OH MY GOSH! The time has come. My blog has finally relaunched and I couldn’t be more excited… and nervous. If you have been following me on this journey, then you know I have been working on my new website for almost a year.
So, a little background…
The initial idea to start my blog was spontaneous and something I wasn’t planning on taking seriously. At the time, I had just had my second child. I was going through a lot of stress with becoming a new mom again (my children are 6.5 years apart), a failing relationship, financial struggles, and adjusting to a whole new lifestyle. It was A LOT and most days, I felt like I was drowning. I used writing as a tool, to help me get my thoughts out and prevent myself from becoming an emotional basket case. One day, after taking some advice from my family and closest friends, I did it. I started a blog and published my very first post, Dear Daughter. I wasn’t expecting anyone to read it… but, to my surprise, IT TOOK OFF.
WHOA!! People were actually reading what I had I say? People were actually looking forward to when I would post again? My blog views all the sudden were in the thousands. I had people reaching out to me, from all over the world, thanking me for my blog posts and how relatable they were. Talk about a humbling experience…
Then it hit me. This is what I am supposed to be doing. This is my calling. This is my passion. I finally found it. I was in tears (happy tears of course). I couldn’t believe that something that is so easy for me to do, was making such a huge impact on others. The comments, messages, and emails I was receiving from my readers were flowing in and confirming that I was doing something right. And for the first time in a long time… I was genuinely happy.
From that point on, I decided to take my blog more seriously. I researched my ass off. I wanted to know everything about running a successful blog. I got a logo made and started branding myself. I found my voice and my target audience. I networked with other bloggers and join a ton of Facebook groups. I even started my own Motherhood Support Group, Mom and Beyond. I started a business page and opened social media accounts on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. I did so much to prepare for this very day – my relaunch.
So here it is – everything I have been working on for the past year. It took a lot of time, a lot of research and a whole lot of trial and error. Every day I am growing and expanding my mind; soaking in every piece of knowledge I can get about blogging and just writing in general. It’s not perfect and I still have a lot of work to do, but here it is and I couldn’t be more damn proud of myself.
I hope anyone who visits my blog gains something positive, something that will help them. Whether that be learning something new, making friends, realizing you aren’t alone, feeling connected to someone or something, seeing an idea from a different perspective, or just getting in a good laugh. It doesn’t have to be something serious (because half of the time I’m not even a serious person). I just want to help my readers feel empowered and refreshed. Because that’s what my blog is doing for me. Every time I hit that publish button – I want someone to benefit from reading what I have to say. And even if it’s just one person. That’s more than enough for me.
So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you all. Thank you for being a reader. Thank you for following me on my blogging journey. Thank you for inspiring me to keep writing. Thank you for helping me find my passion. I couldn’t have done this without you guys!
And please don’t hesitate to reach out and leave comments! I want to hear your opinions, your advice, your thoughts, your concerns, your likes and dislikes (just remember to be kind & always keep it classy).
Aerica at Mother I’d Like 2 Follow