Today is day 18 of the 31 day blogging challenge. If you’ve been following me through this challenge, I appreciate it. You can read about my other posts by clicking here. The prompt today is the meaning behind my blog name. This one just makes me smile.
The story of my blog and how it evolved is a trying but funny one, at least to me. But then if I couldn’t laugh at myself, where would I be?
I started a blog last August. It seems like a lifetime ago now, to be honest. I started with a terrible name and even worse hosting company. It was basically doomed to die a slow and painful death. Me being somewhat naive in the beginning, didn’t realize just how doomed it was. This is what happens when you listen to people who think they know everything about everything and have to share that “knowledge” with you. Don’t do that. It was an expensive and costly mistake for me.
When I finally figured this out, I shut that blog down. I had outgrown my little “starter” project and just wanted out. I gave myself a second try with a different hosting company and far better name, The Prepping Wife. Looking back at my original blog and name is like looking back at my first email address and just laughing. Like, who was I to have come up with that name?
How The Prepping Wife came about is that those are the two biggest components of who I am. I am a wife, first and foremost. That will always be a title I wear with pride. I have it tattooed on my back. It’s a title I love. Given this fact, I knew wife needed to be in the title of my blog. After that, who am I? Well, I am a prepper. That is my other favorite title. Wife and Prepper.
These are the two things I love talking about. Married life, and all the challenges and joys that come with it. You’ll find little stories about Nathan and interactions peppered all over my blog. Or pictures of him being goofy and posing for me in my recipe posts. His stamp is all over my blog.
Emergency preparedness or prepping is another passion of mine. I want to help people with that, but in a way that it is relatable. I don’t want to run around doing the whole doomsday conspiracy theories, like we see on tv. That isn’t how people decide prepping is a good idea. I really wanted to tailor it to beginners, and make it a friendly place to learn and ask questions. From simple things like organizing a pantry, to water storage, to having a blackout box when the power goes out. Just getting people thinking about the basics is what I want.
The Prepping Wife was born through a conversation with my favorite person on the planet. I knew what I wanted my blog to look like, but I wasn’t sure how to get it there. I also knew it was something I wanted his age group to enjoy, and kind of be my target audience. So after some suggestions and back and forth messaging, The Prepping Wife came about.
Then came the logo. He helped me develop it and gave me feedback. I stopped counting the number of times I would text him and say, check this out and tell me what you think. I did it when I started looking for a theme too.
The rebranding of my blog and starting over happened in late October, and The Prepping Wife has been my little corner of the internet ever since. I am so glad that I shut the old one down and ended up here because all the mistakes I made in the beginning prepared me for this new adventure and doing it right. Clearly I am doing something right because my statistics just keep right on growing and increasing.
In the beginning I wondered if blogging was something I could sustain long-term, and it really is. Because I just love it, and the ideas keep right on flowing like there’s no tomorrow. It has grown and evolved just as I have with it. My blog has pushed me so far outside of my comfort zone, and that is what I love.
The funny thing is that setbacks don’t bother me in the least. If I’m denied for a sponsored post because my following isn’t big enough. Cool. That turns into a goal for me to work even harder. It pushes me so much because I am determined to be the best I can be. Yet when something great happens, I turn into a bumbling pile of tears. They are happy tears, don’t get me wrong.
But I cry over everything single achievement when it comes to my blog. Not even going to lie. From the supportive comments to meeting goals, and social sharing totals, everything. Yeah, I cry a lot of happy tears. Lol.
My blog has very much become a part of who I am. I am Erica, The Prepping Wife.