Mommy Blogger Interview #11 – Ariel King

Ariel is very emotional SAHM writing on “MamaOfKing” about real-life parenting stories. She is a hobby blogger who started blogging to outlet the real mom life stories. She is a mom with messy buns. Maybe not so perfect looking mom as you can see on social media but she is an honest and a real woman who shares you the everyday struggle of being a mom.

Ariel has 3 kids and also doing homeschooling to eldest one so you can imagine how she manages to write. She truly believes in sharing emotions. She lost her 2 kids and have a very difficult journey to come out from depression. She shares birth stories, Forever Mama ( about a loss/grief of mama) and other random thoughts about emotions.

If you want to read some real, current and supportive stories Ariel is a great person who can explain this and you will believe that you are not the alone who is freaking out, screaming, crying, feeling alone and depressed.

Ariel is a simple and sarcastic person who truly enjoys her life as a mommy blogger. Let’s meet Ariel King
who shares her personal and blogging journey with us.

Name: Ariel King

Lives in: Southeast Alabama

About Your Little Stars: I have 3 kids on earth, as well as two angel babies. Lana is 4, Ace is 2, and Norah is 1!

Where could we find you?

Tell us something about your life. How do you feel about it?

I am a Stay at home mom and a hobby blogger for now. I homeschool my oldest, which is a crazy juggling act all on its own. My blog is my getaway from the craziness that typically ensues at my house.

What major changes have come into your life after being a mom?

Being a mom has given me a purpose. I have dealt with depression for a number of years, and my children have helped me out of that hole. I’m obviously a lot busier. Sometimes more stressed than before. But no doubt, my life has more love in it than ever before.

How crucial do you think is a Mother’s role in parenting?

A mother’s role, in my opinion, is the most important. My husband and I have a pretty traditional take on marriage and parenting whereas the father is the protector and provider and the mother is the nurturer, caregiver, and teacher. My kids are with me 99% of the time and everything I do influence their thoughts and behaviors.

What made you think to start blogging?

One thing that I’m sure most other SAHMs can agree on is that this lifestyle comes with a certain aspect of isolation, ESPECIALLY when the kids are still young. I would sit at home, day after day, with social media being my only portal to the world outside my front door. The superficiality I saw portrayed by my mom friends on various social media sites had me second guessing myself. I began to doubt my abilities as a mom because my house wasn’t as put together, I never wore makeup or got dressed up, and my kids weren’t dressed to the nines. I didn’t have a PERFECT life that I saw online. And then I realized, they don’t either. I wanted my blog to not only be an outlet but to show other moms that they aren’t alone on their journey!

How do you get inspired to write? Your sources of inspiration.

I get inspiration from everywhere. My kids. My husband. My health. Food. Facebook debates. Mom controversies. My constant source of inspiration, though, is my feelings of inadequacy, failure, depression, and anxiety because I know another mom out there is feeling the same way and she needs to know that someone’s GETS IT.

How blogging changed your world?

Blogging has challenged me to really interact with my surroundings and be honest with myself. You can’t write half of the story, and if you can’t be honest with yourself then how can you portray a helpful message to others?

What is the most challenging aspect of being a mommy blogger?

Time! I tell myself that I’m going to schedule my day so that I have time with each of the kids (for school, play, etc), time to write and promote, and time to relax. But life typically gets in the way of a “perfect” schedule.

Share your funniest yet cranky moment with your child.

Oh, my. My oldest daughter is the sassiest thing. There’s NEVER a dull moment with her. She is wise beyond her years and holds back nothing, no matter how it comes across. Just recently she told me that it is extremely unprofessional of me to call her by her nickname while we do schoolwork and chores. I was instructed that in these situations we have to put our professional head on and address her by her first name.

As such being a Mom you are working for 24*7, how do you really find a #metime? What do you like to do in your leisure time?

This is one area that I STRUGGLE. Honestly, I just started making time for myself within the last month or so. I joined an online book club where we have a new book every month. I began doing some private journaling. During nap time, I don’t try to catch up on chores or anything, but I join in on the nap. My husband and I have a new understanding, also, and so I take myself on WalMart dates once or twice a week. It’s just me, my coffee, and the never-ending fascination that WalMart has to offer.

What aspects make your identity unique as a mommy blogger? (How you are different from other mommy bloggers?)

I have been told that my posts are real, relatable, and vulnerable. I try to express every emotion I’m feeling about a topic. My posts also tend to provide a little education on some controversial topics that most moms like to avoid. I have no problem expressing my opinion on the things that are important to me, and I strive to be as transparent as possible.

How do you evaluate blogging as a career option?

Right now, I am a hobby blogger, but I would love to make a career of it! The response I have gotten to my blog so far has been overwhelming. I get messages almost daily from women who said that my stories touched them in one way or another. It’s already a blessing, and if I could find a way to benefit my family in the process, it would make it that much better.

What type of planning strategy do you follow for your blog?

Like I said before, I TRY to plan ahead, but it doesn’t usually happen. I have a list of blog topics in case I get stuck, but more often than not when I get an idea to write I will just sit down and get to it. It’s a pretty spontaneous process.

Share your promotion strategy to get success. Which social media platform do you use the most?

I use Instagram and Facebook the most. I post on Instagram and share straight to Facebook and Twitter from there.

Where do you get support on technical and non-technical issues with blogging?

I am apart of several Facebook support groups for bloggers and get the majority of my help from there. If no one there can help me, Google is always there as a backup.

Any piece of advice for a new mommy blogger.

Do it. Don’t worry about what people will think or say. This held me back from writing for years. You HAVE a message, so figure out what you want to say and say it.

What’re the next milestones you want to achieve?

I am extremely new to the blogging scene, but I have accomplished so much more than I imagined this soon. A couple of my blog posts have been noticed by more seasoned bloggers which in turn has led to my posts being featured on their blogs. I have been asked to contribute to books and articles. I was recently contacted about one of my posts being featured in an upcoming music video. Hopefully, my following will continue to grow and I will be able to reach more people.

Ariel’s story is to inspire all the moms who think over thousands of time but not confident to take a step for their dreams. Readers please share Ariel’s story and do comment your views or questions for Ariel.


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