Meet Laura of Scattered Woman Pursuing Purpose!


Your name: Laura Holth
Name of your blog: Scattered Woman Pursuing Purpose
Blog URL: http://www.scatteredwoman.com
Blog social media handles:

  • Facebook: @ScatteredWoman
  • Twitter: @Scattered_Woman
  • Pinterest: Scattered Woman Pursuing Purpose

Meet Laura #TheBloggerBehindTheBlog
Let’s get to know YOU:
Tell us a little bit about yourself (mini bio): I’m a former
Resident Director (Dorm Mama!) and Career Counselor, a former high
school Spanish teacher, and currently a full-time wife and mama
working to build an at-home resume-writing business and lifestyle
blog.
What do you do outside of blogging (think school or work): I’m a
resume writer, and I also help lead worship on Sunday mornings at
our church. Our daughter is 3, so we’re getting into the whole
homeschool preschool thing, which is fun. She loves learning, and I
love watching her be so proud of herself.
What do you like to do on your down time? My husband and I watch
several crime drama series together, but we rarely get to watch them
when they come out, so we play catch-up with our shows when we can.
I spend a lot of time reading, too – fiction, nonfiction, articles
posted on the internet, whatever is sparking my interest at that
point. Before becoming a mom, I did more crafting – sewing,
quilting, cross-stitching. I don’t have much spare brain power for
that anymore, unfortunately.

 

Blog niche: Lifestyle & Career is probably the closest fit. If you
come up with a better description, please let me know!
What’s the purpose of your blog? My goal is to inspire women in
their faith, family, and lifework.

 

Who’s your target? Mostly women/moms, though I write some general
career advice posts that could work for anyone.

 

What’s the best way for your audience to contact you? Email, the
blog’s contact form, or Facebook messenger are probably the
fastest. My husband is still having to teach me how to use Twitter
and Instagram.

 

How would you describe your blogging style? I’ve been a teacher my
entire life, so I generally lean more education/informational in
style, with a good dose of REAL LIFE thrown in for good measure.

 

When did you start blogging? I started blogging probably back in
2009-ish on a now-defunct site, then switched over to Blogger around
2011, right after I got married. I switched again this January
(2017) to a self-hosted WordPress site in an effort to take my
writing and business more seriously.

 

What inspired you to start blogging? I’ve been a teacher the
majority of my life, but I’ve been writing for as long as I can
remember. I’m pretty sure I got my first journal in 2nd or 3rd
grade! I write to help myself process life, and out of that
processing generally comes lessons I can pass on to others. It’s
always awesome when something I write strikes a chord with someone
and they write back to say “Thank you so much for this post! I
really needed this today!” I know I’m not alone in my struggles,
and so do my readers!

 

What’s the biggest change in your life since you started blogging?
Time management! After being at home with our daughter for two
years, I had gotten fairly out of the habit of following a schedule.
But once I started working on the blog and my resume-writing
business, I HAD to figure out how to better manage my time. I was
either sitting on the couch working ALL. THE. TIME. while my
daughter played around me, or I was trying to pay more attention to
her, play with her, and make sure the house stayed in order and
feeling guilty the whole time that I wasn’t working. It was a
mess! Re-learning how to schedule my time – and having my daughter
help me stick to it! – has been hugely helpful.

 

Blogging goals:

  • Short term: Build up my post “library” and provide helpful
    information and freebies to gain a loyal reader community.
  • Long term: Monetize well enough to pay off all our student and
    medical debt!

If you could start blogging all over again, what would you do
differently? I would probably save up enough money to take a
blogging course before I even started a “real” blog. There is SO
much information out there that trying to piece it together on my
own was insanely difficult. I’m still not sure I got half of it
right! Having ONE teacher walk me through the entire process would
have been amazing.

 

How do you motivate yourself to continue blogging? My husband has
been out of work for a while, and I’ve been in treatment for
follicular lymphoma for the past six months, so getting this
business built up enough to even partially support us is a huge
motivation. I’m write to process through everything anyway — I
might as well help others as I go!

 

What attributes has helped you become successful blogger? I don’t
know I’d say I’m successful yet! But my writing skills are
probably my strongest asset. That and my complete inability to quit
anything.

 

How have you tried to increase your blog traffic? Which way has been
the most successful? I’ve joined groups on Facebook and group
boards on Pinterest, which has helped get things off the ground.
I’m always open to new ideas!

 

What’s your favourite social media platform and why? Facebook.
It’s the only one I really know and understand! I’ve had my blog
and business pages up for a while, and it’s been a great way to
establish myself as a professional and get my voice out there. My
husband is the social media guru (it’s a HUGE part of his career
field), so he’s been teaching me about the other platforms, but I
still don’t really get it. 🙂

 

Most of your traffic comes from which social media platform? If I
had to guess, I’d say Facebook. My Twitter is still pretty new.
What’s your favourite blogging group on Facebook? Adventures in
Blogging! Led by Lena Presley Gott of WhatMommyDoes.com [3]. Group
members ask great questions, are quick to answer questions I post,
and they’re all over the spectrum as far as experience, so it’s
a really well-rounded crowd to learn from and with.

 

Do you have a freebie for your readers? If so, what is it? Do we
need to subscribe to receive it? Yes, several freebies! I have a new
grad resume template and tip sheet (with one for SAHMs coming
soon!), a meal planning spreadsheet (for the only system that has
ever worked for me!), and a Big 5 Checklist (for prioritizing tasks
and not feeling like a total wife/mommy/homemaker/business woman
failure! ). In order to receive them, yes, you do need to exchange
your email address, but I get really annoyed with email clutter, so
my newsletter is modeled after those I love – the ones that are
helpful, informative, and come only once a week.

 

What’s your greatest win so far with blogging? Learning how to make
graphics I’m proud of. I’m definitely NOT a graphic designer, so
I’ve had to spend quite a bit of time learning what I like and
what presents nicely on the screen, and I feel like I’m finally
getting to a good place with the process. It’s not taking nearly
so much time, and I’m generally pretty happy with what I come up
with. (My daughter LOVES to make her own “graphics” now, too.
They’re mostly purple with a splash of rainbows. She’s three,
so… )

 

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve so far with blogging? That no one
is an overnight success. I can’t just set up a website, start a
blog in “20 minutes or less,” and immediately make enough money
to pay off all my debt and replace my husband’s income. It just
doesn’t work like that, no matter how many pretty pins would like
me to believe so.

 

Has blogging surprised you in any way? If so, how? I never realized
exactly how many people are bloggers. Joining all these Facebook
groups and Pinterest boards has been eye-opening. So. Many. People!
How often do you publish a post? I post twice a week currently. On
Tuesdays I post about lifework, including things like resume tips,
career advice, and returning to work after being at home for a
while. On Thursdays, I write about every other “Scattered” topic
– faith, parenting, homemaking, time management, and my favorite
topic: The Personalities!

 

Have you had writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it?
Goodness, yes. I usually have to walk away, think about something
entirely different or DO something active to clear my head. It’s
not usually a writer’s BLOCK problem as it a thought traffic jam!
Once I can process through the bzillion things in my head or get OUT
of my head for a little while, it’s WAY easier to come back and
write efficiently. I’ve been reading a lot of bloggers who talk
about doing a “brain dump” every day to clear out the junk, and
that building in space for habit is on my to-do list!

 

Do you have a blogging schedule? Daily theme? Please share! On the
blog, I share lifework posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays are for
faith, family, and everything that falls under those two broad
categories. On social media, my husband created a weekly plan for
me, so I’d always know what needed to be posted that day. We’re
still tweaking it to really make it work for me, but having
“theme” days on social media is a fabulous idea!

 

Have you guest posted for someone? Not yet, but I’m totally up for
it!

 

Do you accept guest posts? If yes, tell us about it! I had a good
friend write a post for me a while back, and it was one of my
favorite blogging experiences. Editing and formatting someone
else’s writing is invigorating when I feel like my own creativity
is stagnant. I’d love to host other guest posts from fellow
bloggers in the future. Just shoot me an email with your idea!

 

Have you made money from blogging? If so, how? The money I’ve made
so far has been indirectly through my resume-writing business.
Friends and family have helped spread the word and share my blog
posts about resume or career advice, and I’ve gained a few clients
because they’ve seen from my writing that I know my stuff. It’s
been a nice way to establish credibility in the field.

 

How long had you been blogging before you made any money? I’ve
only been blogging “for real” for a couple of months, so I’ll
wait to answer this question once I am really able to monetize and
make money directly from the blog.

 

Who’s your favourite blogger before you started blogging and why?
(Name and blog URL) I’ve been following Jill Winger at The Prairie
Homestead for a while now (http://www.theprairiehomestead.com/blog).
She’s not at all in my niche, but I have a huge interest in
natural health and learning to grow my own food, which is how I
found her blog. I love her writing style and simplicity. She’s
very straight-forward and doesn’t sugar coat anything, but she’s
also super encouraging. I think her weekly newsletter is the only
one I’ve ever signed up for that I’ve kept for this long and
actually read every week!

 

Who’s your favourite blogger now and why? (Name and blog URL)
Everyone has been talking about how awesome Elite Blog Academy with
Ruth Soukup is, so I got on her email and wait lists. I’ve been
slowly working through everything she sends out. It’s a lot to
take in and is super “meaty,” so it’s taking me a while to
mentally digest it all and find ways to implement what she teaches.
(https://eliteblogacademy.com [4])

 

What type of blogs are you interested in reading and why? I read a
lot of different types of blogs – parenting, homesteading, natural
health and wellness, time management, career advice and development,
etc. My interests are definitely “Scattered,” but it’s all
with the purpose of learning everything I can do love and support my
family and others well.

 

List the top 5 blogs you are reading currently: (Names and blog
URLs) The two listed above are the only ones I know I read
consistently. I’d like to add to my list eventually, but two is
about all I can really keep up with and still take care of my family
and home, and do all the random reading and research I like to do.
Give advice to someone who wants to start blogging: Have realistic
expectations and goals. Don’t expect blogging to offer a quick
solution to your income needs.

 

Tell us one thing your readers don’t know about you: I love quirky
houses. Weird shaped rooms, houses made out of repurposed barn
silos, tiny houses, Earthbag homes, whatever – I love them! I grew
up in an underground house (one of two sledding hills in our very
flat town!), so being in a house that everyone else considers odd is
actually very comfortable for me. I can’t imagine buying a
cookie-cutter house someday. It HAS to have something strange about
it for me to fall in love with it.
The same thing goes for my last name. My maiden name is Stufflebam,
so when I once started talking to a guy whose last name was Jones, I
just couldn’t see marrying him. Laura Jones, really? (Okay, there
were other factors in play there, and I’m not really that shallow,
but it’s something to consider, right??) I LIKE having a crazy
last name I always have to spell! So I married a Holth instead.
(Again, other factors there. The fact that I fell in love with him
sure helped!) It’s a silent ‘h’ on the end and is just a
distinguishing factor, but it’s weird enough that it makes me
happy.

 

Anything else you’d like to share with us? Go for it!!! Thank you
for putting together this series, Chelle! It’s a fantastic idea,
and I look forward to “meeting” other bloggers through your
interviews.

 

Leave a message for your readers:
Thank you for your support. It means the world to me, and I’d love
to hear from you soon!

 


Do you want to be interviewed for TheBloggerBehindTheBlog segment? Click the link and fill out the form!

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *