I would like to introduce you to Mary Winfield from Indiana this month’s interview she is a blogger who blogs about special needs parenting and homeschooling. She is the mother of two boys (ages 3 and 2), the oldest is special needs. She loves to read and write in her spare time. Know let’s sit back and visit with Mary.
1. How long have you been blogging?
I technically started my blog about a year and a half ago, but due to family struggles, I took a break not to long after launching. I have finally just started being consistent and getting back into it a few months ago.
2. What made you decide to start blogging?
The short of it is that I read a post that changed my life and helped me in a profound way. After reading the post I realized how important it is to find people in similar situations as yourself and encourage and learn from each other. I blog about special needs parenting and homeschooling and there is so much to be over whelmed by for both of those things. I thought that if I could help someone else along my journey I should. And I thought blogging would help me connect to other people in my situation.
3. How do you manage blogging and attending to your family’s needs?
The eternal question! I am a planner. I find solace in many lists. I have found that setting up a schedule with tasks that need to be done each day scheduling times to do them around naps, bedtimes and other activities helps me to be more present with my family because I don’t have half my brain on work. I know there is a set time for me to work and I need to focus on my family during the rest of the day. It is also so important to be flexible. The world isn’t going end if my blog goes up a day late o r I take a couple extra hours to reply to an email. My family is first priority and the blog will eventually get done.
4. Do you struggle to come up with topics to write about, if so how do you handle it?
Since I am so new to blogging so far, I haven’t run into that problem yet! Also topics for special needs parenting and homeschooling are endless!! I like to plan out my blog posts about a year at a time and then write and schedule them 6 months in advance. That me to do all the research and brainstorming in one big batch so I don’t feel like I need to be thinking of ideas.
5. Have you had much success with blogging?
In the traditional sense probably not yet. I don’t make much money from my blog yet (but that is pretty typical of new blogs). I have made some wonderful connections to people
that I have learned so much from, so that has been a success. An organization for special needs homeschooling reached out to me to work with them on their website and that has been so amazing. I have also gotten a couple comments or emails from people who said that a post I wrote really helped them, and that is the biggest success! I hope to someday keep growing my blog but for right now I am trying to enjoy the victories as they come.