Max and Kai getting social

I mean the blog not the babys. I have an image now of both kids hitting the town mingling with the crowd 🙂

So what exactly have I been up to:

  • Facebook 

This month I have really been focusing on social media as I think this will help the reach of my blog. I’ve joined a few groups on facebook and they have really helped.If you are a parent blogger with facebook then I highly recommend Uk Parent bloggers for advice and blogging banter (beware though they take their craft seriously) and The blogging mums club for posting your blogs.

Apart from joining  some new groups I have also taken part in some linkys. In the past I had no clue what they were. Basically you and other bloggers link up to others blogs. You can normally link up 2 posts and the only criteria is that you comment or retweet 2 or more of the other posts in the link.

 I always thought it sounded really complicated but its actually very simple and is a great way to drive traffic to your blog.

  • Instagram 

I really started upping my game on Instagram this month. The following has grown. I cant remember how many followers I had before but I think I’ve gained about 30 in the past couple of weeks. To some thats small fry but to me it was a big achievement. To have likes for my pictures going from  just 1 or 2 to 30 + was amazing.

Social media is all about engagement I’ve learnt and this has also improved vastly. I post 2 images a day (mainly of the boys) with a great set of hashtags (Instagrams all about the hashtags).I keep the photos nice and bright and of a good quality  (thank you s7) this seems to go down well with the crowd.

Hashtags- I never really understood the importance of hashtags. They are Instagram. These are the driving force behind people being able to find your account. Previously I would only use 1 or 2 but really you need about 30.

If you don’t want them cluttering your post you can also put these in the comments section.

Heres a selection of the ones I use:

#familyiseverything #onlylittleonce #yolo #cherisheverymoment #lifeisprecous #littlegibbo #biggibbo #letthembelittle #igmums #parentingblogger #mummyblogger #wordpressblogger #bloggerlookingforabrand #newbornlove #love #sons #mumofsons #feirceones #mumbehindthecamera #kidsofinstagram #familyof4 #lifeisshort #captureeachmoment #pixelkids #documentinglove #sleepdeprivation #sleepisforlosers
#thatsdarling #mybeautifulmess #flashesofdelight  #thehappynow
You also need to make a point of liking and commenting on other people’s posts engagement is key.

  • Twitter 

I made a point this month of following other bloggers on Twitter. By doing this my followers have  grown,not by much but by some. Again twitter is all about interacting and engaging. Hashtags are also key just remember you have much less space so you really need to make them count. Twitter for me is a work in progress.

Hopefully what I’ve learned with help someone else.
Blogging is a community and should be about giving back as much as taking .

What hashtags do you use? I’d love to hear from you.


The Pramshed

Being a parent is more than a facebook picture

I’ve noticed recently on good old facecrap new parents posting pics of there lovely little munchkins all looking perfect and themselves looking perfectly groomed.

Don’t get me wrong I’m guilty as charged for posting pics of max but I really do think oh my God fuck off.

Being a parent is more than putting cutesy pictures on social media. Where’s the real life pics that’s what I want to know.

Where’s the pics of the sleep deprived mother living in her pj’s with unbrushed hair ( this was totally how I lived for the first 3 months).

Being there for your kid is being there for the sleepless nights and the shitty nappies. It’s cuddling your baby till they fall asleep and making sure their feed,watered and generally kept alive.

I think we could all do with a facebook reality check.

I will absolutely post some pics on here of myself looking slightly deranged just to prove my point.

I say have no shame in reality it’s just as good as the fantasy some try to project.

*just to add, if anyone is feeling offended by my post it’s not meant to be judging any one mother or father. It’s merely my opinion. I have also edited my comment about being a good parent to just parent I was not trying to suggest that parents that look fantastic or post cute pictures of there kids are bad parents*