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Interview with SaraBeth, Blogger at A Hard Mom Life
What's the name of your blog? What do you blog about?
A Hard Mom Life. My site is designed to help moms save time and money. I offer frugal DIY ideas, budgeting advice, cheap and easy recipes, as well as some tips for making side money from home.
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a blog?
I've been blogging for about 6 months. I'm kind of doing things backward. I started as a novelist about 5 years ago, writing fantasy novels. Most bloggers tend to start off blogging and expand into other ventures afterward, not the other way around. When my kids started school, I decided to start a mom blog as a way to help other moms. While I love being a small business owner, not having a set income has its issues. Because of that I've had to become quite frugal and very diligent with my time. Through my blog, I can pass on the tricks I've learned to save both.
How many children do you have? Ages? What do they think about you being a blogger?
I have three kids ages 19, 9, and 7. Yeah, there's quite a difference in age between my first child and second. It was almost like starting over with my second and third children. My older daughter understands my need to work from home so that I can raise her younger siblings. My second daughter just thinks blogging is something I do, but my son thinks it's the coolest thing in the world.
When I first started my blog I showed it to him, and he asked me if I had subscribers. I told him no and he looked at me solemnly, patted my arm, and said, “Don't worry. I'm sure someone will like you.” When I got my first five subscribers I told him about it and he gave me a high-five adding that we should do something to celebrate when I get to…like, a thousand subscribers. I laughed and told him a thousand was a long way from five. He just shrugged and told me I should do videos. He might watch a bit too much YouTube.
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
Writing. I could sit and write for days on end. Unfortunately no one would be able to read any of it without the daunting task of editing. As a blogger I get to do what I love and tell about my misadventures inparenthood at the same time.
What your least favorite thing about blogging?
Anything technical. I feel like I have a piece of my brain missing when it comes to learning technical stuff because it goes in one ear and out the other. I literally have a notebook that is dedicated solely to how to make my blog work. That's what has made starting a blog so hard for me. But I'm here to tell you, if I can do it, anyone can.
What's your favorite blogging tool that you simply cannot go without and why?
Ugh. There are so many good ones…probably Yoast SEO. That is a basic one, but without it, I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to get my blog post optimized for search engines.
What's the best advice you would give to a mom looking to start her own mompreneur business?
Read up on it first, but once you start, don't pay attention to what everyone else is doing. Don't bother with who's doing what and how that's working for them. Do your own thing. Chances are if you think your message is useful then others out there are going to find it useful too. Those are the people you should be concerned with.
Just for fun: If you were a beverage, which beverage would you be?
I would very much want to be Sunkist, but I know how much sugar is in a can of that stuff, so I'll go with Dasani instead. 😉
Want to learn more about SaraBeth?
- Visit her blog at AHardMomLife.com
- Access The Busy Mom FREE Printables Library, which has over 20 printables on budgeting, time management, money making, and more.
- Follow her on Pinterest
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