Where my blog is right now:
Today, on Tuesday, August 4th, 2020, my blog, Little House on the Spectrum is in its infancy. Funny to say that because I reserved my corner of the web in January 2017. At the time I had lots to say, but I did not have a plan for how to get it said. So, I have a self-hosted WordPress blog that is meant to chronicle our Autism journey that has published six posts in three years. It is where I want to highlight mistakes we’ve made, identify helpful resources, and offer digital products that can shorten the learning curve for families new to the diagnosis. Enter Elite Blog Academy.
Why I want to blog:
I want to blog because I want to contribute to the Autism community. I want to find my tribe and feel less isolated. I also want to create an online presence that will support a digital business in the future. We have been blessed with opportunities and resources that helped us deal with our role as special needs parents. I know many parents that find themselves in similar circumstances do not have access to the same. Not everyone can retire early, downsize their life, go back to school and work with a wide array of support professions to pursue the best outcome for their child with Autism.
We were in the right place at the right time. I was able to retire early from the Army after 15 years of service as a military attorney. I went back to school and get a master’s in special education. We dumped our double income lifestyle in Northern Virginia and set up a homestead in South Carolina where I could become a stay-at-home mom. Along the way we have learned a lot about the diagnosis, as well as the education, care and treatment of children with special needs. We continue to learn something new every day. Blogging will allow me to share the wealth of knowledge and experience we have gained. It will also allow me to build a business aligned with my passion for making the most of our life on the spectrum.
Why I decided to attend Elite Blog Academy:
I decided to attend Elite Blog Academy, because I was stuck and needed a comprehensive framework for how to get out of my own way. I have followed Ruth Soukup’s progress over the years. Initially I found her in an eBundle or online search back when couponing was her major claim to fame. It has been so long my memory is hazy, but I trust her voice. She has been cycling through my email inbox ever since. I have opted in a couple times, even bought Do It Scared, but never made time to work through her products or read the book. I had more good ideas than I had time for. I felt EBA was for people with infinite resources of time and money. I saw blogging as an ideal, not a value, until recently.
During a recent live training I heard Ruth’s EBA pitch at the end the program. It seemed like a one-stop solution to my blogging problems. I am just not able to learn this on my own. I needed something I could implement, so I could stop hiding in the planning stages. The comprehensive suite Ruth has designed to teach the business behind blogging also works to eliminate the obstacles to getting the work done. This approach is invaluable to me. It was past time for me to invest in my dream and get to work.
What frustrates me about blogging:
Getting to work has been my primary frustration with blogging. There is so much to know that has nothing to do with producing content. I felt I could not write the material I wanted, because I did not know SEO. When I wrote something, I did not have a plan for how to consistently publish material. There were just too many barriers to sharing my message. So I put my blog on the back burner.
What I hope to learn from Elite Blog Academy:
I hope that I will learn the nuts and bolts of the blogging and setting up an online business from Elite Blog Academy. Then I can put my energy into growing Little House on the Spectrum into the resource I know it can be. I feel confident that it will and I look forward to looking back on this post and seeing my progress.