Blogger Recognition Award: Feeling the Hustle as a Housewife
First, I need to thank The Newbury Girl for this nomination. She has become one of my favorite people in the blogging community. Her blogging tips and beauty posts are lovely, and she is very genuine and supportive. I’m always rushing to read her posts once they are up, and I would even go as far as to call her a friend. She’s one of the amazing people that makes me love this blogging community so much.
Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award
- Thank the blogger that nominated you.
- Write a post to show your award.
- Give a brief story of how your blog started.
- Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
- Select 15 bloggers to whom you want to give this award.
- Let each Blogger know that you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.
Where Housewife Hustle Began
I actually started Housewife Hustle in August of 2017 as a free WordPress site, but I didn’t even work on building the site or posting until months later. Every time I thought about blogging, I was discouraged about my other blogs that didn’t do so well. When I finally pushed my fear aside, I did a few posts. I noticed they weren’t getting read, and I felt defeated. I didn’t want an online journal, I wanted a blog to share my experiences. Even though I wanted a blog, and I had such a strong desire to write, I was dealing with so much. I had health issues and what felt like one surgery after another. Between removing tumors and scar tissue, my reproductive organs and stomach were in constant pain. When I was told I needed a hysterectomy, a fire was lit under me.
I started blogging again. It became consistent, and I decided to go put myself out there and take my blog to social media platforms. It started small, and I did very little promotion. Once I started following other bloggers, I saw that you just have to put yourself out there if you want to be heard. So, I did.
Here I am coming up on a year of consistent blogging. I love Housewife Hustle, because it pulled me out of a dark place. I still have moments, but then I remember what Housewife Hustle means to me.
It’s not about finding a bunch of side jobs like some have thought. It’s about embracing motherhood and being the best version of myself. It’s about being surrounded by the hustle of everyday life but not being consumed by it. It’s about working as a SAHM and showing the world that this is the job I chose, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Tips for New Bloggers
When it comes to new bloggers, I think the advice I have depends on the blogger. Some people blog just for money, and I have no idea what to say to someone who’s main goal is to make a living doing this. The advice I have is for bloggers who want to write and have their voice heard whether there are dollar signs or not.
Blog for yourself, first and foremost. Getting hung up on numbers and stats will only cause a yo-yo of emotions. This what what I struggled with the most. Not all days are going to be good, and not all posts are going to be a hit. You have to want to write for yourself, because if you’re writing for others, you can get burnt out quickly. I try to take this advice too, because it’s easy to get caught up. If you write what you love and put yourself out there, the support will come.
It can get overwhelming when you get stuck on the numbers and trying to constantly succeed. That’s where my second piece of advice comes from. Take a break if you need it. I’ll be taking a few days off starting this weekend.
It’s okay to take a step back. Your blog and social media aren’t going to run away if you take some time for yourself. Self care is a part of blogging. If you’re stressed and wearing thin, take a few days off. Regain your motivation, and make sure your mental health is in a good place.
If anyone has been nominated before, and I didn’t catch it on their blog, my apologies. I nominated blogs that I follow and enjoy. I also like to nominate bloggers who support other bloggers. I know not everyone participates in awards or tags, but I appreciate all of you and look forward to your posts.