So you want to be a mom blogger? Let me be the first to congratulate you and wish you well on your journey of sharing your story with the world. Not every woman is cut out for writing, and especially not for sharing the ins and outs of your life- both the good and bad. If you are that mom, then you must feel like you have something worthy to share, and you do because every mom has her own story. Essentially you are becoming a freelance writer and joining the ranks of many people who love to embrace their writing passion.
As with most things you love, it takes hard work and determination to become a successful blogger. You need to be willing to accept all kinds of feedback and get pretty personal. As an editor of several websites, I wanted to share some important things to know as you embark on your new adventure of blogging.
1. You Need To Set Up Your Own Blog
You’re going to need a place to house all your hilarious stories and mishaps, and that means you need to set up your own blog. While it may seem daunting at first, we’ve actually done a lot of the work for you and created an easy step by step tutorial to walk you through the process. The instructions are found on our post, How To Start A Blog In 10 Minutes and you can simply click the link to get reading.
There is a small fee associated with starting your own blog, because you will now have you own website which uses some cyber real estate. When you’ve got a handful of posts published, you can start thinking about adding advertisements to your blog to recoup some of your fees and generate income. Believe it or not, many moms make a full time income just from blogging!
Even if you plan on focusing on your writing to be featured on other sites, I still highly encourage you to have your own website. Editors look for credibility and commitment that is often found by referencing writers’s personal pages.
2. You Have To Be Committed
I can’t tell you how many blogs I’ve found great crafts or ideas on, only to see that they haven’t been updated in 5 years. Now, of course your life can take a new direction and you can choose not to blog anymore! But if you truly want to become a mom blogger, you need to make a commitment. Start small, by setting a weekly post goal. Readers prefer quality over quantity, so just make sure the material you are producing is valuable and you’ve done your audience a favor. Like most things you are passionate about, it takes a lot of time and hard work to produce something you are proud of. Be prepared to put in time and effort. And don’t be surprised when you catch yourself writing down great topics that come to mind when you’re waiting in line at the grocery store!
Whatever you do, make a commitment that you can actually stick to. Treat blogging like a side hustle, and it will pay off.
3. You Need To Proofread, Proofread, Proofread!
As an editor, I’ve seen my fair share of awful writing. Typos in the titles of posts, poor grammar, articles that have no point, and I could go on and on. Even if you only plan to write on your own website, and not submit work to other sites, one of your mail goals should always be professional in your writing. These days, readers demand it. Write your post and leave it as a draft. Come back the next day to proof it again, and then have someone else read if you can. The good news is that you can always fix a typo, even after your post has been published. The important part is that you are detailed enough to notice it!
If you plan to submit work to other websites, I cannot stress enough how important proofreading is. It’s not only vital to submit well-written posts, but to check your emails to editors as well. As an editor of a moms website (I.e. I’m tired all the time and I get how every other mom is too), I give a lot of grace. However, even I’ve been known to turn away posts when I can’t get through the intro paragraph without finding multiple errors. The easiest thing that’s in your control to becoming a successful mom blogger is simply to take time to proofread.
4. You Should Connect With Other Mom Bloggers
Even if you’re just blogging as a hobby, it’s a great idea to connect with other mom blogs. Not only do they provide you with professional support and ideas, there’s nothing like having a community of moms around you. I personally love reading guest posts on my favorite blogs, because I can be exposed to knew bloggers and their sites. It’s also a good idea to join some “girl boss” groups on Facebook to get feedback from other bloggers. Many women take their blogging very seriously and their wealth of information (that’s FREE!) can help you become the best mom blogger you can be.
5. Be Sure To Find Your Own Voice
There are thousands and thousands of blogs that exist, and many are fellow mom bloggers. They each have their own identity and style, and you need to find yours too. No matter what topic you focus on, whether it’s crafting, cooking or an all around lifestyle blog- find your voice and stick to it. Don’t feel like you have to be the next Mommy Shorts or Skinny Mom- be yourself. Think about the things that engage you when you read your favorite blogs. Is it meticulous detail on craft posts? Is it the way you’re brought to tears when you read about a parenting struggle? Is it the ample amount of photos on a recipe blog? While you don’t have to emulate the exact nature of a blog you love, find the things that are valuable to you as a reader and then model your own blog after those things.
I wish you the best of luck on your new writing adventure! Whether it’s a blog to just share your memories with family, or what you hope will become a main source of income for your family, you have your own story to share. Share it well!