This topic something that has been on my mind a lot lately.
I started blogging in 2009 as a way to tell family and friends what was going on and it was a fun little hobby. At the time, there were only one or two bloggers out there who made money off of their blog and it was a great time to start a blog and be creative. No one was judgmental. People left comments and had discussions, shared ideas.
Fast forward today, those days are long gone. I've had so many conversations about how blogging is only for people who want to make money and have a career, how the only way to be a blogger is to be rich.
In my personal opinion, it doesn't have to be that way. You don't have to lose your voice or creativity to earn money. Blogging for me has always been a hobby. I occasionally did do a sponsor post here and there, and had fun while doing them.
Here's my point: too many bloggers have quit because they were burned out by the number of followers or sponsors they weren't getting. I have had a long list of blogs that I have loved to read since I started blogging. Now only six of them still blog today and it's often a breath of fresh air and creativity, because they have not lost their voice or their personality over the years.
I highly recommend checking out these blogs and bookmarking them:
Truth be known, blog for you. Whatever that may be, you define it.
The last few months while I haven't been blogging, it has been great to disconnect. I've been going through what is turning out to be the hardest trial of my life. No one in the blogging world wants to hear about how bills couldn't be paid and groceries were not bought so I simply stopped and took a breather. All the other blogs kept writing about the latest trend or had this sponsor and my life continued.
What did I miss out on? Documenting my family through it all. Sharing my story of trials to possibly help others through something similar (because it really isn't that uncommon). We all face hard things, that is why it so important to be kind even when others are not.
What's the future of Happy Joyful Day? Simply telling the story of my ever growing family. There's so much we have to share. Hope you'll still join us in the journey as we create our happy home and find joy every day.