The when, how and why I started this blog…

I can still remember starting this little ol’ blog of mine. I started my blog in October of 2009. A little over two years ago. My husband had just started his first year of medical school and my son was not quite one. I remember being SO bored at night while my husband studied for hours.  I have always had a passion for creating and I thought… “hmm… maybe I should start posting my crafts for others to see.” In my very first blog post I wrote “this blog is to document and hopefully give some ideas to some one else about all the adventures I encounter during a little bliss in my day called nap time.”

Seriously I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had no idea where this blog would take me. I had NO idea how many blogs there were out there and I had absolutely no idea that you could make money blogging. Those  first few months I never really told anyone about my blog and it was more just for fun. I remember changing my backround and header a million different times. I was having so much fun with it all!

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Those first few months I had so much fun creating and sharing my ideas with about THREE of you (which was probably just my mom, best friend and maybe my sister). I really had no idea what I was doing (or getting myself into for that matter). I was just having a good time… it was fun  (still is btw :))! I realized after a few months that I had gained a few more followers. Whhhhaat?! I was shocked people would actually read my blog even though they didn’t know me. Then a few months later we did our kitchen makeover and I remember a bigger blog (wish I remember which one) featured my kitchen and my followers went from about 50 to 300 in a few weeks. I felt so much love from the blogging community. I really have met some of my greatest friends through blogging.

I felt like I finally found my “thing.”  My hobby. My passion. Growing up I always wished I had some amazing talent. So many of my friends could sing, dance and play the piano and I felt like I just wasn’t good enough at any ONE thing. I remember telling my mom one day I didn’t have any talents I could share in the talent show.  I remember her telling me I had so many talents. I have always been creative even as a youg girl and my mom always recognized those talents. But still… what was I going to do… scrapbook on the stage? Oh look here’s my 10 page lay out! ha!

So I guess what I’m try to say is blogging is my “thing.”  Some people really don’t get how I could possibly dedicate so much time to my blog every.single.day. Or how I could take pictures of every.single.step in a project… but it’s what I do and I ENJOY it. Everyone has their thing. Their hobby. For some it’s reading, for some it’s quilting, sports or games… but this is mine. And I really enjoy it. I LOVE that I can help some of you find your creative passion. So many have e-mailed me telling me that I had inspired them to create their own blog and I love that. I feel like anyone and everyone should share their passion with others.

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The first year of blogging I blogged whenever and whatever I felt like. Sometimes I do miss those days. But since then I have turned my hobby into a business. It’s official… I Heart Nap Time is now I Heart Nap Time LLC as of this year. :)

I started my blog on blogger (iheartnaptime.blogspot.com) and have since moved to word press on my own domain. Once I realized my hobby had turned into a buisness I knew it was time to make the switch. I would definitely say switching to wordpress has been a HUGE jump. I worked so hard to gain my google followers (over 6,000 of you). Google is now making google friend connect only available to google blogs, so I’ve decided to take my google friend connect down. I invite you to to follow me through feed burner or sign up for my newsletter on the side bar if you were following through google friend because you may not receive my feed after March 1st.

Anyways… if you’re blogging for a hobby I would totally recommend staying on blogger. It’s SO much easier and it’s FREE! If you’re looking to turn your blog into a buisness I recommend *eventually* switching over to wordpress when the right time comes. It definitely hasn’t been an easy adjustment (or a cheap one) but it has been very beneficial for my blog. I will go into more details later. Side note: If you’re wanting to switch over to wordpress choose wordpress.org not .com and hire someone. Save your self the head ache.

 So in a nut shell, there’s the when, how and why I started this blog. With any hobby/business there needs to be balance. I have learned that trying to keep up with posts, e-mails, social media, comment moderation, ads and the actual CREATING is very time consuming. Especially since I have had 2 kids under 2 this whole time with a husband in medical school.

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I have learned to find a balance that works for me and my family… come back tomorrow and I’ll share how I find that balance. xo

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Jamielyn Nye

Lifestyle expert, Pinterest tastemaker and blogger at iheartnaptime.com. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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Comments

  1. Janel @ Hating Martha posted on January 25, 2012 at 9:34 pm (#
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    Thanks for the honesty and information! As a new blogger I am always wanting to hear the advice and wisdom of you big girl bloggers…thank you!

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  2. Aimee - ItsOverflowing posted on January 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm (#
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    Thanks Jamielyn! Excited for your series!!! XO, Aimee

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  3. Michelle@OurWonderfilledLife posted on January 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm (#
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    Enjoyed this so much Jamielyn, thank you for sharing, can’t wait for tomorrow’s post!!!

    Michelle

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  4. Drea posted on January 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm (#
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    I am so glad I found your blog! Bethany at happyhomemaker.me told me about you and I am happy she did. I am a new blogger and can use all the help I can get. I am really looking forward to reading your series and I am sure I will learn a lot from it.

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  5. Michelle {Fun On a Dime} posted on January 25, 2012 at 10:08 pm (#
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    Call me crazy, but I love reading posts on how people got started. I’m excited to read tomorrow’s post.

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  6. Kelsey Bang posted on January 25, 2012 at 10:35 pm (#
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    you are so cute Jamie! I am loving this new “series.” Thanks so much for sharing!

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  7. Megan posted on January 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm (#
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    Thanks for sharing how you started and your honesty. My blog is still pretty new and I love hearing tips from an established bloggers. Can’t wait for tomorrows post.

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  8. Christy Denney posted on January 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm (#
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    I feel the same about everything you said. I’m about to switch over to WordPress and am scared to death to. Noe you’ve scared me even more! Haha. Love your blog and your writing voice!

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  9. Melissa @ Bless This Mess posted on January 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm (#
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    I feel like I just read a birth story. .A blog birth story, but a birth story none the less. Let’s be honest. Who doesn’t love that kind of story! I relate on too many levels with this post. I started my blog at be beginning of this year and it’s so much fun to hear that, yes, even the big time bloggers were small once too. It gives me hope and happiness. And I totally agree about the talent show thing! Hello people, here is a picture tutorial on how to make a heart paper chain! Haha! Thanks. M.

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  10. taradara posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:17 am (#
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    Jamielyn! I’m so happy you found your ‘thing’ … you have SO many talents and that’s why you’re so popular. Your blog has just spotlighted ALL your crafty talents and we’re so glad you found it!
    Thanks for sharing such a great post!!!
    xo Tara

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  11. camie posted on January 26, 2012 at 6:23 am (#
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    Medical school…say no more. After nine years my husband finished up all of his training. It’s not so bad and the hours aren’t so long after you’ve found something you love. It was quilting for me! Enjoyed your story.

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  12. Melanna posted on January 26, 2012 at 8:09 am (#
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    I read all my blogs in my google reader. Thankfully I haven’t followed them all as a GFC follower (or this next part would be burdensome). But I have realized in the last few weeks that a lot of my favourites I have been following that way. I’m thankful that many are mentioning which platform they’re on (such as yourself. And hint, hint to all the rest of the non-blogger blogs!) because as I’ve come across those ones I’ve been switching how I subscribe to them so that I don’t miss anyone’s feeds. I love your blog. It was one of the first ones I found when I started reading blogs about 2 years ago (so you must have just started out when I first found you. Maybe it was the kitchen… :)).

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  13. Janice posted on January 26, 2012 at 8:09 am (#
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    I started my blog because my husband was in medical school too! He’s finally finishing residency this summer. Hang in there! It does get better! :) And I love your blog. I just really found you last week and linked to your Sunday Party, which is humongous, by the way! (If you hadn’t noticed!) :)

    Always nice to hear people’s stories.

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  14. Ashley posted on January 26, 2012 at 11:50 am (#
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    I follow you through Google Reader so hooray!

    PS. I’m in love with the last quote: “You can do anything, but not everything”. I struggle with this!

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  15. Heather posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm (#
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    I’m not very diligent about writing on our blog. i go in stages. sometimes i get really motivated and other times i sit there and stare at the screen…my mind blank..trying to figure out when was this picture taken…ugh.
    i do enjoy reading your blog. it’s one of my favorites :0)

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  16. Mauri posted on January 26, 2012 at 12:26 pm (#
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    I remember when you first started this blog! Love what you’ve done with it and that it can be a place for creativity for you and other people and also be a place for you to share your many talents!! You’re awesome!!

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  17. Deanna posted on January 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm (#
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    Thank you very much for sharing your blogging story. I just found your blog yesterday and am very inspired with what you do. Congratulations on finding your “thing”. I’m new to blogging and this post was very encouraging.

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  18. Shirley Lupton posted on January 26, 2012 at 7:31 pm (#
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    I am so happy for you. You are doing a great job. Thanks for all your hard work.

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  19. Ruth G posted on January 26, 2012 at 5:56 pm (#
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    Thanks for sharing this! It’s so funny what you said about being amazed that people you don’t even know following. Sometimes I feel very connected to the bloggers I follow and other times it’s all business. I enjoy the ones that are more personal and I want to thank you for sharing more than just your work, but about who you are. I just started following blogs in the fall, had a big windfall with winning lots of blog candy and that really got me hooked. I haven’t won half as much blog candy since then, but now really enjoy being a part of so many different creative lives! It’s like watching a great TV show or reading a great series of books, except you’re real and you’re interactive – you might respond to something I say…
    Anyway, I’m glad you’re here and I appreciate all you share! Thanks! I’ll be back soon!

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  20. Jess from Cox's Corner posted on July 23, 2012 at 10:20 pm (#
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    Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long! I started my little blog at the beginning of 2009 and yours was one of the first I followed! I didn’t really get into mine until a couple months ago though, and I was still too shy to comment back then…but I loved your blog then, and I still love it now!

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