Have you noticed that the type of posts on here have been changing a bit?
This blog used to be 70% crafting, 25% recipes & 5% random blabber. (those are very accurate researched figures. not really.)
Lately though I’ve really enjoyed doing some more thoughtful writing like the milkshake post last week. I also haven’t been able to share the details yet but I’ve been doing some side writing for a website. (it hasn’t ‘officially’ launched yet but when it does have no doubt I’ll be on here begging you to check it out)
Over the last few months I’ve been feeling the desire to take this blog to the next level, in particular, to find a way to turn it into a part-time job. While I love being a stay at home mom I also feel like I really need something outside of my children. I never really had a job that was my ‘passion’ per say but one day it dawned on me that if I’ve been regularly dedicating myself to this blog for over 3 years than maybe this is my passion? I must love it if I’ve been more than willing to do it this long & not make a penny off of it, right?
So I started thinking about what directions I could go…
Advertise- eh, the money is really mediocre until your blog is stupid big & I really don’t want to manage the ads/sponsors. I’ve applied with a few blog publishing companies but when it came time to sign the contract I just couldn’t bring myself to turn my baby over to someone else to pimp it out. For me, it just didn’t feel right.
Write a book- This one is tempting. You build up a group of dedicated readers & then transform your postings into a book, you’ve already got a built in audience so you’re one step ahead of the game. The problem is it’s an enormous amount of work & there’s not really one particular topic that I want to write an entire book about. Not quite the right path either.
Contracted writing- Similar to the book path, you have your dedicated readers on your site that give you the credibility to attract other sites to pay you to write posts for them. I like this one. I love writing & love the idea of being able to take different topics to different audiences.
But I realized I want something more specific…I want a column. I want to write about the honest life of being a mom. The antics, the questions & the pressures of one of the most common yet unappreciated jobs out there.
So I’m going to cut my teeth here on my blog, who better to make your guinea pigs than your friends right? LPM will go a little like this….monday- mommy life post, wednesday- diy/craft/decorating post, friday- recipes & sunday will still be ‘Sunday Love’.
I’m going to build up my portfolio here with you & hopefully with your input I can really find my niche in the writing world. Sam is in school 3 mornings a week & I’ve decided to nanny-share with a friend to watch Sophie for a few hours 2 mornings a week so I can write. It feels like it’s a huge chance I’m taking. Now that the babysitter’s check has to be written I feel like I can’t just toy with the idea anymore. As my wise mom once told me “it’s time to sh@! or get off the pot.”
I don’t know why but I was really torn about whether or not to write about this here but then I figured why not? Why should I keep this a secret? Because I might fail? Well, yeah. There’s that. And that’s pretty freaking scary. People might judge me or doubt me? So what? Screw them. After writing about ‘mommy pills‘ & so many other posts that I was terrified to put out on the internet I’ve realized that the encouragement & support I receive from you guys doesn’t even begin to compare to the downsides of blogging about my life in a no holds back, honest way.
So that’s where I am. What do ya think? (please be nice please be nice please be nice)