Motherhood on a Dime is a blog filled with deals, activities for kids, fitness advice and FOOD.
My kind of blog! Today I am spotlighting Motherhood on a Dime for Content Creation!
I can't recall how I first came across Motherhood on a Dime, but from very early on I considered it's owner (Stacie, read more about her here!) a friend. She's one of those wonderful people who is kind to everyone she meets and you just can't help but enjoy her company (even if it has only been in the "virtual world" so far!).
Something that REALLY impressed me about Stacie is that she is one of the few bloggers I've seen who originally had multiple blogs and SUCCESSFULLY meshed them into one site.
This can be very difficult simply because the audience for one site might not compliment the audience for the other site. It's a testament to Stacie's like-ability that she was able to mesh both communities into one and maintain an engaged audience on one site comprised of two previously separated audiences.
If you were to hop over to Motherhood on a Dime today, you would find posts on a wide variety of topics and all would be helpful and pertinent to the average family.
A homeschooler and devout Christian, she even has her own preschool curriculem available (she does hold a teaching degree!).
You have amazing content and such a wide variety of content. Yet somehow, it knits together so well. Do you operate your site's different topics as different "sub sites" completely or do you try to link between them?
I actually have three sections to the blog - deals, living, and kids. Each section has a separate menu and topics, but I try to keep the *feel* of each section the same. I wanted it to be easy to navigate, so that if you are just interested in recipes, you can head over the the "Living" section and find those. If you're looking for a quick-and-easy craft for little ones, you just pop over to the "Kids" section and search that menu. Of course, the deal section is the most updated section since the deals never seem to stop!
We can always count on Motherhood on a Dime to have fresh new content. How do you keep your editorial calendar so packed with new and great ideas for content?
For me, it's really just about living life. I used to get so tied up in my blog stats and getting everything accomplished on my to-do list that I really burned out. I lost the inspiration. But when I started carving out specific blogging times and turning off the computer the rest of the time, I felt excited to post new ideas. One thing that is so important is to always be learning. When I'm trying new recipes or doing something fun with the girls or reading a new book, I get inspired. I have a large file of magazine clippings, post-it notes, and drawings with ideas I've written down for future blogging reference!
On the topic of editorial calendars, do you have a formal editorial calendar? On the computer? Pen & paper? Do you plan very far out in advance? What do you recommend?
As much as I love to organize, I'm not always so good on the follow through. Just this summer, I got a huge stickable chalkboard that goes right on the wall and drew in a monthly calendar. I stick Post-It notes right onto the date I plan to run a particular post. It's working well, because I can just move the notes around when I need to post something else (or when I want to reschedule something). I also have a monthly calendar I use in my planner since that is always with me. I've tried to go digital, but I just have to write things down or I don't remember them! One of the perks of getting older, I guess...
Honestly, I wish I had things planned out and ready a month or so in advance, but in reality, I'm always behind, and I kind of do things on the fly and when I can find the time. Usually I post about 1/2 the ideas I schedule on my calendar, but it's okay. What's most important to me is to spend time with my family, blog when I can, and live intentionally!
What tips would you have for other bloggers on the topic of content creation?
I know I've said this already, but get out there and live your life. Cultivate other interests besides blogging and share about those, or stretch yourself a little and take a class on something you don't know anything about. Watch less television and read more books. Surround yourself with creative people and ideas. Great content will flow from an interesting and varied life.
Today, I spotlight Motherhood on a Dime for her wonderful Content Creation and of course...that means I need to share some of her content with you! Please click over and comment and show her some blog love!
- Preschool Curriculum
- Crockpot Applesauce
- Organize your life and home
- Handprint, footprint and fingerprint tree craft
- Freezer Cooking
Do you know a blogger that is excellent at Content Creation? Comment below and let me know so I can check them out!