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Valentine’s Day, besides being the day of love, marks the 1-year anniversary of Reluctant Stay at Home Mom blog.
I started this blog back in February 2017, as a creative outlet more than anything else. As a SAHM of a 5-month old and a 16-month old, I desperately needed something for myself. Writing was something I always wanted to do, so I took a leap of faith and jumped into the blogging world.
A blog is a website, and for someone that knew nothing about website design, starting my own website was intimidating. I spent many hours googling tutorials on how to do this or how to do that. The truth is, what I don’t know is a lot more than I do know. But words like widgets, sidebars, plugins, themes, tags, and analytics have become a part of my vocabulary now, thanks to this blog.
Social Media as an Introvert
Once you start a blog, you want people to read it. That’s where Social Media becomes important. As an introvert, I struggle with putting myself out there in order to promote my latest post, etc. Before starting my blog, I didn’t have many social media followers, and compared to other bloggers, my following is still small. But it’s growing, and I am proud of that.
At the beginning of my blogging journey, I would show my husband blog posts and ask for his input. He frequently replied that my posts “needed more pictures.”
My husband was right. Images and pictures go a long way towards enhancing a blog post and making it more enjoyable for your readers.
I am not much of a photographer, so most of my graphics come from free image sites and/or Canva. Canva is an awesome resource to create different designs, such as Pinterest graphics, Instagram posts, Twitter posts, etc.
One of the best parts of blogging is engaging with other bloggers. I’ve found that many bloggers are supportive and want to help others.
Lindsey from Everyday Above Dirt and Amy Hughes are other blogging friends.
As a new blogger, I didn’t expect to receive any awards or recognition. But Amy Hughes nominated me for the Liebster Award, Feedspot ranked this blog as a Top 100 SAHM blog, and Mrkortingscode recognized this blog as a Top 100 Upcoming Mummy Blog.
This blog is not much of a money-maker (yet!) but I did make a little income the first year, primarily through sponsored posts.
It’s impossible to choose a favorite post, but some of my top ones include:
Irish Twin Tips
Why Mothers Let Themselves Go
Side Hustles and Money-Saving Tips from a SAHM of 2 Under 2
How to Rock Your Beach Vacation with 2 Under 2
What To Do If Your Home is Broken Into While You are on Vacation
Toddler Fitbit Experiment
When Pregnancy is Anything But Enjoyable
The common thread for most of this blog’s posts is that they are personal and reflect my current struggles or joys. I hope to share my “been there done that” advice so that I can help other parents, as well as laugh and find humor in the everyday blunders that make us human. There really is no such thing as perfect parenting.
Keep posting at least once a week. Continue learning about website design and focus on creating higher quality images. Use and grow my social media accounts to connect with readers and share posts.
Why You Should Start Your Own Blog
If you enjoy writing and want to share your words with others, I highly recommend starting a blog. Bluehost offers inexpensive website hosting, for less than $4 a month.
Thank you to all my readers, blogging friends, and family who helped make this blog a success the 1st year. Here’s hoping that the 2nd year is even better!
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