Confession time: Although this blog is a bit under two months old, I am not new to blogging. I began journaling online in college, and experimented with several platforms, without much success. For several years (2007-2011) I maintained a personal blog using the Blogger platform called Going Places when I moved to South Korea to teach, lived there for three years, met and married my husband, and moved back to the U.S. This site gained modest popularity within the expat blogging community living in Korea, and I made several real life friendships through blogging. I enjoyed it immensely, but since I was mostly blogging about life in Korea, I had trouble continuing to blog at the same site when I moved back to the United States.
I stopped renewing my domain two years ago; the site is still there, but only because I haven’t bothered to properly archive it. I’ve tried several times to pick up blogging again (writing at my old blog, writing about marriage, writing about parenting, etc. etc.), since writing is an essential piece of my happiness, but my efforts have usually fizzled out within a few weeks. Life got busy, I was taking graduate coursework, raising two young kids, holding down two jobs, and managing some health conditions. Life isn’t necessarily less busy right now, but I’m making more of a commitment to all aspects of my health in 2018: physical, financial, spiritual, and psychological. Blogging (writing) is part of that journey.
I’ve actually been thinking about starting a blog about family fun/frugality for years, but was finally inspired to take the plunge after spending some time on Shannon’s Affording Motherhood blog. I appreciated her optimism, honesty, and can-do attitude towards blogging and saving money. It made me brave enough to try again. I still want to be a writer (published–I know I am a writer) when I grow up!
So far, I’m enjoying my writing journey at Free, Fun, Family. Min shared my post about my amazing sister-in-law with her, and she appreciated it. Several friends and family members have said kind words about my reboot. I’ve started, cautiously, to take it public: to let people in my life know I’m writing, commenting on blogs, linking on social media, etc. If you’ve happened upon my quiet corner of the internet, thank you for taking the time to read my work. Please feel free to drop me a note in the comments, and let me know what you think.