Be a mommy blogger and land a job!
Based on a true story.
By Aisha Newton
Monster Contributing Writer
Many moons ago, O.K. maybe not quite that many, I had a job. This job paid me actual money and got me out of the house five days a week. For the sake of full disclosure, I was employed by Monster.ca. I worked alongside my fellow Monsters and it was great! I’d get to share my thoughts opinions and ideas, while working for a great company.
Fast forward to present day and I am now a stay at home mom. This is also a job, albeit unpaid; my new job involves me spending my days raising my son and daughter. Now don’t get me wrong, staying home with my kids is great. I love my husband and my kids but I longed for something more. The daily grind of baby food and dirty diapers was wearing me down.
I was so caught up in my kids’ lives, that I was starting to lose focus on who I was. Longing for adult conversation and feeling disconnected from the world; my husband and a few of my friends, suggested that I join the world of social media. To be extremely honest I had an aversion to it. When I was working outside of the home I had no interest in Facebook. I saw these people every day, what more did we have to say to one another?
I reluctantly joined and slowly began reconnecting with friends and family. There were people that I hadn’t seen or heard from in years. There were also a few people that I wish hadn’t found me. I was chatting with people, sharing jokes, photos and having a great time.
My status updates struck a chord with people, my silly little anecdotes about my life made people laugh. My friends and family enjoyed my posts so much, that they encouraged me to start blogging. I was always passionate about writing, but it was something I had forgotten about since having kids.
I used to write all the time and it was something I enjoyed. I had a diary when I was young girl and I used write short stories. I wasn’t sure if blogging would be for me, but figured I had nothing to lose. The writing process became my outlet to vent my frustration and document my time spent with the kids. I didn’t think much of it at first, but I was having fun! I figured even if nobody read my blog, I was keeping my mind sharp and staying abreast of the social media trends of the day.
Little by little I started to gain a small following, the next thing I know people halfway across the globe were contacting me. I started exploring social media and began tweeting my blog posts to the masses.
Following the advice of my new online friends, I created a Pinterest and Facebook page to help further promote my writing.
In a funny way, blogging was keeping some of my job skill current. I would try to be disciplined and write a certain number of posts each week. I would create deadlines for myself and tried to treat my hobby like a job. I was learning to balance the needs of my kids, with my own needs as a person. I began experimenting with the look and feel of my blog, dabbling in HTML and my social media knowledge has vastly improved. My friends used to make fun of me stating that “I must be the last person on earth without a Facebook account.” Now they come to me with questions.
Everyday more and more people were reading my blog, including some of my former colleagues. One day I got a message from one of them, Monster.ca was looking for writers and he wanted to know if I would like to write for them.
I was shocked! Who knew that my hobby could turn into a job? Getting paid to do something I loved was a dream come true. By keeping current with technology and social media, (I recently wrote a piece about landing a job through Instagram, who knew?), I was able to stay relevant in the workforce, despite the fact that I was home with my kids.
My experience with blogging has been extremely positive. I’ve acquired some new skills and brushed up on some of my old ones. All in all blogging can showcase your talents and show people a different side of you.
So what do you have to lose? Get out there and start writing!
Believe me it pays off!