Welcome back! Did you enjoy Small Business Saturday yesterday?! I hope you found lots of lovely handmade goodies. Today I want to share my blog story with you, because I think that there are many benefits to having one. When I first started Chickiedee my husband suggested that I start a blog, but I didn’t see the benefit or potential in it. I didn’t know what to write about and figured that no one was going to read it anyway. After some time I figured that I’d take a stab at it to see what would happen. At the time when I started my first blog, Chickiedee, it was only selling baby items, so even though I didn’t have kiddos of my own, I felt obligated to blog about the topic. The only thing I had to pull from was my experience of being a nanny (for some amazing families) for 6 years. I wasn’t a mom and still am not, so what was I thinking? I posted on everything from nursing to the best baby products on the market. I was basically researching online and regurgitating my findings. Bad idea. Hardly anyone read or commented on anything and I quickly became discouraged. I wasn’t passionate about what I was writing and it showed. So, even though I think having a blog can be beneficial, you still have to have passion to back it.
The key word here is that I felt obligated to write about something that I had no experience in. It became harder and harder for me to blog, because it didn’t come naturally. The turning point for me in blogging was when I re-branded and expanded from making only baby items to making everything that I wanted to. I started to blog about snippets of my life and things that I knew. I felt my passion for blogging start to grow. What a relief to not fight and struggle anymore. It felt natural. I mean, who knows me and what I love better than me? No one. So, now that I’m writing about what I know, blogging has become fun and I actually really enjoy it.
I enjoy it so much that I decided to start this one! This blog is the perfect place for me to share my ups and downs while owning and running two creative small businesses (with a third one in the works). This blog has been easier for me to dive right into, because I’ve learned a hard lesson through my Chickiedee blog. When starting this blog, I wanted to write about what I know and what I love. Beautiful design and creative small business has become a passion of mine and I want to share what I’ve learned along the way.
My latest challenge in blogging has been to remain consistent while working a day job and running both businesses. I’ve been putting better planning techniques into place to help me be a better blogger. Slowly but surely I’m getting to where I want to be. So, I have my husband to thank for this lovely relationship that is growing between my blogs and I.
How has your blogging experience been? I want to know your story!