5 reasons to blog during maternity leave

5 reasons to blog during maternity leave

I started this blog a few weeks ago, around 4 months into my maternity leave.

Up until the moment I created ‘muffin top mummy‘, I’d been perfectly happy learning the new ropes of motherhood and watching too much Netflix. But suddenly, I needed something more.

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I can’t quite believe I’m saying this, but watching TV all day was getting boring. I’m sure my pre-maternity self would bitch-slap me right now, but I’m committed to be honest with you. I needed something to stimulate the decaying cells in my fuzzy, postpartum brain.

It was reading a book my sister had given me for Christmas (The Unmumsy mum, of course) that I realised blogging would be perfect. Considering I’d always thought I’d write a novel during maternity leave (ha bloody ha), creating a blog seemed like a pretty logical solution to my problem.

And although I now do a shit-tonne of work on building this blog up from the ground (pretty sure I work more than I did 9-5, Mon-Fri), I absolutely love it.

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So, if you’re considering starting a blog during your precious few months off with your little one, here’s my 5 reasons why you should go for it:

1. Maternity leave can be lonely. If, like me, you have few (if any) friends around, then you can start to feel pretty isolated with your new baby. Blogging is a community that you can very easily be a part of. During the short time I’ve been blogging, I’ve constantly been involved in a social media conversation that has kept me company during long, late nights and lazy afternoons.

2. Writing a blog combines fun, creativity and mental stimulation. When you’re knee deep in human bodily fluids and drinking coffee through a straw, you can be forgiven for wanting to curl up in front ofย Skinsย (just me?) and switch your brain to potato mode. But that just didn’t satisfy me. I like to think that ordinarily, I’m fairly smart, so I really wanted to do something that required more than just pressing a button on a remote control.

3. You learn new skills for your CV.ย Content writing? Check. Understanding SEO? Check. Website design? Check. Engaging audiences through social media? Check. These are all things you learn quickly when you throw yourself into the world of blogging – and all things that are in demand in today’s job market. Even if you aren’t looking for a change of career, going back to work with new skills under your belt can never be a disadvantage; who knows where it could lead?

4. People make money from their blog. I’m so new to blogging that I can’t give you any real-life examples of my own just yet, but I wouldn’t rule it out for the future. I’ve read plenty of other blog posts from fellow parent bloggers that detail just how much they make from their website – and it’s a pretty decent amount of pocket money! You don’t have to monetise your blog at all if you only want to use it to fuel your creativity, but the option could be there.

5. It could lead to new opportunities. If people discover you are good at writing and engaging an audience, there could be far more than money up for grabs. Think writing for big-name websites or building a business around your blog. I would love to freelance, but wasn’t sure how to start, or if it’d be a viable option for me. Again, I’m not writing for anyone else yet, but I’m building up a fantastic portfolio of my work that could very well lead in the direction I’d like it to. It might not of course, but at least I’m not sitting around wondering what could have been. And I’m very much enjoying myself too.

I’m sure there are more reasons to start a blog during maternity leave, but these are my top 5. Please leave a comment below to let me know if you have any more great reasons, how it’s helped you, or if you’re thinking of starting but need some words of encouragement! I’d be happy to help.

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  1. March 10, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Fab list of reasons to start a blog! You sound like you’ve really hit the ground running with yours, well done! I had no idea what I was doing when I started my blog, and it’s been a slow and steady learning curve for me, still learning loads now! x #TheListLinky

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 10, 2017 / 1:46 pm

      I may possibly have forgotten I actually have a baby on occasion to be fair… x

  2. Wherejogoes
    March 10, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    I had twins so barely had time to wash my hair let alone blog! You make some great points about keeping the mental stimulation going. Thanks for sharing with #TheList

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 10, 2017 / 6:01 pm

      Oh wow – yeah I don’t blame you, I should probably put a clause in here saying ‘but sometimes it’s impossible’. I have huge respect for twin mothers, 1 is hard enough!

      • Wherejogoes
        March 10, 2017 / 6:37 pm

        I have a friend with triplets who went to write a cheque and couldn’t remember her own name!

        • muffintopmummyblog
          March 10, 2017 / 6:55 pm

          Hahaha amazing!

  3. March 14, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    Agree with all of these. I have totally added a whole bunch of new skills to my CV since I started my blog! I only wish I had started it earlier. I started writing the week I went back to work after a year off because I was finding it so tough. #marvmondays

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 14, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Thank you ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s a bit tough juggling baby and blogging, but I’m glad I’ve started.

  4. March 15, 2017 / 1:43 pm

    You make some valid points here, I started my blog having been on maternity leave for 4 months as my mummy friends had gone back to work. Once i got into a bit of a pattern with Ben, I knew i had a lot of time at home and there was only so much tele and washing i could do without going insane! #marvmondays

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 15, 2017 / 4:25 pm

      Exactly, it’s been so nice (if a little demanding already) to exercise my brain. And I thought I’d be so so happy not to have to use it for a year haha!

  5. March 16, 2017 / 8:36 pm

    I started my blog for the same reasons too – I had so much to say and no-one to say it to #thelistlinky

  6. Lucy Howard (Mrs H)
    March 17, 2017 / 10:35 pm

    A great list. I would agree with all of these. I started my blog before becoming a mum but I didn’t really do much with it. I started blogging more regularly once she was born and I have gained so much from having my blog. It is over 5 years old now. It drives me mad at times. But ultimately I blog to help others and that always keeps me going. Hugs Lucy xxxx #MarvMondays PS Your blog looks awesome. I would never guess that you have only been blogging for a month. Welcome to the mad world of blogdom. It is fab to have you on board. xxxx

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 18, 2017 / 8:33 am

      Thank you so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. March 23, 2017 / 8:34 pm

    Well done Muffintopmummy for starting your blog! I have only just started mine, my little girl is turning two next month. When I was on maternity leave I felt that my life was so boring, I don’t think I’d have had anything exciting to talk about! That’s all changed for me since going back to work.

    • muffintopmummyblog
      March 23, 2017 / 8:40 pm

      Technically life is not a rollercoaster most days – but I find stuff to work with haha!

  8. May 26, 2017 / 9:55 pm

    Great list. I started for similar reasons, keep you mind active and off load a little! Thanks for sharing and now also following you ๐Ÿ™‚ #TheListLinky

    • muffintopmummyblog
      May 26, 2017 / 10:42 pm

      Thank you lovely ๐Ÿ˜Š nothing like breaking away from the Netflix & using a bit of brain-power!

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