Month: August 2016

Should You Talk About Your Kids On Your Blog?

Should You Talk About Your Kids On Your Blog?

Should You Talk About Your Kids On Your Blog? As a blogger with children, I have to decide how much of my kids I am going to share with you. Some bloggers share everything. They will tell you all about their kid’s days, what they […]

Making Dinner When You Don’t Like Making Dinner

Making Dinner When You Don’t Like Making Dinner

Making Dinner When You Don’t Like Making Dinner We were on a retreat with our church. We had been married just about six weeks when an older woman came up to me and asked if I was getting tired of my regular recipes already. I didn’t […]

The Real Truth About Being A WAHM

The Real Truth About Being A WAHM

The Real Truth About Being A WAHM

The Real Truth About Being A WAHM

I have been working from home since 2004. I did have a few years off but started again in 2009 and have been working as a WAHM ever since.

Being a WAHM is one of the hardest things I have ever done. But why? Shouldn’t working from home be easier than working outside of the home? You get to be home. You can work in your PJs right?

The reality is, being a WAHM is a big job. You have to work on your own business or work that you have to do, you have to be in charge of the kids, you have to be in charge of the home. Being a WAHM is hard work. Here is why…

You have work you have to do

I know, this is obvious, right? But as a WAHM, you will have things you have to do. Either you will have a due date, I have them for the posts I write for other people. Or you will have things you need to do every few days, like write a blog post. As a WAHM I need to be organized. If I don’t write down everything that I need to do, I will forget something. Talk about embarrassing when you get an email from an editor wondering where your post is.

You have work you want to do

When you work for yourself there are a lot of things that you will want to do each day that doesn’t have to be done on that day. This is what is so challenging about working from home. This is why I have to turn something I want to do into something I need to do. For example, when I came up with the idea for this blog, I knew starting this was something I wanted to do. For a while, that was all it was. So I kept putting the blog off. Once I scheduled in launching this blog as something I needed to do, I was able to get things done to get ready to launch.

You have to balance work, home, and kids

There is laundry to do, and dishes, and a blog post to write and homework to help with and t-ball to get to and you really want to watch that new Netflix show to unwind. How do you find time for everything? How do you balance living like this? Finding balance is hard and not everything gets done that you want to get done every day. I feel like I am always trying out a new system to get through everything. And as the years go by I think I get better and better at this balance thing.

You have to say no

This one is hard for me. If someone asks to go to lunch, I can be free about my schedule because I work from home. The problem is, I really shouldn’t be so free about my schedule. Things come up and if I am not saying no I will have all these work hours go out the window because of other plans. This fall I have a more strict schedule which I am excited about. There will only be one day a week I can go to lunch or make appointments. I have to stick to this schedule as much as possible in order to get everything done and take my job as a work at home more seriously. I also want to be done with work by the time my kids get home from school.

Holidays

When you work outside the home, your business might be closed on holidays. Not the case when you work from home. You could work through every holiday. It’s hard to agree not to work all day when you work from home and you could just go into your office and work for a few hours. Weekends are another time where it can be difficult to let go and take some time off. I decided a few months ago that I need to take the weekends off, as much as possible. I need time to deep clean the house, spend time with my family and relax a little bit. This new schedule has made working from home a little easier for me but staying away from my work during the weekends can be difficult.

Working from home is going to be different than you think it is.

Working from home can be hard and stressful at times. On the other hand, working from home can be a great way to make a living and I am glad that I have been able to do so over the years. I am hoping as time goes on and my income grows I will be able to get better and better at balancing work and home life. I think that is an important part of making the work at home life work for you.

Are you a WAHM too? How do you make things work?

Three Instagram Tips for Bloggers

Three Instagram Tips for Bloggers

Three Tips for Bloggers On Instagram Are you a blogger? Are you on Instagram? You should be. Instagram is a social media site all about photos. You share your photos and can like and comment on others. Instagram is a great way to grow a […]

The Night Before Kindergarten

The Night Before Kindergarten

The Night Before Kindergarten He started school a few weeks ago and I wrote this post the night before…he has had a really good couple of weeks and loves school 🙂 His backpack is ready, his clothes are picked out. I walk up to his […]

Why Start a New Blog When Blogging is Dead?

Why Start a New Blog When Blogging is Dead?

Why Start a New Blog When Blogging is Dead?

Why Start a New Blog When Blogging is Dead?

I have heard the sad news that blogging is dead. That blogging has gone the way of Myspace. So why would I started a new blog? Well…I don’t agree that blogging is dead. I think blogging is very much alive. Blogging looks different than it used to, but it is far from dead.

Back in 2004, I started a blog on Blogger. I had just found out I was pregnant with my first little boy and wanted a place to share photos and update our family on what was going on. Once my son was born I used the blog for baby photos and to talk about our days. Everything I wrote was about us and no one other than friends and family was able to see what I wrote.

Do you remember Xanga?

I joined Xanga in 2005, right before my husband joined the military. This was the first time I enteracted with others through a form of blogging. Sometime in 2005, my best friend begged me to get on Myspace. So I did just that. Myspace led to Facebook and by the time 2006 came around I thought my blog was just repeating what I was posting on Facebook.

I think it was about 2008 when I started realizing people were not just blogging for their families but also for the public. I loved the idea. You would write on topics and others would comment. Life went on and finally, in 2009 I started my first public blog.

Since 2009, my blogging style has changed. At first, I included more personal posts. I would talk about my day, my pregnancy, my kids. Over the years this changed to blogging more about certain topic and including personal stories within the topics. This meant I didn’t tell my readers about my weekend but I might share about a special weekend that tied into a blog topic.

Blogging is different than it was back in 2003 and even in 2009 or 2012.

There are a lot less personal blogs out there these days and you need to be more creative in order to draw people in. Click bait is everywhere because it works even if it is frustrating to read. A lot of bloggers are also getting more into video and podcasting which is great. Some are leaving their blogs behind and others are just adding these forms of media to what they already have.

Facebook is still popular, Twitter too. Instagram and Pinterest don’t seem to be going anywhere. Google+ is falling away and Snapchat has gained some new popularity lately. There are so many different ways to be on social media and connect a blog to your accounts then there used to be.

When I first had the idea to start this blog, I did wonder if I was too late to start something new. That the time to do so had already passed. But once I thought about it, I realized that blogging isn’t dead, it has just changed and as long as I can go with those changes I will be fine.

Who knows what the future holds for blogging?

Blogging has changed. The way we view information has changed and this can be exciting. There will be changes in the years to come and the blogging we see today will look different than it does today. I am excited to see what blogging will do in the years to come.

Do you think blogging is dead? Why or why not?

Welcome To Blogging Julie

Welcome To Blogging Julie

Hi everyone! So glad you are here! I am very excited about my new blog and glad to have you here to celebrate my launch. You can read a little bit about why I am starting a new blog here. This is something I have […]

Why I Am Starting BloggingJulie

Why I Am Starting BloggingJulie

Hi! It’s me. Blogger and social media lover, Julie. This is my brand new place on the web. I have been a blogger since 2009…since 2004 if you count the first blog I created when I found out I was pregnant with my first child. […]