This crazy, wonderful world of blogging can be both crowded and lonely at the same time. I love it, but blogging comes with its challenges! Here’s a glimpse behind the scenes at what it’s like to be a work-at-home mom blogger.
I’m back, y’all! And let me tell you: I missed you. I really missed you.
For those who are just finding my site, let me backtrack:
I’m just ending a 6-week sabbatical of sorts.
While the site still went on without me via guest posts, I’ve spent the past month and a half taking care of my family, my home and myself. (Check out my Instagram feed for proof!)
It was a much-needed respite.
As I embark on what will soon be my 4th year of blogging, I’ve decided to take several posts this week to write a little more about what it’s like to be a blogger, what I believe the best method of blogging growth to be, and, finally, how exactly I make an income blogging.
When people find out I make a full-time income blogging, I usually get one of two responses:
Response #1 is usually a puzzled look or a look of disbelief.
Occasionally, people will even roll their eyes. This response is the “yeah, right–like blogging is a real job.”
Response #2 is that people want to “pick my brain” (until it hurts!), so that I can teach them everything I know about making an income blogging, so they can, in turn, make an income too.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to make an income with your blog. But I admit that response #2 bothers me almost as much (and maybe even more?) than response #1. I didn’t just go out and “pick someone’s brain” to making a full-time income blogging.
I spent hours learning the ropes myself, and my time is so limited because I run this site (and manage my home!), that I simply do not have the time to teach everyone who asks me how to run a blog that makes money.
As well? It is a turn-off to me personally when someone seems like all they care about is the income potential. I see writing and connecting with you as a gift.
This blog is first and foremost a community. If I just did it for the money, I would have given up a long, long time ago, and doing anything just for the money would make me want to shrivel up and die!
Nonetheless, since I’m asked about this regularly, I hope you will enjoy and be informed through this week’s posts.
Pros and Cons of Blogging
Blogging can be a crowded yet lonely place.
Very few of my “real-life” friends understand it. I’m not a work-outside-the-home mom, yet I’m not quite fully a stay-at-home mom now either. When other stay-at-home moms want to go on a playdate last minute, I usually have to say no. I have to plan out my time very carefully to be able to balance this crazy, blogging, work-at-home mom life that I love.
As well, when you get hundreds (literally!) of women together in any community, there will arise female cattiness. I don’t think I have ever seen so much drama until I entered the blogger community. Even among Christian bloggers, I have seen my fair-share of jealousy, discord and hurt feelings.
I am incredibly blessed, though, to have formed super strong bonds with other bloggers who I see as close friends. I am in a mastermind group with several of these, and we communicate nearly daily via Facebook and/or the Voxer app on our phones.
And a couple weeks ago, I had the HUGE blessing of spending several days with real, live women who actually get this blogging life. Spending time with Crystal from Money Saving Mom, Stephanie from Keeper of the Home and Entre Family (and my former Ultimate-Bundles partner), Beth from Red and Honey, Diana from My Humble Kitchen, Kelly from The Nourishing Home and many others like them was like a balm to my soul.
We shared soul-baring conversation and deep belly laughs. And it was absolutely wonderful.
These ladies are, in part, why I keep on blogging when others are quitting left and right. And you readers are another part of that equation. But most of all, I continue to blog because it helps provide for my family and it’s a calling that God has placed on my life.
I look forward to sharing a little bit more about running a blog with you all later this week!