What happened to the authenticity of Blogging?

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I started The Improv Caregiver a little over a year ago. It’s been one of the most stressful, frustrating, exciting and liberating things I have done in quite some time.

Many years ago, when blogging was still in its infancy, I started following some really great people. For the most part, they all talked about frugal living and saving money. Check my favorite money-saving bloggers HERE.

But they all had one thing in common:

They seemed to truly love what they were doing.

They weren’t blogging to get rich. They didn’t seem to blog for the purpose of ramming a product down my throat. The love for their lifestyle and desire to share their insight truly resonated with me. These blogs piqued my interest in trying it myself.

Being a caregiver is isolating. It’s exhausting and it’s financially taxing. So, I figured why not share my story, connect with others and eventually make a little money on the side?!

I researched and researched for about a year. Then I had my miscarriage. And the isolation of my lifestyle seemed to only make this experience worse.

After fighting through a really tough period, filled with depression, major anxiety and self-loathing, I decided to just go for it.

I mean, what was I gonna lose?

At the most I was going to lose maybe $150-ish for hosting, domain and a theme. That’s far less than we spent on the two vehicles we bought during my spending spree following the miscarriage.

My intentions were clear: share my story & tips I’ve learned over the last years, raise awareness, advocate for and connect with caregivers, and just generally make this a fun experience.

Was I going to treat it like a business? Yes. I mean, I wanted to eventually make a little extra money on the side with this.

But did I intent on becoming a cookie-cutter blog that would do nothing more than ram products down my readers’ throats, so I can make a dime? No.

I never wanted to be a cookie-cutter blog. I never wanted to create the click-bait type posts. Yet, here I am, a year later with titles such as: Why we always keep a copy of medical recordsAND YOU SHOULD TOO!

My intent was to share the importance of having a copy of medical records for your loved one.

Because…you know…shit happens!

Things don’t get filed correctly. Or, in the case of veterans, the VA decides to not send all the medical records to the treating provider.

I aimed at sharing my experience and what I’ve done as a caregiver to make things a little easier for my husband.

In hindsight, I failed.

I fell for the cookie-cutter, robo-esque type “How to make easy money by blogging!” scheme.

But I can change that!

And I will.

You may have noticed that I haven’t posted much lately. That doesn’t mean I haven’t been working my behind off, though.

I’ve been looking through my posts, notes for past & future posts, my social media sites, writing guest posts, working on my first e-book, getting ready to potentially meet with state legislators for Children’s Mental Health Awareness Month, homework for school, and the list goes on.

All while doing my normal caregiver and mommy duties and battling a damn pain flare-up.

But I’m doing it. And so many of you are fighting through the day as well.

The last thing I need is some holier-than-thou person telling me what I need!

And THAT is why I’m changing things up a little around here yoga, laundry, hideous, caregiver

What is interesting is that after looking through my social media profiles, Pinterest and Instagram are the two that most closely represent who I am.

Therefore, I’d like to change things up around here. And go back to a state of blogging that is authentic and real.

I want to share posts with lists, like my Guide to summer activities for Caregivers. Or 8 Tips to avoid Caregiver Burnout, which is one of my most popular posts.

BUT I also want to add more things like There’s a Stranger in my House. Or Dear New Autism Mom.

And I am really itching to add more things like recipe ideas, quotes, rants, actually useful stuff…and funny things that happen and brighten the day. (Kinda like these amazingly hideous-on-me-looking Yoga pants)

Here’s to a new chapter

And if y’all happen to click on one of my links or buy something…that’s cool, too.

But I will no longer try to keep up with the Jones’ “How to make money blogging” Blogs. Because that’s not what this is.

It’s also not a place to show all the wonderful sides of caregiving. Because caregiving isn’t always pretty.

So, buckle up and join me for the ride. I’d love to have you join me.

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  1. Nicolle says:

    I’m sure you’re feeling worse about it than anyone else. I didn’t notice anything cookie-cutter about your blog. And, talking about medical records and the importance of keeping track of those things for caregivers is a worthwhile topic. Only caregivers understand the records, paperwork, medical bills, calls to providers, insurance, etc.!

    • Alisha says:

      Awww…thanks! I just kind of felt like I was trying to be too much like a blogger who’s sole purpose was to make money. I mean, of course, I’d like to start making money…especially considering all the work I’ve been putting into this project of mine, but my intention was to have an outlet first and money-maker second.
      But I guess the whole medical records thing is actually quite important. lol

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