I often get asked, how I got into blogging. It was very serendipitious, really.
The idea first came to me late spring/early summer of 2010. I wasn’t working at the time, and was looking for something to fill the time between taking care of the kid, the hubs, the home & the job search.
I’d always loved writing & had recently discovered a few blogs that I liked – both “mommy” and not.
Come July, I was still tossing around the idea of starting a blog, but didn’t know what to write about. What would me my “niche?” It was then that I got a freelance position with a digital public relations firm, where one of my main responsibilities would be to “pitch” bloggers on behalf of clients. Needless to say, I was exposed to all kinds of new blogs. Mommy blogs, fashion blogs, tech blogs, gossip blogs, you name it, there was a blog for it. Really, people were just blogging about their lives and/or what interested them. That was when I decided that I would start a mommy blog, with a dash of my special brand of randomness thrown in. I thought that if I found these people’s lives interesting – maybe someone would think the same about mine.
Once I decided to start a blog, I had to come up with name. I’d worked in communications for nine years at that point, so I knew how important a catchy and memorable blog name was. I started out by writing down all the things I wanted my blog (and by extension me) to embody. I wanted it (me) to be bold, spirited, funny, brave, fearless, honest, real, etc. I started putting those words in to Thesaurus.com, looking different words to use as a blog name. The word “moxie” kept coming up. Eventually I settled on “The Mom with Moxie.” It was exactly what I’d been looking for. Blogging was exactly what I’d been looking for.
I love blogging. It allows me a creative outlet for my writing, lets me keep people updated with what’s going on with me and my family (aka the hubster and the kid), and has allowed me to make some awesome friends in the blogosphere. Blogging has also opened so many doors for me to work with brands and community managers. But like everything else that requires a huge amount of time and effort to maintain – I got blogged-out. I even took a break from blogging. But, I couldn’t stay away. Even worse I got restless with the direction The Mom with Moxie was going. Instead of quitting, I decided to start a different blog.
I’ve actually had a few different blogs, over the last 2 years. In addition to The Mom with Moxie, I’ve had BreeGlenn.com – my PR, social media and marketing site/blog; BreeUnscripted.com/UndeniablyBree.com – my “I want to express myself as more than a mom” blog. Eventually (this past year) I decided to embrace The Mom with Moxie brand, and just mix in a bit of the PR, marketing and social media with the crazy randoms, and the momisms.
It wasn’t until then that I decided to get serious about blogging. You know, posting more regularly, looking into advertising and affiliate links, etc. I hired an awesome graphic designer to create a new look and feel for The Mom with Moxie, I signed up for a few blogging newsletters, I scoured the internet for tips and ideas to make The Mom with Moxie a place women wanted to visit. A place I’d want to visit.
I am honestly so happy with where my blog is right now. And I can’t wait to see where this adventure called blogging takes me.