Are you thinking of starting a blog? Maybe a friend has started one, or you’ve been reading about making money from Home and blogging keeps coming up.
But you’re probably wondering how on earth you can fit a Blog in around all the family and household commitments you already have. Won’t a Blog just add to the stress?!
I started Blogging when my twins were born because I was looking for a way of making money from home to avoid having to return to work.
But as time has gone on, I’ve realised that this blog has become so much more than just a way of making money.
Not every Mom who blogs makes money from it, and Blogging brings with it many benefits that aren’t financial.
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If you’re thinking of starting a Blog but not sure if it’s for you, or have already started one but are wondering if it’s worth the effort, here are 6 (possibly surprising) ways my Blog helps me stay sane and be a better Stay at Home Mom.
I enjoy it!
I love the side hustle. I’ve been hustling alongside my job since I turned 20. So I love the business side of Blogging (and the tech stuff too) That’s how I use Blogging to indulge my passion.
But Blogging is a great creative outlet regardless of your passions. Maybe you love to write (you’ll definitely love blogging!) or you’re a crafter, or an artist or love to DIY your home. Maybe you’re an activist, or just want to share your story with others you know need to hear it.
A blog gives you a platform to express and share your creativity, write about important issues, and connect with other bloggers who ‘get’ you.
I’ve found a community of like minded people
Being a stay at home Mom gets lonely. And when you do get to have an adult conversation it tends to revolve around Mom stuff.
Which gets a bit boring after a while. Are you like me and get fed up talking about diapers and weaning and fussy toddlers and sleeping and how much ironing you’ve got to do and how nice the weather is to get all your washing dried.
Since I’ve started my Blog I’ve joined some amazing online communities. Full of Moms who are doing more than just being Mom. About sharing what’s important, learning new skills, and experiencing new things.
The blogging community is where I’ve found ‘my’ people.
Blogging makes me Money
I started work full time when I was 17 (18 years ago now!!) and I always worked right up until I had the twins 4 years ago. So I am used to having my own money! And one of the things I really didn’t like about being a Stay at Home Mom was not having my own money.
Blogging gives me back that financial independence.
It allows me to contribute to the household finances, put fuel in the car for trips out with the kids and even treat myself occasionally!
Blogging enables me to be there for my Kids
And following on from the last point, it’s a flexible way to make money.
If I blogged just to make money I would have gone back to work by now. But blogging income is totally flexible. I have a choice of how I make money. And because my income isn’t dependant on the hours I work, I’m making money even when I’m sleeping or looking after the kids!
My hours are flexible (though not always sociable!) so I’m available for my kids. I get to join in with the various events they put on at school. I get to take them on impromptu trips and I get to have fun with them.
If this all sounds like something you can get on board with, luckily starting a Blog isn’t hard and it isn’t expensive. The Quick Blog Start up Guide over in this post takes you step by step through starting your Blog. And it’ll take you less than 20 minutes and it only costs $3.95 per month. So you can get started right now!
Blogging keeps my Brain functioning
Some days it seems like my Brain has just shrivelled up and died since having the twins! (Probably something to do with spending most of my time with just 2 4-year olds for company!)
I love a challenge and I love to learn new things, so I really like that blogging presents me with new things to get my head round on an almost daily basis.
My Blog is all mine!
Finally, and possibly most importantly, my Blog is mine. And only mine. It has nothing to do with my kids and nothing to do with my husband. In a World where I often feel my life is not really mine anymore, my Blog is the one thing that I have complete control over.
That may sound a bit weird, but as someone who is very independent, who likes to do things properly, who thrives on doing her own thing in her own time, you can imagine what a culture shock having twins was! All of a sudden, my schedule was based around my kids, my free time had to be fitted in when my hubby was home, and I didn’t have a clue what I was doing with these two tiny babies! My whole life felt out of my control!
So my Blog, this one thing I had complete control over, became my personal little bit of stability. Now my little ones are bigger and in nursery every day so I have more of my own time, life is a bit calmer and I don’t feel so out of control the whole time. But I do still love that my Blog is 100% my project.
So, even though blogging can be hard work and sometimes makes me want to tear my hair out it enables me to live a lifestyle I want.
And Blogging makes me a better Mom because it enables me to be more than just a Mom.