Frugal Foodie Mama: How Becoming a Blogger Has Bettered Me

Monday, February 25, 2013

How Becoming a Blogger Has Bettered Me

As a blogger, I think we often worry if our time blogging, networking, promoting is taking too much time and attention away from our families, friends, our in-real-life lives.  Sometimes especially in the beginning when you are small & just starting out, it is hard to justify the effort and sweat you are putting into your little space out here in the blogosphere.  I know I spent a lot of time and energy justifying my blogging efforts to friends and family.  I knew that the cost of eventually building a "successful" blog (and we each have our own definition of what that just may be exactly) meant a lot of up-front work and time.  I am at a point now where I actually feel successful. Though my blog has not ever really been about making money and getting free stuff, I am now at a place where I am starting to bring in a little cash flow and I feel very accomplished in that.  I am by no means a "big" blogger.  I am well aware that there are blogs out there whose page views just last month were triple that of my all time page views.   But I have come a long way from where I was when I first started this little blog.

I came to the realization the other morning as I was photographing my baby girl's first birthday party invitations, that blogging has done so much more for me that I had ever anticipated when I hit the Publish button on my very first blog post over two years ago.  

I realized blogging has made me care more.  To put forth more effort.
Here are just a few of the ways I know I have grown personally since I started blogging...

I now write down recipes of meals I throw together on inspiration.  I didn't do this before, and often would be asked by my husband or son to make that one thing with the rice and chicken again, but I wouldn't remember exactly how I made it.  Now because I know my new recipe idea could become a blog post, I write down everything- the ingredients, the directions, any tweaks I make.
I am preserving my legacy of recipes, my story for my children down the line.

I pay more attention to and care more about the details.  For instance, I noticed this as I was planning my daughter's first birthday party.  The fact that I knew that I would blog about her party made me pay more attention to all the little details.  I spent the time to take detailed photos of her party, and I know I won't be asking myself 10 years down the road why I didn't take more photos of her first ever birthday party.

I have become more involved with causes that mean something to me.  Why?  Because I now feel like I have an impact.  I can see that impact better now.  I finally feel as if I have a loud enough voice.  I know if I blog about something, if I tweet about something, if I pin it, thousands will see it.  

I am pushing myself to learn new things that had I not become a blogger I might not care all that much about.  Like learning more about HTML code.  (Yeah, I am not a huge fan, but I know SO much more about it than I did a year ago.) I am pushing myself to try new DIY projects and crafty things.  And I care more about the lighting and composition of my photos.  I have been pouring over countless online photography tutorials.  Not only does this translate into better food photos for my blog, but better cherished photos of my children.  
My first ever photo for a recipe post
From one of my recent recipe posts 
Blogging has returned me to one of my first loves... writing.  There was a time before I decided to study history that I entertained the idea of becoming an English teacher or even a journalist. Since the time I fell in love with reading my second grade year, I have loved stories.  The stories that people tell.  How they tell those stories in writing.  Blogging has allowed me to return to my writing, to telling my story...

I have become more connected, and I just don't mean to the online world.  I know people. (Okay, I don't like Tony Soprano know people.  But I have made definite connections.)  I may be able to hook up a small shop owner who is looking for exposure with a fellow blogger who is more their niche than myself.  Or I might see of someone I know on Twitter who is looking for something specific blog design wise and I can send them to one of my many talented friends who work wonders in blog design.  

Blogging has made me more accountable.  And what I mean by that is that I am less likely now to blow off some recipe or project idea I have, especially if I have let my readers and followers know that I am considering attempting something.  I feel better motivated to be creative, to complete projects, and document them as they are happening.  Before becoming a blogger, I would come up with what I would think was a pretty neat idea for something and then often talked myself out of attempting it. 

It is easy to feel guilty about the time you may spend blogging, editing photos, brainstorming post ideas, tweeting post links each week. There is always a give and take with everything we do in life.  But have you asked yourself lately what your blogging is doing for you, what it has done for you?  

Those of you out there who blog- How has becoming a blogger bettered you, friends?

16 comments :

  1. Love this post! I feel the same way about blogging.. especially the recipe part! One day I'll make a family cook book and be able to use my own photos, and I think that's pretty cool :)
    Great post :)

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  2. I think you hit the nail on the head. It's pushed me to find spectacular in the ordinary everyday routine for sure. It's also an emotional outlet for me, as you well know. It encourages me to organize my thoughts when things are a bit chaotic.

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  3. This is a really nice post, I totally GET what you are saying. Blogging is much more than just hitting the Publish button. It has given me a sense of focus and purpose and definitely has allowed me to explore my enjoyment of writing and photography. Keep it up, you have a great blog!

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  4. What a great post! I have not been blogging very long, (less than a year), but I love it. My blog makes me feel more like "me", if that makes any sense:) I never knew how important writing and photography were to me until I started blogging, and I am definitely a happier person when I get to connect with all the people who feel the same way I do. I hope I get to do this for a long, long time!

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  5. I can totally relate! Great post! I found so many amazing friends through blogging all over the world! Blogging does take time but I love it!

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  6. I like your post - I started blogging to start an on-line type recipe collection for my family and friends. What I've liked is getting to meet new people and realizing how many talented people there are out there! I get inspired by many other bloggers. I also have always had a love for photography (I still own my first Canon AE-1 from back in the day) and have made it a goal this year to improve my food photos with a new camera I recently received. Plus I'm a foodie at heart :-) Have a good week!

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  7. I couldn't agree with you more. So good to know that others are going through and feeling the same things. Blogging is so much more than being successful with numbers. The personal growth and challenges are very, very rewarding.
    So happy to have found your blog through the GYB link party on Call Me PMc.
    www.pinkpatisserie.blogspot.com

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  8. Great points. I hadn't thought of blogging as better me; maybe my writing, but not me. You're right though. I pay far more attention to detail. I always worry that my constant typing on the computer is taking way too much time from my little one, but I've come to find some balance with that. #sitssharefest Andrea @ be-quoted.com

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  9. I agree completely! Blogging really is a labor of love, but I find that the benefits outweigh the cons. Plus, I feel very strongly that it is one of the ways I can turn my dreams into a reality while also writing about that journey. It's so much fun!

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  10. I couldn't have said it better myself :) This is the magic of blogging. We set out to share what we know with others and instead we end up learning more from others than we ever dreamed possible.

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  11. I am still in my first year of blogging and find myself justifying my time blogging to my non-blogging friends. I have been a scrapbooker for years so blogging was a natural addition to recording our lives. The blog world gives me a platform for sharing with others. I totally agree that blogging has broadened my life; learning new things and putting more effort into the things I do. I hope my blog is as great as yours at my two year mark!

    Happy Sharefest!

    Cathy
    http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathy for the kind words! :)
      BTW, I LOVE scrapbooking. I haven't had the time for it in months, but I need to get to scrapbooking baby girl's first year and my wedding (almost 2 years ago- yikes).

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  12. What a fantastic post! I blog about business related things on my business blog but my personal blog oftentimes gets neglected because I don't know what to write about or if people will even read it.

    Happy Sharefest!
    xoxo,
    Khloe
    www.kgstyleblogs.com

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  13. Can I just tell you .. this post almost made me cry. (ok, it did make me cry) I just recently stopped working to stay at home with my 11 month old son. Sometimes it is hard to justify spending some much time just typing, feeling like your talking to no one, or agonizing at taking the right picture of your food while having a little one crawling up your leg. But at the end of the day, it's what I'm passionate about it, it challenges me, and I (like you) have grown so much already. And its only been a couple months.

    Thanks so much for sharing your heart, your journey, and your recipes! Look forward to following you!
    Krista
    www.joyfulhealthyeats.com

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    1. Awwwww... thank you for the heartfelt comment, Krista. <3
      If you are passionate about it and love it, then keep with your blogging, dear!

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  14. I found you through the SITS Saturday Sharefest.

    Thank you so much for this blog post. I have been dreaming of my blog for years but just launched it at the beginning of the year. I have already started to wonder "Is anyone reading this? Does anyone care?" The time being taken away from "other things" definitely is a consideration... but I love it. For me there is no going back.

    Thank you for the reminder of what the future may look like. :)

    Crystal
    http://www.sewcreativeblog.com

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