Since beginning this new venture in blogging, I’ve started reading and following numerous blogs. It is really fun to virtually “meet” these people, and to have them invite readers into their lives! The number one thing I’ve learned since starting this blog, is that bloggers are so nice and incredibly supportive of each other! It is not a competition at all, everyone seems to want to help everyone else get to the top!
I love it!
The first time I was nominated was at the end of July by Sybil from She Lives Free. I discovered She Lives Free through Make a Difference Mondays, a blog link-up I like to participate in and read because the posts are so inspiring. The first post I read from Sybil was “Dear Single Mom (and sometimes single Mom).” It happened to be on a rough day for me, and those words were just what I needed at the time. Since then, we’ve kept in contact via comments on our blogs and social media. I really enjoy keeping up with her blog.
Now that I’ve introduced you to who nominated me, let me tell you a little bit about what’s going on with Me Plus 3… TODAY!
I have a huge list of posts I want to write. I’m just limited on time to actually write them! I’m slowly making my way through the list, although I am adding more ideas than I’ve been able to actually write. But I guess it’s a good thing to not have a shortage of topics, right?
Some of the topics are for my Monday Mourning Widow Series, as well as my newest How to Help Series. I am also trying to publish useful information while finishing up our Summer Bucket List updates.
In other exciting news, I recently became the VP of Sharing Networks for the International Bloggers Association (IBA). It mostly entails a lot of spreadsheet work, which is actually something I really enjoy! The information I track can be time consuming to enter, so I am trying to figure out a way to automate it more. I guess that’s the engineer in me! I’m also working on a spreadsheet that I plan to share with the group that will make it so much easier for Sharing Network members to track their own sharing information.
From being on the board of the IBA, I was given an opportunity to begin freelance writing! I’m assigned a topic, research it, and write an article based on my findings. I submitted my first article, and received wonderful feedback that gave me the confidence to continue accepting more offers to write. So I’m working on my second article now.
And of course, I am continuously learning more about blogging, so I can hopefully grow this blog into something that provides revenue for my family. I am so appreciative of all the support I am getting out there as I take this leap into new territory. It’s exciting and scary at the same time! But I’m loving it so far!
And technically, aren’t all lifestyle blogs different based on the fact that all of our lives are different?
Currently my life is all about of poop, pee, boogers and other bodily fluids that I have to clean up each day! Well, not really, but being a single mom to 3 toddlers, it can certainly feel that way!
Really my life centers around parenting, toddlers/kids, motherhood, and widowhood.
And I guess it’s the last thing on that list that sets my work apart from the other parenting/kid/mom blogs out there. Suddenly finding myself to be a 30-year-old widow and raising 3 kids under the age of 2 has made my story somewhat unique.
In this blog, I talk about our life, our experiences, and our ups and downs. After all, it is about Me Plus 3 Today! 🙂 And I’m pretty sure there isn’t any other blog out there about us. At least, not that I know of… 🙂
Why do you write/create what you do?
I mentioned on my About Me page that I began writing this blog in order to organize my thoughts since my husband, Chaz, passed away.
From that, it evolved into the desire to share our new life with others. I want to take the mask off that I tend to hide behind, and really open up and be honest about how losing Chaz has affected our life.
I also try to create posts that might inspire others. While tragedy struck our family and rattled it to the core, I’d like to hope that it could bring about something positive for someone else.
So I admit my faults, and I don’t claim to be perfect or to know what is best for others. I don’t offer advice. I just share my story and what I’ve learned that does and does not work for us. But I’d like to think that our story might be helpful and inspiring to at least one person out there. Hopefully it impacts even more though!
Most importantly, I determined that I created a blog that is actually all about grief. And I keep writing to clarify the misconception of what many people think grief looks like.
Grief doesn’t always look like crying and wearing black veil. Sometimes it looks like taking the kids strawberry picking, or playing with them in the rain. Sometimes it looks like relaxing by the pool or spreading acts of kindness. And of course, sometimes it looks exactly like what people would expect grief to be.
And that is why I write this blog. To show grief in real life.
How does your writing/creative process work?