Not the Big Name at BlogHer ’12
I have attended a few blogging events and the number one question is “What is your blog about?” I usually answer, “Me.” I then have to explain that my blog is seriously under loved and I use it to play with plug-ins and test things out.
I don’t mind writing but for the last 10 years I have felt the need to protect myself. We were constantly in court with Mike’s ex and as much as I liked being online I needed to protect myself. Over the years this need was replaced by the need to learn and network. When Mike lost his job one month before Little Dude was born we freaked out. I had never been so far away from the job market. Until I had kids I always had a job – since I was 14 years old.
But with the new baby we now had 5 kids and a 6th we pay serious child support for with no break even when Mike made less. How the eff was I going to make money?
I turned to the things I do best a) learning and b) the computer and started learning as much as I could. I used social media to network and connect with people outside my SAHM world.
None of this happened because I posted everyday to my blog or became a household name. Instead, my little personal blog helped me build the skills I needed to get back into the workforce when my family was ready.
was huge and that was ok by me as I like my anonymity. I got to meet some ‘old’ friends IRL and make some new ones. But most importantly I was able to hear some incredible stories of how individuals leveraged their sites/blogs to take them new places. Blogging, like anything in life, is what you make it.