Why I Started Blogging: The Messy Truth Behind the Uncustomary Housewife

Why do people blog? Why did I start blogging? This is my 1 Year Anniversary with blogging. I’ve never revealed why I started, but today I’m ready to share.

Buddha sat down beneath a tree because he knew there was more to life. John Lennon wrote Imagine because he knew the world could do better.

My story is not like that of Buddha or Lennon. My motivation wasn’t beautiful. I didn’t start blogging to inspire. I started because my life hit a stalemate… A “WWI on the Western Front” style stalemate (history nerds will get it).

2013. I was a newlywed. I took a year off from teaching to be a housewife. At first it was amazing… It was all yoga, books, and long walks.

But it got old, fast. Yoga quickly stopped happening. Books turned into hours of NETFLIX. And as the days grew colder my walks grew shorter, and then stopped happening.

I woke up one cold November day and decided that I needed to get my life together. So I signed-up on WordPress and posted my first blog; Step One Get Your Life Together.

I blogged about my feelings, marriage, dog, house, fears, pictures, and any random thing that came to mind…. and things started getting better. I got back to taking care of myself; I read, did yoga, painted, walked, even started running some.

It was like I had bridged the gap between me and the rest of the world. I had built a bridge to get myself over the war trenches and stalemates…. Then something amazing happened, I joined the real world again, I started coaching Track and Field (sprinting and jumping) at Morehead State University (I had the pleasure of coaching some of the best young men I have ever met– people coach to change athlete’s lives, but sometimes they change ours).

In the summer of 2014 I decided to get back in the classroom, my real safe haven, I took a teaching job at Montgomery County High School. At MCHS I’ve met teachers that have made me fall in love with education again; I mean, these teachers really care about students, and they care about their co-workers.

People from over 100 countries have read my blog and communicate with me. Virtual co-bloggers from many places. Palestine. Nigeria. Germany. Cyprus. Haiti. Ghana. Jamaica. Slovakia. Peru. Hong Kong. Saudi Arabia. Kuwait. Nepal. Honduras. And so much more. It’s a window to the world.

Some of my posts are serious and personal, some are light-hearted and funny, some long, some short. This will be my 71st post on WordPress. Thank you to the people who have read, and will keep reading.

My husband just registered my official domain name as www.uncustomaryhousewife.com so, I’m official. Pretty exciting.

I blog about a lot of things. But I blog for one reason. It’s free therapy.

With Love, Uncustomary Housewife

Daily Prompt: Why do you create?

13 comments

  1. Thank you Parker for your patience love & understanding of how to care for the most important person in the world to me

  2. Oh my, when you said ‘Books turned into hours of NETFLIX.’ I cannot tell you how much relief I felt… you put my exact predicament in such simple words. I’ve yet to bridge the gap, small steps…

  3. I hear you! I see so much of myself in your post and I am encouraged! I started blogging (finally! after many false starts) in February this year and it has been a wonderful few months! I hope to be able to say in Feb 2017 as you do today: it is my 1 year Anniversary!

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