I just read a great article about creating better content for your blog. The exercise involves describing your ideal reader and then writing every article to that one person. This is the way to define your blogging niche.
I thought long and hard about my ideal reader. She is a lot like me when I was younger. Many times I feel like I’m writing to my younger self. The new mom who was EXHAUSTED and wanted to be perfect. The mom who’s whole world was her new baby. The mom who suddenly realized how much she had to teach, how much she had to give, how much she wanted the absolute best for her child and was completely overwhelmed by it all.
The mom I’ve become is much more laid-back. She has a teenager now (it’s still hard to believe). I’ve realized that not much matters except that you show your child how much they are loved. I’m seeing all my hard work being paid back by getting to enjoy watching the amazing person my son is becoming.
As much as I’ve changed over the years, some things remain the same. The person I was and the person I am still have a lot in common:
- Wants it all
- Feels her role as “mom” is the most important one she’ll ever have
- A bit of a perfectionist
- Passionate about eduction
- Enjoys feeding her family healthy meals
- Involved in her community
- Has to be organized to accomplish all of her goals
- Needs to take time for herself
- Loves fashion
- Struggles with getting it all done and living up to her own standards
I have such high standards for myself that I’ve HAD to come up with simple solutions to achieve my goals. I’ve HAD to learn to accept that I can’t be the perfect mom. I’ve HAD to decide what I will accomplish and what I will “let go” of. I’ve HAD to learn to take care of myself in order to be a better mom.
I actually created Less Than Perfect Parents because I tried to be the perfect mother and burned myself out all while stressing my poor son out. This blog was my attempt to help moms be the best they can be without the pressures of being perfect.
There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one ~Jill Churchill
I have this quote on my office wall to remind myself not to judge myself or others. I feel so strongly that moms need to build each other up and make each other’s lives easier. Less Than Perfect Parents was designed to be a community of support for all moms no matter what our decisions are.
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What are the areas you struggle with as a mom? What solutions would you like to see more of on Less Than Perfect Parents? If you’re a blogger, who is your ideal reader? Let me know in the comments below!