Being a "successful" blogger, Ohana Mama’s take

The wonderful Erin over at The Mom Buzz had a post up today that got me thinking about making money blogging and avoiding blogging burnout. Could they go together? here are my random thoughts on the subject…

I’ve only been blogging for 8 months and over that 8 months I did have a few instances where I thought, “I need a break!” or “I give up!” This was usually after I felt that I was running around trying to do my best to get comments, get reviews, get contests, get interviews. My blog was running me. I was D.O.N.E!

It was at that time I decided to return to why I started to blog. I sat back and thought why am I doing this? And I was returned to the fact that when I started Ohana Mama I wanted to be able to showcase great companies, big and small, use my PR skills (gotta put that Private College Education, which I am still paying for, to use somehow, right?!) to GIVE these great companies some coverage and hopefully new customers.

I went from trying to GET to GIVING – and I try to do that as much as possible every day with other bloggers too…showcasing them on Ohana Mama, helping with an html issue, inviting them to be a contributor when they are just starting out.

My other reason why I started my blog and this is a BIG one, was to meet and connect with bloggers and business owners. See, I am in the midst of launching my own company and product. It’s taken longer than expected (this seems to be the case for many, especially in the recent rough economic environment) but it will be to market shortly.

Through my blog I’ve gained a fantastic group of people surrounding me. And I know that when I am ready to launch I can go to the Eminent Blog for advice on my marketing, to help me with contests and hopefully collaborate so we can all benefit. Networking networking networking – Ohana Mama was/is sort of my “pre-marketing” if you will, for when I launch.

So far I feel very successful in what I wanted to accomplish and it seems it’s like a snow ball..growing bigger each day, with each new person I meet and work with. And the new avenues and doors that open everyday keep me coming back. I feel incredibly blessed!

The icing on the cake? Money.
Well just yesterday I received a check and it was made out to “Sarah Burns at Ohana Mama”! WOW! My first check made directly from OHANA MAMA! You bet I am cashing in that bad boy and framing a dollar from it. Because I know it won’t be my last. I won’t let it be. BUT, I am not simply motivated by that dollar, oh no. I also have quotes printed out from folks I’ve met online that keep me motivated.

Back when I felt that I wanted to throw in the towel, I remember talking to my husband saying, “it’s too much, it’s taking over, I should just stop” his response…”You can’t.” And he was right. I felt if I stopped that I would be letting down all those awesome bloggers that have invested time in reading Ohana Mama, all those awesome companies that have sent products for reviews, or taken time to answer questions for an interview. And most of all I’d let myself down, for I know that Ohana Mama isn’t done, I’ve only just begun!

So here is my take on avoiding burnout and making money…I wrote this on Erin’s post today and then later in momdot’s post on the same subject…

“Here’s what I believe – do what you truly love and you will have success. Success is measured differently for everyone. However I do think that riches in money come to those that don’t focus on the money but focus on being happy – the money part will follow. They say do what you would love to do even if you never got a paycheck – at least you are happy all that time. BUT, it’s funny, usually if you are happy doing it it will bring monetary value to you.

Surround yourself with successful people (i.e. happy and content but always striving to achieve) and you too will be successful – it’s contagious.

I LOVE to blog and all that comes with it – mostly the relationships – and think that because I love it so much it will bring good things. But the reason behind blogging isn’t to get rich…but I won’t turn that down if it happens ;)

The wonderful thing about having your own blog is that YOU control the pressure.

Have you read The Secret? If you focus too much on the money or stats it will never come. Act as if you already have that money and have a large readership, believe it, and it will happen.

It’s much like dressing for the job you WANT to have at work.-Sarah, Ohana Mama”

Do what you enjoy, believe in what you do and you will find success…oh and make sure it’s YOUR definition of success and not the blogger or business next to you…remember this is YOUR path!

Have you had burnout? Frustrations in blogging? Leave a comment and continue the conversation! Mahalo Erin for your post and inciting this long ramble!


  1. Thanks for putting things into perspective with this well written and honest post. I’ve just started into professional blogging and find myself becoming too obsessed with stat checking and comment seeking, but I need to remind myself why I started this and why I enjoy doing it. Thanks for helping to remind me!

  2. Jenn@mylifewiththecrazies says:

    Thank you for a great post! I have only been blogging for a month or so but I do it for the writing… have yet do get into the PR stuff… just want to stay focused on writing and keeping people up to date with the fam. Stopped by from MomDot… thanks again!

  3. Wow, I had no idea you had only been doing this 8 months. Your blog was one of the first I came across I believe when I got more serious. I started my personal blog last summer and my review blog in January. I agree that it is great how everyone helps each other out.

  4. Mommy In Pink says:

    What an honest post, very informative…good luck in your business venture!

  5. Wonderful post. Loving what you do and doing if for the “right” reasons is what it is all about. It is hard to be successful if you don’t enjoy it.
    I am looking forward to seeing your product. Drop me a line when it is out and I will blog about it : )

  6. What a great post! Very inspiring =)
    Thank you!

  7. Courtney-Gift Mommy says:

    Thank you for the wonderful post! I read every word of your post! It really took hold of my attention! You’ve taught me so much in the past 8 months and have really inspired me! Luv ya!

  8. Great post! Mahalo! I read your comment on momdot and it was inspiring! Glad I was able to read the rest of your thoughts!

  9. Sarah you said it so well, fantastic post. I usually feel burnt out around holidays where people are expecting to see a million crafts with the same theme and I feel like if i don’t post a specific craft right away some other blog will and no one will read my post. That’s not how it works though, and you have been a wonderful example to me on how to support and cheerlead other bloggers. Now I don’t worry if another blog posts a better, cuter, more educational activity, I let them know I love what they are doing, offer to link and find ways to boost all of us together.

    You can take all the credit for chilling me out and making me see it another way. Mwahh !

  10. growingupartists says:

    I hope your product is Hot Hawaiian Mommie video productions, because that is your ace game.

    Just my opinion.

  11. I completely agree with you. Yes, somedays I do feel a little burnt out by the amount of work I’ve put into my blog…..and I have yet to recieve a dime for my efforts. But I do love it. I love the writing, the connecting, the sharing of pictures and stories. I feel like a better person because of my blog….although sometimes I feel like my blog makes me a worse mother, since it is time consuming. My goal is to find a balance, and do do it because I love it, not because I have to.

  12. This is a beautiful post! I agree completely with focusing on the joys you have in life, and what makes you happy…the peace, financial success, and other benefits will flow from that. I’m also a big fan of The Secret, and enjoy the many blessings that focusing on gratitude have brought to me personally, and to my three blogs! I’ve yet to make any money with my blogs, but I’m certain I’m on the cusp of great success…if I can remain focused! Thank you so much for this post, it’s inspired me to write something of like mind on one of my own blogs!

    Much bloggy love and many blessings of success to you,

  13. Haasiegirl says:

    My motto is “desire creates the power”….so if you desire it, truly have a passion, the rest will fall into place.

    I live my dreams daily.


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