Hey Ladies, this is Amber here…
One of the things that I love about the 5 Minutes for Mom community is that so many of us are mom bloggers ourselves. We are online for a lot of reasons – to connect with other moms, to learn things, to make money, to enter giveaways (who doesn’t love giveaways?), to practice writing, or to communicate information we care about. No two of us are the same, yet we have a lot in common.
I’ve decided to write a series of posts on the ins and outs of blogging. It will cover some of the personal and practical considerations that we face as mom bloggers, as well as some technical tips to help you get a blog set up and running well. If there is something you would like to talk about, please leave a suggestion in the comment section and I’ll check it out.
But first things first. Before I get too deep into the hows of blogging, I thought I’d address perhaps the biggest question of all: why blog?
As I said earlier, no two of us will have the same answer. And likely, over time your reasons will evolve. Blogs, like children, have a way of growing and changing before our very eyes. I started blogging at Strocel.com in May 2003, before I even had children. Back then, I was blogging about my home renovation, mostly for people I already knew. Today I blog about parenting and building a life as a mother, mostly for people I have never met. Seven years will change a blog.
No matter your reasons for blogging, it’s a good idea to flesh them out a little from time to time. Because your reasons for being online may affect the way that you blog. It’s always good to know what your goals are, if you want to stand a chance of fulfilling them. Right?
If goals are good things, then let’s start making some. Here are a few reasons that I can think of to blog:
- To share photos and stories about your family with friends or relatives who live far away.
- To find friends and build an online support network.
- To promote your business, or share information with customers and clients.
- To promote a cause that you believe in.
- To build an audience for your writing, speaking, photography, art, etc.
- Just for fun.
My list is by no means complete, so I need your help to build it up a little. Why do you blog? Or do you? I’d love to hear!
Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributing Editor, Amber Strocel. Check out her blog, Strocel.com.