I’d like to tell you a little story. I’d like to say that it will be short and sweet. I’d be lying if I said that.
You see, way back in August of 2010 I decided to start a blog. That’s almost 5 years ago for you mathematically challenged folk. I was somewhat new to being a stay-at-home mom and, quite frankly, a little bored (cue: working moms who abhor me for saying this).
I also felt as though I was getting a little stupider (for lack of a better word) every day. I wasn’t challenging my mind or learning anything new. I decided to turn to my new best friend, the internet, and learn something new every day. Since my then 11 month old would not keep me accountable (how rude) I figured, if I blogged about it, that might help.
Yada yada yada (a la George Constanza) I started a blog called Smarten Up! and began sharing what I learned. You can read these mostly boring blog posts in my Smarten Up! category (which I can’t seem to link) and here’s a link to the very first post.
At some point I realized that I enjoyed the writing better than the learning (shame) so I ventured out into topics such as Wednesdays with Adah (my aforementioned unaccountable 11 month old), Facetious Friday, etc.
Here I am failing at keeping this short and sweet.
Anyways, 8 or so months later we were pregnant with our 2nd child and buying a house. I threw in the towel with hopes of getting back to the blogging eventually.
About 9 months later (in January of 2012) I was ready to start back up. This time I had visions of grandeur and rebranded myself as Housewife Mama (.com and all) so that I could grow into a legit blog with sponsored product reviews (read: getting free stuff) as my goal. Low and behold I actually found success and was able to convince business owners, both small and large to not only send me free stuff to review, but in most cases, send another for a giveaway winner. It was awesome, it was fun and then it wasn’t fun. I posted my last product review in March of 2015 and decided to retire.
I didn’t enjoy it anymore and it was no longer worth the time it took away from my family. It was a great run and I got more cloth diapers (my original motivation), baby and kid products, etc. than I can count. I even had the opportunity to work with large brands like Staples, Tom’s of Main, Joanne’s, Hallmark, Boba, Schwan’s and even Jonathan Scott from HGTV.
So here I am, pregnant with our 3rd child, still trying to fix up our home of over 4 years and wanting to write again. I’m getting back to my roots, not trying to monetize, be consistent, gain followers or do anything fancy like that. I just want to write, occasionally, about whatever the bleep I feel like and you can read it or or not.