My First Post was written on August 10, 2005. I was at home in Sparks, NV, and my babies were more than likely sleeping when I wrote it. I remember thinking this is so weird to just write something that the whole world can see. I also remember clicking through onto the next blog that blogspot made available to read and thinking that there are countless people in this life who just long to be heard. And there I was joining the ranks.
I was introduced to the world of blogging from my friend Louie. At that time I didn't have a MySpace, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter, or Hello Cotton account. I didn't Text, Skype, or Tweet my every movement. The only connection to the outside world that I made was either by phone or face to face. Looking back now I can see why Blogspot became one of my very favorite spots to take a deep breath and remember.
Sigh... 7 years is long time.
Since then I have recorded countless events in my life and the lives of others on this here live journal. I have shared songs, poems, pictures, quotes, tributes to the deceased, and over all just documented well the past 7 years.
I can't even begin to describe to you all how much this blog has become a faithful friend, and how much I appreciate all of your Vitamin Love.
Now, blogging has taken on a whole new role in my life. In a way it has given me a new lease on this life with bigger kids. It used to be that I would blog to stay connected with the adults and feel normal when I was at home 24/7 with babes. But now my kids are bigger, and out and about in this big world, I am no longer leashed to them in a sense. I can at any moment get in the car, leaving my oldest to watch the crew, go to my favorite spot and Selah. My posts on here before would be very random and pretty short because that was all I had time for. Now that I'm not needed us much with the lils I have more time on my hands, and friends I have to say I don't like having idle hands.
Beyond the fact that my job here as CEO has changed, I also retired from Preschool teaching last Fall with not a clue as to what my new role would be. Don't get me wrong, I still have plenty of raising up the Fab 4 to do, but it's a different beast all together these days.
I thought long and hard about what I wanted to do in this phase of life where I am still very much needed at home to clean,cook, taxi-cab, make appointments, cloth, shop, nurse, tutor, and countless other things I do when kids are out of school. But what to do when they are IN school became the question?
Some of you may have noticed the increase in writing that came about in January. And while I do love writing I also love making some fun money. I started to look around for another part time job and right about that time I started to realize that my blog could be my part time job.
It seems funny to say that out loud, or type that out loud I should say, but that is exactly what I started to think I wanted to do.January of this past year when I made my blog public, I decided to hit the streets of Blogland and see what there was to see in money making department. I realized very quickly that there was indeed some money to be made in Blogland.
I also discovered that I am not alone in this land of Mom's who are working hard at home, and still trying to contribute to the families income.
But, somewhere in there I realized I don't really want my Blog to become One big commercial so I have been fumbling to find the balance. Help me out if you have found the balance in this here spot on Blogspot that I find myself at now.
I'm not sure I have found balance really yet, but I have found amazing, truly amazing people. And I appreciate your patience with me beloved readers.
I also discovered that I'm not alone in the world of writers who love to blog, and bloggers who love to write.
I saw the kindred spirits that I have with so many of you beautiful people and I thought, I can do this. This can be my part-time job.
DID you know YOU have become my part time job? YOU make a really, really great boss. YOU tip me so well with comments. And YOU make my heart sing when I get to see YOU happy from something I wrote. Truly, I can't thank YOU enough beloved readers.
But, because I value YOU and your trust in me, I will keep trying to find that balance in blogging.
I'm not quite sure all the link ups, giveaways, and other ads will be a main staple here in this coming year of blogging.
My sponsors know this and appreciate this and so we are all good.
That being said, I would like you to know that I am going a different direction to find that fun money, and that's where My BIG ANNOUNCEMENT comes in.
One of the other things I learned this past year of blogging it up, is that a lot of people have Etsy shops connected to their blog. Actually some people had the Etsy shop first, and then a blog to go along with it. Ha ha, An Etsy Blog cocktail if you will. I honestly did not even know of Etsy or Pinterest until just this past year. I know I'm a little late to the party, but in the tradition of better late than never....
Today, right here, right now I have A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT to make
with you all my Beloved Readers;
I am opening my own Etsy Shop. You can find it here;
I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this little adventure. I am also a tad bit scarred at having my own business again, because the first time I owned my own business was to sell a product little product called BeautiControl. Some of you may remember my BeautiControl days. Well,I'm pretty sure I lost money on that shin-dig, but I was young and naive not so much the administrative type. Now I am not young, I am still somewhat naive, and I'm pretty sure I can handle administrative if I really want to. Hello, I am the mom of 4 kids now. So my hope is that you might visit me over there at No Dots Shop, and enjoy strolling the isles and rummaging through my vintage treasures, and every so often homemade creations.