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It’s hard for me to get my head around the fact that it has been 16 years since I created the blog known as Franticmommy.com. In those early years, my sole purpose was to create a place to hone my writing chops while also entertaining readers with my goofy parenting stories.
It seems like only yesterday that I was struggling to find my voice in my writing while being a good mom to two rugrats. I was also eyeball deep in full-time traditional employment, and the only time I could find to blog was at the bleary-eyed, hellishly early time of 5:00 a.m.
But I made it work.
Looking back on old blog posts is a little like looking at high school pictures of yourself; awkward and embarrassing, but bittersweet too. In their rough and shaky form, those old blog posts act as a great reminder of how far I have come as a writer.
Blog posts on this site started in 2007, but truth be told, I was already blogging on Blogger starting in 1997. I ended up deleting that blog and posts (they were pretty bad) and started fresh on WordPress as Franticmommy.com.
I dug back into my achives and found this announcement to the world that I was now officially a blogger on WordPress. I was A BIG DEAL (in my head).. I was hella-proud then, and I still am now.
Circa 2007: Hi everyone! Well, I’ve gone and done it! I’ve plunged headfirst into online blogging (something I never thought I’d do!).
So now, as I sit at my computer all setup and ready to go, all the witty stories and articles ideas I had in my head have gone vamoose! Brain fart I guess. Anyone who reads my profile can see I’ve spent the last five years up to my eyeballs in diapers, bottle, poop, fevers and cryin’. I love my kids more than anything in life. but my creative side which had been dormant for years, wants OUT!
So here I is! Ready to spread my wisdom in the form of weird humor!
As parents (especially Moms), we tend to revolve our whole worlds around our kids in those early years and lose ourselves. Not that that’s bad. Your kids SHOULD be the center of the your universe, not living on the outskirts if it.
Needless to say, my thoughts, experience, focus, and priorities have changed over the last sixteen years. When I shifted to a full-time, work-from-home, freelancer, my expertise shifted away from “diapers, poop, fevers, and potty training,” to helping other lady bosses rock their business empires.
If anything, this is proof that if you hang in there “just one more day,” those “one more days” become weeks, months, and then years.
It’s a blessing to have this online record of how far I’ve some and how much I’ve evolved.
I am one lucky lady.
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