Well. It’s official. My blog is roughly four years old. Happy Blogiversary to me. But – of course -that’s not the big news. But now that I can tell you, I’m not sure where to begin.
But – for the sake of storytelling – stick with me and let me tell you the details.
Once upon a time, I was pregnant with Nikki and fearing losing my job. How would we survive? Who would hire a pregnant person? How can I cope without beer? Luckily, I was never laid off (although several others were) and I eventually found a more stable job after NikkiZ was born. I stumbled upon a listing for someone to act as Tech Support for a newly launched Blog Network that was actually based in Huntsville. It was like a dream come true. It wasn’t what I was trained for (Geographic Information Systems/Cartography) but it was my hobby! How awesome to find a full-time job associated with your hobby. So, I took the paycut and the career change and headed to work for Steve and Chris at 451 Press.
Long story short? The job was fun. I made a lot of amazing blogfriends. Chris moved on to bigger and better things but Steve and I did our best to keep things running. I learned a lot about web marketing and web publishing. The company lost a lot of funding, and sometime Thursday afternoon – I was let go. I know it was hard for Steve – but he wasn’t given much of a choice. The Google PageRank upheaval a few months ago forced changes that demanded cuts. And there isn’t a lot of room for cuts in such a small company. I was the most obvious solution.
Luckily, he fought for me a severance that will give me a little bit of time to weigh my options. I am going to send out resumes and such, but realistically? I’m not confident I could find a job as a pregnant woman. So – I’m focusing my efforts on trying to earn some money from home. At least until AndyZ gets here and can go to daycare. Since we can take NikkiZ out of daycare now too, that will save us some money. This means that I don’t have to make my entire salary to keep us afloat until September (or so). So, I’m going to start writing full-time at MamaPop and TVBloggin’ and I’ve launched a new site that is going to let me try my hand at some affiliate marketing type blogging. That is kinda the big change I’ve been working on non-stop for the last 5 days.
Note from 2020: This is such a weird thing to read about because I wrote it wish such generosity to Steve but in reality I was very angry at him and felt screwed over because I felt like he was ditching the business I was working for (along with dozens of writers) for a totally different project that was more lucrative. A company I will eventually go back and work for him at and then get cut AGAIN and then he gets arrested for embezzlement. IF ONLY KIM of 2008 NEW WHAT THE FUTURE WOULD HOLD.
I mean, if you were a blogger (of four years) and you found yourself suddenly unemployed and pregnant, what would you do? Well…launch another blog of course. It’s not going to be as personal as this one is. It is going to be more about products/recipes/lessons – but I would love it if you could come by and help me with some of the issues I’m already having as a Work From Home Mom. I’m hoping to get some good submissions and get some advertising for that site and maybe help make enough money to make ends meet for the next 8-9 months.
I’m also going to be doing some freelance design stuff again. Nothing “official” – just a few jobs here or there for bloggers.
It has been a weird several days, that’s for sure. I’m sad because I’ll miss a lot of people, but I’m also excited because this is all new territory for me. I’ve never worked from home before. While caring for a child. And dealing with the dogs who are totally thrilled I’m here and would like it if I could play for awhile.
(Not happening guys.)
So – I made myself an office on one end of our dining room. I redesigned this site to put widgets on the sidebars to show you when I’ve updated the other sites. I’m planning on working my ass off this week, the last week someone else will be watching my child. We had to pay for this week in childcare anyway, so I’m taking advantage of it. I need to get on some sort of schedule that keeps me productive professionally in between doses of motherhood. I’m going to use my new site to solicit advice and document the lessons I learn along the way. But I’m sure it will be quite the topic of conversation here as well. This is a huge deal, in case you were unaware. I’m trying to stay optimistic about freelancing, but I’m also terrified I won’t make any money and we’ll have to sell my kidneys or something.
Whatever happens, it will make some great blog material.