A couple of years ago, my blog was moving along pretty well. I was no Dooce or even anything close, but I could hold my own. My traffic was decent and I was getting some great opportunities to work with some great brands to review some great products.
I started to lose interest in blogging though for a lot of reasons. My life was sort of a mess and I was suffering from depression. I no longer enjoyed blogging and a lot of other things I once did. I also was starting to feel like a sellout. This was mostly my own fault by agreeing to work with brands that I didn’t even really use.
I was feeling like all “mom bloggers” wanted was free stuff to review. The blogs that I followed were just all reviews and sponsored posts and I no longer enjoyed reading them. I decided to take a long break from blogging. In fact, I didn’t really intend to return.
About a year ago I discovered some “real” blogs again – moms like me that wanted write about their life and weren’t interested in just getting free stuff to review. One that sticks out in my mind in particular was The Happiest Mom. They were writing about their struggles with their kids and things like depression. I started to get excited about writing again, but I still didn’t want to be a “mom blogger”.
I took a class with Meagan Francis and met other writers like me. I got back into writing by trying my hand at magazine writing. That’s tough to break into. I managed to get published in a local magazine and in a few places online. I got discouraged and my true passion is fiction, so I thought I would give that a try. While I haven’t given up on my fiction, I have sort of changed direction and have resurrected this blog.
In the past month, I have realized that it’s not so bad to be a “mom blogger”. Not all are out for free things and many just truly love to write. I have discovered a great group of moms and women in general that genuinely love to write and share their lives. This time, I am embracing the label “mom blogger”.