Great Blogs for Moms
I’ve been part of a Blogging Exposure Group that Vanita and I started a few months ago and it’s been a great way to find my tribe of bloggers to help our blogs get more audience. But in reading their blogs, we’ve discovered that this group is not just about getting short-term results, but a wonderful way to meet like-minded mommy bloggers and make new virtual friends.
And what I’ve discovered is that good bloggers are on personal journeys … the destination may be unknown but they take their readers along for the ride, sharing the ups and the downs in such a way that we root for them, feel their pain, and celebrate their successes. They are also intense bloggers, typically blogging daily with posts that clearly take at least an hour to create.
They’re on social media and I bump into them on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, Stumble Upon and Pinterest. And at blogging conferences too. Though they may make money from blogging (or not), I get the sense that the blog IS the part of the journey to a goal that might include being paid to blog, a book deal, or something more elusive.
If you are interested in joining our little B.E.G. (Blog Exposure Group), leave a comment. We are asking for a one month commitment but you can re-up if it’s working for you. You’ll get the most from our group if you blog daily though it’s not required. Also, you should have a social media presence on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, and Pinterest and spend time daily on at least a few of these.
These are some of the blogs that I read daily. They are not all in my BEG group … yet!
Caroline Starr Rose
She’s a debut middle grade author of May B, a novel in verse. Not many children’s authors seem to post daily on their blogs because they are too busy writing which is understandable. And many are focused on their own sphere of life. She’s different. Her posts always have a nugget that makes you pay attention — something to learn or something to be inspired by.
After Bed Time Blog
Vanita Cyril is my Go To for SEO expertise and her blog not only has great tips and advice but also makes me laugh.
We both think that Every-Moment-is-a-Teachable-Moment but Doodles and Jots is much better and finding interesting tie ins with nature. I love her posts on math in nature and birds. I always learn something interesting and useful from every post she writes. I adore her blog and she’s really nice too!
This is the Contagious Art and Design for Kids blog that Craftwhack recently started. Artchoo! and Doodles and Jots are both graduates from RISD, as I have come to find out, and creatively just seeps from their souls. My oldest is RISD or bust bound and this blog always inspires, informs, and delights!
Jeanette will be the first to tell you that this is NOT a blog about arts and crafts, IT’S HER SNARKY MOMMY HUMOR BLOG! And I look forward to every post but have to make sure that I am not drinking-while-reading or I will snort liquid up my nose. Yes, she’s very funny! You have been warned.
Melissa Taylor’s excellent blog focuses on creative and fun learning. I especially enjoy her posts on writing because I don’t do that at home and I don’t know where to begin. Exciting news for her: she has a book agent and I hope that she will publish a book with fun writing projects to do at home. I’d buy that in a heartbeat! Triplicate actually if it’s the kind of book you can write in.
My middle grade daughter thanks The Brain Lair for excellent book suggestions all year. I have her read the book reviews to figure out what she wants to read next. The Brain Lair never disappoints! The books we’ve bought from her suggestions were home run hits at home! As a middle school librarian, she knows her stuff! I’m glad we get access to her since she’s not at our school!
One of my favorite group author blogs featuring about two dozen middle grade authors but flows seamlessly from post to post despite the fact that there are so many authors. I’ve actually won several times including a wonderful Skype author visit for 4th grade with Sheela Chari, of Vanished.
Dee is a super mom to me: I have a full-time job as a mom, a full-time job at a university, and several volunteer positions that feel like full-time jobs. I struggle to maintain my own separateness as a person while also wrangling my ADHD-diagnosed son, my ADHD-undiagnosed husband, an errant dog, a multitude of work projects, a church committee, and a dozen cub scouts. It’s not easy.
Mama Catherine parents her transracial family with such “staying present” love that she inspires me to be a better mother.
I met Dr. Rajka (“Ryka”) Milanovic Galbraith though reading each other’s blogs. She has a great mom doctor perspective and gives helpful advice on a myriad of topics.
I met Charlene face to face (imagine that?!) at local Boston blogging events. She’s fun and super nice. Her posts are the same: fun to read and always interesting. If you need bloggy legal advice, she’s the right person to turn to.
Last but certainly not least, Capability Mom is the Mom Next Door. I’m lucky because she is actually my neighbor and my friend and my social media consultant partner in crime. And somehow I end up on the volunteer committees that she heads. Her blog gives the inside scoop in Boston for moms.