How To Start Your Own Blog
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“Parenting is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.” – Matt Walsh
One of the most life changing events in our lives is becoming a parent. Parents old and new will learn different things every day from the day they have their first child, their second and so on. There’ll be tons of questions asked coming from different perspectives. It is only natural that as a parent, it would be a great relief to be able to share your stories just as the other parents want to share theirs. This is why parenting blogs have become rampant today as more and more parents have taken their stories to the blogosphere.
Having a parenting blog is a great platform to share your thoughts with the parenting community as well as learn from them. This will allow your opinion be heard and parents who read your blog can provide feedback, correct you or support you. It is an awesome support system for parents who have many questions still unanswered. According to the UN, 385,000 babies are born each day and that translates to having 385,000 new or old parents every day. That explains the rapid popularity of parenting blogs.
What’s awesome about having your own personal blog is you take control of what you want to post. So you can literally write anything on your blog but always make sure that you stay relevant and not off-topic as it could easily disappoint your readers and will lead you to lose followers. What topics should you discuss in your parenting blog?
For starters, it would be a great move if you share your story. The story of how you became a parent, what were your plans before your first child was born. Give your readers a glimpse of who you are as a person so that they will understand later on why you do the things that you do as a parent. You can discuss your expectations before, your fears & doubts and your hopes & prayers. Project yourself as a transparent person so it would be easy for your readers to follow you.
A good follow-up content would be to share your realizations when you held your first born child in your hands. Be authentic and let your readers know what you felt the day you realized that things will already be different. Doing this will create a genuine connection between you and your readers, you won’t necessarily have the same experiences but there will be an emotional connection between you and them.
It is undeniable that becoming a parent is not an easy task. So it is expected for you to have your own stash of tips and tricks that a lot of other parents may need. From a potty training tip, to a quick sleep trick. Doing this will definitely earn you lots of readers who may share the same techniques and this will open an opportunity for a fun discourse among parents.
You can write about your experiences on certain occasions throughout the year. It could be the start of the school year, summer vacation, holidays, first visit to the dentist and so many other events. Just writing about how each day went is already enough content that would drive your readers to continue looking out for your next post.
For veteran parents, those with plenty of experiences already given their children are already adults, they can create age-specific topics. This will more likely be a guide for young parents. The topics can discuss parenting hacks segregated into different age groups. These topics can be designed for the following growth stages: infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
Having a parenting blog gives you advantages that could really help you as a parent. There may be little to no physical contact between you and your readers but blogging actually helps you in many ways. Here are some of the advantages of having a parenting blog:
Having kids may be fun but really stressful at times. Managing your parenting blog is a great way to blow off some steam and relieve you of all the stress. It is a healthy way to avoid breaking down and staying sane. You will be amazed as to how it really contributes to your overall well-being as a parent.
You will be surprised to know that you will have a really good support system through your parenting blog. What makes it even better is that the people supporting you in your blog are on the same shoes as you are. Whatever failures and milestones you experience, you will have a community that literally understands what you are going through. These people can lend you more than their ears and when they will say that they care, they most likely do even when you have never even met each other. So expect that you will always have a support system especially when you need it most.
Kids can really be a pain in the back. Your toddlers may refuse to eat or take a nap and your teen kids may sometimes really test your patience. This can be really frustrating and you will have to deal with it on a daily basis. Having a parenting blog will literally encourage you to keep moving forward despite all that. Imagine talking about it with other parents and sometimes you’ll just laugh about it.
We have to admit that there is not perfect guide on how to be a parent. That is why sharing your thoughts and learning from other parents in the parenting community will literally give you advices that you may never even thought you needed.
You will have an unlimited and instant resource to answer all the questions that you may come across as you go along with your life as a parent. Parenting blogs can be one of your reliable resources to answer all sorts of questions, simple or complicated.
Being a full time parent is already too much work in one day. So you need to know that having a parenting blog also has its disadvantages, some are shown below:
Imagine having to finally put your kid to sleep after an entire day of fun and games. Sure you get to pick your own hours to manage your blog but some parents just can’t fit it into their schedule.
Remember that once you start blogging, you literally become a public figure. This will make you open for criticisms good and bad. You should expect a lot of negative criticisms but instead of getting it into your head, just learn from it and move on.
This is not at all too bad, but you need to be careful as to how you describe or portray your kids online. This will paint a picture of your family to all the people who have read it. Choose your words and always think of your kids’ welfare, if you describe your kid as someone with a bad attitude, it may affect him or her in the future including college admissions or work application. Put in mind that whatever you write on the internet will most likely stay for a very long time.
The Pros definitely outweighs all the cons of having a parenting blog. There’s nothing more reassuring than knowing that you are not alone in your struggles. Your journey as a parent may not be easy but know that you are not alone in that journey. Stay motivated, and make a difference by encouraging all other parents to never give up. The way you treat your kids now will be a reflection of who they will become when they grow up.
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