Running a blog (whether it's part-time or full-time), while also being a full-time mom is an effort that can feel impossible at times.
There were many instances that I considered quitting my creative pursuits and simply focusing all my attention on “mommying”. But I knew in my heart that I needed a creative outlet. That's what running a blog is for me–a creative way for me to share my talents, passions, and interests with the world…and get paid to do it!
One of the things that inspired me to keep going was reading about other mompreneurs. Listening to their stories to hear why they started, where they struggled, and how they found success was just the dose of encouragement I needed to keep going.
In the spirit of inspiring more moms, I'm highlighting a different mompreneur and her story every Monday for the next few months.
These women are hardworking, amazing mommas who are balancing family life and creative business life. They are at varying levels with their blogging business. Some are just getting started. Some have been blogging for years.
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Take a few minutes to read the mompreneur stories each week and find the inspiration you need to move forward with your own mompreneur journey! Be sure to check out the resources they recommend, take a closer look at their blogs, and signup for their mailing lists to keep in touch!
Interview with Nila, creator of Milspecmom.com
What do you blog about?
The name of my blog is Mil-Spec Mom (www.milspecmom). I blog about
self-defense, firearms, parenting, relationships, and all things “mom”. I
try to focus more on self-defense and firearms and how that relates to
being a mother because it’s important to me, as a mother, to be able to
protect my children. While I know that firearms and concealed carry isn’t
everyone’s “cup of tea”, I also blog on having the right mindset for our
environment and how much we can do with having the proper mindset, even if
you aren’t into firearms. Mindset is roughly 80% of the self-defense
picture (The technique with a firearm being the other 20%) and as mothers,
we are capable of being fierce in order to protect our children!
How long have you been blogging and what made you decide to start a blog?
I started my blog back in 2014. I think I needed an outlet for my journey
from a scared mama to firearms instructor. When I first decided to get my
concealed carry permit I wanted to find an instructor who could teach me
how to defend my kiddo in the grocery store parking lot if something went
wrong. I was looking for an instructor that could take the tactical
information from the Military, Law Enforcement and translate that into
every day MOM life. I couldn’t find an instructor that could teach me
anything remotely close to that so I became the kind of instructor that I
wished that I’d had. I won’t say that the financial possibilities didn’t
entice me a little bit, but the knowledge that I’m sharing with other
mothers is important enough that I’d do it for free.
How many children do you have? Ages? What do they think about you being a blogger?
I have two boys, 7 and almost 2. While my 2-year-old doesn’t care much
about anything other than dinosaurs and snacks, my 7-year-old is very
interested in instructing like his dad and I do. We’ve taught them, from
very early ages, that self-defense is important. But not as important as
being a polite and respectful human being.
What's your favorite thing about blogging?
I love when readers write me after they have that “ah-ha” moment. I love
when we get to communicate via social media and when they ask questions and
dig deeper into the process! It’s always such an encouragement to me to be
able to answer questions to make other moms lives easier.
What your least favorite thing about blogging?
The social media! While I LOVE connecting with readers on there, I also
hate the scheduling posts, the sponsored posts, and all the different
channels that I have to keep track of! I’ve alleviated some of this a bit
by using HootSuite, but that still takes time to manage! I have to schedule
a time to sit down and schedule social media posts. It’s time-consuming,
but so very worth it.
What's your favorite blogging tool that you simply cannot go without and why?
Honestly, the Elite Blog Academy is a resource that I never knew I needed.
Yes, it costs money, and yes, it’s a good chunk of money, but the
information that Ruth Soukup has put together is priceless. Furthermore,
the Elite Blog Academy group is vital to the success of bloggers. It’s a
great place to ask questions and learn from other bloggers journeys! Having
that resource available 24/7 has been a tremendous blessing to my blog and
What's the best advice you would give to a mom looking to start her own mompreneur business?
First, do the research before you get started! It’s easy to try to slap
things together because we have an idea, but take your time! Do the
research, go in the right order, and make a plan. Second, you get what you
pay for. Be willing to pay for valuable things. Good things cost money,
don’t be afraid to spend a little to follow your dream.
Just for fun: If you were a beverage, which beverage would you be?
I absolutely adore strawberry lemonade! 😊
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