What’s that you blog? But why do you blog? Are you going to make any money? Are you going to be famous?
Do any of the questions sound familiar? Yes, I bet they bloody do. Aside from money and fame (yes of course that’s why ALL of us are blogging eh?) they are some other more important reasons why us mums blog which I wanted to get down here, ya know, just to set the record straight…
1. It’s cheaper than therapy
How many times have you been beating yourself up about something you’ve done, or thought; fretted about parenting and relationship decisions and circumstances only to have complete clarity and peace after having blogged about it? I’m guessing….many times over.
2. It keeps our brains going
We could spend all our days harassing our kids, being harassed by our kids, talking to other harassed mums about being harassed, or we could have the opportunity to think, reflect, learn and write about all manner of subjects proving that yes, our brains are still in tact.
3. It stops us from wanting to kill our other halves
Blogging is an amazing outlet. If you can get it all out, and get your thoughts straight on your blog rather than hurling it all at your partner in a fit of frustration, surely that, and the knock on benefits to your relationship, is worth its weight in gold.
4. It makes us a better parent
By writing about our experiences it helps us to understand them better, to cherish them more, to get a better handle on this crazy roller coaster that is parenting. I find that I have become an infinitely better parent since I have been blogging and have had the opportunity to stand back and look at things more objectively, and get things in perspective.
5. It helps us learn
Blogging – in one way – can be a solitary existence but in another way, because you become naturally connected to a network of other bloggers, you become exposed to their circumstances and experiences, bringing with it a wealth of knowledge beyond your own, not to mention seemingly endless support which you may not have otherwise had the benefit of.
6. It keeps our CVs ticking over
OK so we might not all come out of this with CVs shrieking “Hire me as a writer!” but for those whose next career steps (or any career steps!) are not obvious, having the fact that you created and built up your own blog and following is sure as hell infinitely better than a big fat tumbleweed CV gap.
7. It improves our self-esteem
By writing about our experiences, learning from them, and getting reaffirmation from others going through the same thing, it helps to improve our self-esteem at a time when it is probably the most vital, seeing as other ways of boosting our self-esteem have been significantly reduced due to a myriad of constraints presented by motherhood.
8. It gives us a virtual support network
Being a mum these days, for all the playgroups, playgrounds and other mum activities at our disposal can be for some, a lonely experience – particularly for those more naturally introverted mums. Although a virtual support network is no substitute for face-to-face contact, it is great to know that it is there when you need it.
9. It stops us from feeling like a boring old housewife
You can spend the time when you don’t have a little one hanging off you screaming doing chores. Or you can do something you love with that tiny amount of time. Go figure.
10. It allows us to leave our footprint as mums
Despite it being around since the dawn of man, motherhood is still, for some, a baffling experience. So many questions, so many answers. By blogging, we are able to share our own experiences and knowledge, in the hope that it may help others who will follow in our footsteps thereafter.
Do you agree with this list? What are you primary reasons for blogging? I’d love to hear in a little comment below…