Brand new lifestyle blog, Diary of a First Time Mom, launched Mother’s Day 2012. The site includes fabulous features, such as Dear Diary, Dating Diary, Mom of the Week, Gaga Reviews & Giveaways, Pittsburgh Mama and a Video Diary. Although the blog is written with ALL moms in mind, many topics target single parents as well as African-American moms in hopes of raising awareness about important issues, such as breastfeeding, SIDS and infant mortality rates.
Why did Heather give birth to Diary of a First Time Mom?
Heather wanted to merge the two things she loved most—Journalism and her daughter. She was a stay-at-home mom who spent a lot of time reading baby blogs, chasing the latest parenting news and exposing her daughter to videos, books and classes. Although she enjoyed being a mom, she missed being a reporter. So, God poured lots of ideas into her head and connected her to an awesome team. After a long labor, Diary of a First Time Mom was born, and she returned to work full-time days prior! Currently, Heather writes all content for the site.
How does Diary of a First Time Mom stand out from other baby blogs?
Well, you can’t reinvent the wheel, but you can buy new tires, add fancy rims and drive your ideas to the next level. The blog is confessional. Heather wants other moms to know they’re not alone, even if they don’t have financial or emotional support. She writes about being dumped in her second trimester, getting stretch marks and receiving WIC benefits. She also shares stories about her loving and supportive family. The blog is also humorous. Followers will swap stress for smiles when they read posts, such as Odd Advice and Stuff Single Moms Say. The blog is informative. It offers advice and provides information on everything from placenta encapsulation and postpartum sex to eczema in infants and fertility yoga. The blog is relatable. The stories make most people laugh, cry or shake their heads.
You don’t have to be a new mom to join the community either. Maybe you’re trying to conceive, already pregnant, a seasoned mom, or a new dad.
What features does Diary of a First Time Mom offer?
Dear Diary: Heather’s close friend told her, “Being a mom is exhausting. I have to take a nap to become tired!” If you don’t have a lot of time but want to get a lot of information, this is the section for you! Here, Heather shares personal stories, gives advice and helps women navigate the journey through motherhood without losing their minds along the way.
Dating Diary: Heather chronicles her experiences dating with a permanent plus one. She takes readers along as she rebuilds her self-esteem post-pregnancy, jumps back into the dating pool and learns lessons about love. She offers fun and romantic dating ideas for both singles and married couples. She also lives every girls dream by “dating” hot celebrities, like Laz Alonso and her prom date Lamman Rucker.
Mom of the Week: Heather interviews both celebrity and everyday moms, like Top Chef Carla Hall and Grey’s Anatomy’s Chandra Wilson’s. Each shares their unique story and inspires others. Perhaps the Mom of the Week is raising children alone, exploring adoption or undergoing IVF . Maybe she has an interfaith or an interracial family. Despite their differences, they have one thing in common: their love for their children.
Pittsburgh Mama: Are you raising a Burgh baby? Click this tab to find out about popular attractions, upcoming events and Pittsburgh picks for shopping and dining. Connect in person at mommy meetups. And if you’re a blogger, join the DFTM social network to participate in workshops, networking nights and sponsored campaigns.
Gaga Reviews & Giveaways: Read this section to find out the latest must-haves on the baby block. Also, enter to win fabulous prizes.
Video Diary: Not long ago, Heather Hopson was an award-winning television host in the Cayman Islands. Today, she’s back home writing a different kind of story as a new mom. She even snagged the title of Best Video from the Blog Her and Blogalicious Vlog Festival Contest.
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Want to drop me a line, suggest a story, or join Diary of a First Time Mom’s community? Write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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