Our parenting roundtable panelists aren’t just great parenting bloggers, they’re great bloggers, period. Today, we close out the series by turning their collective wisdom into 11-and-a-half tips that will make any blog blossom, from finding your voice to writing an effective “About” page to posting frequency:
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In Part One, our panel of parents talked about how their blogs evolve as their kids grow, the support to be found within the blogging community, and how to write about sensitive issues without embarrassing your kids (short answer: you’re going to embarrass them no matter what you do, so get used to it).
Today, they delve into the nitty-gritty of establishing boundaries online. How much detail is appropriate to share? What topics are off-limits? What about posting photos? How is their children’s other parent involved in the blog, if at all? Their advice is great for anyone writing about (or posting photos of) family and friends, whether they’re tall enough for the roller coaster or not.
Please give a big Daily Post welcome to our panel. And no funny business, or they will turn this blog around. They mean it.
You don’t have to be a die-hard mommy or daddy blogger to write about your family — it’s difficult not to share the hilarious yet harrowing story about your three-year-old’s decision to chop off her hair with safety scissors so she could look more like SpongeBob. (We hear the dishtowel necktie was pretty cute.)
But where are the boundary lines when writing about children? What don’t you share? What happens when they’re old enough to read your blog? What about comments critical of your parenting? What about posting photos?
“Do you remember long lie-ins and then going out for brunch?” asked Pete, my husband. He started laughing when he saw me struggling to remember that child-free world of lazy Sundays.
“But it’s at least 14 years ago… it’s all a bit vague,” I said. “And it sounds rather expensive too!” At 11 and 14 years old, our daughters are big enough to brew up a cuppa and make us breakfast-in-bed, but it’s not that long ago when we had to do everything for them.