What You Really Get Out Of Blogging
With my 3 year anniversary as a mom blogger on the horizon, I thought it only fitting that I return here, where it all started, (and where I actually have a following) to share with y’all two these words of wisdom:
Blogging is not just about sharing what you ate today and making money from adsense.
It’s not about tweeting and liking posts just to boost numbers so you can impress a brand.
It’s about finding your community and growing with them.
Having people there who’ll have your back.
Being there for a friend in need.
Having a tribe that can relate.
Having a crew who’ll “totally get” your stupid twitter jokes and your need to rant about facebook.
or share your love of funny youtube videos that rant about facebook.
Blogging Is About Community
At least it has been for me. And in these 3 years as a mom blogger, I’ve come across 14 women who’ve had a direct impact in my life and have helped me grow. As a woman, as a parent and as an entrepreneur.
These 14 Female Bloggers
Angel, who inspires me to fight for others.
Christal, who’s inspired me to just be me and be frank with every word I write.
Waning who cheered me on even when i felt like i didn’t know what the hell I was doing.
Vidya who loves me for me, prays for me, and reminds me everyday that I. Can. Do. This. If she would just let me be Igor to her Dr. Frankenstein, we could take over the web.
Elle who pushes me everyday to dream big and reminds me that what I receive from the universe is only limited by my imagination. There is not one day that passes that Elle doesn’t email me to remind me that I’m loved.
Kate, who in the days of my extreme insecurity about being an entrepreneur, used her talents to guide me into making those decisions that have brought me here, to a place where I have been extremely happy and never once wondered about the path I didn’t take.
These 6 women have kept me sane and kept me moving forward. I love these women and I love that though we all may be too busy we can still reach out to each other with anything knowing that we’re sisters and that’s what sisters do. They have have cheered me on and pushed me onto this path to greatness, all the while giving me love and accepting me for who I am.
See this little man? He gave me a hell of a time when it came to learning his colors and numbers and anything at all.
I was frustrated to say the least.
Not at him, at myself.
I didn’t know how to”make” him learn and then Mia, took my hand, virtually, and gave me great suggestions to get my reluctant boy excited about learning and reading and they worked right from the start.
And as if that weren’t enough, Mia sent this little guy his very first book and he loved it do death.
Forget the fact that I’ve bought books for him.
Books he had no interest in.
Mia truly gave him a love of books and has continued to do so to this day.
There he is with his latest book from “mom’s book friend Mia“.
And it’s not just my little boy who’s benefiting from mommy being a blogger.
My youngest Natasha loves reading Ann’s Rhyming Stories from the itouch while sitting in my lap. Its one of our few daily Mommy and Tash moments.
The teens and I have a special bookmark list of only Jeanette’s How To Art Posts. This summer we’re getting all Artsy Fartsy thanks to Jeanette. And Alison’s recipes have helped me make my teens leave the sanctuary of the dark bedrooms and bright monitors to bake for me “not with me” while we hang out in the warm kitchen sans screaming preschoolers.
Not only have these women helped me in uncharted territory when it came to having quality time with all 4 of my kids, but many many times they were my marketing team before and after I launched the Google Luv Course. There are no words for how grateful I am to these women for their honest feedback always given with my best interests at heart.
And sure being with your kids is fun, but goofing off with friends is special fun and I truly enjoy my emails from Poppy. No matter how shitty I’m feeling, that woman knows how to crack me up with little remarks and then when she’s done, she’ll stroke my ego. I swear this chic totally gets me. And when you spend half your day answering work related emails, seeing someone fun lurking in your email box hits the spot.
Kiran is another woman who cracks me up with her quick wit but she is also influencing me deeply.
Since I learned of her soon to launch business’s mission: “By promoting fair trade practices and creating a strong cause marketing focus, Simply Om would like the purchase of every piece to help chip away at human slavery, human trafficking and human oppression.“
Kiran has inspired me to make some huge changes to my business. She has impressed me in such a way that I’m thinking outside the boundaries of how i can help my community to how can i help my world.
Val is the first female entrepreneur that I’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting. The woman runs an empire and i believe that it was after getting to know Val that I decided to stop interviewing for jobs. Her success online as an entrepreneur inspired me to take the leap and rely on myself to make my income steady and secure.
But being a creative and an entrepreneur is not an easy task…yet. The admin side of business gets me so bogged down at times that I can’t seem to dig out my imagination when it’s time to design. That’s where Fran Sorin’s Digging Deep comes in. This book was published 10 years ago by Fran Sorin who’s a deep ecologist, a blogger, a broadcaster, a journalist, an Ordained Interfaith Minister, and Soul Tender.
That title of Soul Tender dragged me in and lived past my expectations. Thanks to Fran, I can now walk myself through creative blocks.
And that’s it my peeps. On May 6th, I will have been blogging for 3 years and the most important thing that I’ve gained from it, is community.
I’d love to learn how long you’ve been blogging and how it’s influenced your life. Feel free to share in the Comments Section.