- Parents and Social Media
- Mothers are heavily engaged on social media, both giving and receiving a high level of support via their networks
- Social media is broadly viewed as a source of useful information and as one parenting tool among a collection of options. Mothers use it as a parenting resource slightly more often than fathers
- Few parents say they have felt uncomfortable when information about their children is shared by other family members or caregivers on social media
- Parents, non-parents, use a variety of social media platforms
- Parents are particularly active on and LinkedIn, while non-parents use Instagram more frequently
- How parents use
- Parents, particularly mothers, interact with their networks frequently
- A typical parent has 150 friends. One-third of them are “actual” friends
- Family and friends make up the bulk of networks for parents and non-parents a
- Here are 10 mommy blogs with advice you can use: Report
- Rookie Moms
- Mom Blog Society
- Scary Mommy
- Rockin Mama
- Tech Savvy Mama
- Mom Spark
- Blog Income Reports
- I have been blogging for 3 years, and I make over 00 per month, every month with my blog
- HOW do bloggers make money from blogging?
- First Blog Income Report
- Second Blog Income Report
- Third Blog Income Report
- Fourth Blog Income Report
- Fifth Blog Income Report
- Blog Expense Report for the first year
- 22 Blogs by Moms Who Get It
- 1. Motherly
- 2. Babble
- 3. mom.me
- 4. Baby Boy Bakery
- 5. Scary Mommy
- 6. Momastery
- 7. Lucie’s List
- 8. Pregnant Chicken
- 9. Moments of Musing
- 10. Romy & The Bunnies
- 11. Rip + Tan
- 12. A Cup of Jo
- 13. Nesting Story
- 14. Free-Range Kids
- 15. Rockin’ Mama
- 16. Tech Savvy Mama
- 17. Y Travel
- 18. Love Taza
- 19. Redefining Mom
- 20. Family Focus Blog
- 21. Mom Blog Society
- 22. Soule Mama
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Parents and Social Media
Social media networks have become vital channels for Americans’ daily interactions. Users rely on these platforms to keep in touch with family and friends, gather information and share what is important to them. This report explores how parents – 75% of whom use social media – turn to social media for parenting-related information and social support.
Mothers are heavily engaged on social media, both giving and receiving a high level of support via their networks
Social media networks are host to a wide range of human experiences; they help connect people with one another in both good times and bad.
Parents – in this study defined as those with children under 18 – are especially ly to try to respond to the good news others post, answer others’ questions or receive support via online networks. This is true for all kinds of personal matters they encounter – not just parenting posts.
While somewhat less common, a majority of parents agree that they try to respond to bad news as well. Mothers are more ly than fathers to engage their networks across a variety of these outreach and support examples:
- 81% of parents who use social media try to respond to good news others share in their networks, including 45% of social-media-using parents who “strongly agree” that they do so. Some 53% of mothers say they “strongly agree,” compared with 33% of fathers who say that.
- 74% of parents who use social media get support from their friends there. Digging into the data, 35% of social-media-using parents “strongly agree” that they get support from friends on social media. Fully 45% of mothers who use social media “strongly agree” that they get support from friends on social media, compared with just 22% of fathers.
- 71% of all parents on social media try to respond if they know the answer to a question posed by someone in their online network. About a third (32%) of parents who use social media “strongly agree” that they try to respond to questions. Mothers and fathers are relatively similar in their responsiveness to questions on social media; 35% of mothers say they “strongly agree” that they make an effort to respond to questions, compared with 28% of fathers.
- 58% of parents who use social media try to respond when a friend or acquaintance shares bad news online. Mothers are particularly ly to “strongly agree” that they try to do this – 31% say so, compared with 21% of fathers.
Social media is broadly viewed as a source of useful information and as one parenting tool among a collection of options. Mothers use it as a parenting resource slightly more often than fathers
While a large share of parents find value in social media as a general information resource, fewer say they come across useful parenting information while using social media. At the same time, one-in-four say they get support from their networks for parenting issues, and mothers who use social media are more than three times as ly as fathers to say they get support.
- 79% of parents who use social media agree that they get useful information via their networks. One-in-three (32%) “strongly agree” that they get useful information. Mothers are just as ly as fathers to “strongly agree” that they find useful information through their social media networks (35% vs. 27%).
- 59% of social-media-using parents indicate that they have come across useful information specifically about parenting in the last 30 days while looking at other social media content. Mothers are particularly ly to encounter helpful parenting information – 66% have done so in the last 30 days, compared with 48% of fathers.
- 42% of these parents have received social or emotional support from their online networks about a parenting issue in the last 30 days. This includes 50% of mothers, compared with 28% of fathers on social media.
- 31% of parents who use social media have posed parenting questions to their online networks in the last 30 days. Mothers and fathers are equally ly to do so.
Few parents say they have felt uncomfortable when information about their children is shared by other family members or caregivers on social media
Most parents have not felt uneasy about the content posted about their children by other family members or caregivers on social media.
- 12% of all parents of children under 18 say they have ever felt uncomfortable about something posted about their child on social media by a spouse, family member or friend. Fully 88% say they have not felt this way.
- 11% of all parents have ever asked for content about their child posted by a family member, caregiver or friend to be removed from social media.
Parents, non-parents, use a variety of social media platforms
This survey also took a broad look at the social media habits of parents. Among internet-using parents, social media use across a variety of platforms is common. Parents look a lot non-parents in this regard, though there are differences between mothers and fathers:
- Three-quarters of online parents use , as do 70% of non-parents. Mothers are more ly to use than fathers, with 81% of moms and 66% of dads using the platform.
- 28% of online parents use Pinterest, including 40% of mothers and 15% of fathers.
- 27% of online parents use LinkedIn. Mothers and fathers are equally ly to use LinkedIn.
- 25% of online parents are Instagram users. Mothers are more ly than fathers to use the platform, 30% vs. 19%. Younger parents (those under 40) also are more ly to use Instagram than older parents, 33% vs. 18%.
- 23% of online parents use . Moms and dads are equally as ly to use .
Parents are particularly active on and LinkedIn, while non-parents use Instagram more frequently
- Parents on are especially avid users: 75% log on daily, including 51% who do so several times a day. This is a statistically significant difference when compared with non-parents, of whom 67% log on to daily, including 42% who do so several times a day. Mothers on are more ly to check the platform several times a day compared with fathers, 56% vs. 43%.
- Parents who use LinkedIn are more ly than non-parents to use the site daily (19% vs. 10% of non-parents).
- Parents who use Instagram are not as active as non-parent users. Some 54% of non-parents who use Instagram say they use the site daily, compared with 39% of parents.
- Among and Pinterest users, there are few statistically significant differences in how frequently parents and non-parents use the platforms.
How parents use
Given ’s status as the most popular social media platform, this report takes a deeper look into the network composition and habits of parents on the network: Three-quarters (74%) of parents use .
Parents, particularly mothers, interact with their networks frequently
Fully 94% of -using parents share, post or comment on (as opposed to simply reading or viewing content), with 70% of parents doing so “frequently” or “sometimes.” This compares to a statistically similar 93% of non-parents who say they ever post content to the platform.
Overall, mothers and fathers who use are equally ly to say they ever share, post, or comment on . However, mothers are more ly to do this with greater frequency. Some 76% of mothers on say they do so “frequently” or “sometimes,” compared with 61% of fathers who say the same.
A typical parent has 150 friends. One-third of them are “actual” friends
Among parents, the median number of friends is 150, while the typical non-parent user has a median of 200 friends. The largest group of parents on (42%) have between 0 and 100 friends on the network.
Another 20% of parents say they have between 101 and 250 friends, while 23% have between 251 and 500 friends.
Non-parents are more ly than parents to have very large networks — 16% of non-parent users have more than 500 friends, compared with 11% of parents.
networks are composed of a variety of people, not all of whom are necessarily considered close. Parents who use were asked how many of their friends on the platform they considered “actual friends.” A majority, 76%, said they considered between 0 and 100 of their friends “actual friends.
” The typical parent reports a median of 50 “actual” friends, while the typical non-parent counts 40 of their friends as “actual” friends. As noted above, parents report having a median of 150 friends, and non-parents report having a median of 200 friends.
Thus, a typical parent’s network is about one-third “actual” friends, while non-parents typically report that less than a quarter of their network is made up of actual friends.
Family and friends make up the bulk of networks for parents and non-parents a
Family and friends, both new and old, are the most common types of connections in users’ networks.
- 93% of parents who use are friends with family members other than their parents or children on the network.
- 88% are friends with their current friends.
- 88% are connected with friends from the past, such as high school or college classmates.
- 60% are friends with their work colleagues.
- 53% are friends with their parents.
- 47% are friends with their children on .
- 41% are connected with people they have never met in person.
- 41% are friends with their neighbors.
Parents are more ly to be friends with their parents than non-parents, 53% vs. 40%. They also are more ly to be friends with their neighbors on the network, 41% vs. 34% of non-parents.
Age is a major factor in who makes up the bulk of parents’ networks. Some 93% of younger parents (those under age 40) who use are connected with friends from the past. This is significantly more than the 83% of older parents (those ages 40 and older) who say the same. Younger parents also are more ly to be friends with their own parents (71% vs. 35%).
Older parents, those ages 40 and above, are more ly to be friends with their children on . Some 65% said so, compared with 30% of younger parents. These findings ly reflect the fact that requires users to be ages 13 and older.
The data reported here were collected in two telephone surveys conducted by PSRAI and fielded from Sept. 11 to 14, 2014, and Sept. 18 to 21, 2014. The surveys interviewed a nationally representative sample of 2,003 American adults ages 18 and older.
Telephone interviews were conducted by landline (1,002) and cell phone (1,001, including 594 without a landline phone). Interviews were conducted in English and Spanish by Princeton Data Source from Sept. 11 to 14, 2014, and Sept. 18 to 21, 2014. Statistical results are weighted to correct known demographic discrepancies.
The margin of sampling error for the complete set of weighted data is ± 2.5 percentage points.
Here are 10 mommy blogs with advice you can use: Report
Being a mom certainly isn’t easy, but knowing there are other parents out there dealing with the same things as you is encouraging.
That’s why so many people have turned to blogs about parenting.
Back in 2014, there were an estimated 4.4 million mommy blogs, according to reports.
The mom blogger and media influencer industry even has a conference, run by Mom 2.0, that was started in 2008.
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At the time, it had 175 attendees, but by 2018 that grew to more than 1,100 moms and marketers attended the conference, according to the conference's website.
However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to sift through all the mommy blogs to find which ones are most helpful.
There are millions of mommy blogs out there, but a few of the best ones, according to Healthline include Rookie Mom (center), Mom Blog Society (left) and Scary Mommy (right).
To help you out, here are 10 of the best mommy blogs, according to Healthline.
Rookie Moms was founded in 2005 as an “indispensable blog for new parents,” according to the blog’s page. The blog covers a wide variety of topics for new parents including pregnancy, babies of all ages, toddlers, preschoolers and baby gear.
It also helps moms deal with problems with sleeping, eating and breastfeeding, according to sections on the website.
Mom Blog Society
Mom Blog Society is written by a group of parents and caregivers with advice, information and recommendations for other parents.
“Our vision is to utilize the power and potential of the Internet to connect consumers and brands around the world as never before – making life just a little easier for moms and caregivers!” the Mom Blog Society says on its site.
The blog has several categories including technology, food & drink, parenting, travel and home living and gift guides.
According to Healthline, Scary Mommy is one of the most popular mommy blogs online.
It was founded in 2008 by a woman named Jill Smokler who wanted to write about being a stay-at-home mom, but it quickly turned into a larger community.
Now the blog has sections for political issues, pregnancy, children, lifestyle and sex and relationships.
Rockin' Mama was founded by an NICU nurse who started blogging about her son’s first year of life, according to the blog.
Now, the blog covers a lot more, from recipes and food allergies to crafts, entertainment and travel.
“What started out as a way to chronicle my son’s first year of life has evolved into Rockin’ Mama. Because despite the fact that being a mom is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, it rocks!”
– Rockin' Mama
Actress Brooke Burke and Lisa Rosenblatt are co-CEOs of the ModernMom blog, which offers tips and advice about parenting, family, career, health, beauty, crafts and cooking, according to the site.
Leah Segedie started her blog Mamavation in 2009 to help other families learn how to live greener, more eco-friendly lives.
According to its page, the blog “is a disease prevention campaign championed by moms. We strive to decrease the amount of toxins and endocrine disrupters found in our home, schools and communities.”
“Mamavation is a community of women who are empowered to live differently–avoiding hormone disrupting chemicals, supporting organizations and brands that mirror our values, and treating our fellow sisters with respect. Remember, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about being Green Enough.”
Tech Savvy Mama
Started by a teacher and technology specialist in 2008, Tech Savvy Mama says it helps parents “navigate parenting in the digital age.” The blog also has a goal of showing parents how to inspire their children to have an interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Mom Spark was founded by a woman named Amy Bellgardt, who works from home with a teenager and a pre-teen, according to the blog. Bellgardt founded the blog in 2008 as a way to connect with other stay-at-home moms.
The blog covers recipes, entertainment, crafts, blogging advice, fashion, home decor and parenting.
Blog Income Reports
If you can trust the blog income reports you’re reading (I wish everyone was honest, but that’s not the case) there is really no better way for a beginner blogger to learn about monetizing a blog. (Right?!) I read blog income reports an ADDICT when I started blogging.
I went back and forth for a while about if I should publish my own blog income reports at all and really, I still have mixed feelings about them. (I mean, this is my INCOME made PUBLIC. Who doesn’t have mixed feelings about that?!)
I have been blogging for 3 years, and I make over $5000 per month, every month with my blog
This has been very very consistent income for the past two years, and I believe it will remain consistent into the foreseeable future. It was really hard for me, at first, to believe that this would be reliable income. But blogging is a real way to earn an income from home.
I do think that it is harder to earn an income if you don’t invest in LEARNING how to monetize a blog. I took many many courses on blogging in the first 3 years!
Keep reading for all the details on the first 5 months that I earned an income with my blog.
But before we get to that, you might be asking the question:
HOW do bloggers make money from blogging?
I explain in plain English (and more detail) exactly HOW MY BLOG MAKES MONEY NOW right here.
Really, until you DO it, you don’t really know. It’s hard to “get”. But, in an absolute nutshell, blogs make money through display ads, through affiliate marketing, through sponsored content, and through selling their own products. (Keep reading for more details on all this stuff!)
First, a little bit of background on my blog and why I have income reports published:
I started blogging in early 2016 when I found out I was pregnant.
I dreamed of a life where I could stay at home with my baby, and a had read a blog income report (or ten) on Pinterest and it (blogging / earning an income that way) sounded something I could DO.
I mean I REALLY believed I could DO it. (Which is hilarious, because I knew NOTHING about blogging. Nothing at all. But the belief was there anyway. I decided it would become my stay at home mom job… and I’ve never looked back.)
It’s been an uphill journey (that statement is glossing over a TON of “stuff”) – but here I am, just a short while later (3 years), with blog income reports of my own published.
(Sometimes, I still can’t believe it. My dream of being a stay at home mom really has come true, and my blog earns more money now than I ever imagined it could.
Certainly more money than I ever earned working as a waitress or a receptionist.)
Today, I no longer publish blog income reports publicly, for many many reasons… but mainly because I believe that EARLY blog income reports are the most BENEFICIAL to new bloggers looking to LEARN about making money blogging.
However, for subscribers to my email list, I did create a special 2019 / 2020 blog income report where I DO share how much I made monthly:
That said, I still believe that those first blog income reports are an invaluable learning tool for those looking to start a blog for profit, and I am forever grateful to the bloggers who published their reports for me to read, and so I have kept my first blog income reports public for you to read here.
Ultimately, these income reports tell the story of my work from home journey.
They PROVE – without any doubt – that you CAN make GOOD money blogging as a beginner, as a nobody, as someone who really doesn’t KNOW anything about blogging. Blogging is one of the best – and most challenging – things I have ever done for myself.
I tried to be as transparent as possible in these – my first blog income reports – and it wasn’t hard because I was just sharing what was working and what wasn’t.
I do want to add that just because these reports are over a year and half old, they are in NO way outdated.
I still make money exactly this on my blog, and I REGULARLY go through these reports and update them with current information so that they remain excellent learning tools for new bloggers.
First Blog Income Report
You can read my VERY first blog income report here.
I had been blogging for 9 months before I earned any real money and this report details that first 9 months and exactly where the money came from. I really started to learn things about how to get traffic this month – what kind of posts are more ly to get clicks.
I was just starting to dabble in affiliates and still experimenting with how to make affiliate sales. It was a great month of learning.
Second Blog Income Report
You can read my second blog income report here.
The difference in earnings from my first “earning” month to my second was drastic. I figured out a lot more about affiliates, and how to increase affiliate earnings on my blog.
Third Blog Income Report
You can read my third blog income report here.
This details how my blog earned over $5000 in a single month, which absolutely blew my mind!
Fourth Blog Income Report
You can read my fourth blog income report here.
This was the month that changed EVERYTHING for me. I earned slightly less than the previous month – but I HARDLY WORKED AT ALL. Instead, I had a baby, and my blog income was largely passive.
Fifth Blog Income Report
You can read my fifth blog income report here.
This is the final income report I published publicly. It was my 5th month of bringing in a steady income, and the 4th month that that income had totally replaced my “job” income.
I felt I had finally made it as a blogger – and decided to keep my income reports private (to my email list) from here on. I still send them out monthly!
Blog Expense Report for the first year
These blog income reports show how I earned 18,803.91 with my blog before it hit it’s first birthday. But what did I SPEND? That’s something not enough people talk about in my opinion!
Compared to what I earned, I spent very little to get my blog up and running. You can read my first year expense report here!
(NOW – three years later, it’s not unusual for me to spend more in ONE MONTH than I spent in that first year. As you grow, things get more expensive.)
22 Blogs by Moms Who Get It
- Honest mom blogs and baby blogs provide helpful, entertaining advice to mothers who feel alone.
- Some great ones to follow include Motherly, Scary Mommy, A Cup of Jo, Babble and Pregnant Chicken.
Motherhood can sometimes feel isolating, especially if you don’t have a mom tribe to turn to.
It could be easy to fall into the trap of thinking you’re alone, because you feel alone, particularly if you’ve decided to take a break from your career and are now finding that your daily social sphere is pretty devoid of other adults.
Fortunately, there are plenty of resources for any mom with an internet connection out there. We’re talking about baby blogs and mom blogs, which aim to connect with you by being relevant and truthful.
Many times, mom bloggers online will wind up becoming friends IRL, and through these blogs a new community is formed.
And even if you don’t feel alone, following the work of a mommy blogger can still benefit you by providing helpful and entertaining reads. What have you got to lose?
Interested in mom-blogging yourself, or simply looking for more relatable material to add to your bookmarks list? Check out these 22 amazing parenting blogs for inspiration and some laughs.
Featuring real-life accounts from moms, this site is comprised of pieces that are educational and also super relatable. Some of my favorites include “While you were sleeping: I watched you transform into a toddler” and “A letter to my daughter about why I went back to work.”
This popular site is powered by none other than Disney. It features articles by contributing authors about a range of family topics, including pregnancy, parenting, entertainment, and recipes.
A site designed by moms for mom, it’s a place for you “as a mom, and you as a woman, too,” featuring articles by parents who have kids in different life stages.
4. Baby Boy Bakery
I first discovered Jacqui’s blog right after the tragic passing of her son, Ryan, to whom the blog is now dedicated. She writes about coping with his loss; life and love with her husband and daughter; and her kid-friendly recipes.
5. Scary Mommy
This parenting site is a self-described “vibrant community of millions of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect.” Expect to find some comedic gems on here!
This blog — authored by addition survivor, mom of three, and inspirational speaker Glennon Doyle Melton — is as motivational as it is touching. If you’re in need of some pick-me-up perspective, this is where you’ll find it. Melton is seen as a queen of the mommy blogger world, and her bestselling memoir was an Oprah’s Book Club read.
7. Lucie’s List
Billed as a “survival guide for new moms,” the site is a veritable encyclopedia of first-time mommy knowledge and tips, including deets on pregnancy, baby product reviews, and more.
8. Pregnant Chicken
As the title would perhaps indicate, this blog has a humorous twist to it. If you’re in the mood for lighter reading material that is still informational and relatable, look no further. You can enjoy many, many categories of content here, “Asshattery,” “Scary Shit Series,” and a tried-and-true mom favorite, “Is It Safe?”
9. Moments of Musing
Shameless plug — this one’s my blog! It’s a collection of my musings as a wife, mom and more. It’s my hope that through connection and collaboration, this space will help to foster the empowerment of women and moms.
10. Romy & The Bunnies
Named after the founder’s daughter, this blog is great for sartorially inclined readers. Expect lots of cute style spreads, interviews with moms in the fashion industry, and throwback photos of chic celebrity moms, Audrey Hepburn, with their children.
11. Rip + Tan
The fashion designer Jenni Kayne created this blog, named after daughter Ripley and son Tanner, to chronicle the day-to-day goings on of her family’s California lifestyle. And the whole clan (including their dogs, Chachi and The Dude) is undeniable uber cool.
12. A Cup of Jo
Founded by former magazine editor and current journalist and mom Joanna Goddard, this one’s both aesthetically and intellectually engaging. Be sure to check out her motherhood around the world series, which delves into the parenting practices of other countries and is especially interesting from a global women’s rights perspective.
13. Nesting Story
Are you a mom to twins? You’ll definitely want to head over to Joanna Venditti’s blog. The mom of four is known for telling it to readers it is — including in a post-pregnancy body confidence blog post that went viral. From comparing and contrasting her cesarean and vaginal deliveries, to trying out fun play-date ideas, she shares it all.
14. Free-Range Kids
This blog should be required reading for helicopter parents.
Lenore Skenazy started her blog in 2008 as a resource for worrywart ‘rents to help them “raise safe, self-reliant children (without going nuts with worry).
” Thanks to its increasingly relevant subject matter, Skenazy’s blog have since been featured on “The Daily Show” and “The View,” as well as in The New York Times and The New Yorker.
15. Rockin’ Mama
Billed as a “lifestyle resource for the modern mom,” Caryn Bailey has been blogging about parenting, recipes, travel, and creative activities to try with your kids since ‘07. Bailey’s blog is truly just a lot of fun, and you’ll definitely walk away with a few ideas you want to try out with your family.
16. Tech Savvy Mama
This is a great resource for any mom who’s worried about the impact technology has on their children’s life. Leticia Barr’s popular blog does include a lot of sponsored content, but if you’re willing to sift through that, you’ll find genuine product reviews, social media know-how, and lots of tips for best screentime practices in your family.
17. Y Travel
Australian couple Caz and Craig Makepeace (really, those are their names) co-created this blog to share their passion for traveling — and their deep belief that adventure-seeking doesn’t have to end when you have kids. The Makespeaces travel with their two homeschooled daughters all over the world, and their inspiring blog and Instagram feed will give you serious FOMO (or ideas for your next vacation).
18. Love Taza
Naomi, also know as Taza, shares adventures from her life with her husband and three kids in New York City. The blog tackles topics such as motherhood, family life, travel, food, and “life's simple joys.”
19. Redefining Mom
Mom-entrepreneurs should check out this blog for resources on building their own businesses. Monica, who started the blog as a way to connect with other women who were struggling with their work-life balance, offer advice on both blogging and motherhood and shares her personal work and family experiences.
20. Family Focus Blog
Create by Nashville mom, Scarlet Paolicchi, this blog is a resource for families, parenting, family activities, meals, travel, and home decor. Scarlet shares recipes, craft ideas, and activities to do with the kids, as well as tips for cultivating your personal health and lifestyle.
21. Mom Blog Society
Featuring opinions of women and men from around the world, Mom Blog Society collects honest reviews of products and services and articles to support parents.
22. Soule Mama
Mother of five Amanda Blake Soule writes about her family life living in an old farmhouse in Western Maine, where she and her family raise animals, grow vegetables, and “make lots of things.”
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Jackie is the owner of her blog Moments of Musing, where she writes about her life as a wife, mom, and more living in New York City. She works with survivors of intimate partner violence.