Top 15 Single Mom Blogs of 2014

I love surprises.  Make no doubt about it, this came as a pleasant one.  This Pepperrific blog is part of this list:

I couldn’t be more grateful for this humble recognition.  It’s not everyday people get to notice you, right?  To think that for a while back, I had thoughts of quitting this blog.  Good thing, I didn’t.

Like an actress who has just won a Golden Globe award, I’d like to say thank you to Earnest Parenting for the award. Special thanks go to everybody who has been with me all through my blogging years.  I would never have achieved anything if not for those people who have relentlessly helped me with all the intricacies of blogging.   Now, this is the part where I surreptitiously wipe off a tear from the corner of my eye…

So, if anybody sees me doing cartwheels or suddenly breaking into song, you now know why.

 

The One Without a Witty Title

More than two weeks have gone by, and I still haven’t written a new post for this blog.  This is more than a simple case of writer’s block.

Just like a romance gone sour, I feel I have lost my passion to write.  The motivation to weave words into moving pieces has taken a one-way ticket to oblivion.  I’d much rather curl myself up in a corner and immerse myself in a book, or daydream the whole day while pigging out on greasy burgers and fries.

Could this be merely a phase?  I hope so.  It would be a shame to put all this hard work to waste.

Until I sort my goals out, I will be stuck in limbo, uncertain of what steps to take next.  I’m unsure of where I’m headed.

Now, this has just turned into an utterly boring blog post, devoid of any moral, social or emotional significance.

I’m pathetic.

Blogging Daddy Style

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Dads are just as excited about babies as us women, so why shouldn’t they share that joy with the world just like we do. Daddy style blogs have something for everyone; they are not just for the boys. They can offer great gift ideas, fun things to do for days out in the holidays or just an insight into life as a brand new dad. Here are just a few blogs that many of you might find interesting.

Didyoujustcallmedad.com is a brand new blog created by a brand new dad. Just had a baby in May, the author adds a lot of posts about, well, pretty much everything. There are posts about the baby, giveaways and offers that might be of interest to parents, and even an invite for guest bloggers. This is ideal for those parents- or anyone really- who wants to blog about family related stuff to try their hand at it before getting their own site. The site is still in its infancy but gets plenty of hits per month, and as the new baby grows, I am sure this blog will too.

Daddyscrubs.com has its own blog that covers so many things. There are celebrity pregnancies, tips for throwing a great child’s birthday party and product reviews. The site itself sells scrubs for dads, so if you do not want to visit a site that also sells stuff, then perhaps this one is not for you. If like me, you don’t mind to have a browse- after all you never know when you are going to run out of gift ideas for hubby- then pop over and check out this site. It’s really very good.

http://www.Theoutdoorsdad.com is definitely going to be one of my favourite dad blogs. It’s quite new so, at the moment, posts over there are limited, but it is the general idea behind the blog that appeals to me.  As the name suggests, theoutdoorsdad.com advocates spending more time outside as a family. Excellent idea, I think. Kids these days don’t have the same freedom we did when we were younger- when it was safer for us to play outside, wander off to the park and be away for hours with no parental supervision. My child will never know that type of freedom growing up and that is a shame. Theoutdoorsdad.com draws on his experiences of camping trips and days out with his family from when he was a child when he writes his posts, so this one is definitely on my watch list.

So, new dads, expectant dads or granddads, take a look around.  There are plenty of blogs to keep you interested, and mums, don’t feel like you’re missing out. Choose your favourites from the hundreds of thousands out there and subscribe. You’ll never know when those top tips on great days out, or the latest computer game review will work in your favour.

 

 

 

How to Improve Your Blog

If earning is your reason for blogging, then you must know how to improve and enhance your blog. This way, you could attract more clients to make you advertisement offers.

There are plenty of ways you can enhance your blogs. But the most important thing to remember in maintaining a blog site is to update it regularly by posting related topics and such. Aside from that, there are other factors to consider too. The following are things to take note of in improving your blog:

  1. Having your own logo is an advantage. Although not really necessary, this stuff gives your blog more impact. You can check out a free logo maker available online for your logo needs.
  2. A simple and clean blog design is also recommended. As with the logo, it is not necessary but this one is highly recommended, as a lot of spam-like blogs are created these days.  If your blog appears spammy, this will make advertisers think twice about advertising on your blog. So always keep your blog neat, nice and simply attractive.
  3. Post only related topics and articles with a content-rich quality. Unnecessary posts put your blog in a bad light. Although most advertisers don’t really care, it’s still good practice if you put only related topics on your blog.
  4. Avoid accepting non-related websites linking to your blog. For instance, if you have a parenting blog, don’t post adult ads there. That just doesn’t make sense.
  5. Use social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This improves traffic to your website, especially if the topic you are promoting is very interesting and somehow helpful for netizens.
  6. Invest in having your own hosting plan and domain if you plan to earn from blogging. If you don’t have any idea what these are, you can check out some reviews or articles about them online.

There are still a lot of other factors to consider, but the ones mentioned above are highly recommended and are also proven to help those who would like to earn in the blogging field. So, if you are planning to start your own blog, always keep these pointers in mind.

Marketing and Branding Your Blog

In a dog-eat-dog world where many of your competitors are likely utilizing a blog as part of their online marketing strategies, how do you stack up? Does your company currently have a blog, and if so, how are you ensuring that it stands out from the crowd and draws in your consumers? Whether you’re just starting out in the world of blogging or are in need of ideas to enhance your present content, it is imperative that you understand the importance of marketing and branding your blog. In order to get you well on your way to a successful content writing campaign, here are a few ad agency tips for marketing and branding your blog.

1. Choose a memorable name

Much different from a rose, a blog by any other name may not be as effective. Not only does your blog’s name reflect on your brand, but it is also what sets the tone for your blog and contributes to your ability to be found via search engines. When selecting a name, be mindful that it should be related to your firm or product brand, that it should be short and sweet, and that it should utilize search-friendly terms or keywords to improve your search engine rankings.

2. Pick a tagline

An effective tagline can provide instant insight to your readers with regards to your blog’s personality and content. Your tagline is an integral part of branding your blog and should be based upon the blog’s focus and keywords. A tagline should be to-the-point and memorable (think Toyota’s infamous: “moving forward” campaign).

3. Select a theme

Whether you are creating a blog on your own or are utilizing the help of an ad agency, you should always play a key role in selecting your page’s theme. It is important to keep your blog as clean and clutter-free as possible; that is to say that your readers should be able to read your posts and navigate your page easily and free from distractions. Everything, including the location of your name and tagline arrangement of your blog posts, the accessibility of your archives, your typeface, your logo, and your color scheme play a role in creating an attractive and unique theme that expresses your business’s personality.

Consider visiting a blog that seems “busy” with multiple fonts, clashing colors, and moving graphics vs. reading a post on a blog site with a clean color palette, professional graphics, and a distinctive and easy-to-read font. Which page are you likely to visit again? The point here is that you want your theme to be unique, but not so much so that it drives your consumers away. Stick with two or three colors that are representative of your brand and settle on one typeface. If you utilize a background graphic, be sure that it does not overshadow the foreground or make it difficult for your visitors to read your content.

4. Determine your blogging topics

In order to draw your customers in, you must learn to think like them. As consumers search online for the types of products and services that your company can provide, what topics or keywords might they enter into a search engine? Make a list of all possible queries, and base your blog topics off of these in order to yield higher search engine rankings. Working with an ad agency can also help you to think outside of the box and come up with other engaging topics, as well as the most effective key words and key word density.

Through the proper branding and marketing, you’ll enjoy a successful online advertising campaign.

 

Show Me the (Blogging) Money!

As Carly Rae Jepsen’s highly infectious Call Me Maybe ditty continues to play in my head, I think about where I’m at, and where I’m going with regards to blogging.  It’s been one and a half years since I started on this journey, and it’s time I contemplated on my blogging goals- if I had any.

Looking back, I was like a fish out of water, struggling to navigate my way through the blogosphere.  With the help of a blogger friend, I started taking baby steps towards creating my own blog.  She helped guide me through the process of buying a domain name and getting a webhosting service.

I thought blogging was only about writing something people would find interesting enough to read.  I couldn’t be more wrong.  I was slightly overwhelmed by all the things I had to learn.  I suddenly experienced a deluge of terms such as page rank, SEO, backlinks, etc.  There were so many aspects to blogging that were alien to a neophyte like me.

Now, I’m faced with the inevitable question:  what are my blogging goals?  How do they fit in with my interests and lifestyle in general?

Initially, I wanted an outlet for my thoughts and feelings.  I knew it was time to ditch my Hello Kitty journal and move on to the more high-tech world of blogging.

Looking to the future, I know that I could somehow make a living out of this blog.  The spirit of entrepreneurship runs in the family, and I believe this will be my contribution.

If I want to make a business out of this, I know I should work harder.  That would mean signing up for directory submission sites in order to put my blog out there.  This method proves to help websites gain higher rankings, and gain quality traffic.  I will also have to learn the ropes of SEO.

Who knows? I just might come up with an e-book or something.

Smells Like Teen Californication

From the title alone, you may have guessed that I’m having another one of those Marty McFly-ish Back to the Future attacks.  Well, yes, you guessed right.  Not only am I having my dose of Nirvana and Red Hot Chili Peppers on this quiet evening, but I’m also feeling a wave of gratitude come over me.   Something that’s reason to be all grateful is the fact that today is my blogging anniversary.

I never thought I’d reach this milestone.  I have this undesirable habit of giving up quite easily at the slightest hint of discomfort, so getting this far in blogging is a huge accomplishment for me.

Thanks are in order here, so let me start off with a big “thank you” to Mye of Mye De Leon Digital Scrapbook Designs (a digiscrapping website you might be interested in) for showing me the ropes in blogging.  More than helping set things up for me, she also designed this blog.  Special thanks also go out to Kaye of wahmaholic.com.  She did the hardcore coding for this blog, so without her, everything will just be one huge, pepperrific mess.  Bloggers Jade and Fedhz each get heartfelt thanks as well, for without them, my paypal account would run on empty.  They keep me afloat with writing assignments and bits of advice on love and life.

Apologies if I don’t have a special giveaway for my blogsversary.  All I have to giveaway are huge thanks and love to all of you who keep reading this blog.  Wet kisses go out to you!

Let me wrap up this Academy Award acceptance speech (yes, this evening gown is killing me!) by saying that my inspirations (wow, I never thought you could pluralize “inspiration”) for this blog are my precocious daughter and Mr. Significant Other.  It is because of them that my life is pepperrific.

Blog Voyeurism

If blog-hopping were as calorie-burning as running around the racetrack, I’d probably be ten pounds lighter with a body that would make Scarlet Johansson green with envy.  Blog-hopping is an activity which I have come to enjoy, as I am taken to different parts of the world with just a click of the mouse.  I can go from Minnesota to Manila in as little as 30 minutes without having to say, “Beam me up, Scotty!”

Visiting other blogs allows me to gain insight into what goes on in people’s lives and how they view the world around them.   Simply put, I find delight in prying into the more personal side of people-with their consent.  “Guided gossip”, if you may.  Seriously, reading others’ blogs never fails to give me a fresh perspective on things.   On cloudy days, I learn to see the silver lining.  I almost feel God uses other bloggers to speak to me.

In this light, I’ve decided to join the BC Bloggers Secret link exchange founded by Paula of Mommy Diary.  Through this, I can connect with other bloggers and feed the blog voyeur in me.   If you happen to be a blog voyeur yourself, you might be interested in joining here.[ad#bc bloggers]

The Dog Ate My Blog Post!

I have to admit that back in the day, I was one of those who avidly subscribed to the age-old excuse “The dog ate my homework!”. It has seen me through my schooldays, so I guess to some degree, it has been quite effective.

Now, for lack of a worthwhile topic to blog about, I have to again use that excuse. There was this massive canine who unabashedly gnawed at my blog post, spraying the entire place with its despicable dog-breath.

Oh, but I do have something to write and leap for joy about! Let me take a moment to thank digi-scrapper extraordinaire Mye of Mye De Leon Designs for the simply beautiful blog design, and to Kaye of WAHMaholic Blog Designs for doing the brain-wracking coding. My blog is now a manifestation of the fusion of talent of two of the best and finest in blog design. I am left grateful, ecstatic for this new design… but still seething with anger at that dog which ate my blog post…

Tonight I Write the Dumbest Lines

Nobody could care less about what I write at this moment.  Ideas on what to write escape me right now.  My brain cells are as dead as dead can be.  I feel the aching urge to just type a hodgepodge of words which have absolutely no coherence with one another whatsoever.

  • I find myself pleasantly amused at my daughter’s penchant for dancing and singing in front of the mirror.  I’m nothing short of amazed at how quickly she learns the lyrics and melody of pop songs.  I wish I could say the same about myself!  I guess, that’s just how kids are nowadays.  She is clearly manifesting a strong desire to make her own MTV. [Read more…]