In case we haven’t met before, I am Shannon, a 44-year-old (mid-life) single “mommy” to a 7-year-old boy (Brayden) and a business owner providing SEO (online marketing services) for other business owners.
Being a single mom to a younger child at my age comes with its own challenges and there are many times I look at my life through a window and wonder, “Is it only me?”
I decided to begin blogging because I know that my life isn’t typical and I am hoping to connect with others through inspiration, encouragement, and laughter. I also find blogging to be a release and an enjoyable hobby. Through blogging, I found another passion which is to help other bloggers find the success I am currently having through blogging. Allow me to explain…when I first began this blog, I thought I would use my expertise in online marketing and ranking websites to earn some additional residual income. In the process of building this site and writing, I realized that my specialty is not exactly in writing. My specialty is helping others succeed. I love to help business owners get their websites ranking on the front page of Google and I do that through my business, Virtual Surge. I provide search engine optimization services and to be quite frank, I am really good at it and I love doing it!
I found that there are MANY bloggers and while I am open to help anyone build and grow their blog, my focus is on other mom bloggers. As a mother myself, I know how important is to have a flexible schedule for our kids and blogging allows many mothers to stay at home and to have the flexibility they need in raising their children. This a fairly new direction that I am starting as of March 2018 so it will be a while before I am ready to launch my mom blogging coaching business. My goal is to help moms learn how to set up a blog, find a niche and start monetizing using various avenues that are available to make money online. I have more to offer than other moms who are providing a similar service, I have the tools and the knowledge to help you get your website ranking on the search engines to drive traffic to your site and to start earning residual income. Stay tuned for more on this! I am super excited!
Please feel free to contact me at any time. I look forward to connecting with you.
In addition to what I already shared in my introduction, you may wonder how does this “mommy blog” differ from the millions of others? I am sure that there are others out there like mine, but I have yet to see one that relates to older single moms who have young children. At my age, I am finding friends who are already becoming grandparents or in more cases, have grown kids in high school or college. Finding friends is not too difficult for me but dating…ugh! It is a serious challenge for many reasons and I discuss this in further detail throughout my blog.
As mentioned already, I am self-employed doing online marketing. A lot of people ask me how I became self-employed and how I fell into this. To keep my introduction short, read my “Ultimate Guide to Start Working from Home”. Sign up for my mailing list to get your copy. Being self-employed gives me the freedom to be there for my son and the ability to make my dreams come true. I share custody of my son with his father which is also a challenge! More on that in another blog! (nothing is ever a short story). When I am not working and caring for my son, I am out and about making the best of my life whether that is spending time with friends…or making bad decisions lol. It’s an interesting ride and I look ford to sharing it with you!
I never envisioned being a single mom. However, my son was a shock but a huge blessing! I was 37 and was dating someone with whom I had a long distance relationship for about a year. I decided to rent out my house and move in with him and to make a long story short, I found out I was pregnant and once we moved in together, we really got to know one another. He wound up being an alcoholic with some mental instabilities. When I was five months pregnant, I moved back to my hometown and I found shortly thereafter, that he was pursuing other women. I never looked back and we have since become civil for the sake of our son and get along for the most part. I have been so busy being “mom” and starting my own business that I haven’t had too much time or interest in dating but I do have a lot of stories to tell for the few times that I was dating as a mom!
This is important for me to share so that there are no judgments. I love my son more than anything in the world. He is a huge blessing and I wouldn’t change anything in the world. However, you will find, if you follow my blog, that I face many challenges…as we all do in our own way. I will probably say things or talk about things that many others would not, in my confession posts. When I am not “mom”, I sometimes live the lifestyle of a person in their 20’s or 30’s. I also deal with some challenges with being “mom”. I often ask myself if I was cut out to be a mom and so it may come off as unappreciative but that is not the case at all. My son comes before anything and after that comes my business. I have a good head on my shoulders and always put responsibilities first. When I go out and have fun, I go heavy! lol So don’t judge and if anything, hopefully, I will inspire you to find your own heavy fun!