Parenting Blogger Emily Austin on Turning a Hobby into a Full-Time Job

You know I love me some WordPress. Thanks to Cheri Lucas Rowlands for chatting with me about my blogging journey! Check out the interview on WordPress Discover.

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Since 2011, Emily Austin has built a loyal readership at The Waiting, her blog on parenting and motherhood. Emily’s personality and humor have helped her carve out her own corner of the web among thousands of family blogs. Through blogging, she has built a community of readers and colleagues, and eventually landed a position as a paid blogger and social media manager — transforming a hobby into a full-time career. I chatted with Emily about the evolution of The Waiting and her growth as a blogger.

What were your goals when you launched your blog?

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Am I allowed to say that I didn’t have a goal other than to post once a week? I wish I had some inspirational story about how I had planned to write my magnum opus and find a cure for cancer by blogging, but I don’t. I just wanted to write. I don’t have…

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  1. Emily I love your blog!! Not a parent, but I love hearing all the stories you share and it gets me excited to experience it for myself one day! I think I did stumble across your blog when you hosted the Remember When series! I had a blast with those! This was a great interview! I’m glad you shared it here for us to read, too!!

    1. Thank you, Mariah! I may need to bring the blog hop back. I loved doing it.

  2. What a great interview! Your advice on exporting yourself to other social media is spot on, and I’m so pleased that you’ve taken blogging to the next level. Also envious since that’s what I want to do, but am totally clueless on how to go about it. I’m that kid with her nose stuck to the candy store window, hungry and without a penny.

    Keep up the good work, kiddo (along with that cutie-patootie smile.)

    1. To be honest, I’m fairly clueless too. Whenever I have to run social media stats reports at work and bring dirty, dirty numbers into my happy little blogging world, I revert back to the same kid I was in 6th grade, crying over decimals.

  3. I really enjoyed your article! Great advice. I also have a parenting blog but started writing as an empty nester.I am looking forward to following your future posts.

    1. Thank you! One of my very favorite people in the world writes an empty nester blog you might enjoy: She’s my best friend’s mom and a fantastic writer to boot!

      1. Thanks, I will check it out!

  4. Thank you for sharing your “start”. I recently started my blog because I felt I had something to say, and believed, as you put it so well, that my kids would thank me one day for recording these thoughts. Thank you

  5. Loved the interview. You gave really great advice. The last part of your answer about “just write”i loved it!

    1. Thanks for reading it! I need to take my own advice and post soon!

  6. I love your blog Emily! It’s so funny and honest :) I hope to be a mom soon and follow all your thoughts and insights

  7. therestwo · · Reply

    Very cool – way to go mama!!! 💛

  8. This is a great piece of advice. I have a parenting blog which was new (only six months) and having read this great post of yours inspired me to write more. So thankful to have stumbled upon your site.

  9. Fabulous advice to a newbie blogger like me, Emily. I’m impressed. Well done and thank you!

  10. This is a beautiful blog. I’v only jus begun my blogging journey and your advice on this post is so inspiring. The key is not to be disheartened or scared, but to push on through and confidently hit that ‘publish’ button. Thank you xx

  11. I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this interview. As someone one who has just started a blog I really appreciated you honesty and I really like your style of writing – you have really inspired me! Thank you

  12. Awesome advice, Emily. Thank you <3

  13. Victorious Virtuous Women of Faith · · Reply

    Wonderful Advice Emily. I just began my blog a few days ago.. with time I hope it will bless many women ( and men ). God Bless ~

  14. I really enjoyed reading your interview! I am a new mother of twins and I often want to blog about my experience. I am super busy, however, and I already manage The Geek Anthropologist blog and work part-time, so I haven’t gotten around to it yet. Then, you reminded me about guest blogging and it’s usefulness to connect with other bloggers and readers!

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