Best of What's AroundBlogging is an interesting thing. For me, it’s a way to share things I’ve learned, engage with others, and make new friends. I’ve never regretted starting this blog, and I truly love the people who read and the opportunities this blog has given me.


Blogging has also become a (small) source of income for me. This little blog isn’t making me rich, but it’s helped us make ends meet and provide “extras” like music classes and soccer for the kids. It’s also afforded me the opportunity to attend events with my family that we wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. I am truly thankful for this aspect of blogging as well.


The thing is, though, when you add compensation into the equation, it can begin to take your focus off of why you started blogging in the first place. It’s not straight up greed, really…but when you see that the thing you love might also be a way to pay the bills, that can become your goal: making enough with your blog to pay the bills. Maybe this doesn’t happen for other bloggers, but it happens for me. It has happened for me.


There’s nothing wrong with making money from  your blog. There’s nothing wrong with making a living from your blog. But, for me, when my blogging goals became financial and not personal – I started to kind of hate what I used to love. I lost my focus. I’d love to make a living from writing, and I still hope to do so. But I want it to be my voice. My passions. On my terms. I want to use my writing as a way to engage with others. I don’t want this blog to turn into one big sales pitch – no matter how much I believe in what I’m selling. In that spirit, here are a few things that I have decided:


I am going to stop worrying about numbers. For real.


I am going to write with the goal of connecting with people, not pleasing a company.


I am going to write things that I am proud and excited to share with my readers.


I am going to use my experiences as a teacher and a mom to help other women. Even if it’s just by making them smile, or letting them know they aren’t alone.


If I believe in it, if I love it, if I think it’s a great product, service, or event – I’ll share it with you. I may even give it away! If I don’t, I won’t. End of story.


I am going to write stuff I would want to read.


This not to knock anyone who blogs for a living, writes sponsored posts, makes money from ads, etc. And this doesn’t mean I’ll stop working with brands or reviewing products. But here in my little corner of the internet, I have to do what works for me. My hope is that what works for me works for you, too – and we can continue on this crazy journey of life and parenthood together.