Blogs and babies have several things in common. Understanding these similarities can help prepare you to be a better blogger and be more successful in reaching your individual blogging goals.
The first similarity between blogs and babies is the time factor. If you want to have a blog, you should be ready to make a commitment. Sure, it’s a lot easier to just abandon a blog than it is a baby, but it still makes sense to put some thought into why you want a blog and to clearly define your goals. The clarity you gain from doing so will help you be much more prepared to handle the time commitment involved.
Like a baby, blogs need to be fed regularly, but fortunately, you do get more input on the feeding schedule. Some people feed their blog several times a day; others might do it once a day and still others, maybe five times a week. Three times a week is generally considered to be the minimum feeding schedule required to maintain a healthy blog.
Just feeding your blog according to a schedule, however, is not enough. Your blog baby needs nutritious content. So take the time to develop a well-thought out blog post that is full of all the essential nutrients, or ideas, that serve the purpose of your blog. Also, take the time to look over your writing and make sure your post is clean of all grammar, spelling and typo errors before you feed it to your blog.
You can choose to be a single-parent blogger and do just fine. However, you might want to hook up with a partner and work together. You may even decide to fall into the Hillary Clinton “it takes a village” style of blog parenting and have an entire team of bloggers. This is obviously what Kevin has done here on bloggingtips. Through partnering or teaming up, you can lessen the time commitment and share a wider range of knowledge and experience.
Even if you choose to go the single parent blog route, you may still want to hire a babysitter once in a while. This is the idea behind using guest bloggers. You can take some of the pressure off of the work you do on your blog and give another blogger a chance to reach your audience. You might pay your blog sitter, or you may work out other mutually agreeable arrangements. It’s up to you.
Try thinking of your blog like a baby and you might find it easier to become the proud parent of a happy, healthy, bouncing blog.