Still on the fence about starting your own mom blog? Wish you could just pick the brains of moms who’ve gone down that path?
What do they like about blogging? What do they struggle with? Is self-doubt normal (or is it just me? Eeek!!)?
Well, let me help you out here. 🙂 I’ve reached out to some other fantastic mom bloggers and asked them these questions so you all get a behind-the-scenes look into the mom blogger world!
Enter (drum roll please!) – the mom blogger interview series! 🙂
We’ll kick the series off with the lovely Vanessa Boren (Mom Blog From Home). 🙂
I love sharing blogging tips for beginners as well as featuring new bloggers on my blog! Learn more at momblogfromhome.com!
1) Why did you start blogging in the first place?
I started blogging as a way to bring in an income for my family. I have always been curious about blogging and I loved the thought of being able to work from home and still care for my daughter.
I hated the idea of her going to daycare or pretty much being raised by someone else while my husband and I worked.
2) What goals did you have for your blog?
Originally my goal was just to have a blog period! I am not the most tech savvy person so when I went down this blogging path the first time in 2010 it was much harder than is it now.
Everything is much more user-friendly now and there are many others who have paved the way for the rest of us. So when I took another crack at blogging in 2017 things were much more advanced and I was able to launch my blog in September of 2017!
Now my goals change each month. I set new goals both small and big!
3) What was your strategy for reaching these goals?
My strategy for reaching my goals is to do one thing at a time. I try not to look too far down the road or I become overwhelmed. I just focus on one task and work on completing it before moving on to the next.
I also try very hard not to play the comparison game. Everyone has a different path they are on and trying to compare yours to someone else’s only gets you down on yourself. Focus on you and your blog.
4) What were the 1-2 main struggles you encountered?
Some struggles I have encountered along my blogging journey is trying to balance being the mom I want to be and still giving my blog the time and attention it needs.
In my head, I can handle it all and everything will just turn out perfect. Well, we all know life doesn’t work that way. Things take longer than you initially plan, neighbors knock on your door, your child gets sick, family members ask for your help last minute, and so on.
Another struggle I face often is self-doubt but that is just the devil trying to slow me down!
5) How did you resolve these struggles?
This is where again I have to put my head down and focus on one thing at a time because that is all I can control at that moment.
I truly do believe in myself and that blogging is what I am meant to do so those days that I let the devil in my head I have to just remind myself that blogging is my passion and no one is going to stop me!
6) What does a typical work day look like for you now?
I wish I had a typical workday routine but my schedule changes every day. Once my daughter goes back to school in the fall then I plan to have a better daily routine.
After starting my blog I have worked various different jobs here and there on the side and now that my daughter is out for summer it changes each day.
I just have daily tasks that I have on my agenda to accomplish. I make sure I have a blog post scheduled to go out every Friday and I send out my weekly email every Monday.
I also work on keeping my Tailwind and Social Media schedule full. When I find time to work on my blog I take it and I just tackle whatever item is next on my list!
7) What’s your favorite part about being a mom blogger?
My favorite part about being a mom blogger is the freedom it gives you. I can build my blog as big or as little as I want. I can work on it whenever works best for my family.
I can be there for my daughter for her school functions or when she is sick. I can work from home and wear whatever I want! I get to make my own schedule and answer to myself as my own boss. Having those freedoms have been my favorite part of being a mom blogger.
8) Looking back, what main lessons did you learn through building your own mom blog?
Some of the main lessons I learned through building my blog was to A) really take the time to brand yourself. Check out multiple other blogs and see what you do and don’t like about them.
Use those things to guide you as you design and build your blog. I made the mistake of only using one blogger as an example and I struggled to find my brand. Everything I did ended up looking like her stuff. I had to redo my blog several times before I felt like it was “me”.
B) Don’t try and conquer it all in one day. As I have said before focus on one task at a time and don’t compare yourself to others.
And don’t be afraid to ask questions! Bloggers love to share and help other bloggers! Joining Facebook Blogging Groups has been wonderful!
9) What advice would you give to someone who’s not sure whether or not they should start their own mom blog?
The advice I would give someone who is interested in starting their own blog would be to test it out first and to again join some Facebook Groups about blogging.
Ask them for their honest input on blogging. Everyone in those groups is more than willing to tell you the good and the bad side of blogging. Then, test it out and see for yourself if you like it or not by writing a couple of blog posts in a Word Document or Google Docs.
Writing blog posts is the most important part of blogging so if you don’t like that part you aren’t’ going to have a successful blog and therefore you will not like blogging.
10) What’s the #1 quality an aspiring mom blogger should bring to the table?
The #1 quality an aspiring mom blogger should have is the ability to stay consistent. That is going to make all the difference.
If you can stay consistent with posting blog posts, sharing them on social media, and writing to your email list, you will be successful for sure!
Big thanks to Vanessa for answering all those questions! 🙂
Do you have any more questions you’d like to get answered? Let me know and I can add them to the next interviews.
Or, as Vanessa pointed out, join a FB group and start asking around! 🙂