Friday, December 30, 2016

How I Almost Gave Up and Ended this Blog

If you have been following the blog or any of the social media sites associated with the blog, you have seen little to know action. I kind of gave up on the idea that I could maintain the blog and for months just let it go. I am very sorry about this and I wanted to kind of fill you in on what’s been going on.

Single, Mom, blog,

As you may know I started working full time shortly after I graduated college in the middle of the year. Well let me tell you that has been something, first the director who hired me got a new job (YAY for her!), then we got a new director who only lasted three months, the classroom I work in has had one teacher leave, three subs, and two new hires. This is just what is going on at WORK. Like all that is not enough; Noah had been sick almost every week for 6 months, stopped eating or talking for a week, coming home with bruises from school, and me getting an incident report because some kid hit him in the nose. But wait there is more, I have been looking into grad school, and had other more personal matters with Noah, and trying to stick out my romantic relationship (that is a whole other blog post). As you can imagine I am losing my mind. I am stressed, anxious, worried, tired, and just feed up sometimes. I just want to sit on a beach somewhere and tell life to f**k off.

Anyways, the point I am making is with the long list of stuff going on my other baby (this blog) has been neglected. I had debated with the idea of letting the domain name go and just give up the blog. However,  I have not only had single mothers tell me how much this blog helps them, but my sister has been telling me that:

If the blog makes me happy keep it up.

Don’t stress myself if I cannot do it all.

Don’t give up because things are getting a little hard. 

Don't give up because I could be on the edge of where I want to be (with the blog).

For this reason I decided to take a break for the rest of 2016 and work on other aspects of my life. Now that many of the stresses have started to balance out I can get back to working on the blog. Being a single mother is one of the hardest juggling games, and sometimes I will be able to keep things going, and other times things will fall apart (for a little while). For all of my readers who have been supportive I really appreciate it and can't wait to see what happens in 2016.

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Shakirah is a single mom to a 5 year old. She is a blogger, teacher, and graduate student. Her goal is to bring a more positive and realistic look into the lives of single mothers.


  1. Wow Mama, you have lots going on!! You can still blog. Post once a week at least, even if it is an utter brain dump ha-ha. Find tools and resources to help make blogging flow easier. Usa a VA, even if you give then 5-10 hours worth of work. If your phone has a talk to text option, use it for blog content purposes. Download google docs, open up a new doc, then use your phones microphone to speak and it will type pretty much everything you say into the doc. Then of course go in, polish it all up etc. Then transfer to your actual blog! You can do this while driving or whatever and whenever really. And lastly, I have been there too! I started to blog in 2005 and I took a few medical breaks to repair my health and always came back to blogging. Define your why, lay out a clear plan, list strategies and steps to get to your goals.

    1. Thanks, I have been trying to create a plan. So far so good, I am hoping I can keep it up.

  2. I'm glad you decided to keep it. In 2016, I took a blogging hiatus and I wish I would not have. It was almost like starting over. In addition to that, I didn't have my "happy outlet" anymore. Blogging and having my own site makes me makes me feel good! So, hang in there! :-)