#RealBloggerBeauty

 

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Welcome Real Blogger Beauty participants, new visitors, and hi again to my long time readers!

When I discovered Maya from Charmingly Styled through a retweet and saw she launched a campaign called Real Blogger Beauty, I couldn’t have been more excited to participate. What a fun idea. A bunch of bloggers are sharing their personal stories and their experiences as a blogger.

Here is my story.

I consider myself a “newbie” to this blogging world even though my “blogiversary” is coming up this July-how time flies! I have come a long way but I have a LONG way to go. Sometimes the thought sounds overwhelming. I actually went on a hiatus as I needed a break to focus on life. Between parenting a very active two year old, the homefront, and a 9-5 office job outside the home, the thought of blogging on top of it all became overwhelming.

I became a mother for the first time in 2012. This will sound cliche but I was thrilled,happy, excited, and scared. Not only that, I am raising a kiddo in the city of Chicago of all places. I know I am not the only one but my family have not decided to go the suburban living route. Sometimes I wonder what the heck I am doing here.

I gained a new identity as a mother, but felt like I was losing another-sure, I was a career woman and got my master’s in Social Work at the tender age of 26, and became a wife at the age of 28. But there was a creative side in me that was dying to come out.

I used to love and I mean LOVE reading and writing short stories as a kid. That went away as I got busy with college and life in general.

So when I got the courage to start a blog, I was stoked-like a piece of me has been added back. I love to write. I’ve been told that I am a good writer and I love the sense of community that blogging can bring. Such great support and inspiring stories.

Plus, being a mother can be isolating-your childless friends assume you don’t want to hang out anymore and even phone calls kind of drop by the wayside. Sure, you can spend time with coworkers but they also tend to be busy to socialize. And mom friends? That’s a tough one.

Also, there is this guilt factor that society and family even can put on us mothers-why focus or care about anything else but your child? Of course my kiddo comes first and foremost before anything.

There were a lot of goals that I wanted to happen for my blog that did not happen so I am truly disappointed in myself. I really had thought by now I would be sponsoring posts,receive products to review, and so forth.

But I think I was getting so caught up into seeing other mom blogs especially generating income from writing that writing then became a chore. And I know that is NOT the way to go when it comes to blogging. Blogging needs to come from one’s love for writing.

The networking, the private events, the product reviews,etc will all follow. I have met wonderful bloggers that I consider my bloggy friends now that I wish to meet one day. In a parenting world, socializing is crucial in order to keep my sanity. And blogging brings that.

What gets me going and not give up on my blog is reading everyone’s blogs and getting inspired each time. Thank you for that!

So I hope you stick around and keep in touch, and thanks for stopping by!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I am proud to be one of your long time readers – and big fan! I agree with you about blogging needing to be about enjoying the writing. If I were to try to write to attract sponsors, etc. I think I would get bored quickly and the quality would suffer. Do what you love and the rewards will come!
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    • Chi City Mom says:

      I am glad that you are one of my long time followers as well! I really enjoy reading all your comments! I figured that stuff will come too if you just keep at it.

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