The Best & The Worts Facts Of Being A Mummy Blogger
My blog’s one year anniversary is coming up in few days and I have been thinking a lot of what we have been through so far. Just a year ago, I really thought that I was going to buy a domain and start writing posts, that people would be standing in the queue to visit my website, ahhh how silly was I? Only if I had known to how much work goes behind all of this.. That is the thing about blogging, you love it, it has a special place in your heart and at the same time there is so much work that has to be done to actually make it work.
After a year of blogging I find the best things about being a mummy blogger for me is that I can be with my kids all the time and the wonderful friends I made. The worst thing is the technical stuff like SEO, links… sometimes I really do not know what I am doing with those 🙂
I asked some of the most experienced mummy bloggers for their views on the best & the worst parts of being mummy bloggers and here is what they’ve said:
” Best is being able to take my family on wonderful trips and shows which wouldn’t have been possible without my blog.
Worst is the judgements received from other parents who don’t understand just how much hard work goes into blogging ”
”Unconditional love. Children love you no matter what, make up free, greasy hair. They don’t care that you can’t sing in tune and I love that a single cuddle can make everything OK”
”Being able to work as and when I want is great and I love working from home but it is also hard at times especially if your child isn’t sleeping or is ill. Evenings are usually the best time to work but with lots of interruptions, it can make writing hard.”
”Best is being able to work around child illness, school plays, etc. Worst is juggling what’s ok to share and what might embarrass my kids!”
”Being able to choose my own hours so I can be there for every sports day, party, day trip, holiday etc but having the guilt the week before those things when I need to work extra to give myself time off so I don’t even up behind.”
”Best for me is getting feedback from another parent telling me they appreciated what I wrote or that it helped them in some way. This is especially important to me on my maternal mental health posts. The worst is definitely the lowball offers and having to chase up payment from companies who sometimes think nothing of making you wait months after you’ve delivered the work.”
”The best and the worst for me is the flexibility it offers. Being a blogger means I am available for all the school runs and appointments, etc, at the drop of a hat. But at the same time it means I am expected to do all of this which interrupts my blogging work. I also only get to work during school hours and evenings, which means I never get a break to relax from either being a mum or blogging.”
”There are lots of things for me but the best is the friends I’ve made. People I wouldn’t have met otherwise who have become like family.’‘
”The best is being able to write exactly how it is – and find out you’re not alone, all mums experience the exhaustion, chaos and general craziness of parenting.
The worst is not being able to keep your laptop open for 5 seconds before your toddler climbs up and closes it!”
”The worst is when businesses expect you to write about them for free.”
”The worst is not being able to go for a walk, or on holiday without thinking of content and capturing it on film/photo and social!! But then, that’s always the best part too!!”
”The opportunities I’ve been given for my children including holidays and day trips has been amazing”
”The best bits: Having a place to document our adventures and life and a place to vent! Lots of friendships made with other mums. Downside: The pressure of social media. Not having enough time to dedicate to your blog so its never “perfect” Judgement from other mums.”
”The best: I love that I can support my family and have flexitime. The worst: other school parents think you have all this free time to look after their kids.. having said that , the latter has settle down a little and doesn’t happen anymore!!”
As you see, all parenting bloggers agree that as much as joyful it is to be a blogger, it is definitely very hard. If you are in 9-5 job, you know you will be coming home and you won’t have to do any work in the evening, but being a mum blogger means working 24 hours. Yes, literally 24 hours! For me personally, I do my blog work at late nights when kids are already in bed. My elder one is in nursery for few hours only during the afternoon, so that time I need to put the little one for nap. By the time little one is asleep, it’s time to pick up elder one 🙂
Anyway, my point is that it is not easy as other people describe. There are lots of fact sheets online as to how much money people make by blogging and how fast you can grow. For me personally, I just love writing and sharing my life stories. And if one day this becomes my full-time job, of course I will be happy 🙂
If you are mum and thinking of starting a blog, please do not be discouraged if I say it is hard. Yes, it takes a lot of learning and effort, but if you love writing and sharing your true and honest stories, then just go for it. I am sure you will meet some amazing people and have great opportunities.
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