Behind the Blog: What Do Your Husbands Think?


Thriving Home bloggers, Polly and Rachel, interview their husbands about what it's like to be married to a blogger. Hilarious!

We are in the 4th post of a week long series of Behind the Blog. This week we are giving you a peek behind the scenes of Thriving Home and hopefully answering a few common questions. So far we have covered:

Today we are mixing it up a little and giving our husbands a chance to speak out. Simply put, Thriving Home would not exist if they weren’t supportive and behind what we do. We are so thankful for their involvement and much of this blog has been shaped by their involvement behind the scenes. We often get asked what our husbands think of our blogging endeavor so we thought we’d give them a chance to speak for themselves.

Their responses are a little different in style because Polly’s husband Austin was doing an audible interview and Rachel’s husband, Nathan took the time to write up his responses. You’ll probably pick up on some similar themes in their answers.

Take it away boys!

Meet Austin: Polly’s Husband

Thriving Home bloggers, Polly and Rachel, interview their husbands about what it's like to be married to a blogger. Hilarious!What’s it like to be married to a blogger?

I’m not sure what it would be like to NOT be married to a blogger. It’s a lifestyle that has become a norm for me so it’s hard to know how to answer that.

I will say, there are a lot more smoothies in my life. I’ve even learned to sniff out when Polly’s adding funky things them to make them more healthy. I can smell kale in a smoothie a mile away.

Another perk of being married to a blogger is the great photography. Polly has really grown in her photography skills, and we have some great pictures as a result of that. I also like that it is going to be easier to remember this stage of life, because she pretty much documents everything she does.

I’m often surprised by how many people are reading Thriving Home. Random people come up to Polly and talk about how much they love it, and I am pleasantly surprised at its reach. So many families are benefiting and “thriving” from the things they are doing. It’s cool to see the fruit of their labor. Makes me proud of her.

What happens behind the scenes that readers don’t see or know about?

Most people probably don’t realize how much time it takes to be a blogger. It’s not necessarily bad but there is so much that goes into blogging. There is tons of writing, planning, touching base with each other, photo-editing, and of course kid-swapping in order for her to do this stuff.

You also don’t see the drooling husband waiting to eat his food while his wife is trying to get a good picture of it.

What’s something readers don’t know about Polly but they should?

Austin: “That she’s a closet unhealthy eater.”
Polly: “What?”
Austin: “I mean you have no problem going to Culvers and downing a cheeseburger.”
Polly: “Yeah, that’s probably true.”

Overall she eats pretty healthy, but she’s got some Jekyll and Hyde in her.

Another thing that people probably don’t realize is that POLLY AND RACHEL ARE THE SAME PERSON.

What’s the cost of being married to a blogger?

I have to work out more to work off all the pounds from all the good food I eat.

I have to wait longer than the average person to eat my meal (if it’s a new recipe) because she has to take a photo of it.

Lastly, there is a tension when it comes to trying to figure out the right priorities. I know that Polly loves working on the blog and would love to do it all the time if she could. We have to be mindful of when to put time into it and when to rest and just be with family.

Meet Nathan: Rachel’s Husband

Thriving Home bloggers, Polly and Rachel, interview their husbands about what it's like to be married to a blogger. Hilarious!

What’s it like to be married to a blogger?

As it turns out, it’s sort of like being married to a minor celebrity. I’ve lost track of all the times someone has told me something like, “Oh! I actually know your wife. I love her blog!” You also never know what part of your family’s experiences/menu/foibles will be published on the internet. Then of course there are the occasional long periods of radio silence from my wife, punctuated by what sounds like manic laptop keyboard activity, followed by an exchange like the following:

Nathan: How goes the war?
Rachel: Oh, I’m just trying to get this post ready so I can put it up tomorrow. And Polly and I are trying to figure out the new layout of the site. By the way, can I get your opinion on something?
Nathan: Uh, it’s after 10 o’clock.
Rachel: Well, we really want to get this figured out.
Nathan: (Sighs) Okay.

But truthfully, it’s been really good to married to my particular blogger. I’m proud of how she and Polly have developed Thriving Home, pursuing their natural passions in a way that other people enjoy and benefit from. I know that our own family has thrived (thriven?) more as a result.

And yes, I now actually put spinach in my smoothies by my own volition (maybe someday I’ll share the recipe!). But kale? No. I won’t do raw kale. Tastes like some kind of weed I used to chop down on the farm when I was growing up.

What happens behind the scenes that other people don’t see or know about?

Well, there have a been a few failed recipes along the way. And Rachel and Polly occasionally crack themselves up with things like suggesting captions to less-than-ideal food pictures. They also use phrases like “blog-out,” which might be puzzling to the uninitiated.

It can be interesting to see what kinds of seemingly normal activities now become blog-related. Magazines, books, TV shows, restaurants, kid episodes, etc.: they all become research and/or inspiration. And I’ll second what Austin said about time and effort. A lot of both go into Thriving Home.

What’s something readers don’t know about Rachel but they should?

Rachel’s standard answer to this is that she likes the smell of her own earwax, but she’s probably already shared that on Thriving Home. So I’ll go with this: behind all the carefully crafted recipes, hard-won parenting observations, and so on…lies the heart of a dork. An endearing dork. She doesn’t take herself too seriously, which is a good thing.

They should also know that what they read on the blog isn’t contrived. Rachel really does have a heart to help people in various ways through Thriving Home. And she’s genuinely encouraged to hear from readers when that happens.

What’s the cost of being married to a blogger?

Steep. In our case, there are often less-than-enthusiastic words and/or expressions involving fast food restaurants. And when I’m grocery shopping, I sometimes have a vague sense that I’m not going to purchase the right items for reasons that I may not be fully aware of. The pressure can…get to you.

More seriously, I’d say that Rachel’s involvement with the blog is like any good thing that’s not an ultimate thing. There’s always a temptation for it to get out of balance and crowd other important facets of life. On the other hand, because it’s a good thing, it can mean that the rest of the family needs to pitch in to help make things happen on the blog front.

Coming Up:

Behind the Blog: What do you wish readers knew?




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