A Year of Blogging: How I Started Working With Brands & Making Money Blogging

A Year of Blogging: How I Started Working With Brands & Making Money Blogging
One year ago this month I decided it was time to take blogging seriously. Until then I had kept a blog that was more or less a secret. My husband knew about it and that was about it. When I decided to take blogging seriously, I started sharing what I was doing with a wider audience. And the craziest thing happened — people listened! & then I started working with brands and making money blogging!

While I was on maternity leave I was learning some valuable lessons that I wanted to share with other soon to be moms. SomeΒ of my experiences were hilarious, some were painful and some embarrassing. But I had this yearning to share it all. Because becoming a mother is a crazy time when you have all these crazy emotions and feel so alone. and I wanted other women like me to read my words and know they weren’t alone. I wanted my blog to be a place we could laugh and cry together. Making money blogging wasn’t my goal but it was certainly an idea that floated around in my noggin!

Blogging has introduced me to things I never thought I would get to do. I’ve been published on Huffington Post, been invited to write as an Expert Blogger on, and even invited onto CTV, a Canadian news network, to chat about baby shower gift ideas. I have had the pleasure of working with some incredible brands like SollyBaby and Charlie Banana. I knew it would be a long time before I started making an income but slowly I started making some spending money.Building A Framework | Mommyzoid | How I started working with brands and started making money blogging in one year!

My first step in my journey was when I got my copy of Building a Framework. I poured over every page of this ebook and put Abby’s words into practice. There were so many tips and ideas that really put a polished look on my blog. I learned so much from Abby and ever since she’s been such a valuable resource. She introduced me to a world of blogging I never knew existed.

Building a Framework is a surefire way to get a new blogger going on the right path. It’s amazing the opportunities that are out there for bloggers. But if you don’t know where to look you won’t even realize they exist! This ebook was a small investment that has payed off in ways I never could have imagined. Blogging has become not only a hobby I enjoy but a hobby I make descent money from!

My first year has been phenomenal. If I can have half as much success next year as I did in my first I’d be tickled! Thank you to everyone who has played a part in the success of this little ole blog! My readers and their beautiful comments have kept me trucking alone and kept my chin up on my down days.

How long have you been blogging? What are you short and long term goals? Do you want to work with brands and make money?

Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

PS: If you buy a copy of Building a Framework, I do get a percentage of the sale. But you know what? I owe a great deal of my success to this ebook and I certainly wouldn’t bother promoting it if I didn’t believe in the product. See my full disclaimer here! Any blogging related questions or if you just wanna chat, email me at

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  • Rebekah Harris

    Wow! Congratulations on one year!! I have also blogged for a couple of years but have just recently been trying to make a go of it and put more effort into it. I would love to make a little spending money but my main goal like you is to encourage other women and mamas along with documenting tthese precious crazy days with 5 kids! I could really use that book, I feel like I am learning as

  • Rebekah Harris

    I started blogging a couple of years ago also but have recently started to make a go of it. I would be great to make some spending money but like you my real goal and heart is to encourage other mamas and document this precious crazy time of life with 5 kids;) I am learning as I’m going but know I have so much to learn about blogging. I often feel overwhelmed by all their is to know and do. I could really use that book! Right now I am doing what I can and not stressing about it. So glad I found your blog and congratulations on 1 year and all you have accomplished!!! Linking up with you at mama moments Monday:)

    • Stephanie McDougall

      Thanks so much, Rebekah! Congrats on really trying to make a go of it! I too have been blogging for a while but had no idea how to take it seriously…UNTIL A YEAR AGO!!
      There is sooo much to learn. You’re right it’s so important to not stress. Being a mom (ESPECIALLY OF 5!) is stress enough! Take it easy and give yourself some credit πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for commenting! Have a great day <3

  • purplelibrarian

    Congrats on your 1 year blogaversary! I just had mine too!
    Here from 2UsesTuesday

    • Stephanie McDougall

      Wooooooohwho! Congrats! It flew by, didn’t it? Thanks for stopping by!

      Stephanie @ Mommyzoid

  • Jessica

    Congratulations on your first year. I have been trying to make a go of my blog for about 6 months now, and I feel like there is so much to learn. I have bookmarked Building a Framework for when money I have a few more dollars to invest. πŸ˜‰

    • Stephanie McDougall

      Thank Jessica! You’re absolutely right. There is SO much to learn. I read Abby’s book and I was like, “OHHHHH…that’s why no one reads my blog….” and made those changes and have seen so much success since. But it was hard work! Lots of late nights. Good luck, girly!


  • I’m putting this on my reading list! I need to start making the blog work for me too :o)

  • I think I’ve heard of this book before and as I’m beginning to take my blogging even more seriously myself, I just might look into it a bit more. I think it’s really amazing when we can turn something we enjoy into a way to add to our family, while also still pleasing ourselves, learning about new things, connecting with others, and harnessing the feeling of accomplishment! πŸ™‚

  • Jessie

    Congrats on one year! πŸ™‚ I’ve read a lot of Abby’s blog and really enjoy her writing- I may buy her book at some point, I bet it is super helpful, especially after having read a lot of her blog! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚


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  • Donna Wirthlin

    Thanks for a great article. Visiting from two uses Tuesday.

  • Kristen M

    Interesting! I’ll have to add this to my reading list~!

  • Looks like a great resource. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jann Olson

    Good for you Stephanie. I think sharing your motherhood experiences is wonderful! Would loved to have been able to do that back in the day. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  • Natasha

    Great post. I will be checking this book out. I to have been blogging for over a year but decided to really take it serious last year. My long term goal is to create 7streams of income and my blog becoming one of them. I have made some money from it but not enough where it’s a stedy flow.

  • danita Carr

    Thanks again for sharing at Small Victories Sunday Linkup!

  • Leigh Powell Hines

    I definitely need to check out this book. Thank you for the suggestion.