Once upon a time ago, I knew nothing about blogging or working online from home.
That honestly feels like another lifetime ago. Still, somedays I honestly can’t believe I do make an honest living working from home blogging and/or designing.
Back though when I did make this conscious decision I literally jumped head first. I also had no idea what this job entailed. Nor did, I think it would last.
Around this same time, I was on unemployment and disability for losing my job when I was pregnant with second.
I can recall actively searching for a teaching job through online job sites. The ad for Hubpages seemed too good to be true to be paid for writing from home. At first, I ignored it But having trouble finding a more permanent job position, after about a week I caved and clicked through to that same ad. See it was a way to pass the time with two babies under the age of two in my home.
I wrote for Hubpages for a few months making very little in the way of ad income. See this is how sites like that operate making off the ads they run in your writing articles.
Around this time, another writer suggested blogging. Here comes a huge confession…
I knew absolutely nothing about blogging or even how to start up a blog.
So, I took that suggestion with a grain of salt. But my curiosity got the better of me. I did a Google search to find out more. Something made me make that leap. I would be lying if I said I can recall exactly what it was that did push me. But still, I created my own blog.
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Those early days of blogging found me writing mostly about being a young mom to my babies. I overshared their cuteness, funny tales and pretty much anything from those front lines of being a mom to two young baby girls.
Slowly I found myself getting offers from small unknown companies to write and get paid for reviewing their products and/or services.
This was over 6+ years ago. My babies are no longer babies. My oldest is on her way to 9 years old this summer. My youngest turned 7 last Thanksgiving. Those early days of blogging are also long gone. So much has changed. The face of blogging has even changed.
But still here I am a wife, mother, blogger, writer and designer. I wear many hats on many different days. I also don’t blog as much about the most personal for my kids as they are indeed growing up. Therefore, my life is growing and my blogging is evolving.
But even as crazy and hectic as my days and nights can be, I honestly wouldn’t trade my decision back all those years ago. Why? Because it has afforded me so much. I not only have been able to make money with this venture. This money has not only helped paid for the not-so fun bills.
But also has given us the opportunity to enjoy some great family vacation memories. I mean, we are only a few short months out of yet another Disney Family Vacation this summer. This will be the 4th summer in a row that we have spent in Disney. Plus our 5th trip in 4 years having gone twice last year!
A huge added bonus is all the amazing networking opportunities and virtual friends, I have made along the way. You know who you are and I couldn’t imagine not knowing these amazing people. Some I have had the pleasure of meeting in real life. Others, I hope we will very soon still. And even if I don’t meet some ever face-to-face, I still feel like we are truly blessed to work alongside each other.
So, to answer that original question, “To Blog OR To Not Blog?” I think I can sum it up perfectly. Six years flew right by and I hope to be doing this for another 6 years still.
**Side note this was originally published under “The Hardest Choice I Ever Made“. I reworked and edited it for this week’s FTSF with Kristi and Kenya. See the concept was to either re-publish or re-work an older blog post. I chose this one as I have gained many new readers to my blog since I originally shared this back over 5 years ago in 2013. So for those newer here, this explains how I became and why I began my blogging journey. For those who followed my blog from those early days, pretty sure you might recall the back story. But still happy to take the walk down memory lane here.