Getting a little personal today and sharing how I am Blogging with Purpose.
This year one of my goals is to incorporate more personal posts onto the blog. Not personal like, here’s my life’s drama, but just sharing a little bit more about myself, my blogging and such. Today I thought I’d start with something simple and share my blog journey with you and how I’m trying to blog with purpose. Because the reason I began blogging was doing more personal posts so I guess we’re kind of coming full circle here (and if that made no sense then just bear with me).
My husband and I originally started this blog to keep in touch with family and friends. We were newly married (one month to be exact) and we lived right outside of Washington D.C. We had one of my aunts and her family about 30 minutes away but aside from that our closest family was 5 hours away; and the furtherest family was about 12 hours away. We started the blog after a lot of episodes of the Kardashians and aptly named it Keeping Up with the Glovers.
About two months after we started the blog I finally found a full time nanny job, this was my second nanny job. It ended up involving about two hours of commuting a day and working around 40 hours a week (not including the commute). I was pretty miserable, despite the fact that I worked for a great family I just wasn’t happy working 50 hours a week. I dreamed of being a housewife, being able to cook for Tyler and take care of him. I know that can be taboo in our society these days, but it was what I wanted. After a lot (and I mean a lot) of thought and prayer, and with the full support of my husband, I left my nanny job, cut our income in half, and began staying at home. I looked for other jobs while at the same time job hunting for my husband because we wanted to move back south. He ended up accepting a job in Nashville, TN and we are so happy to be here!
Back to the blog, during nap times at my nanny job, I discovered the wonderful blogging community. I soon discovered that there were people out there who made money doing this and that amazed me. I read every post I could find about growing your blog, monetizing it, and building a community. I wanted to be able to monetize my blog and help contribute to our income. Well that takes quite awhile before it happens, and I also didn’t want to blog just to monetize, I wanted to blog with purpose.
I began focusing on crafts, recipes and house projects we were doing because that is what I love doing. Also, since I was staying at home, it made sense to be blogging about what I do as a stay at home wife. In April of 2013, I decided to get serious and switched to self hosted WordPress and began my serious blogging journey.
Just for a little timeline for you
July 2012- The blog was created.
April 2013- This is when I really got serious, got my own domain name and started really working on my posts and improving the quality of them.
May 2013- I left my full time nanny job.
August 2013- We moved to Nashville, TN for Tyler’s new job
December 2013- I made my first few dollars off of the blog, $75 big ones. I was thrilled.
January 2014- I got a new blog design and had my biggest month yet.
February 2015- A year later and I’ve gotten a custom design from Grace and Vine Studios and the blog is continuing to grow every day!
Some days I feel uninspired, some days I feel like I’m not near as creative as all of the other bloggers out there, and those are the days I have to stop myself and remember the quote “Comparison is the thief of joy.” We are all just doing our own thing in our own way and that’s what makes each blog unique and special.
Each day my prayer is that first and foremost I will glorify God through this blog. I am so blessed to be able to contribute a little to our income with my blog but I always want my first focus to be to glorify God through the things I do and say. My second focus is to bring quality content to all of you. I’d love to hear what you want to see more of on the blog this year? I always love to hear feedback from you on what you like about the blog or dislike, but please be nice :).