In terms of career choice, blogger is relatively recent addition to our options. Bloggers have been around since the early days of the internet. They started out as simply an online version of the paper journals many people used to keep and it’s only in the last 10 years or so that people have really started to make money from it. Parent bloggers are one of the largest groups of bloggers, here are some of the reasons that blogging attracts them.
Low Entry Barriers
These days, it’s very easy to start a blog. You don’t need to know any coding or have more technical skills than it takes to use a word processor and the internet. There are lots of platforms around, like WordPress, Blogger and Square Space, where you can start a blog and be online in less than an hour.
Blogging also has little or no costs associated with it when you first start. Even if you choose to buy your own domain name, and host your own site, you could spend less than £100 in the first year.
Parent Bloggers have Flexibility
This is obviously one of the huge benefits for parents who need to fit their work around children, especially younger ones. You can blog in the evenings, while they nap, while they’re in the soft play or while they’re at school.
This flexibility does come at a cost though. Blogging can easily take over your life. It takes time to build a blog and it’s easy to end up spending every spare moment on it. Once you start to get paid work, you’ll also have deadlines to meet and that can be tricky if your children are also demanding your time.
We’re often sharing our lives anyway
In the age of social media, many of us spend a lot of time sharing our lives online anyway. Social media is a huge part of blogging and so can feel like a natural extension of it. It’s important to bear in mind that what we share will be in the public domain forever. When they first start, every blogger has to decide how much information they are comfortable putting out there. Some people are happy to share images, names and town, others give their children nicknames for the blog and only share photos of them from behind. Ultimately there is no right choice, you just have to decide what you’ve comfortable with.
A Creative Outlet
Parenting may be very rewarding but it can also be really tedious. If you are used to working full time and having your work recognised, it can be hard to adjust to spending your days at home, changing nappies. Most bloggers have always had an interest in writing and enjoy the chance to express themselves through their blog.
For some bloggers, photography is key to their blog and that’s where their passion lays. Whatever topic you care about, a blog can provide you with a way to keep that passion alive and share it with others.
A Sense of Community
While some women are lucky and have lots of friends with babies, others aren’t. Blogging can be a great way to meet other parents who you have something other than your status as a mother in common with. The blogging world is a very friendly one where, in general people support each other and that can be a life line if you’re finding parenting a bit lonely.
If you want to work from home and enjoy writing, blogging is definitely something to consider. Building a blog from scratch is hard work and it takes before money can be made but if you love it, it’s well worth the effort. If you fancy giving blogging a go, check out The Blogging Mums Club’s free online conference and this great parent bloggers course.
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