I know, just as I promise to try and get back to blogging and keep up on posting in a timely manner...nothing for months. Turns out, I HAVE been writing, just not here. I got an email out of the blue from someone working for Mother Earth News. I was offered the opportunity to become one of the bloggers for a new venture, a website called Homestead Hustle. Its focus is to educate and empower folks looking to make an income, whether full or part time, from their homestead by providing educational articles written by folks doing the same. She had found me online, checked out my website and social media I do for the farm and extended the invitation before the website was up and running, which was a huge compliment! I'm getting paid a small amount for each post, so I guess I can add freelance writing to my resume now :) My posts go up at my convenience, about once every two weeks and are permanently available on the website, and may be considered for print as well, which is really cool. I really want to use the skills I learned as an educator in my life before the farm, and this is a really neat way to be able to share some of what I've learned.
This new blogging adventure is focused on running a business, so I have lots to share, and it is a bit different as I can't just share events, recipes, or feelings like I do here, but at the same time I'm trying to be realistic about how many things I can successfully juggle, and still do all well. So I once again am not sure how often I'll be posting here. I want to say frequently, but in reality I'll be posting much more regularly on Homestead Hustle. There is something about the accountability of a paycheck to keep motivated, after all! And while the focus is education for those looking to start their own homestead/self-employment dream, I hope that many of my articles will have a broad interest, as an inside look into how and why we do things the way we do here at the farm. My ultimate goal of having a blog was to be able to use it as a platform to educate, while also making a little money somehow. I'm very excited about this new opportunity. I hope if you've enjoyed reading my thoughts here, you'll check out what I have to say in this new forum. The success of any new web venture depends on how many folks check it out and support it. And who knows, I may find that dedicating more time to writing results in having more things to say and will result in more posts here, too. I haven't decided yet!
Emily Stevenson is a real life farmeress and artisan and chronicles her experiences in food, farming and life here.