Blogging felt like it was calling and enticing me to put my writing into something bigger than my stacks of notebooks. I went to Shippensburg University, and I majored in English with a concentration in writing. My minors were business and technical writing, as well as women’s and gender studies. I felt like a fairly average student in a sea of magnificent writers, but my passion was genuine.
Originally, I started a photography blog. The different aspect of my blog was that I am legally blind and have Retinitis Pigmentosa. It’s a genetic eye disease that caused me to lose the majority of my vision in my late teens.
That blog focused on the beauty that I was still able to see in the world. I took pictures on a small digial camera and did minor editing to enhance how things appear to me. I told 2 people about that blog and had 6 views total before I gave up after 6 months.
From there I went on to have a couple of different blogs after graduating. I had so many things to write about, so I couldn’t pick just one. I had a few blogs that gained a lot of readership, but as much as I loved writing, those blogs never felt like I was accomplishing anything for myself.
I’m not a newbie to blogging, but Housewife Hustle is still very young. I’ve dappled in blogging and reviewing and had a few blogs that weren’t too shabby, if I say so myself.
Writing is my biggest passion, besides being a mom, so I can find joy in writing whether it’s a topic I’m fully immersed in or not. I just love to write, but writing about my interests is what lead me to blogging. My issue was that I have so many interests, which led to different blogs.
- Tarot Cards and Holistic Lifestyle. I was raised around so many religions and practices. I was in many youth events with my church and studied religions as an elective in college. Tarot cards, their meanings, and history of religions in general fascinated me. I started reading cards in my early teens and would go to conventions and read for friends. Also, I loved doing research on crystal healing and the other aspects of the holistic lifestyle. I had 3 blogs centered around this over the span of 5 years, and they received a decent amount of traffic. I had my own domain name and worked so hard at it. Eventually, I felt like that was the only reason people would want to spend time with me. They wanted their cards read by the blind lady. It was more than a novelty to me, but people ruined it. I gave it all up a few years ago.
- Review Blog. Annother blog that I started came from my love of music, so I started writing music reviews. I even wrote for the online rock magazine Hardrock Haven for a few years. I branched out to product reviews as well. After a while, my love of music fell short and I felt like I was just critical of every song that I heard. I stopped writing for the magazine when I got pregnant with my son. The product reviews became baby centered but eventually stopped when I got sick and had to have a tumor removed from my right ovary. I never picked it back up.
This blog, Housewife Hustle, is so different than those other blogs. It’s a mom blog, but it’s also slowly morphing into a lifestyle blog. I’m sharing more than my mom journey, and it’s a space that’s all my own. I’m not sure about goals yet, but I want someone to wake up and want to see if there’s anything new from Jenni at Housewife Hustle. Taking it one step further, I’d also love to find a way to motivate and inspire others in whatever their journey is.
More Than a Mom
I live as a mom. Motherhood and being a housewife are my reality, and I love it. Granted, I have a unique situaion with being blind, but I’m trying to be more open. It’s like using my cane, I don’t always like the attention that comes from it, so I don’t use it. That may be why I have a decent amount of bruises, but writing about blindness is similar. I don’t like hearing the “I’m sorry” or “you’re so strong” comments. I’m not sorry. My eyes make me who I am, and most eveyone is strong in their own way.
With blogging, I believe you should do things with intention rather than for attention. I am a mom, but I am more than a mom as well. There are a lot of aspects about who I am that don’t involve motherhood, but they also all interlock in a way. Mom isn’t my only identifier, but it’s one of my favorites. That’s why that mom blog label is one I enjoy.
Momming is fun, and this online community and blogisphere are amazing to be apart of. I follow a lot of mom blogs and enjoy each and every single one. Also, I love to follow other niches, because I really want to support bloggers in general. Growth and empowerment can happen from one another.
More to Come
Housewife Hustle feels like the right fit, so I don’t think this blog will fizzle out like the rest of them, regardless of the millions of mom blogs or not. I do read articles and posts on how to become successful in this field, but it takes time and hard work. Honestly, I just appreciate the readership I do have, and you should too. We are all churning out hard work as content creators, so learn that you are incomparable.
Sometimes, I don’t write for a few days, and I feel stuck. Then, when I do write, I feel better and realized why I started writing in the first place. It’s for me. Readership and followers are just an added bonus. So, I will continue on my blog journey. I will work at building my confidence and evolving my blog.
It’s so easy to be intimidated by something you want, so the only thing to do is dive right in. Sitting on the sidelines wanting what others have isn’t the way to be, so you have to go after what you want and truly make it yours. That’s my goal!
Cheers to the millions of mom blogs!