Today’s guest post is from one of our favorite Atlanta bloggers, Blayne Beacham Macauley of This Photographer’s Life. Blayne is an amazing architectural photographer from Atlanta, GA, and her blog is full of inspiration for your home, and your life! She is a wonderful storyteller and also, as you’ll see below, gives great advice! Make sure her blog is included in your reader. Thanks for stopping by!
I became a new mom last year, and it was such a hectic time! My whole world turned upside down, and I had to learn to do almost everything a different way. I had relearned how to get dressed and shower as I entertained an infant in a bouncer, and I had to learn how to cook meals when I was too tired to read. I learned new ways to stay connected to my blog, This Photographer’s Life, and I actually learned how to be a much better blogger because I was forced to use my time so much more efficiently, and I opened up about my experience as a mom, which was not exactly what I thought it would be. Below are my top tips for staying connected to your blog as a new mom.
- Use Evernote. I learned about the app Evernote a few weeks after I became a mom, and it really changed things for me. Evernote is a very easy to use list maker and link saver that allows you to organize your ideas on your phone and then syncs them to your computer. It basically allows you to do your blog organizing anywhere. If you are rocking the baby to sleep in the middle of the night and have an idea about a post about “must have baby items,” you can make the list right there on your phone. The next day you can easily find your ideas, edit them, and email them to yourself. Boom. You just wrote your first post in the middle of the night!
- Ask for help. Meg and Kelly have done the right thing by asking bloggers to guest post for them. Every woman who has ever had a baby and runs a blog understands and wants to help. Asking others fill your content calendar takes the pressure off of you and allows you to spend your time with the new baby.
Preload as much content before you give birth as possible. Emily from Cupcakes and Cashmere did a fantastic job of coming up with a ton of content that was ready to go live before she went into labor.
Go easy on yourself. Even though giving birth is possibly the best thing you will ever do, it’s also one of the hardest. Going through those sleepless nights and learning how to be a mom are enough to drive a normally sane woman to the breaking point. I don’t care if you are the best blogger in the entire world, no blog is more important than your sanity. if you do need to take a break and step away from your blog, there is not a mom alive who will judge you for that. Take time to learn your baby and give yourself a break. Your blog readers are not going anywhere. They understand you just had a baby and will welcome your back when you’re ready!
Share your birth story. You do not have to do this right away or include all the gory details. At first it may seem very private and something you do not want to do, but you may change your mind later. It’s such a beautiful experience, and most people who know you are pregnant want to know how it all turned out in the end! Joanna from A Cup of Jo shared the most beautiful birth story that I adored reading. Click here to read it.
Use all those photos your take of your newborn and use then in a photo heavy post! People love looking at photos of babies! For my first post back after I had my son I simply wrote “I’m a Mom” and put in tons of photos of the baby. People loved looking at him, and it was a very popular post. When you load a post with photos you will DEFINITELY take (all moms love taking photos of their new babies), it’s free content, and you don’t have to use your sleepy brain to write words! Total bonus!
Share your experience with your readers. Another example from Cupcakes and Cashmere. Emily wrote a series of posts about learning to parent as she went. All bloggers who have become parents can relate to these posts, so even if you are a food, fashion or lifestyle blogger, becoming a mom is such a universal truth that these posts will connect with your readers and most likely be very popular.
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I wrote this post (Advice for friends who will be moms) about my initial parenting perspective just after I’d given birth, and it was one of the most popular post I’ve ever written.