It is the quality and genuineness of the information that rules the world. In this world when we are bombarded with customized marketing messages, it is tough to get genuine information. In this scenario, blog sometimes offers very raw and genuine information written by common man based on his/her own experience. A blog is an online dairy where any individual can share his/her personal thoughts, or information about any subject of his/her choice.
The writer of a blog usually adopts an informal writing style while sharing information or an experience. The best part about a blog is that a writer is under no obligation to write and thus it is mostly written in a free flow. Interactivity that blogs offer is considered to be its biggest advantage for its users.
With the expansion of usage of internet the use of blogs also increased and included personal blogs, corporate and organizational blogs, political blogs, health blogs etc. It is a free medium and not under obligation of any kind. Blogging is considered to be fun and you can find blogs on all kind of topics from poetry, cinema, and paintings to motherhood, fatherhood, parenting to new research on subjects.
Parenting is one of the most sought after topic on the internet especially the blogs written for mothers, though there are blogs for fathers as well. But as mothers are the core to parenting most of the blogs are written targeting mothers. Some are written by mothers themselves for example, Motherlode by Lisa Belkin. It is a source to parents to have the latest news about parenting plus Belkin also talks about sensitive topics on parenting that makes her different. While there are many blogs written for mothers which include subjects like family life, parenting, cooking and food, crafting, entertainment, pregnancy, tips during pregnancy, tips to bring up children, relationship, work and career etc.
A would be mother, who had till now led an independent life, faces a number of anxieties as how she would manage the arrival of new born and how to manage other responsibilities. In her own words a new mother Aastha, an NRI who migrated after her marriage to USA, tells me via email that, ‘pregnancy was the toughest time for her as she was alone in the house while her husband went away to work. Though he was loving and caring; he could not give her a lot of attention due to his work. In this situation she was connected to her friends and family back home through the internet and got a lot of information on how to bring up a child through a number of blogs she read.’ She further said that at this time ‘I had to watch my each step and internet was my best friend and blogs most useful source of information for me.’
A mother who either blogs or reads blogs is more connected and her transition into parenthood could be easy as she gets social support; being connected to others like her. This clearly means that when she shares her anxiety with others there is less depression, stress and negative emotion as her concerns are shared and understood by others, says a research conducted at Brigham Young University.
Interesting results have been found by Brandon T. McDaniel who collected data from 157 mothers with internet access. The questions that he asked were related to feeling of connectedness, levels of parenting stress and marital conflicts. He has pointed out in his research that there is a positive correlation between blogging and feeling connected.
Most importantly, you as a mom could also help millions by sharing your own experiences and earn money as well. You can do so by creating a blog, better if you stay focused on area of your interest, and link it with web advertisement service providers like Google Ad sense. You can earn handsome amount every month this way and remain financially independent.
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