This post is going to be a little different. I had the pleasure of being tagged by my wonderful friend, Jenni, from Housewife Hustle, and challenged to tell you, my readers, a little about myself. If you are an avid follower, you may be biting your nails in anticipation. Who is this Messy Mama?
Since this is a tag about myself, and you, my reader, will be indulging in information you may or may not care about, I want to take this time and thank you, personally, for joining me on this journey. My hope is that I have given you something out of my blog, whether it’s helpful information as a new mama, great reading material for the stay at homie, or even a look into my blogging technique. Maybe, your just here for the connection. Either way, thank you for taking time out of your day to support me and follow along as I put my heart into words.
This is long overdue, and I apologize to my dear friend Jenni for taking so long to pull this together.
My dearest Jenni,
Thank you so much for nominating me for this award. I am blown away by the amount of support you have given me and how much love you send my way. I am beyond grateful for you, and I am so glad that we have connected in this wonderful world of blogging. I am not sure where I would be in this journey if it wasn’t for all of your kind words and continuous flow of kindness.
Thank you, so very much, from the bottom of my heart.
The Blogger Recognition Award
The Blogger Recognition Award is a blogger award that recognizes a bloggers hard work and devotion towards their writing.
My writing and my page mean the world to me, so to receive recognition for all the hard work and continuous effort I put into it is so very humbling. I am beyond honored for this nomination
1.Thank the blogger(s) for nominating you and give the link to their blog.
2.Write a post on your site displaying the award that describes why you started your blog.
3.Write 2 pieces of advice you have for new bloggers.
4.Nominate up to 15 other bloggers that you admire and appreciate.
Jenni, of Housewife Hustle, emanate’s originality from her blog. She is everything realistic and relative when it comes to discussing topics such as motherhood, life, and wellness. She get’s raw about her struggles with her sight and her anxiety. She’s your go to for all your blogging needs. She’s also exceptionally inspiring when it comes to women and our personal fight with body image. Check out her e-book, Eat The Damn Muffin, available on Amazon.
Messy Mama’s Origin
Messy was the perfect depiction of my journey into Motherhood. After a complicated pregnancy, a rough delivery, and a long search of losing myself in my new role, Messy Mama was born.
I’ve always loved writing, and as a Stay-At-Home Mom, I needed an outlet. Reading inspirational blog posts from Mom’s who experienced my same tribulations helped me climb out of the rut and chaos I found myself in. I wanted to give that back to the new mom’s who were trailing behind me. I wanted to put my experiences out there and maybe reach someone at just the right moment, like other bloggers had done for me.
Since then, Messy Mama has gown, and continues to grow. I am on a path to a new direction for my blog and I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
Tips for New Bloggers
1. Research! Research! Research! If you are thinking about starting a blog or are brand new to the blogging community, there is an e-city of information at your fingertips that will guide you in the direction you want to go with your blogging. Take the time to dive into discovering where your blog can take you and run with it.
2. Network! Create social media platforms to promote your blog and seek out other bloggers. These people will become your greatest key to help you build and grow your blog, but be genuine. Don’t make friends with the intention of growing just yourself. The friendships I have built from my blogging community have been extremely inspirational and the amount of love I receive is truly amazing.
Here are a few people who inspire me everyday. Thank you for your friendship and all of the support you have given me. The amount of hard work and effort you put into your blogs is so motivating. If you were already nominated for this, I am sorry. No expectation required. Just know that I adore you tremendously. That goes for everyone!
I am honored and extremely grateful to have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger award by Justin, of Snap Shots Made Yesterday. Thank you so much for your nomination.
What is the Sunshine Blogger Award?
An award nominated by peers recognizing their fellow writers for their inspiring and creative blogs.
Here are the rules:
Thank the blogger who nominated you and link to the original post
Answer the 11 questions they’ve asked you
Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions
How long have you been blogging?
My blogging journey will reach it’s beautiful anniversary of one year in just a few months. I am super excited about this milestone and I am looking forward to where the next year is going to take me.
What is your greatest accomplishment so far with your blog or just in life?
My greatest accomplishment with my blog is that I have kept doing it for the last year, and that I have continued to do so even when I felt like giving up. Sometimes I feel like I am not where I want to be and get discouraged. Regardless, I keep pushing forward.
What one thing do you do that helps churn the blog mill?
My daughter supplies me with endless material. Being a parent is full of topics that inspires most of my topics. That and my anxiety…
If you had to blog about one item the rest of your life, what would it be?
Definitely my present niche. Parenting in general covers so many different things that I can stay within my niche and have a ton of things to talk about. Especially when it comes to the realistic aspect of parenting.
Have you ever published a post and deleted it later? If so, why?
I have not, but I have a ton of writing that I haven’t posted. I put a lot of thought into my writing and sometimes they get really personal. Sometimes I just don’t have the courage to hit publish and they sit in my drafts.
What one piece of advice would you give to someone who is thinking of starting a blog but had no idea where to start?
Research the crap out of blogging and find some great bloggers to follow.
What is your favorite social media platform to use for your blog?
Twitter is my favorite. There are some really great supporters on Twitter and I feel like it’s a great place to establish yourself to really promote your blog.
Do you read/show your blog to anyone before you post it?
I read my posts to my one year old. She doesn’t understand but listening to it out loud is helpful for editing.
What is the ultimate goal for you and your blog?
I started blogging because I love to write, but also because I found solace in other blogs when I felt alone or isolated. When other writers were writing about what I was going through, and used their platform to discuss difficult topics, it was just so empowering for me. I want to do the same for others.
If you were asked to set up a conference for bloggers, what location would you choose?
I feel like a lot of my followers are wine drinkers for me, so Napa seems like a legit place to go.
Would you rather live in the country or the city?
Honestly, I need my share of both. Some days, the calm sounds of birds chirping and being able to see the stars at night is so peaceful. But the city lights and excitement are great when I need a boost.
In my time of blogging, I have stumbled upon many blogging sites. There are many out there that I love to read, but these 11 are the ones that keep me hooked and give me guidance in my own blogging journey.
Miscievous Words My Marta
Thank you, to all of you. For being inspiring, and instilling your passion to all of the blogging community.
Here are my questions for you:
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. Who is your biggest inspiration in the blogging community?
3. What advice would you give to new bloggers?
4. What is you blogging goals, what do you hope to achieve?
5. What was the greatest thing you have experienced within the blogging community?
6. What is your favorite part about blogging?
7. Why did you choose your niche?
8. What is your favorite thing to write about?
9. How long have you been blogging?
10. What’s one thing you would like to talk about on your blog but are too afraid to?
11. What’s the story behind your blog name?
I came across Jenni’s blog at the ripe stage of my blogging journey. Immediately, I was hooked. Jenni sets herself way a part from other parenting bloggers, yet is completely and totally relatable.
In today’s Guest Post, Jenni gives you a sneak peak inside of her world, and introduces you to her blog, Housewife Hustle. Take a moment, have a cup of coffee, or tea, and get to know her. Then, go check out her blog.
Hustling as a Housewife
I started my blog last spring. I had the domain for a few months before, but I was in a rut. It wasn’t until I found out I needed a hysterectomy that I really started to blog. I’ve had a few other blogs in the past, but none of them stuck the way this one has. I wasn’t as passionate before, because I was writing to please other people.
I’ve always loved writing and even got my Bachelors degree in English, but no one ever read the things I wrote. I thought the few professors who told me I was “just an average writer” were write. So, I constantly gave up on myself. I wrote for a music magazine as a reviewer for awhile, but I wanted a blog I loved. So, here I am, finally doing what I love!
Average Mom, Not So Average Circumstances
I’m the run of the mill toddler mom. I like Pinterest and Target, and my kids eat chicken nuggets at least twice a week. I try my hardest to keep my kids happy and healthy, but I’m not a typical SAHM, I guess. I’m legally blind. My visual field is maybe the size of a fat straw or a little smaller than a dime. I have Retinitis Pigmentosa, which is a hereditary eye disease. At first, I didn’t want to just be “that blind mom blogger.” That has changed though. I have spoken at disability panels and done awareness campaigns in the past, but I wanted to be more than my eyes. So, I slowly let my readers into my unsighted world. I’m actually extremely happy that I can write posts about it now. It’s a bit freeing.
Ups and Downs
Housewife Hustle is about what I do everyday. It’s about the ups and downs of parenthood and life in general. I talk candidly about a big range of topics. I have a rocky health history with eating disorders, anxiety, endometriosis, and a decent amount of surgeries. I want people to see me from a realistic perspective. I blog to not only get readers but to relate to my readers. It’s important to me to be honest and show that everyone has ups and downs. Too many people use the internet to paint a beautiful, false reality, and I’m not one of them. My life is a beautiful mess, and I embrace every moment.
Not Everyone’s Cup of Tea
I’m not a saint. I swear. I rant. I’m just not a very good liar, so I tend to be blunt with how I feel. I’ve been called a number of names, but I am never judgmental. I believe everyone has a story, and we all come from different backgrounds. There’s no point in judging something you haven’t experienced. Having said that, people don’t always agree with me, and I’m okay with that. I love being honest and having discussions in my comments of my posts. I might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I like to try different teas, so maybe others should too.
My parenting is different compared to other members of my family, so I do catch a lot of flack. I’ve been called a helicopter mom. I just like to be very present with my kids. I also enjoy sharing my parenting experiences. I put my mommy duties above all. I’m still learning to embrace self care, and I’m on a health journey too. I just genuinely believe that my kids come first. I’m working on staying happy and healthy so I can be the best mom to them, and that’s part of the reason I blog.
Blogging keeps me sane. I’ve found a world of amazing people. The support is immense, and it’s slowly turning into a career. I really hope to grow Housewife Hustle into a brand of sorts. I love everything about being a SAHM, and I’m very fortunate that this can be my job. I’m going to keep hustling as a housewife.