Feb 262016

Have you ever sat down and looked at a blank piece of paper? 
Sometimes that blank piece of paper is staring back at you, tempting you to write down your thoughts, but all you can do is think
You slowly begin to imagine all your ideas floating around in your head, and then it hits you. 
Why not combine everything you love into one huge opportunity! 
And then you realize that’s what you’ve been trying to do the whole time. 
Why I Started My Blog
This blog/website has been my creative outlet. A corner on the web where I express myself freely. 
It’s taken some time for me to realize selling myself short isn’t going to benefit me or my family. Selling myself short as in, charging little to nothing to help promote campaigns for companies. 
I remember when I first launched MomViews and the amount of time I dedicated to those segments:

– Drafting up questions based on select mom bloggers or moms in general. 

– Strategically picking out a quote to share across social media.

– Creating shorten links to share across all social channels. 
And then I changed my focus. 
I began to focus on affiliate programs for my blog. Promoting them, helping brands and the influencer programs I would use to connect with those companies. 
And then it really hit me. 
Creating My Own Brand 
I’ve always believed everyone has a voice, and it’s important to share your story. 
I turned to clothing items like t-shirts for parents. It was easy to design and ship out. 
The only issue was I had invested close to $200 in this “brand” only to see approximately $50 in return. I did partner with bloggers to promote the items, but I fell short. 
That’s when I realized something. I already had a brand: myself. And the best story I could tell was my own. 
Shortly after finding my voice, I was able to share my experience with others and develop meaningful connections. 
Once my focus became more personal, I started to get more offers. Offers that make sense for my blog, and I’ve even shared a few opportunities with bloggers I know who would benefit from the connection. 
To all those bloggers out there who feel the need to share everything that is pitched to your inbox or doesn’t know what to do with their blog anymore, I’ll tell them these three things:
1. Don’t give up yet. 
2. Remember why you started. 
3. Find the your voice. 
And just to throw it in there, next week is Week 2 of #BloggersonAnchor. I’d love for you to join all the awesome bloggers who are sharing their stories. 
Stop by the FB group to catch up on the first couple of posts: 

Fatima Torres

What's life like with three kids and two pups? It's entertaining, that's for sure! MTME breaks down family fun ideas and shares personal insights from a former B2B editor and digital marketer turned mom running a business and a household -- all under one roof. With her husband as her #1 fan, there isn't anything she can't accomplish. Read on to learn how she breathes in fire and exhales success.

Reader Comments

  1. Love this and your "why" I love blogging !!! And enjoy it enough if I didn't make a Pennie I would be happy the connections and fun are definitely worth it for me.

  2. I love this. It's relates to my thoughts so much. I started my blog to express myself freely, without having anyone see my work first! I also wanted to create my own brand that could potentially grow!

  3. My passion is my garden… and since we have seasons my hands feel tied for a large part of the year when it's covered in snow.
    I love the way the dirt feels on my hands and I love watching the flowers bloom over and over again.
    I should get started planning what we are going to grow this year… never too early to start right?
    Maybe I should be blogging about that. LOL!!

  4. Finding your voice is crucial. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort (and money) at times… so it key to determine your focus. Just gotta keep at it! 🙂
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  5. This is so true! Finding your voice and remembering your "why" are so crucial to keep blogging on. A passion for your topic(s) is so important too. As is a love of writing. Basically, I guess this is my long-winded chatty way of saying you're spot on! Love it!

  6. Well done for finding your voice and what you are truly passionate about because that is all that matters at the end of the day!I agree never give up you will be rewarded for your efforts!

  7. I love connecting with other bloggers who just "get it" It takes a while to find your voice, and sometimes your voice changes…. but its the belief in what I have to offer that makes me keep going when there are times I just want to throw my hands up and say Im done! This is great advise!!

  8. Such a relatable post for all bloggers and non bloggers in general. Finding your passion is hard and even when you find it, following your heart and see where it takes you, is harder. My passion is writing and yet it doesn't pay the bills so it's a hobby for now. But I loved your oust, brings so many thoughts!

  9. Finding your voice is crucial! After three years of blogging I finally feel like I know who I am, why I'm doing this, and what I want to say. It's such a relief to finally have it all figured out!

  10. Love this advice. I have worried about defining my niche, but I think it is more important to share may stories and through that I am finding my voice..The rest will come.

  11. An inspirational post certainly for new blogger, like me. Why we started to blog, and find our own voice are two important things, that at least for me to continue this journey.

  12. The phrase … do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. I get that. And though I might not make millions, I certainly haven't had to "work" in a long long time

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