As most of you know, I am fairly new to this blogging thing and I do have some very big aspirations – to be able to stay at home full time with my little monster. As soon as I went live, I took some time to research various ways to get started, generate traffic, and eventually make blogging my full time job – though I probably should have done all that before I went live. And while I am only a few posts in, there are already a number of things that I wish I had done differently to start out.
First of all, if you don’t follow Silas and Grace over at Chasing Foxes, you should really do that.
The idea behind this blog was, and is, to write about all the things no one tells you about when become a parent. To write about poop and pushing out gas or about what it is like to cosleep(GASP!). I read all of the recommended parenting books and thoroughly went through all of the information that was provided to me when I had my little one, but as I started navigating motherhood on my own – without the crutch of my public health nurse – I soon found that there was really so much they didn’t tell you.
I really didn’t expect that I would want to be a mom that stayed home full time with their kids. I love being busy and interacting with people so the thought of not going back to work never really occurred to me – even if I did always joke about how good of a stay at home mom I would before having kids. Now that I am a mom, and considering having more children, I can’t even imagine going back to work full time.
No really, the thought actually has caused me some major anxiety and lost sleep.
I don’t want to pay someone else to watch my child(ren), to spend more time with my son than I do. I know that so many parents out there make it work and that they happy and full lives and there is no doubt in my mind that I would also find a balance. But right now, I want to exhaust every possible opportunity I can to spend more time at home.
Once I found that it was in fact possible to maybe make a little extra income blogging – writing about my experiences doing what I absolutely love most – I had to take chance to see where it could take me. While the primary focus of this blog is always going to be personal, a place where I can interact with other mothers (or fathers) going through the same things I am, that doesn’t mean I can’t also make it a bit of side hustle – or at least try.
Every Monday I am going to share with you some of the bloggers, or posts, that have really stood out to me in terms of making the dream of blogging full time a reality. Everything I share here, is because I want to and not because I have been asked to. These are the blogs that I genuinely follow and enjoy reading on a regular basis – most of them are pinned or bookmarked under Blogging Gold and I review them regularly. The way I see it, if something spoke to me, or if I found it really useful, someone else might find it useful too.
So back to Silas and Grace at Chasing Foxes
These guys have seemed to really dial it in. You can read their story – about how they were newlyweds, struggling to make ends meet, working (literal) soul-sucking jobs, and dreaming of being able to travel full time – when they listened to a Podcast featuring Rosemarie from The Busy Budgeter – and suddenly everything changed!
A great starting point for reading about their journey and how to start making money online is to start with:
If you are at all like me, you are probably a little skeptical in believing that you can make a decent income blogging. Let alone generate enough of an income to quit your regular full time job (and travel the world). What I love about Silas and Grace is how open they have been with their strategies and the fact that they provide honest and useful information to get you pointed in the right direction to start making a little (or a lot of) extra money. They also credit all of their sources and give shoutouts to every person (or program) that has helped them along the way.
This is a blog that I read frequently. It also happens to be one that I look back to whenever I am doing my daily or weekly review (I will post more on that process later). For me, they have really broken down the steps they have taken to making working from home – wherever you chose for that to be – a reality. That is information I consider to be invaluable.
Is there anyone that you follow that you believe posts Blogging Gold? I would love to hear about it.