Facebook. MySpace. Think blogs and many parents immediately think
about these social networking communities, popular with young teens
and tweens and feared by parents as a place where sharing detailed
information can cause problems and possibly compromise safety.
Social networking and blogging, however, are not feared by all
parents. In fact, "mommy blogs" have become a popular niche in the
blogosphere. Taking advantage of late night posts and a community
of fellow parents, many moms have embraced blogging from the
beginning, finding ways to share the joys and struggles of
parenthood, chronicle their experiences online and share their
insights and tips with fellow mommies and daddies.
Blogging offers an outlet for moms and an opportunity to receive
comments from others outside of a familiar social circle. "This has
become my journal," says Dawn Albrecht, a stay-at-home mom of
three. "It's great to have a place to share your ideas, even if it
isn't a huge audience all of the time."
Bloggers still have to regard privacy as a priority, especially
when children are involved in the topic of conversation.
"Personally, I avoid putting too much personal info online. I don't
like the idea of people being able to see pictures of my kids and
knowing too much about them," Albrecht says. "I'd blog about what
you know, what excites you, what inspires you, what you want to
learn about, but not too much child detail. Maybe it's the mom in
me, but I try to be really careful about the information that goes
on the blog."
Interested in trying a mommy blog? You'll need blogging software
to get started. Try a free blog at www.blogger.com or www.wordpress.com to get
going. Follow these tips to make your blog fun and
Protect your privacy
Talking about your inner feelings with the world is one thing,
but beware of sharing personal details about your friends, family,
co-workers or relationships. When referring to kids, some parents
use first initials or nick names that are not identifiable. Avoid
adding details about your child's school, day care, sports team or
Proof your pictures
Adding pictures to your blog may be a way for you to personalize
your posts and connect with your audience. However, be cautious.
Watch for monogrammed or personalized clothing that might reveal a
child's name or school. Look for items in the background, like a
license plate number or house number that can give away
Once you're on the Internet, you've gone public. A detailed post
about your toddler's potty training trials and a photo of him on
the potty chair may be cute, but not as adorable a few years down
the line if his classmates find your blog. Items published on the
Internet can linger in cyberspace for years if you continue
blogging or do not delete your blog completely. Think ahead before
you carry on about something that might be embarrassing or
detrimental to a family member in the future.
Count to 10 before you send
Blogs can be very therapeutic-a way to blow off the trials and
tribulations of being a parent, a spouse and employee. But
parenting can be emotional, so make sure you read over what you've
written and make sure you're ready to go public. Once it's out
there, there's no taking it back and a post sent in haste can have
Share your expertise
Whether you realize it or not, you're an expert on something.
Putting some thought into the focus of your blog can help make your
blog helpful to others, enjoyable to read and give you some
direction as you post.
The beauty of blogging is connecting with others. Check out
these parent blogs to see what other moms and dads have to blog
• themomsalon.com The Mom Salon-where women find the
smartest mom blogs.
• themommyblog.net The Mommy Blog-adventures from the
wonder-belly of motherhood.
• themomblogs.com A directory of mommy blogs organized by
interest and topic.
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