In the few months I have been blogging, I have fallen in love with it. Before, I was depressed about being so far away from everyone I loved, not having any friends or really any reason to leave the house, no adult interaction other than with my husband, nothing to do in the quiet of the night after everyone else was in bed. I needed a hobby. I settled on blogging, and I'm so glad I did. I feel better about myself, I've discovered that I actually have knowledge that is worth sharing on the internet, I'm more experimental with clothes and food, and I'm even more deliberate about how I spend my time, both alone and with my family. I've made new friendships, and have learned so much. I never thought blogging would have such a positive impact on my life, but I'm so glad it has.
But you don't just have to take my word for it! I asked three other stay-at-home mom bloggers what they thought about blogging, and they were kind enough to share their answers with me:
1) Has your image of yourself improved since starting your blog?
I don’t think my image of myself has improved as we have only been blogging for a few months. I will say I have given myself permission to make myself more of a priority, though because of the blog. I find time to work out and shop all in the name of “research” for the blog. ;)
This is a difficult question for me since I found out I was pregnant within the same time frame as starting the blog, and my self image is typically not great the more pregnant I get! The blog has encouraged me to make an effort in my appearance, even on days I'd rather be wearing sweats, if only because I know there will be pictures taken that may end up on the blog. ;) It's also introduced me to other pregnant bloggers and how stylish they can be, which also encourages me to put forth effort when it comes to my image.
I would definitely say that my image of myself has improved since I started blogging regularly. I struggle a lot with insecurity, and my blog was a way for me to just put myself out there, the real me, and challenge myself to just be confident in who I really am. And you know what? So far people have responded incredibly positively, even going so far as to tell me that I'm inspiring! Very hard for me to believe, but definitely a confidence booster!
2) How much time do you spend on yourself now vs. before your blog?
I don’t know if I spend more time on myself, but I don’t feel as guilty about it now as I did before!
As far as time on myself, I feel that the blog hasn't increased this much...I've always made a point to allow time to do my hair/makeup in the mornings because we are on the go so much and I feel much better about myself when I do. I've also always loved to shop and that is often my "me" time on the weekends when The Hubs can be home with the boys (I like to shop a few hours during nap time, he likes to nap on the weekends with them so its a win-win). However, just time spent blogging and reading other blogs, which could be classified as time spent on myself, has increased, and I find myself doing this many weekdays while the boys are napping when I'd typically be cleaning or doing laundry in the past!
In my line of work (stay at home, homeschooling, mom), “me time” is hard to come by. But that's the great thing about blogging as a hobby. It can be done here and there, any time you have a few minutes. You don't need to get out a bunch of supplies, just to have to put them right back away because the baby woke up from his nap early. It's great to be able to just take a few minute break to myself throughout the day, to snap a few photos, edit, brainstorm, write... Before blogging I never took time for myself, because it seemed like anything I would do would just be too complicated. I've found the perfect hobby to fit into my lifestyle!
3) What's the best thing to come out of blogging for you so far?
I agree with Becky-definitely connecting with new people, especially connecting with others who make you feel you are "not alone" whether that be as a mom, trying to lose that last 10 pounds, finding a style, or just keeping up with life in general.
Connecting with new people all around the country...and getting out of my comfort zone with my style--think pattern mixing!
It has given me an opportunity to rediscover my creative side! I haven't had a creative outlet for years, and was feeling like I had completely lost it. It has been so much fun to stir up the creativity within me!
I feel like I should also say, almost every time a read a blogger interview, their answer to this question has something to do with the relationships they have built and the wonderful blogging community. And I'm hopeful that soon I will feel the same way. I just haven't been around long enough! ;-)
4) Would you recommend blogging as an outlet for other SAHMs?
Again, I agree with Bec! Especially with a traveling husband, blogging definitely gives me an outlet for adult interaction and a way to connect with other moms for advice, or even just to vent frustrations and/or celebrate small victories in parenting!
Absolutely! I think if I would’ve started a blog when we first moved five years ago, and I decided to quit teaching and stay at home, I would’ve had an easier time finding adjusting...adult interaction even via technology versus real life is better than NONE when you are stuck in a house with twin one year olds!
Obviously, the answer is absolutely yes! Be who you are, share your life with others, have fun!
Thanks, ladies! Not every hobby is for everyone, but I really think that blogging has a large number of benefits for stay-at-home moms who are looking for something to do in their free time (or for a reason to create more "me time") that will positively impact their life.