Why Be a Mommy Blogger?


Why would I want to be a Mommy Blogger? I get this question a lot. Why would I want to share intimate details of my everyday life with the world? Very good question, which I will answer in a moment. First let’s look at the Mommy Blogger phenomenon.

Marketing to Mommy Bloggers appear to be a new phenomenon, however, Moms have had the purchasing power in the family for decades. Marketing to moms is not new at all. Here is an ad from the 1950s, which clearly depicts a Mom making her child very happy with the 7-Up. If only it were that easy!

1950s Advertising Mom

Photo by James Vaughan

The difference now is that brands do not have to just market “at” Moms. The dialogue is now two-way. Moms are talking with brands about the products we use. Moms are influencing the next generation of products by telling brands what we need instead of brands telling us what we need.

According to the The BabyCenter 2010 Mom Social Influencer Report,

  • 18% of moms who use social media account for 78% of the influence
  • Motherhood is the #1 trigger for social media usage
  • Social moms are most influential in their native environments

So, why would I want to be a Mommy Blogger? As The BabyCenter 2010 Mom Social Influencer Report has shown, the #1 reason women go online is motherhood. Being a first time Mom can be very lonely. We often leave office jobs where we have daily contact with other adults and are within days thrown into an environment where the only person to talk to is our baby. Women are social creatures by nature, therefore, women seek out others online more than men.

Like many Moms, I went online to find others at home like me. I started my blog to share with my family, the daily changes in my kid’s life. I found that writing about my passion for technology brought other Moms with a similar passion to my blog. I found my tribe and a replacement for the office camaraderie I missed when I decided to stay at home with my babies.

Whether you are a Mommy Blogger or a Mom who blogs, the majority of us share the intimate details of our lives and passions because we want to find our tribe and share our knowledge with that tribe. We seek out the daily companionship we left at the office. Being a Mom can be a very lonely job. Being a Mommy Blogger brings the world to your computer and you realize you not so alone after all.

Are you a Mommy Blogger? If so, why did you go online and blog?

Michele McGraw is a mom of 4 who blogs about technology, digital scrapbooking and fitness at Scraps of My Geek Life. She can be found socializing on Twitter, @ScrappinMichele.

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Comments

  1. I used to blog when I was still single. When I had a child, I stopped blogging because I didn’t have time. I was juggling my career and family. I didn’t even have time for myself. Now that I have decided to become a full-time mom, I can start blogging again. I feel that I need to have an outlet since I wouldn’t be going out as much as I used to.

    Choosing to stay home and take care of my son is a life-defining moment for me and I am happy that I will be able share with other people online. :)

    P.S. I just learned that I can Use my Blog for Marketing an Online Business
    use my blog for marketing an online business

  2. I started blogging 4 years ago as a way to share events and photos of my new son with family (who all live out of town/state/country). It quickly turned into a creative outlet that I love! I always walk a fine line between sharing too much personal info., especially now that my son is getting older. But, it’s an awesome way to share your thoughts and views with the world!

  3. Michele McGraw says:

    Kirstine, Bogging is a fantastic outlet when you are at home and it keeps your skills sharp. I have learned so much about myself, writing, running a business, networking and so much more while I have been at home and blogging.

    No job would have given me the experience or knowledge that I have gained while I have been at home with my kids and blogging for the last 14 years.

    Congrats on being at home full-time. It is a huge life defining decision.

  4. Love this! I first started venturing into the blogosphere for adult interaction and to help me through the early hours feeding the baby. Now I’m totally addicted and I love “sharing knowledge”. Making money doesn’t hurt either. :)

  5. Hey Michele.
    I can relate to everything you’ve written here. I started blogging 2 years ago when we moved to a new town and I knew NO ONE. I had no social outlets anywhere, and my husband was at work all day every day, with me at home with the 4 kids. I always blogged in private, though, with a pseudonym because I fear the day I may re-enter the workforce and I didn’t want my blog to come back and bite me in the bum. Plus, the whole protecting my children’s privacy thing… blah blah blah. :-)

    Blogging has become more than a hobby for me. It has reawakened my creative side that had gone rusty for the past 10 years while raising kids and washing windows. Writing words that can inspire someone else gives me purpose. It’s so hard because I know my most important role is that of being a good mother to my children. But, on the days when all I’ve heard is, “It’s not fair!” and “Do I have to eat THIS?” and “You’re So mean!!!” it’s nice to have a commenter say that my words touched them.

    That’s what keeps this mom blogging.