The First Rules of Mommyblogging

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When you decide to start a blog about your journey as a parent, there is little else that you need to take inspiration from apart from your own children. The community of the mommybloggers is growing by the minute, and it’s a controversial one to be a part of; there are people constantly leaving the scene, with the most famous example being blogger Heather Armstrong from Dooce.com, who said she couldn’t involve herself in it anymore.

 

The reasons for her departure were simple: it was taking over her and her children’s lives, and not for the better. So what can we learn from The Queen of the Mommybloggers and take forward if wishing to create our own?

Don’t Share Too Much

 

It can be easy to get carried away talking about our children, but they have a right to privacy just as much as you do. Once you publish it on the internet, it’s out there for the world to see; would you like somebody detailing your bowel movements, your sickness bugs and every silly thing that you had done? Probably not. It’s the same for children, and we are just coming into the first generation of blogger children growing up and demanding that posts about their childhood get deleted. However, once it’s there on the world wide web it’s essentially there for good; it doesn’t take much for somebody to copy and paste or screenshot a blog to save onto their hard drive forever. Throw yourself ten or twenty years into the future and consider whether your children would want to read what you had just written.

 

Don’t Share Personal Information

 

The most innocent of slip-ups could potentially put your safety at risk. For example, taking a photo of your child on their first day at school either in their uniform or in front of the school gates could give way too many clues to your readers as to where they could go to find your child or you at certain times of the day. You will never know who is lurking and reading your blog, so always keep it safety-conscious to avoid the worst.

 

Don’t Compare Yourself

 

As parents, we naturally compare ourselves to the next Mom along. However, with blogs, comparing yourself to others could mean that you take away some of the natural flair from your own blog. That’s not to say that you can’t look for inspiration, as some sites are completely different – take Mom Knows Best and Girl’s Gone Child for example. It’s not a competition; you’re all there to tell your own individual stories.

 

Be Honest

 

Most people aren’t too fussed to hear about how great your life is going, how beautiful your child is, or how perfect you are at juggling a household and chores and still manage to get a home-baked cake on the table at the end of the day. Nobody’s life is perfect, and you’ll find that the more open you are with your experiences as a parent, the more people will relate to you and keep coming back to your blog.

More about Aprill

Aprill Coleman is an award-winning beauty, lifestyle and wellness blogger and freelance writer based in Jackson, Mississippi.

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