Why the parent blogger community is the best
As a professional writer and blogger, I come across many groups of bloggers during my working day. I can safely say that none are as diverse yet welcoming than the parent blogger community.
After another horrible week with violence in the news, it’s comforting to know other parent bloggers are on Twitter with a kind word or two. Some of us even discussed how we wanted the world to be a kinder place.
I love being a parent blogger. I write for a living and though I wouldn’t want to do anything else, it’s tough, exhausting and often a lonely profession. This blog is my space to unwind and chill out. A place where I can write pretty much whatever I like, about anything I like. I do try to give things a positive slant however, as it’s my mission to be a calmer, more positive mummy.
Bah, you’re just another one of those twee ‘mummy-bloggers’
Some people turn their noses up at parent bloggers. Treat us like we’re not serious writers or are just doing it to get products to review. Or that it’s just a twee hobby in between a spot of shopping at Waitrose and getting our nails done before we pick up the kids from nursery.
Yes, some of us probably take our writing more seriously than others, but no one should be derided for being a parent who blogs. An ‘ex-mummy blogger’ wrote a post that basically slates all other parent bloggers. Luckily, many of us don’t think like that. Check out Mummy in a Tutu’s fabulous response.
I’ve never met such a diverse group of writers willing to share so much with each other and give a kind, supportive word.
Fellow parent blogger, you’re great, and here’s why
A parent blogger makes the worst bits of parenting seem funny
Many parent blogs detail the ups and downs of parenting in ways that make you smile and nod your head in agreement.
Since joining the parent blogger community, I’ve found many entertaining and funny posts. Posts like Wry Mummy’s Arena of Doom have me in stitches. It’s the funniest thing I’ve read in ages and made me laugh out loud which was needed on a day of more depressing world news.
Hurrah for Gin also makes me giggle with her brilliant insight and doodles. Check out this post about camping with kids. It’s put me off camping for life!
I’ve learned about topics I never thought I would
Other parents teach me about issues I thankfully don’t have to deal with – autism, disability, being a single parent. Such as Catie at An Imperfect Mum who writes about autism in her lovely posts. And another Katie, at Mummy in a Tutu, doesn’t shy away from being a single mum on her blog.
They make me feel normal
Some parents lay their souls bare in heart-rending stories about losing babies or not being able to cope. But they also share parenting tips and ‘fails’ which makes me feel like a normal mum when I have off-days and feel like a novice at parenting.
They have influence
Parent bloggers are influential – they start campaigns and are asked for their opinion on issues that matter by the media. Brummy Mummy of 2 is regularly featured in the mainstream media for instance.
They help and support each other
These bloggers give advice in their posts on everything from coping at the school gates to family budgeting and keeping kids entertained. Parent bloggers also help each other and that’s one of the best aspects of this community. Parent bloggers don’t think twice about sharing writing tips with newbies. They’re also on hand to give support by joining linkys and commenting on each others posts. They even give virtual hugs when the blogging gets a bit much.
Find sage advice on technical aspects of blogging here from Tots100.
I’ve had fantastic opportunities since I joined this community. I’ve met other parents and bloggers and worked with brands to review products. But best of all, I feel like my voice is being heard. As a commercial writer I rarely get to engage with the readers of my words. Having a blog gives me this opportunity.
There might be blogging awards or rankings on influential blog community sites. But these are just the cherry on top on the blogging-cake. Most of us are just happy to have a platform for our thoughts. I love it when my writing stirs others to comment on posts or to contact me on social media. This is what the hours spent researching, writing, working up images, posting and promoting is all about for me.
Superlatives are overused. But, if you are a parent blogger, you are amazing and you help to make the world a better place. Keep writing and sharing and making this vibrant community shine!