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!