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Sweetney Overcomes The Odds To Blog For Us All

Tracey, the mom running sweetney.com, put up an incredibly inspiring story Thursday about becoming the famous full time blogger she is today.

Sharing with us her amazing tale of triumph over the dual hardships of being financially supported while she got her blog off the ground and not having a full time job to distract her, Tracey tells us how she managed to succeed after her divorce took away her money husband/bankroll moved out:

In the blink of an eye, I was suddenly put in the panic-inducing position of having to either make blogging into something resembling a real, self-supporting job, or put it back in its place as a pure, free-time-only hobby. After all, I’d no longer be able to spend several hours a day writing online if I went back to work full-time. Most people with full time careers outside of the home in addition to families and lives can’t afford the time to post every day, or even every other day, let alone to multiple sites every day as I was. And so I was presented with a choice: make writing online financially viable or put it on the back burner alongside knitting and mosaic-making and all the other hobbies I wouldn’t have time for anymore.

Tracey goes on to tell us she chose to make blogging her career, and succeeded – and she bravely refuses to let you tell her blogging isn’t a job!

And so when I read self-righteous posts from bloggers who reject putting ads on their sites because they “aren’t for sale,” I can’t help but bristle with resentment over the implication that those of us who are trying to make a living off doing the thing we love just aren’t as authentic simply because, unlike them, we need to make an income to survive.

Tracey had a choice – get a full time job and never blog again (because who has the time to post when they work?) or continue to provide you people with her inspiring existence. Luckily for the internets, she chose the latter.

I personally cannot believe anyone would hold it against her for choosing to stay home and pursue the exhausting work of hitting ‘publish’ rather than secure her financial future with some death cubicle. Why can’t we women stick together instead of all this girl on girl hate? If you folks could stop being jealous and drinking ham water for one minute you might agree that Tracey is awe inspiring, and deserves our applause for making it clear that:

Some of us don’t even have a spouse to share our financial burdens with. Some of us have to fight alone, without anyone else to rely on for financial support, in order to do this thing we love if we want to keep doing it as devotedly, and regularly, as those of you with breadwinning husbands do.

She did this all on her own with no help after those first 5 years of financial support before she got divorced. I hope we can all come together and applaud her bravery through adversity!




  1. avatar feckless

    SO BRAVE.

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    • avatar undeadgraceland

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      • avatar feckless

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        PS At 7 in the morning, the only pseudosentence I can form is "SO BRAVE." And I only wrote it twice! *sobs into breakfast chili*

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  2. Posting some ad widget's on her page was hard work you know. Also, she is just like Shakespeare cos he got paid for his play's

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    • avatar AQNR

      The first performance of Hamlet, scholars have recently discovered, was funded through banner ads (actual cloth banners in those days) from Higginbotham's Meat Pyes and Lord Robert Cecil's Mutual Assurance Enterpryse, Now Offering Assurance 'Gainst Brigands and ye Witches.

      You couldn't click on the banners, though. Well, you could, but then the ale-soaked ruffians holding them would thrash you soundly.

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  3. avatar dogsandmovies

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  4. avatar ratherbeinmelbourne

    Poor thing had to struggle so much. And all on her own. How long did she last after her husband left, toiling in the shark-invested blog waters, until she roped in her first boyfriend and bedmate?

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    • avatar derbygirl1970

      By her own telling, they split in June. Boyfriend left his wife and 2 kids and moved in 6 months later.

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      • avatar MissShannon

        And there was a boyfriend in-between. He wrote exactly one poorly received post on MamaPop and was never heard from/about again. He had a web presence of his own and didn't live local to Baltimore. I remember her actually tweeting for local job hook-ups for that guy so....had something come through she would have moved that one in just as quickly as she did Charlie. Who, let's remember, had NEVER MET HER before leaving his wife and kids for her. Uuuuugh. Yes, yes, she struggled mightily with being single for an entire, what, two months after her husband moved out? We should all be so, so strong.

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        • avatar Snow

          Wait, what? He never met her before leaving his wife and kids?!

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        • avatar derbygirl1970

          You are right. How could I forgot about the shamed and mysteriously vanished boy toy #1. The internet is MEAN.

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  5. avatar Miss Noir

    Um, she's not even divorced yet. They're paper married for health insurance. Also? Her live-in, one man bed bug infestation left his wife and two children in Kentucky for Sweetney. I believe he is also, not divorced.

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    • avatar Lolo

      Uh oh, bad choice Sweetney! Your meal ticket has to pay child support first, then comes you. Don't lose your day job! Oh, that's right.....

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    • So she still has health insurance. Oh man I hope her blog income can support paying for an insurance policy without employer subsidies when the time comes.

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      • avatar NutterButter

        Exactly. Being "paper married" for health insurance IS in fact being financially supported by someone else. That would be a huge expense every month that I doubt even her ever heroic blogging would cover.

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        • avatar Megling

          yet another tick in the "staggering lack of self awareness" column. This woman thinks she's somehow put upon and struggling...What is this? I don't even.

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          • No kidding. She's another one who reminds me of my SIL (she's a gold mine train wreck for snark)...Whining about all the adversity she's overcome by being a single mom (whose ex-husband still lives with her), even though she's basically slowly killing my in-laws by draining all their time, energy, money, and who's now getting a Habitat for Humanity House (I'm not even going to get into my rage on that one). Meanwhile, I come from the background of having actual divorced parents (my dad had his own apartment after my parents split, because that's what normal divorced people do), I grew up eating peanut butter and hot dogs (not that there's anything wrong with either) because that's all we could afford, and at 16, found myself in the awkward position of being the only one in my immediate family with employment because my folks had been laid off within 6 months of each other. Don't I deserve a medal?! At the very least, can I have a slice of ham?

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          • Rachel, if I could, I'd give you all the ham.

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          • avatar Lolo

            Rachel, if i could, I'd give you the whole pig!

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  6. avatar Ethel Beavers

    what is it with complete idiots comparing themselves to shakespeare? congrats, sweetney. you are the new sarah palin.

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  7. avatar JudgementalSnarker

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  8. avatar snarkingfrombumblef

    This was me wading through her sea of hyperbole

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  9. avatar sponsoredpost

    I have always hated her. She is so awful. I wish I had something snerk worthy to say, but I am overcome by HATE for HER.

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  10. avatar Random Person

    Thank you for sharing this inspiring tale of overcoming the odds.

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    • avatar RollsRoyceRevenge

      Reader's Digest will shit out a condensed version Wile-U-Wate.

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  11. avatar Random Person

    This is a great quote:

    "Slowly, your relationship with the internet gets fucked up, and you find yourself sitting with your cursor poised over the “Publish” button for a full hour before summoning the courage to click, fearing the descent of the vultures you’re sure are circling just outside your range of vision."

    So brave.

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  12. avatar Random Person

    OMG I just saw the new header. ROFLMAO. Thank you.

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  13. avatar Miss Noir

    I really wish these Sparklecorns were as anatomically correct as they are racially problematic. *waiting with baited breath*Sparklecorn+cake.png

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