I started blogging in college. I went to Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. 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 was a fairly average student in a sea of magnificent writers.
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. The 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.
Blogs that I Attempted:
- 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 electives in college. Tarot cards, their meanings, and history fascinated me. I started reading cards in my early teens and would go to conventions and read for friends. I loved doing reseach on crystal healing and many aspects of the holistic lifestyle. I had 3 blogs centered around this over the span of 5 years, and they recieved a lot 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. I had another blog that I started because I fell in love with reviewing music. 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 just 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.
- Mom Blog. Here I am attempting my second mom blog. I have under 20 followers, but so far, I’m happy. Life experience is fun for me to write about.
I didn’t purchase a domain name this time around, and I’m not sure if I will. I’m not really attempting to build a brand or make money. To be honest, I don’t feel like I have a strong enough writing voice in this niche. I try not to be negative, but there are millions of mom blogs. My friends and family don’t even read this one, even if I share it on Facebook. They usually request I go back writing about Tarot or anything holistic. I just don’t want to write about it if I don’t live it.
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 don’t write about it often. 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.
Momming is fun. I like talking to the few people who comment on their mom lives. It’s an online community that I hope I can get more involved in. I follow a lot of mom blogs and enjoy each and evey single one.
I do read articles and posts on how to become successful in this field, but I don’t think I’ll ever get to the big time blog status that I dream about. I just appreciate the readership I do have. It is a little discouraging to not have my friends and family read my blog.
To be fair they have to listen to me quite often, so I can’t imagine them wanting to hang up the phone with me just to go from hearing my voice to reading it. If my mom wouldn’t have lost her sight entirely last year, she would read my blog. She would also tell me about my typos and grammar though.
Sometimes, I don’t write for a few days. I think my 4 readers won’t miss me. 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.