Blogging has been an outlet of mine for years. I got my start on Blogger with my family blog, called Snedfam, in July 0f 2007. I can type a lot faster than I can write so I figured that it would be easier to stay consistent with an online blog. Plus, I could share videos and pictures all in one place. It wasn’t until over a year later that I started Babes and Kids Review. It has had a little different direction as I share products, tips, health & fitness and personal posts here and there. My family blog is purely personal, for family and friends and is an online journal for me.
Over the last few years, I’ve had so many different people ask me to how to start a blog. Some have been interested in a personal family blog, others have been interested in creating one similar to Babes and Kids Review. I think it was definitely in my best interest to start on a personal blog and get a feel for blogging first. Plus, I have a great record of the last 6 years of our lives.
Although my family blog is on blogger and this blog is on wordpress, I would suggest starting on blogger. There are a lot of great tutorials and even videos on How to Create a Blog on Blogger. You can see the video on how to create a blog below:
I’m also going to give you a few tips on what you should do once you start your family blog and give you a quick video tour around our family blog, Snedfam.
Tips on how to make a successful family blog:
1. Make it a priority. Choose 1-2 days each week to blog. Set aside an hour or two and compile photos and your thoughts. If you get into a good habit, it’s definitely fun to look back on over the years. Even if you don’t feel like you have anything big that has happened, record what is on your mind, something funny one of the kids said, or something that you might have coming up.
2. Carry your camera! Carry a camera wherever you go. Even if it’s the camera on your phone, it’s fun to catch photos and record them on your blog.
3. Start a series monthly. I did this for a while, where I would list fun facts about my boys monthly. Although it’s been a while since I’ve done the fun facts, the ones I did are fun to look back on.
4. Make it into a book. If you are a hand writing journal type of person, you can have your blog posts made into a book. This is something I still want to do but have yet to do.
5. Don’t worry about the readership. I remember feeling discouraged when no one would comment on a blog post and how bad it would make me feel. I would wonder if anyone was reading at all. I took a step back to realize that I was doing it to record feelings, memories and capture those moments that I so desperately did not want to forget.
To give you an idea what I’ve done with my blog, watch the short video below:
What are some of your favorite family memories that you would like to record on a blog?
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