for school purposes) that I really started to get more serious about blogging. I wanted to learn more, I wanted to monetize (though that’s not my sole purpose for blogging), I wanted to work with companies, and I wanted to network with other bloggers. I wanted to grow beyond just having a personal blog. I really wanted to become a blogger- maybe even aspire someday to be a professional blogger.
So I dove right in without a helmet or a safety net.
That was wrong. Oh so very wrong.
I realize now that I should have gone about things differently because I was really trying to do too much at once. I should have waited until I had more content, I should have waited until I had a better posting schedule. There are plenty of things I wasn’t doing right and yet, somehow, I still managed to make something of it.
There were also plenty of times that I was ready to just scrap the entire idea and let it go to the wayside. But then I realized that I wanted to stick with it and I wanted to make something of it.
So I kept at it, got a little overwhelmed with a gift guide and giveaways, but I kept at it.
In hindsight, the gift guide and giveaways were a good thing because I learned a valuable lesson from it: I am not cut out to be a review blogger. I don’t mind doing the occasional review, but strictly reviews? Nope, not for me. Will I still do gift guides? Of course. Just not to the extent that I had before because it was taking over my blog and my life.
That has been one of the most important things that I’ve learned- not letting my blog take over my life despite the overflow of life that goes into my blog. I want to keep this blog authentic and share things like School with Squeaker, Autism and Afterschooling, recipes that we enjoy, my own mishaps with fitness at home, or being an uninspired homemaker. But I also know that I need to mix things up a bit and it’s all about finding a balance.
I also realized that I wanted to expand a bit from being just a mom blogger. Not that I mind that but I wanted to have a solid identity for my blog. One that truly reflected me and my life- and all that it entails. Yes, I’m a mom and first and foremost when people ask me what I do? I’m a stay at home mom. Sometimes I’ll mention that I blog or I’ll add in- I’m a blogger. But being a mom is my first occupation.
It wasn’t until I was goal planning for 2015 that I finally identified what I wanted my blog to be. And it wasn’t until earlier this year that I finally realized- I’m not just wanting to be a part time blogger. I want to make blogging part of my full time work at home. But, if you read my author bio- yes, I’m finishing up my bachelor’s degree in psychology and yes… I had previously wanted to go on to graduate school and get my PhD.
But that’s also changed since I started blogging more and started putting more effort and time into my blog. My blog has also helped me keep things in perspective. I don’t have set blogging hours but I do have time where I don’t blog and family always comes first. For me, one of the biggest things that I’ve learned during this transition is to balance my time.
I’m not neglecting school entirely because I still want that foundation, but it’s also not my end goal. My career goals have changed and I want to be able to stay at home with Squeaker and be there for Sweet B when she needs me. I’ve even started considering homeschooling as an option if I can make a good career out of working at home.
Working at home will allow me to do that- to be there for my kids and to possibly homeschool if we’re lead down that path, and I want this blog to be a part of that. There will be other things too, of course, and that will be revealed over the course of this month. But that’s another story for another day.
Be sure to look out for the next part of this blogging series next Monday: Blogging Groups- Are They Worth It?
So that’s part of my story to becoming a blogger- what’s yours?