I've been having a couple of really bad days...
A few months back I decided it was time for a complete overhaul of my breastfeeding and pregnancy website, BreastFeedingMums.com, which I feel is beginning to look a bit dated.
Now, fortunately for me, my husband is a programmer - so getting a nice new template put together was a breeze. Add to that a little bit of my own photoshop wizardry and the resulting new look is much less busy and much more attractive.
However, it is still nowhere near ready for its relaunch...
I have had to go through every single article I wrote (60+ to date) plus all the Dr Jack Newman articles to add links and to work on my titles and keywords. Easy as this sounds, it is absolutely exhausting.
Particularly when you consider my other roles as housewife, mother and referee to my own three children.
Last night I was discussing with Stan how frustrating it is being a WAHM. I was explaining to him how he is in a much better position than me as a WAHD because he has the advantage of going into his office and closing his door behind him, allowing him to work completely uninterrupted.
I don't have that privilige!
As a WAHM, it is obvious to me that most people who know me think I've got some wee website that I futter about with now and again.
They also think that because I'm not making huge sums of money from it, that I must be mad to work on it at all. So they completely miss the point that I see my work as a vocation of sorts.
Breastfeeding is something that means a great deal to me; I desperately feel the urge to educate women about why they should be breastfeeding their babies.
I've mentioned before how I was a qualified teacher until I gave birth to my second baby. Somehow it appears that when people can place a label on you then that's okay. So when I was a teacher, it was okay to everyone that I went to work every day, did my job and then came home.
But when you work from home, then people can't put such a simple label on you.
It's not surprising really, I suppose, considering that I find myself struggling to come up with a label that works for me!
Sometimes to keep things easy, I just say I'm a stay at home mum - only for people to question when I'll be going back to work!
When I admit that I work from home and they ask what I do, their eyes to glaze over when I mention the word breastfeeding. (It's almost as if they expect me to start lecturing them there and then!!)
But if I use the term "self employed" they look at me as if I must be loopy - how can I possibly be self-employed when I am at home with three children all day?
It seems I can't win whichever way I turn!
So as I struggle with a mountain of tasks for my unmentionable website, pull the kids off one another and race around trying to keep the house half respectable looking, you'll have to excuse me if I have a bad day and do a bit of a rant here :)
I just hope it's all worth it when I do finally get the new look BreastfeedingMums up and running (hopefully in the next couple of weeks)...
Then I can focus on trying to think of an appropriate job title for myself that will be acceptable to everyone, myself included :)