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5 Thoughts on My First Two Months of Blogging

December 22, 2017
2 Months of Blogging

On October 22nd, I officially launched my blog.

I’ve learned a lot in the two months since.

In this post, I’ll share my thoughts on the past two months, reflect on some of the choices I’ve made for the blog, and share what my goals are going forward.

Without further ado, I give you 5 thoughts on my first two months of blogging.

2 Months of Blogging

1. On why I started blogging.

2 months of blogging

Over the past two months, I’ve shared a bit about why I decided to start blogging on the blog and around the web.

My November 10th post, “What I Learned from my First Feature on Scary Mommy” described the first steps in my writing journey, which began in January 2016 when I was first published on Scary Mommy.

Then on November 27th, Literary Mama ran my piece “Chasing My Autumns” for its After Page One series.

There, I shared my motivation for starting to write again after becoming a lawyer and a mom.

In sum, I have always loved to write, and I knew I eventually wanted to do more with my writing.

When I first began submitting articles in January 2016, I wasn’t ready to be known as a writer or a blogger. This past fall, I decided I was ready to make the leap.

Part of my decision was motivated by the fact that I was working less, having changed status to “of counsel” with my firm over the summer so that I could work from home exclusively with my son.

I enjoy practicing law and I enjoy being the primary caretaker for my son, but it also felt like the right time to officially add “writer” to my résumé.

I am happy to have made the leap.

2. On social media.

2 Months of Blogging

When I created the blog, I also created accounts for the blog on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

Doing so was a little out of character for me. Besides my personal Facebook, where I’ve always kept a modest friend count, I had never really used other types of social media.

I had a Pinterest account, which I used infrequently in recent years, and I had accounts with Twitter and Instagram that I also never used.

I didn’t have anything against the social networks–I just didn’t really develop a personal need for them.

That said, I’ve enjoyed sharing and connecting across social with the blog’s accounts.

Facebook and Instagram were the easiest to get the hang of since I was most familiar with them.

Twitter was a little confounding at first, and Pinterest is still something I’m trying to master in terms of utilizing its maximum potential.

I know that Pinterest is key for many bloggers in driving traffic and income.

I’ve read about it. I’ve made pins and boards, and I spend some time each week pinning, but I haven’t made Pinterest my main priority, mostly due to time constraints.

Perhaps that will change over time. I do get a fair percentage of daily traffic from Pinterest, primarily to this post, interestingly enough.

In the meantime, I have also enjoyed connecting on the other social networks.

I definitely like exercising my sense of humor on Instagram every day.

I’ve seen some bloggers rapidly accumulate large followings on Facebook soon after launching, and that’s great!

I don’t have a massive amount of followers on any of my accounts, but they are growing steadily, and that’s good enough for me right now.

I, of course, do hope to grow a larger following over time, but it’s a marathon and not a sprint.

3. On connecting with other writers/bloggers.

2 Months of Blogging

Connecting with other writers and bloggers has been another aspect of this journey I’ve enjoyed.

Over the last two months, I’ve gradually joined writers’ groups for sites to which I contribute, and I’ve also gotten to connect with other writers and bloggers generally through social media.

While I am still getting to know these groups and individuals, I have already found much support in them, and for that I am certainly grateful!

It’s been a couple of years since I first took a stab at freelance writing, but it’s been just two months since I started identifying myself as a writer/blogger and getting to know other writers and bloggers.

While each community I’ve joined is a little different, they have all been welcoming and supportive.

If you are a new writer/blogger, connecting with others in your niche is key.

Don’t feel that you have to dive into every single group that’s out there (there are a lot of them). Not every group will be for you. Not every post or thread will be for you. But do join the ones that make sense to you, and then read, observe, contribute, share.

It’s all about helping one another.

4. On balancing it all.

This has definitely been a challenge at times!

There are only so many hours in a day.

While I am not working full-time as an attorney right now, I am still practicing, and so I must still devote time to client matters.

Additionally, I am a regular contributing writer for a couple of websites, and I also write and submit articles to other sites as well.

Throw the blog into the mix, and being home full-time with my son, and the days can sometimes feel a bit full.

I have gotten into a good groove though, and I’ve been able to continually update the blog with new content, so I see that as a win.

I’ve ranged from posting 3 to 5 times per week. I’m sure that will continue to evolve, though I do like to be consistent with post frequency.

I am also grateful for the writing opportunities I have had.

Since starting the blog, I’ve had the following pieces published on other sites:

I’m A Self-Professed ‘Neat Freak,’ But This Is Why I Learned To Change My Habits for Scary Mommy.

Watching My Toddler Grow Is Joyful and Painful for the Parent Co. December 2017 Writing Contest.

Chasing My Autumns for Literary Mama.

How To Be A Success In The Eyes Of Your Two-Year-Old for Fairygodboss.

6 Qualities Of People Who Are Confident — But Not Cocky for Fairygodboss.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: What You Need To Know for Fairygodboss.

Hostile Work Environments: How To Deal, How To Cope, And How To Get Outta There for Fairygodboss.

I don’t plan to stop contributing and submitting writing anytime soon, so I will continually work to strike the right balance amongst my various obligations.

I regularly update my Featured Writing page with new work that is published, so if you’re interested in keeping up with my musings around the web, stop by the Featured Writing page periodically!

Or better yet, subscribe to my newsletter and receive a weekly update directly from me.

5. On what’s next.

2 Months of Blogging

So, what’s next?

I plan to continue regular posts about law, motherhood, and more on the blog and around the web.

I would also like to continue featuring interviews with advocates for working parents and workplace rights since that is another passion that drives the blog.

To date, I have shared interviews with Lori Mihalich-Levin of Mindful Return and Liz Morris of the UC Hastings Center for Work Life Law.

I also enjoyed doing the book review for Back To Work After Baby by Lori Mihalich-Levin, and conducting the giveaway for the book.

I foresee other book reviews and giveaways in the future, so keep an eye out for those!

I also plan to continue brainstorming other ways to bring value to readers.

If you are a working parents or workers’ rights advocate or organization, a blogger, a writer, or other group, and would like to collaborate with me, feel free to reach out!

I can be reached at [email protected]

Thanks for reading and following along!

What has been your favorite part of the blog?

Do you have a favorite post? 

Is there something you’d like to see more of on the blog? 

Let me know here on or social media!

 

 

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