I first tried blogging in 2008. That was when I first discovered blogs. I was pregnant with Bug and had a lot on my mind. That first blog, Joanie’s Mommy Journal, was difficult for me to keep up because I was a brand new mommy and a full-time college student.
In 2010 when I was pregnant with Sis I applied for a featured blogging position with What To Expect. I learned a lot from that position. SEO, building traffic, the importance of networking. It was an awesome job. I got paid to write about my life as a SAHM (stay at home mom). The thing with that job, though, was I wasn’t in control and I didn’t care that much about building my online presence because I knew it couldn’t really go anywhere.
September 2011 brought a lot of changes to our lives. My husband and I knew that his full-time job with his dad’s small business was not going to be able to pay him the way that it used to. My husband started school (military benefits are great for this reason – he is a reservist and a veteran) and started working with his dad part-time. In September, his dad ran out of work for him, and I lost my income from my two online writing jobs. I wrote for both What To Expect and Demand Studios.
I can’t remember when I found bloggingwithamy.com, but I was very inspired by her site to start my very own WordPress blog. So, here I am with my very own blog. I have learned a lot about CSS, I’m finally starting to network with other bloggers in my niche (Yay!) and I’m writing about the things that I love without worrying too much about restrictions.
Now, that is a very long story and I’m finally getting to my point. Since I entered the blogosphere I have found that it is so easy for me to try to compare myself to other bloggers. I will look at other blogs and think, “Wow, I wish I could take pictures liker her…I wish I could sew like she can…I wish I could actually bake…I wish I could post five times a week…” and the list goes on.
I HATE that. We should not compare ourselves to other people and the reason being that God gave us each our own unique gifts. Some women can sew, some can bake, some are great photographers, some are really good with scheduling. I think it’s so easy to see what another person’s gift is, but very hard for us to figure out what ours is.
Blogging is therapeutic for me. I love that the bloggers I’ve “met” are really supportive and I love that we can learn from each other.
I’m going to stop comparing myself to other bloggers. I’m going to stop worrying about whether or not I have time to post (I’ll aim for 3, hope for 5, but not beat myself up!) and I’m going to stop trying to do things that I don’t have a gift for (like sewing). I don’t want blogging to consume my life. Sharing ideas and what we’re doing here is a lot of fun, but I have to remember that being a SAHM and taking care of my home is more important to me than being a blogger.
Below is a picture of my babies just a year ago. Time goes by too fast!
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