Want to make new mum friends, sound off about your parenting experiences, record your favourite moments, or seek help and advice? A mummy blog could be the answer...
Imagine sharing your parenting journey with people you’ve never even met, let alone spoken to. Well, that’s what hundreds of mums are doing across the UK, right now, online. Welcome to the world of mummy blogging.
The mummy blogging phenomenon started in the US (where there are over 6,000 ‘mom’ blogs). This time last year there were around 100 mummy blogs in the UK – today there are over 1000, and more launch every day.
Well, essentially a mummy blog is like an online diary of experiences and thoughts, tips and ideas, updated at least once a week (and in some cases every day). It’s a brilliant way to connect to other parents, particularly if you’re a Stay At Home or Work At Home Mum. It can also be a fantastic record of your child’s early years and a way to help family and friends keep track of their progress.
"Blogging lets you share experiences with other mums in the same situation as you, and also gives you a real outlet for self-expression," says Sally Whittle, one of the UK’s top mummy bloggers who blogs about life with her four-year-old at Who’s the Mummy?
"It’s the virtual equivalent of having lots of friends round for a coffee morning. You can get support and input on everything from getting baby to sleep through the night to potty training and starting nursery. Mummy blogging allows women to create a virtual community to support them through what can be the most challenging but rewarding experience – raising children."
To see more check out the Tots100 index of the UK's top 100 parent blogs:
Café Bébé Karin writes about life with her 20-month-old ‘Little Miss’ and has recently started vlogging (video blogging)... in her tiara
LivingwithKids Lively mix of parenting news, stories and savvy shopping tips
Beetroot and Gherkins Hilarious, warts-n-all account of pregnancy and motherhood
Have a lovely time Holiday reviews and ideas for daytrips, all written by mums.
BabyBaby Full-time mum-of-two Sandy writes about raising her two little boys, Presley and Cash, born within a year of each other
English Mum Gorgeous step-by-step recipes and entertaining blog posts
A Modern Mother Stories and witty observations and comment from mum-of-three and top UK parent blogger Susanna
CarrotsandKids Family blog focusing on gardening and crafts, featuring stunning photography from mum-of-five Deb
Hairy Farmer Family Funny, frequently poignant account of family life
By Sally Whittle from Who’s the Mummy?
Mummy blogging is a wonderful way to meet other mums; I have met many since I started blogging in May 2007, and I would recommend it to anyone. There is always advice to be sought when starting out as a new mum, and what better way than to ask those who have already been there and done it.
Thanks for this very well written and informative article.
I started about 7 months ago and I love it. It is a great community and great fun
Wives and Daughters
Great article Liz.
I've been mummy-blogging for 2 years now and I find it a great way to not only meet like minded mums but also to share what works for me, to indulge in my love of writing and have my ego boosted when people stop by and comment!
As any SAHM or WAHM mum knows, you don't get the 'praise' that you used to get in a paid job - when your boss or co-workers tell you what a great job you did. It's nice to get this external validation from time to time and having a comment on your blog is like this!
My blog is http://www.TimeManagementMum.com and I love it when new readers stop by! It is a great community. Lastly, my advice to new mummy bloggers - join the British Mummy Bloggers network. We are a welcoming lot and you get to find some great talent and other people's perspectives - it's like the 'watercooler'!
Its fantastic being a Mummy Blogger. There is a great sense of community between us - not just here but from Mom Bloggers in the states too.
I've been blogging now for 6 months and love it. I have a blog on Blogger which was really easy to set up and use. To get help setting up your blog then join the British Mummy Bloggers Network where any question no matter how stupid gets answered.
It's hard to explain why blogging is so theraputic, but it is. Sometimes the stuff I write about is so trivial I wouldn't even tell my husband, but then he'll read it and laugh. If you fancy it, have a go.
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