Oh, how quickly things change.
One minute you are picking gum out of your daughter’s armpit, and the next minute you are helping her pick out a homecoming dress.
If you are earning an income as a mommy blogger, this change may cause you concern. It should cause you concern.
Here is why:
1. Your child’s “issues” aren’t quite so cute anymore.
Kids say the darndest things, and people like reading stories about what they say. The internet goes crazy over pictures of round-faced toddlers with crazy hair, and cute videos of toddlers often go viral.
As your child ages, their idiosyncrasies may not be as funny. Their tantrums become embarrassing, and their strange way of saying things becomes less cute and more cause for concern.
If you are earning your bread and butter from sharing these cute stories of your daily life with the rest of the world, it’s time to develop a back-up plan. Or you can have another baby.
2. Your child is going to begin to resent your blogging.
Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers may know that mommy takes a lot of photos and spends a lot of time in front of a laptop, but they are clueless as to the reasons why. Your grade-school aged kid will be much more aware of your hobby.
They will not find it amusing when a friend at church mentions an embarrassing moment that was chronicled in your blog. They will not be impressed when you receive hundreds of likes and shares on the article you wrote about bed wetting. And when your child’s friend finds a funny photo of your kid and shares it with their classmates, your child will become downright angry.
3. Blogging about your older children may be unsafe.
When your children are young, they never leave your sight. You don’t go anywhere without your kids, and your kids don’t go anywhere without an adult.
As your child ages, he or she will have more independence and freedom. This is a natural part of the aging process.
Even though most people are good, there are some creepy people who will see photos of your child online and have ill intent. You can protect your children from these icky people when they are younger, but you will have a more difficult time doing so if they are walking to and from school on their own.
While it’s understandable that mommy bloggers should quit when their children age, it really is a pity. Parenting doesn’t get easier as kids grow up, and people still need advice and reassurance. Even though parents of older kids aren’t as likely to read posts about teething or diaper rash, they would want to learn about issues that affect older kids.
You may be sad when your mommy blogging days end. The blogging community tends to be a close-knit group, and after you quit sharing the details of your day, you may feel as if you are losing a group of friends.
But there’s light at the end of the tunnel. You can take the skills you learned blogging to earn a few extra bucks each month.
1. Change the focus of your blogs.
Perhaps your child is a figure skater or a golfer. Maybe your daughter shows horses. Chances are you have learned a lot about these sports as your child has advanced in skill. You probably have also learned a lot about the expensive equipment that accompanies these pastimes.
Write a blog about being a figure-skater mom. You don’t have to include specific information about your child. In fact, you can protect his or her privacy as much as you like. Other parents will still want to read your stories and advice if they also have a child who participates in those sports.
You can also use your influence and knowledge to create an affiliate marketing program. Write reviews on the best type of bedazzler. Write about where to buy golf clubs for your growing child. Create affiliate links to sell products through your website.
2. Guest write on someone else’s blog.
If you have developed your writing skills through your time as a blogger, you can utilize those skills and find freelance work on mom-focused websites. There are tons of jobs posted on Upwork that are seeking short articles. They don’t pay well, but they will at least keep you active within that community.
3. Assist others with starting a mommy blog.
If you gained popularity as a mommy blogger, you could teach others how you did it. Evaluating and editing someone else’s work may not seem as satisfying as writing your own copy, but you can at least feel good that you are sharing your knowledge and expertise with another mom.
*This article is originally posted at Mom Marketing Coach!*