Mommy Blogging

by Claire Minnaar

Blogs have become increasing popular over the last few years. Admittedly, it is great fun to write and read other Mommy blogs! I have a few blogs of my own and keeping them up to date can sometimes be quite tricky, but it’s a lot of fun to have. Taking the time now and again to read through what was written months ago can be a good laugh!

If you are already a Mommy Blogger, then please read the last paragraph in this blog post to help get your blog “out there”. If you are Mommy looking to start a Mommy blog, then here are some tips to get started that a) won’t take forever and b) won’t cost you an arm and a leg!

Where to start

There are quite a few blogging options / software applications that you can choose to run your blog for FREE! It’s very much a personal choice. My FAVOURITE is most definitely WORDPRESS and I do think that it has possibly become one of the easiest blogging tools to use in the last few years.

There are other blogging options that include:

How to choose

It’s very much a personal choice. One of the things that one should consider when choosing a blogging software is how extensively you want to use your blog. That is, do you want advertising? Do you need certain flexibility with your pictures?

It would be best to do some searches, read the FAQ of each blogging software option and make a decision.

Ideally, if you want to save on costs, it’s worth going for blogging software that can host your blog for you for free. I, myself, don’t have experience with all of the blogging software above, BUT do know that Blogger and one of the Wordpress sites can do exactly that for you. I’m sure the others can too, but you will need to do your homework there, I’m afraid.

I’ve chosen and am all setup, what now?

Firstly, YAY! Well done and welcome to the blogging world!

Now, all you really need to do is post away by sharing your ideas, thoughts or whatever your blog is about.

Here are a few tips to help you get started and getting your blog out there (if you would like other people to read it, of course):

  • Blog / post regularly. I was SOOOO guilty of not doing this with my old blog called Raising Ethan blog (no longer). However, with my business blogs, such as my South Africa Wedding Blog, I’m on it DAILY and it does pay off. It takes time, but just enjoy doing it and the traffic and readers will come!
  • Get your blog out there – start a Facebook and Twitter page and invite your friends to join.
  • Personalise your blog – personalising your blog can make people enjoy it that much more and make you less of a stranger to others.
  • Clean design – don’t overdo it with the design of your blog. You want people to be able to read your blog and not get lost by some frilly stuff in the corner. So, keep it simple and tasteful.
  • Post USEFUL or niche stuff – there are MANY blogs out there and, if you want a following, post unique, useful or specific stuff that could / will appeal to other people.
  • Most important – ENJOY!

Calling ALL Mommy Bloggers:

If you’re a Mommy blogger, please post your link in the comments form below to share with other Momtrepreneurs out there.

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Stacey Vee June 6, 2011 - 9:19 am

Starting my ‘mommy blog’ about raising a child with special needs has been one of the single most rewarding experiences of my writing career. It lets me laugh at how weird our household can be and I get great advice from my readers. Go on, start a blog!

Kathryn June 6, 2011 - 10:54 am

I love blogging but the biggest challenge as a “mommy blogger” is finding the time to spend writing, editing and promoting my blog. More often than not it ends up being during wee hours when I should be getting some sleep! But they do say you should “do what you love” if you want a fulfilling career – and luckily for me I have found it!

Melanie June 6, 2011 - 11:57 am

I’ve been writing for a friend’s blog for ages, and finally started my own. One of my favourite things about it is that I have a written record of my experiences with my daughter that I will be able to share with her one day.

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Yasmin @ alittlelessfluff July 7, 2011 - 8:24 am

I swear to this day that starting my own blog was a lifesaver! I was a stay at home mom to twins at the time (am working now again) and it really was something that I could call mine. My own little piece of heaven (and peace and quiet). It is hectic trying to manage work, the twins and my blog, but I love it and will continue to blog for as long as I can. 🙂

sanna September 13, 2011 - 9:37 am

I need to blog. If I didn’t I’d have wine for breakfast.

Sharon Kloppers September 20, 2012 - 9:38 am

I am a mommy blogger: The blog is about raising 3 boys in SA but it is connected to my business – an Online Antenatal Course.

Jenette White May 14, 2013 - 10:39 am

I have a “Mommy Blog” to assist with school lunchboxes and various other healthy, natural goodies!

Fleur June 4, 2013 - 8:45 am

I want to start a blog but feel that besides being a mom there’s more I want to share. Do I have to have a specific subject / matter/ name for my blog? I’d like to put everything of my life in one. is this possible?

Heather October 5, 2013 - 8:33 am

I started my blog to document my infertility journey, but now it’s mostly about my little baby boy (now 15 months) and the occasional book review. I also have a lot of infertility resources.

Ondiswa July 31, 2014 - 2:45 pm

I just started a few days ago, relying on all of you for support.


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