Being a “Mom” Blogger

A couple of years ago, my blog was moving along pretty well.  I was no Dooce or even anything close, but I could hold my own.  My traffic was decent and I was getting some great opportunities to work with some great brands to review some great products.

I started to lose interest in blogging though for a lot of reasons.  My life was sort of a mess and I was suffering from depression.  I no longer enjoyed blogging and a lot of other things I once did.  I also was starting to feel like a sellout.  This was mostly my own fault by agreeing to work with brands that I didn’t even really use.

I was feeling like all “mom bloggers” wanted was free stuff to review.  The blogs that I followed were just all reviews and sponsored posts and I no longer enjoyed reading them.  I decided to take a long break from blogging.  In fact, I didn’t really intend to return.

About a year ago I discovered some “real” blogs again – moms like me that wanted write about their life and weren’t interested in just getting free stuff to review.  One that sticks out in my mind in particular was The Happiest Mom.  They were writing about their struggles with their kids and things like depression.  I started to get excited about writing again, but I still didn’t want to be a “mom blogger”.

I took a class with Meagan Francis and met other writers like me.  I got back into writing by trying my hand at magazine writing.  That’s tough to break into.  I managed to get published in a local magazine and in a few places online.  I got discouraged and my true passion is fiction, so I thought I would give that a try.  While I haven’t given up on my fiction, I have sort of changed direction and have resurrected this blog.

In the past month, I have realized that it’s not so bad to be a “mom blogger”.  Not all are out for free things and many just truly love to write.  I have discovered a great group of moms and women in general that genuinely love to write and share their lives.  This time, I am embracing the label “mom blogger”.

Meet Laura

Laura is mom that loves to write, read, and have her morning coffee. She is busy with her husband, her two daughters, and her two dogs. You will usually find her out geocaching with the family, reading a book, or playing on her iPhone/iPad.

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  1. I might not write anything earth shattering, and I don’t have a huge blog. But its something just for me, that I don’t have to share with my kids. So its not too bad being a mom blogger
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  2. You are so right. It’s hard when you obviously understand why people want to make money for their blogs but I don’t want to read nothing but product reviews. I haven’t dipped my toe into any products/money-making for this very reason (oh, also because I’m still super small). I pretty much decided, for me, I just want to write on mine.
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  3. It seems like there is enough variety out there when it comes to blogs that we can all find our place and find others in a similar place to us!

    And isn’t Megan great? :)
    Shell recently posted..Pour Your Heart Out: Healthy Choices Taught at Home or School?

  4. I can relate to this. I’ve been thinking of stopping blogging just to catch up on other things that have gotten out of control – mainly my house. But then I wrote a post today. I started my blog for me as a way to get things out and to be somewhat creative…I need to remember why I started and not feel pressured to write a post. And I’ve also met some great people through blogging. With regards to reviews, I’ve not done one yet, though I’ve been approached. The most recent approach though I will probably do, but only because it involves coffee and I love all things coffee! But it’s not something I want to do a lot of. Glad to be stopping by from #pyho.
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