MommyQ Dishes Mom Blogging Tips on KXAN News

MommyQ Blogging Tips

It was so much fun to meet anchor, Sally Hernandez, and be a guest on the KXAN News at Noon show today. Sally is a smart and sweet and funny gal. It was a great interview and I owe a lot of that her. She’s the mom of a youngster herself, so I think she really understands and appreciates the power of mom blogs.

I talked to Sally about my blog and then gave a few tips for moms who would like to start a blog. I mentioned getting your feet wet on large blogging communities like Blogher and Yahoo!Shine. These are my two favorites online communities and I actually post on both of them. The larger blogs I write for, Babble and BettyConfidential, also use Yahoo!Shine to promote their blog posts. It has a tremendous reach due to the sheer amount of readers.

As I mentioned in the interview, there are many Do’s and Don’ts when it comes to blogging. Here are my top three:

DO

1 – Identify the goals of your blog. Take some time to think about what you want your blog to accomplish. Are you writing it so family members who don’t live nearby can keep up? Are you going to use your blog as a stepping stone into a writing career? Are you wanting to make money with it? There are lots of great reasons, and figuring out what they are will help you create your blog in a way that best fits your goals.

2 – Share! Share! Share! When you do start blogging, share your posts on social media sites. That’s exactly why they exist. Use Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, LinkedIn or any of your favorites to share your posts. This is what you need to do to engage with your readers and start conversations. My friends & family are my biggest fans, so I encourage you to bombard them constantly. 😉

3 – Write about stuff you like. Yeah, that seems pretty obvious, but it’s true. If your write about topics you like, in additional to your fabulous kiddos, you’re more likely to keep writing. Let’s face it, you can only write about picky eaters and colds and diaper fiascoes to a degree. Pepper in the things you love and your passion will shine through in your writing.

DON’T

1 – Too much information! Be careful about the amount of info your share in your blog. As mom bloggers, we’re always chatting about our kids. That doesn’t mean you should list their full names, where they attend school or daycare, etc. It’s possible to tell compelling and true stories without giving every little detail. Protect yourself and your children.

2 – Never blog angry. The rush of having your own slice of the Internet can be intoxicating, but don’t abandon all of your manners as a result. (And speaking of intoxicating, don’t blog drunk either.) If you have a bad experience somewhere or buy a product you don’t like, don’t go off about it in your blog. That stuff will come back to haunt you. If you read a post and your gut instinct tells you not to publish it, listen to your gut. Better safe than sorry.

3 – Embrace negative feedback. – Don’t spend time worrying about how your posts will be received. You WILL GET negative feedback and some of it won’t be pretty. Take it for what’s it worth and don’t get discouraged. If you have the freedom to voice your option, other people are entitled to do the same thing. That’s the beauty of this highly interactive world we live in!

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To Blog or Not to Blog? That Seems to be the Question

Recently MommyQ has been asked a lot of questions about blogging. Why do it?  How do you do it? Do you make any money? Well, it depends…

Before you start blogging, whether it’s for money or fun, you must recognize that it takes up a lot of time. Even if you enjoy writing and can tackle your topics rather quickly, it’s not a super-speedy pastime.  A great way to start your blogging adventure is to decide why you’re blogging. Is it for fun or to make money? Your main goals will dictate how you proceed.

If you are blogging for fun, you have a lot of freedom. You can use a WordPress or Blogspot url, find a template you like and just jump in. Be careful about how much personal info you share because once it’s out there, you can’t really take it back. Keep that in mind, especially if you are writing about your children and posting personal pictures.

If you want to make your blog profitable at some point, you might start by purchasing your own url. You can find one quickly and easily at places like GoDaddy. Eventually, a unique url will help you with your SEO, so you might as well start off that way.

I chose to have a template designed for my blog, after months of using a standard template. The Pixel Boutique created this fabulousness for me and really brought MommyQ to life.  Ms. ApronStringsAflutter took great care of me and walked me through every step of the process. She is detail-oriented and highly creative. On a good note for us beginners, her rates are very competitive. You can check out her portfolio here. She’s my new bloggy BFF!

There are opportunities to write for blog networks like Babble, BlogHer and Shine, as a freelance writer. If you are hired as a contributing writer, you do get paid. It’s nice to have an existing blog before you apply for these jobs, because they do expect to see writing samples published somewhere – your own blog certainly counts!

I hope this info helps!