I started blogging back in 2010. It was really just something my husband set up for me and I had no idea I was going to become a blogger.
Well, I guess if we’re going to be completely honest, I actually began blogging in 2006. It was while I was single and in college and had a lot of thoughts in my head that I needed to put down onto paper but that took too long, so I put it all onto a blog. I blogged about my boring college life, my thoughts on life, my poems when I was depressed, and once I got married, it turned into a family blog.
In 2010, I had my first baby. Unexpectedly, there’s actually a lot of down time with babies (especially when they sleep so well like mine did … until she was about two and now she never sleeps) and so when my husband bought me a domain and set up a website for me, I went to work.
It was a local blog for the community so it was easy to find content and there just weren’t many blogs out there that I could easily find doing what I was doing so I had a lot going for me.
I went in and out of how much I worked on it but mostly stopped working on it as I already worked for a local company. Plus I didn’t really know where I was going with it.
In 2012 I picked it back up again as my husband had no job and I needed opportunities to work from home but not keeping me busy 40+ hours a week. The more I worked on it, the more involved I became and the less time I had with the kids. It worked great because we were blessed with more opportunities than I could have ever imagined but I felt like an awful parent because I worked during the day almost every day.
At the beginning of 2015 I realized my work had overrun my life again and I took a step back. If I couldn’t do the majority of it while the kids were in bed, I just didn’t do it. And then I started five more blogs within a couple of months.
I know, what was I thinking?!
But over the last year and a half, I have done my best to be a full-time mom during the day and a part-time worker before bed and early in the morning. People think I’m crazy for staying up so late and getting up so early to blog but it’s just what makes sense to me.
My husband mentioned to my four-year old a couple of nights ago that I was working on the computer. My four-year old had stayed up late and he was shocked that I worked. He had no idea!
It made my heart happy to know that despite how much I feel like I end up having to work during the day on social media or visiting local companies that he didn’t view all of that as work. I try to make sure he’s involved and I almost always only set up appointments with companies that my kids can join me on.
Turns out, this blogging thing has become a family business and a secretive business.