In the late ‘90’s the internet was booming and still fairly new to most people. While I knew my way around surfing the web, I knew nothing about building, starting, and running a website. So when my husband suggested that I start one, I quickly shot the idea down. For 2 to 3 years, my patient and persistent husband continued to suggest the website idea and although he was somewhat persuasive, I was still convinced there was no way I could do it. Thankfully, he’s stubborn and was absolutely convinced that it was an awesome idea that could work, if only I’d give it a chance. I’m so glad he didn’t give up!
Why was my husband so set on creating a website? To answer that, we have to go back to the few years prior to my finally giving in and agreeing to give it a go. Several years before, I had put my nursing career on what I thought was going to be a “temporary hold” to raise our oldest child, who was 18 months old, and open a home daycare. Being a nurse, relatives and friends often called with health questions. After building up a clientele for my daycare home and networking with other local home childcare providers, I began receiving calls from my daycare parents and from my colleagues. Then the calls began coming in from “friends of friends” and people I didn’t know but had been referred to me as the “go-to” mom/nurse/daycare provider who might be able to help them. My husband, ever the observant and astute man that he is, took note of all these people seeking my assistance and the idea for MomRN, an informational website for parents, began to formulate in his mind. What finally convinced me to give it a try was the fact that the website could be my own ministry of sorts, offering information, advice, support, encouragement, and whatever else parents needed and it would allow me to help many more people than just those who were calling me.
So MomRN did not start out as a blog, really. It launched in March of 2001, after several months of planning, learning, and praying. But in late 2009, as I was learning more about blogging and meeting hundreds of bloggers online, I realized MomRN could be considered a blog and my online radio show, which is hosted on Blog Talk Radio, is basically an audio blog, if you want to call it that. While it took me awhile to figure out if I really qualified as a blogger enough to wear the label, I finally decided that blogging is as blogging does and decided to call myself a blogger.
My blogging journey has been an interesting and exciting adventure, to say the least. Little did I dream, way back in year 2000, after almost 3 years of my husband patiently trying to persuade me to just take a leap of faith and try it, and then another several months of preparation before the launch, that MomRN and the Ask MomRN Show would become such a huge part of my life. Nor did I ever imagine some of the adventures they would take me on over the years. To say I’m grateful would be an understatement. Yes, there has been many times of doubt and stress, wondering how to make it work. And I’ve literally poured my blood, sweat, and tears into this endeavor and still feel that there is so much more I want to do with my blog. There is more to learn, more to try, more risks to take, and sometimes I wonder if I’m up for the task. But when it comes down to it, I go back to the reason we started in the first place – a desire to help other families. That is why I blog and why I’m proud to be called a blogger.
Tamara Walker was our February Blogger of the Month.