Before I started MapleMoney.com back in 2007, I was always telling my random stories to my then boyfriend (now husband) and my family. Stories about what I had done one day, about my feelings, about anything and everything. I talked a lot.
But there were some things I really just didn’t feel comfortable sharing with people I knew, and that’s why I started my blog. I never posted anonymously, but I also never told my friends and family that I had a blog, either. I just wrote because I loved writing and wanted to share my thoughts with others.
I have a problem with having too many thoughts in my head at all times. This is why I think I will never be able to meditate like I want to – my brain just does NOT shut off. Ever.
When I have too many thoughts in my head, I start to go a bit crazy. I get super cranky, irritable and am overall just not a pleasant person to be around. That’s why I started blogging. I needed to get those thoughts out of my head. I needed sanity and that’s exactly what blogging gave to me.
Who knew that seven years later that blog would be my full-time gig, making a full time income. If I hadn’t started writing years back, I have no idea where I would be right now.
I still have a full, thought-filled brain quite often, but with regular blogging and journaling (as well as making a million to-do lists every day!), I’m able to clear my brain enough that I can focus on doing my work, one thing at a time.
I love blogging. Not just because I believe it keeps me sane, but for many other reasons, including:
- Blogging keeps me connected to the outside world (as an introvert, it’s easy for my to spend a lot of time at home!)
- Blogging helps me to meet new people easily (again, very helpful for an introvert!)
- Blogging has taught me how to focus on one task at a time
- Blogging has taught me how to write better
- Blogging has given me many opportunities for business growth (TV appearances, radio interviews, etc.)
- Blogging has allowed me to financially support my family
It’s easy to be a blogger. It’s easy to sit down and type up a blog post on a regular basis. It’s not always easy, on the other hand, to hit publish. As a people pleaser, I always worry what others will think about the things I write. I often censor myself because I don’t want to offend anyone with my words or information about my past (which I seem to do anyway, but I digress…). Not many people know that I don’t believe in religion, that I swear like a trucker and that I used to be a nude model for a living.
Because I hide those things. Out of fear that I will disappoint someone. Even though I know that I can’t possibly make everyone happy, I still try. Which is pretty ridiculous, but that’s how it is.
I don’t plan on censoring myself anymore (watch out, world!), but I will always try to make my readers happy because without you, this blog would not be around.
What I’m trying to say is that without blogging, I wouldn’t have this amazing life that I have. Of course I have bad days like anyone else, but I am still so grateful that I am able to live the way that I do. No boss giving me orders, no set working hours, and limitless creative freedom. Working for yourself is truly an amazing thing, and I’m so glad I sat down to blog on day one, so I can live this life today.
Since I’ve had so many people email me over the years asking for advice on how to start a blog, I created my new website CassieHoward.com. I share at least one new blog post every week about blogging for business as a stay at home mom. I’ve also started accepting clients for blog coaching so I can help you one-on-one build an amazing blog (or overhaul one that you already have) that gives you the financial and creative freedom that I’ve experienced (and continue to experience). Please visit the coaching page and hit the green “contact” button if you’re interested in coaching.
Would you like to start your own blog (or do you already have one)? What’s stopping you?