Once the word got out that I was a “mommy blogger,” people started to say to me, “I want to do that! Can I stay home and make money with a blog?” Or, “I just started a business and I need a blog. Can you show me how to start a blog?” Sure. Sure.
Well… yes technically, anyone can have their own blog. The word “blog” is short for “web log” and is now the common term for a web site that is updated regularly, either by someone or a group of someones, and that allows visitors to interact with its authors via comments and other interactive widgets. Thus, it’s a part of what us bloggers know and love called “the social web.”
Before you run off and get all ambitious about doing your own Julie & Julia thang, I suggest you ask yourself some questions:
• Do you have the stamina to maintain a blog?
• Do you have the discipline to write on a regular basis?
• Is there a subject/topic that you are passionate enough to write about regularly?
• Would you write about this topic even if you are not paid to do it?
• Do you have the time and space in your life to devote to a blog?
The most important question is why do you want to blog at all? You already know that this pesky three-letter question is a great one to ask regarding any project or endeavor. No one can answer it for you but the answers you come up with will be the compass by which you can tell if you are headed in the right direction, regardless of the twists and turns along the journey.
Last time I checked, there were over 3.9 million moms who blog. So if your “why” is to become an overnight internet mommy blogger sensation, I say you’d have a better chance at being struck by lightning — not impossible, just not likely. There may be other ways of becoming internet famous, some that are even legal (Ha!)
However, if your “why” is because you are passionate about writing and do it every day anyway and don’t care if anyone other than your mom reads it and don’t need to monetize your blog, then I say, “Why not?”
photo credit: Sue Richards