I follow many blogs locally and internationally. One of my favourite is Nicole from Planning with kids. She is an inspiration. She juggles her household with 5 kids and has a successful blogging career. She upgrades herself and motivates readers with her disciplined routine tips. One of the annual event she speaks at is the Australian Problogger Event where experienced international speakers share on their expertise on blogging. Reading about the Problogger event always have me thinking whether we do have one in Singapore that will benefit bloggers like me to learn and be motivated in blogging. So, it was a much unintentional thought that came to mind and before I realized what I was in for, Rachel, one of the SMB founders, asked me to organize one for the SMB (Singapore Mom Bloggers) community where the speakers are our very own SMB mums!
It soon became an honour for me to hold such a highly anticipated event and most likely Singapore’s first Blogger Event for Bloggers!! Rachel offered to be the facilitator for the event. I had enough speakers to volunteer to share their expertise selflessly. Topics were thrown to the discussion thread and it got many mum bloggers excited to come to the event to learn about all things related to blogging and how to improve their own blogs. Not to mention we love the precious networking opportunity among us mums.
Once the location was fixed at my hubby’s workplace which has a family lounge for kids and dads, it was easy. The participation from the SMB community is beyond spontaneous! I have many busy mums coming forward to help me out prior and during the event day. We even have 2 mums who volunteered to prepare the high tea spread for the event too! Mind you, these mums have children to care for and each has her own super busy schedule on a Sunday! All the mums who came had to make arrangement for their kids as most of them preferred to come alone to attend the event without the worry of their kids to take care of. It is amazing how fellow mums who share the same blogging interest come together to make this event a success! SMB rocks!
We covered many topics like Blog elements including finding our voice and purpose, design, content, Google Analytics, PR, technicalities, social media and many more! We also touched on blogging for non-profit causes which is really insightful and useful to those who want to do something good for the community with their blogging influence. The speakers are so knowledgeable and we all went home with many positive takeaways and thoughts about our blogs. If you are curious about who these distinguished speakers are, here are who they are and their blogs: Dominique from Dominique’s Desk, Rachel from Catchfortywinks, Chrystal from Chrystallee, and Sarah from The Playful Parents.
My thoughts and actions after the Blogger Event…
My Blogging Purpose and Voice
One of the things that I did after the blogger event was to seriously think about my blogging purpose and voice. I am happy that I am still having my initial purpose of having a blog. My purpose is to chronicle my kids’ growing up years and share my parenting ways and tips with others, hoping to motivate other parents. I hope that when my kids are parents themselves, they will find my blog useful in guiding them to deal with parenting issues and to read about their growing up events. Knowing my purpose and voice, my blog is ever more meaningful to me. And seeing how my parenting ways shared out on the blog become a motivation to other parents really keeps me going.
My Social Network
Next, I went on to create an Instagram account hoping it will help increase my blog’s reach out there. It is a late start for a blogger but better than never. However, I am not too comfortable in posting many pictures of my children, so it shall be more of motivational quotes, crafts and media events snippets for now.
My Blog Design and stats
I am going to tweak my blog design a little too once I get myself some time to think over how to do it. Mainly it will be the re-categorizing of blog posts to be more relevant to what I am posting now. I started the categories not knowing the future posts that I will be writing on, so I think it is time to relook at them and do some housekeeping.
We covered Google Analytics (GA) in the workshop and for WordPress.com users, we cannot set up GA if you do realize. GA stats is certainly more accurate than WP limited stats with data such as Bounce Rates, average time readers stay on the blog, number of new vs returning visitors, etc. Jacqeline, a fellow mum blogger and my helper in the event, helped me to set up GA via Cloudflare during the event. I could not thank her enough for helping me on this. I had asked her to write a blogpost on a step by step tutorial on setting up GA on WordPress.com blogs. I hope to be able to share her tutorial with all WP.com users very soon.
My Blog Direction
The speakers had me thinking about my blog direction too. I re-read some of my old blogposts. I should say that I am overall pleased with the fact that I still enjoy reading them. Which means that I am writing posts that are worth reading and re-reading and not just writing posts for the sake of publishing on schedule. That is important to me as I certainly would not want my readers to run away because I no longer write interesting and useful content. That explains why I have rejected a number of sponsors and invites that I find are not relevant to my blog. I try to be careful on what goes on my blog. Our blogs represent us and it is just right that we select what products to review on and give our most truthful reviews, and whether the events we go to are worthwhile to share with our readers. Even though I am just a newbie in doing advertorial blog posts, I want to remind myself in case I have more advertorials in future, I should be careful not to let advertorial blog posts take over my blog. I must always remember the initial reasons why I started having a blog.
Readers, I need your help!!
To those who love reading Kids “R” Simple, please give me a shout if that ever happens, i.e. if you ever find yourself less interested to read my blog. And that applies to boring blog posts from me. Ermm, in case I bore you further, I appreciate if you would help me to improve my blog by letting me know your responses to the following survey in the comments below:
1) What do you enjoy reading on Kids “R” Simple?
2) What do you wish to read more on my blog?
3) Any other suggestions to improve? (Can be anything like how the blog page looks and loading time, lots of grammar mistakes, etc, etc)
Ooh.. I am getting nervous as this is going to be like my scorecard published in public. If you have a really long list or comment, you may also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Look forward to your responses! 🙂