Yesterday was pretty crazy. I spent the day cleaning, doing laundry, and helping my 8-yr-old dig herself out of the mess she calls a room. As we finished organizing, I checked my email. That’s when the nerves took over my entire body.
The producer at KPRC Houston, emailed to let me know they would be airing our interview on Mom Bloggers and to look for clips in between commercials as an advertisement on the story. I did this interview, MONTHS ago. I don’t even remember what I said. If you’re here, on my site, because you’ve seen the interview.. Welcome. If you’re here because you usually visit? It’s readers like you that make blogging worth it. If you’re here because you want to make thousands and thousands of dollars being a Stay-at-Home-Mom.. Well? Let’s talk about that.
Now, I don’t want to sell myself short by any stretch of the imagination. I am a blogger. I am honored to have been asked to interview with two other Houston Area bloggers Simply Being Mommy and That Tech Chick about Mom Bloggers. Some questions they asked us:
- How did you get started?
- Can other Moms do it?
- Do you make money?
- What’s your typical day like?
Well, all those questions will be answered in the interview, but what I’m most worried about is the notion that Stay-At-Home-Moms are going to see this interview and think Hmm.. if she can do it. So, can I. I want to make thousands of dollars sitting in my pajamas all day. While, yes I do work in my pajamas sometimes, it’s few and far between. There are a few myths I felt the need to bust before the interview airs tonight.
1. Most Mom Bloggers make thousands of dollars a month: They don’t. There I said it. While, yes we do make money from our blogs, there are only a few of us who are raking in a steady paycheck of “thousands” every month. It’s very sporadic income, an income that can not be predicted, not relied on unless you’re a big time blogger like, let’s say Dooce.
2. Mom Bloggers have the best of both worlds: Ummmm.. well. Let’s see. My typical day starts between 5:30 – 6:00 am. I blog. I answer emails. I create proposals. I sign contracts. I jump on conference calls. I travel. I speak at local events and conferences. I market content for myself and clients on Facebook and Twitter. I invoice. I organize. I edit pictures and videos. I write. I try, every day, to get my work done before the kids arrive from school at 3:45 pm, all while trying to nurture the time I have with my preschooler here at home. It’s hard. It’s not guilt free.
3. Mom Bloggers get free stuff all the time: Yes. We do. On any typical day I receive between 2-5 packages. This can range from cereal, to toys, to clothes, shoes, and yes… even a washer and dryer. I’m a Whirlpool Mom and was honored to be chosen as one, but it came with a price tag that involved time, effort, lots of small print, contracts, and commitment. Most people think getting “free stuff” is cool, but I have to say, it’s not FREE. I look at these boxes and my brain automatically shifts to Okay, spend time taking pictures, try it out, interview the kids to see how they liked it, edit said pictures, come up with a cute and catchy blog post, write said blog post, add in hyperlinks, market on Twitter and Facebook, email PR rep, and host a giveaway. Pull winners, fulfill prizes, add to spreadsheet, and voila. Five hours of work for a box of cereal. Free stuff isn’t free when it means I’m spending time away from my family. Just sayin.
4. Mom Bloggers get to travel and meet celebrities: While a lot of my blogger friends travel, I don’t do a lot of it. In the last few years, I’ve averaged 3-5 trips a year. This year I went to Los Angeles three times for a conference and press junkets for Disney and 20th Century Fox. I’ve met some cool celebrities along the way, like Alvin and the Chipmunks.
Oh and the cast of Winnie the Pooh! Can’t forget my time as Piglet.
Wait.. and meeting Taylor Swift was pretty cool.
… But this is not typical. It’s years and years of dedicating yourself online. Did you know I’m going on five years of blogging? The first three years I didn’t receive much of ANY income, just something to think about. Oh and while traveling seems very fancy, press trips are exhausting with early mornings, jam packed itineraries, time away from family, balance of babysitters, and days upon days of organizing interviews for your blog posts.
5. Mom Bloggers are Queen Bees of the Blogosphere: Uhhh. Yeahhh. I don’t feel like that. I have met some pretty amazing people online who have become great friends of mine, but for the most part? I’m not here to be popular. I’m not here to show off. I’m here because I love writing. I love the marketing side of brands. I love the community it’s helped me create. Most of all? I love that I can show my children anything is possible when you follow your passion.
If you’re looking to start a Mom Blog, take heed. It’s an amazing opportunity, especially if you’re a stay-at-home, but it’s not for the faint of heart. It’ll consume a large part of your life. It’ll take years of learning and at the rate of all the NEW Social Media debuting, it’ll be a continued process as you dedicate yourself to KEEP learning. Are Mom Bloggers well off? Personally, I feel Mom Blogging has given me once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, income during hardships, and an expertise I can nurture and be proud of.
If you’re in the Houston area, make sure to check out our interview about Mom Bloggers tonight on KPRC Channel 2 at 10:00pm and again Wednesday morning between 5am-7am. I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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