Dear Potential Blogger: Put Down The Casserole and Walk Away Slowly.

Dear Potential Blogger:  Put Down The Casserole and Walk Away Slowly.

Guys, I’m all about being honest.  And sometimes (all the time) I’m too honest.  

Today, is that day.  No one is shocked.  

HVFH has been live since April of 2012.  When we launched, I seriously thought our concept was original.  And it was in a way, because we were “old” AKA – 30ish, and didn’t grow up with blogs.  We thought this stuff was new and hip and totally breaking edge.


Turns out, there’s a few others in this online world thinking the same thing.  And when I say few, I mean 13 trillion. 

OK – that might be an exaggeration, but not really.  

Our concept was being done by others who thought their idea was original, too.  See where I’m going with this? Upon a bit more research, I have found so many people doing the same thing.  Mom blogs, women blogs, blogs about cats, and laundry and crafts and kids and husbands and working moms and stay at home moms, and babies and college girls and old women and…

seriously.  So many.  So so so so so many.

I mean, it’s exhausting.  And if I read or watch one more tutorial on how to make homemade baby food, I might just run down our very kid friendly street, located next to a school, with a bottle of wine in my hand  and scream.  Clothing, optional.  See?  I’m going to crazy town.

(Side note:  I LIKE homemade baby food and wish I would have made it.  I mean, I don’t wish I would have made it, but I wish I would have cared to make it.  See?  I do care, I just don’t want to see 3,891 posts about it.)

Where are you going with this, Leslie?  Don’t you run a blog with tons of women writers contributing on a daily basis?  Why yes.  Yes I do.  Thanks for noticing.  

Here’s what I want to tell you.  And since I’ve learned you get more clicks with a number post, that’s what I’ll do here. Told you.  Honesty is seeping out.  

Here’s 5 Reasons Not to Start A Blog.  You’ve Been Warned.

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About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.


  • I LOVE this!!! Blogging is hard work. Most blogs don’t last past the 3 month mark because people realise that it’s not as simple as just writing a few words and clicking ‘publish’. It takes time and commitment… especially in the beginning. When I first started my blog I was spending (without exaggeration) 70+hrs a week, plus working my job and being a mum and you know… life. Now things have settled down, and by settled down I mean I only work 50 – 60hrs a week on it now. And I make next to $0. But I love it. We all are cray cray….

  • Leslie, Loved this article as it’s true that there’s more information online that we can truly grasp, so how does anyone find what we share … until we build our audience, which no beginning blogger understands. I have a different start to my journey. I was running a handyman business in southern NH, and after talking to women on the phone, scheduling work for them … I’d follow up the calls with emails outlining what & why we’d agreed to. This quickly led me to see patterns in what I was writing, and so my articles started back in 2005

    • Hi Tina! Thanks for the comment. I started in 2005 too, but didn’t start the blog then! I was writing daily articles to friends and family about my life as a TV reporter in Texas. (I’m a Nebraska farm girl – so life out there for me was eye opening at first for sure!) Some days I kick myself for not starting a blog way back when – but so glad for it now. 🙂 I’ll be sure to check out your site.

      • Leslie, I’m crawling around your site & think we might be able to do some guest posting in both directions … and just because you live in Nebraska, doesn’t mean you can forget your city roots.