Blogging about motherhood. It seems that when we go online, a mummy blog is never far away. That includes myself! And if you are giving consideration to exploring your personal brand, and communicating your innermost thoughts and fears about parenting to the big, wide world, a blog is most definitely a constructive way to do it. But is this actually a good thing across the board?
Is It A Way To Earn A Living?
If you are looking to make a bit of money from your own expertise, then surely blogging about motherhood and writing about our parental trials and tribulations becomes an easy way to do it, right? Well, if you think that it’s a great way to earn a bit of money, even on the side, you’ve got to put in the leg work.
On smartblogger.com there is a guide to earning money blogging but let’s provide you with the stark reality; it takes a long time to build up a profitable blog. It may very well provide a supplementary income further down the line, but if you’re starting out on your blogging journey, don’t think of it as a way to provide you with a substantial income right away.
Now that’s not to say that it’s impossible. There are many people who have built up their brand and it’s become a way of life for them. As such, they have to turn it into a business of sorts. And this is where they have to utilise resources like physicaladdress.com to turn their website into something more substantial and treat it like a proper business, because it actually is one. But at the very beginning, if you are keen on blogging about motherhood, you should do it for you and you alone.
The Stark Reality Of Mummy Blogging
There are definitely two sides of blogging about motherhood that’s good and bad. Firstly, the good; by sharing intimate details online, you can find a way to break free of social taboos. For example, many parents don’t want to talk about miscarriage but there are many blogs out there, such as this one that is doing a lot to communicate the heartache and visceral emotions that come with something like a miscarriage.
As such, if you are looking to build a blog that provides catharsis for this, you will find a community of people that won’t just read your blog, but they will support you, and even give you comfort when you need it. One of the great things about blogging is that it makes you realise that you’re not alone, even though you feel it.
But secondly, the other side of parental blogging is that you leave yourself open to unwarranted and overly harsh criticism. And this is something we’re all aware of when we post openly on social media. And this is one of the major things we have got to think about when we are blogging, because we are putting ourselves out there in the most honest of ways.
Every little decision you make could open you up to a lot of criticism, and this is putting it lightly. It could make you question everything you do as a parent. But if this becomes a reality, this is when you’ve got to either stop listening to the naysayers or stop blogging. And only you can make that decision.
Never Underestimate The Impact You Will Make
Sure, there are many people blogging about motherhood out there, and you might feel that you have something different to say but the website isn’t getting as much traffic as someone else. While you can work with other bloggers, or do guest posts, it’s important to not be discouraged. There’s no surefire formula to getting the most popular blog out there, it’s about writing from the heart and being true to who you are.
You’ll see that once you start to do this, the posts you send out there can connect with the most unlikely of people, and you can make friends for life without actually ever meeting them. If one person messages you back to tell you how much one of your posts that you did at 2 o’clock in the morning a long time ago means so much to them, then you’ve already made a massive difference.
Remember, you have to enjoy it. Is blogging about motherhood a good or a bad thing? It’s something that you have to answer. A lot of people write because they believe that they’re doing something beneficial for them, either as a creative outlet, or it’s a cathartic process. I have been all of those people at one point.
And while lots of people do it purely to earn money, the reality of the situation is that it can take a long time to get there (says she who knows!). As with all creative outlets, you’ve got to start by satisfying the one person that truly matters.
Do you think blogging about motherhood is a good or a bad thing? Do share in a comment below.
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