I’ve been blogging longer than I’ve been on Facebook. I’m sort of proud of that. Why? Because being a blogger makes me a better mom, and I can’t say that about being on Facebook.
Here are 10 Ways Being a Blogger Makes Me a Better mom:
- It’s my creative outlet. Some moms knit or paint. Others like to cook or exercise. I blog. It gets the creative juices going and makes me a happier person and mom.
- I have archived little moments in our family life. That funny thing my daughter said years ago? I captured it. That time my kids and I shared a spontaneous hug? Wrote all about it.
- New friends. I have befriended many bloggers. We read each other’s blogs, share our struggles, and laugh at the same stuff. It shows my kids a different dimension to friendship, because most of these bloggers I’ve never met in real life and that doesn’t matter.
- Support. So many times I have been struggling with a parenting question or issue and another blogger shares much-needed advice or a perspective that helps.
- Blogging reminds me I have limited control, just like motherhood. I cannot predict when a post will resonate with people and go viral just like I cannot predict when my tween will listen to me.
- I have been rejected and keep trying. Honestly, some posts are read by mere handfuls of people. Or I submit essays to outside publications that are rejected or just ignored. Eh. It’s part of life and I’m showing that to my kids. Meanwhile I just keep writing.
- It has made me leave my comfort zone. I had no interest in using Pinterest until I learned that it refers most traffic to blogs. But I like words, not pictures, I thought. Still, I took a class, started digging out royalty-free shots, learned PicMonkey, and uploaded my pins with keyword rich descriptions. It DOES send me 75% of my blog traffic. The lesson for my kids is just do it.
- Social media savvy. So you now how I feel about Pinterest. I hesitated to join Instagram, too. Heck, I still remember my embarrassment when I started my blog’s Facebook page and I had less than 100 likes. But now I feel knowledgeable about what’s going on out there in social media land. My familiarity with this stuff makes me better prepared as my teen and tween enter the world of smartphones. Or so I’d like to think!
- Being a blogger makes me a better mom because I’m conscious of my online presence and what I share about my kids.
- See 1-9. That’s because I already made the blog graphic for Pinterest and I’m not going back and changing it to “9 Ways Being a Blogger Makes Me A Better Mom”!
Does your hobby or passion pursuit make you a better mom? If you are a blogger, do you agree that it makes you a better mom?