Sometimes I wonder, what if I knew freelancing before I had my own family? Perhaps I could become a digital nomad who travels the country while working at my own place and time. But then again, reality bites— I’ve got three kids to take care of and another one who seems to be harder to take care of these days than the kids— my husband (I’m guessing it could be the almost eleven years of us being married).
When I got a personal message from my classmate in high school, asking me if I have turned into a mom blogger after I shared my post about Venice in the Philippines, I felt nostalgic about my mom blogging career. Actually, it was more than five years since I delved into the world of blogging and I can’t help but to look back at those years.
Allow me to get down on memory lane, okay?
My first blog was born in the late 2009 under the name of Scrapolous Mom of Three. It was on a free blogging platform, Blogger a.k.a. Blogspot. I was working in a print and publishing company then. Out of stress and sometimes boredom, I took advantage of the free Internet access in our office since we didn’t have that at home.
I went out to see my friend/mentor the other week and and just as expected, I was caught in traffic on my way to our meeting place. While being stuck in the van, I saw how people were rushing in and out for work and I silently said a little prayer because I was given the opportunity to work from home. But to be honest, it is not an easy-peasy career especially with my three grade schoolers, a demanding husband, a little business on the side and a home to manage. I invest a lot of hard work, perseverance and discipline every.single.day to be able to survive in this kind of work from home set up. Thankfully, I’m on my fifth year and still loving it.
I already passed the stage wherein I feel awkward answering people’s questions on what I do when I say that I am a work at home mom. Their skeptic look and raised eyebrows no longer affect me in any ways. Because these people if I may say, are mostly those who only know how to use the Internet when updating their Social Media Accounts like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Instagram particularly. I don’t intend to be judgemental here but I noticed that when I explain my work, let’s say as an online freelance writer or a Social Media Manager to people who are Internet savvy, they understand it easily.