Today I was sitting around in a bit of a funk, feeling discouraged. You see I love JM and some days I look at how much we’ve grown and other days I think about how many moms don’t even know we exist yet.
Most of my JM family knows that I am the cofounder of JustMommies. As the site has grown, I am not as connected with everyone as I used to be. The site is just too big now for everyone to know me personally and for everyone to know my role. JM is my baby. I am the one that came up with the name for JustMommies and my twin sister and I worked together to get it off the ground. Now, 7 years later it is a huge site and while I am no longer an owner of the site, it is still my baby and I still spend a great deal of my time working on making JM better.
As I was thinking about my feelings I decided to write out a post. I find myself always wondering how much to share online and how much to put out there. Will this sound professional? Am I sharing too much? What will people think of me if I post this? I am very down to earth and consider myself a pretty normal mom, which is one of the reasons I think JM has been a success. My sister and I were “just” regular mommies. This is what inspired our name and this is what I want for JM. I have always wanted it to be for regular moms, and a place where I would be proud for any of my mommy friends to visit.
What gets me discouraged? When I’m on JM around all my friends, I start to feel like everyone knows about JM. It’s a huge site and has lots of great content, great forums, a great blog; therefore, most moms should run into us at some point if they use the internet. Right? And then, my bubble is burst. Every time I meet a mom in my real life and excitedly tell them about JM, I wait for them to say, “oh yeh, I’ve been to your site and give me some sort of compliment about why they like it.” Not only do I not hear the great compliment, I’ve found that I’ve yet to meet a friend in my real life that has even heard of us. That is just very discouraging.
So today as I am moping a tad about this I’ve decided that this is the year that things change. JM has steadily grown over the years but this year I want to see it grow by leaps and bounds. I want the next time I meet a new mom and tell her about JM for her to be excited and say to me, “oh I’ve been to your site!”