Writing a blog is one of the most fun things you can do in your spare time, while keeping your clothes on, so it’s hardly surprising that more and more Mums and Dads are creating new blogs.
Here at the Tots100 that means our community is growing fast – we now have almost 4,000 active UK parent blogs in our directory, compared to just 200 when we first published the Tots100 back in 2009. Today, we’re going to introduce you to some of our favourite new blogs.
If you’re a new blogger, it can be easy to get lost in the crowd, and we know it can be disheartening to feel that people haven’t noticed or enjoyed your blog. Blogging can sometimes also seem like terrifically hard ‘work’ – with all those social networks and websites and Linkys and plug-ins.
Our very best advice to new bloggers is to pick and choose the things that work for you. You might love Facebook, but not get along with G+. Or you might find writing the blog is fun, but you’re not so keen on being on Twitter. You might love taking and editing photos, and tinkering behind the scenes with HTML, or you might prefer to use a free blogging platform and just focus on the words on the (virtual) page.
Whatever works for you – if you’re happy, you’re doing it right.
In the past month, around 150 new blogs have joined Tots100 and we’ve asked the frankly inspiring and wonderful CJ from Crystal Jigsaw to highlight ten of her favourites. It’s always a hard choice and we can’t include all the new blogs in our community – but feel free to leave a link to your new blog in the comments if you’re not listed. And please do head over to Love New Blogs, a wonderful site that highlights new blogs and bloggers.
Over to CJ…
Mum of 4, Wife of 1 has a little boy with Asperger’s Syndrome, together with 3 other children. She writes eloquently about bringing up her four very different children and the thoughts she often has about their varied characters. A lovely, easy-to-read blog with some issues that every parent will relate to.
Nobody Said It Was Easy is an honest blog about trying to conceive and becoming a proud mummy. Stacey shares her journey with us and has a great ability to engage with her readers by asking advice and involving them in what she’s going through.
My Little Pudding offers a variety of posts, all to help new parents and parents-to-be make those difficult choices of what to buy and what to expect. We’ve all been there, some of us are on our way, but a blog like this one will always be a fabulous escape as we learn a little about our child’s needs. Some great review items featured here, too.
The We’an is a really interesting blog that is well-written by a single mum about her life with an only child. Having an only child myself, I can relate well to this blog and have been really enjoying reading the author’s updates concerning some personal and some very ordinary thoughts.
Mum Mum Heart is another lovely blog that I have enjoyed reading. Emma has hidden disabilities and really knows how to write beautifully and from the heart. Together with keeping us informed about her real-life events, she reviews items on her blog, some of which she buys and loves so much she feels they deserve to be mentioned.
For Bella and Will brings to life a plethora of family-orientated offerings, well-constructed by Catherine, mum to, you guessed it, Bella and Will. A very easy to navigate blog that enlightens the reader with varied content from children’s pets to recipes, eventful days out to family enjoyment, and everything in between.
Bits & Bobs – if you like Blog Hops, as I do, then you will love this blog. This space offers all us hungry bloggers a place to leave our blog link, find other blogs to read and make new online friends in the bargain. Win-Win. The author also delights us with personal tales in between the hopping. A popular blog to follow.
Lady Briggs shows off her blogging talent in the form of a mixture of posts, some of which she includes in the popular linky’s we bloggers love so much. She tells us a few personal stories as well as the odd review on useful products. A great parent blog written by someone who knows about the art of interaction.
ET Speaks From Home presents some fabulous reviews on early years toys and products that parents of younger children will absolutely love. Even I loved them and my daughter is 12! She writes a very clear blog, well set-out and interesting, full of fun, great photos and useful suggestions.
Damson and Pear is a delightful blog with stunning photographs and lots of information about places to visit. Based in Worcestershire, the blog author takes pride in her work as she goes to great lengths to show off this beautiful county and its many attractions.