‘I personally never reveal exactly where we live, the school my children go to, nor my married surname,’ says Louise, ‘I never “live share” our location, working on posts or insta-stories when we get home instead. Every blogger has their own rules, and again, it will come down to what you feel comfortable with. ’
7) How can I protect my children online?
‘When it comes to sharing photos online it’s a whole different ballgame, I’m not one to preach but general guidelines I stick by are not to share the front of my house, my kids school uniform or anyone who asks not to be photographed, husband exempt,’ Hattie continues, ‘As a compulsive over sharer I have certainly overstepped the line more than a few times and on reflection, deleted posts.
‘But once you’ve given something away to the internet it’s no longer yours, it’s not like you’re at a party and you can get everyone drunk and hope they forget about it in the morning like that ONE time you fell off a table when dancing to One Direction. People don’t forget anything either in real life or online. And if they’re real dicks then they also have photo evidence.’
‘If it’s your sole income source then you have to be seriously dedicated. You need to be an expert freelancer, social media manager and writer,’ says Hattie, ‘It also helps if you have kids to be a Mum Blogger, for authenticity’s sake. So just by the nature of those requirements you’ll have a LOT going on. It’s a lot of work. You’ll also have to be prepared for people not to realise the amount of work that goes into it and make patronising remarks about “your little blog” and call it a “hobby”. You are legally allowed to overshare about these people online.’
8) Am I prepared for people not believing my 24/7 job is a real job?
‘My blog was a hobby at first, alongside my career as a freelance journalist,’ says Louise, ‘but I took the decision to focus on it professionally about two years after it launched. It is now my main revenue source and I feel very lucky to be able to work from home, around my children. The money, however, can be sporadic, which can be very stressful at times. It isn’t the same as getting a guaranteed salary into your account every month.’
‘For all the shit you get online - big shoutout to my troll, Paul - for the judgement over your choice of career and for every patronising comment about the end goal you are chipping away at, I would say a resounding yes,’ says Hattie, ‘The sense of comradery you both receive and can provide for people who are right in the parenting trenches is both a relief and a privilege. Overlooking the rogue judgemental keyboard warriors, Mum Blogs have provided a place for females to support and promote one another, at often our most vulnerable time, online. So, I would say to Hattie of the past, “go ahead, start a Mum Blog - you never know where it might take you. Please avoid dancing on any tables to One Direction though”.’
10) Is it worth it?