Advice Needed From “The Moms Who Blog” Perspective
Ya know that great feeling you get when you know YOU are your kids’ idol?
Like when your 3 year old says “Mommy I wanna be just like you”.
Or your 7 year old says “Mom I’m going to be just like you when I grow up”.
Precious, isn’t it?
Then they become tweens and they don’t want to be like mommy, they want to be their own persons?
Or even worse, they find new idols.
bloody ungrateful twerps i tell ya’.
Well my teens are now in this phase where they have a better understanding of what moms does and are pretty interested.
So interested that they decided to create their own blog.
It’s up, though it’s still blank, I need to give it some mommy designer TLC.
Yes, my teens will be blogging. They want to voice their opinions, speak out against unfairness and share with their peers.
I bought the domain and with hosting from Selby being so affordable, they have their own WordPress site.
I banged my head for days before being able to come up with a blog name that would suit both of them. Then I overhear the teens discussing immigration and their thoughts on the Secure Communities program abuse of loopholes, and the blog name hit me.
So we’ve got the self hosted WordPress site, we’ve got the domain name, we’ve got the topics and tagline figured…
Here’s where I need advice.
Y’all know I have no problem using my real name and my picture on my sites and social media platforms. Many also know I live in NYC.
I’m having trouble deciding what to do about the teen’s presence.
Older teen learned about making herself marketable to colleges this year. It’s her junior year in High School and she understands the importance of networking and wants to use her real name and picture to start building her web presence. Younger teen understands the logic behind this and agrees.
Mommy is all frazzled and worried about the online exposure.
Though we’ve agreed they will have Linkedin accounts once their blog is established, the only other platform I may have them join is Facebook.
Yes, I said Facebook. Though I’m not a big fan to say the least, I do plan to evaluate it for the purpose of them connecting with teens with similar interests and I will be monitoring usage.
Their argument is no one will take them seriously if using a fake persona.
The marketer in me agrees.
The mommy in me says hell bloody no.
So, moms, being moms who blog, that understand the blogging world and social media platforms, what would you advise?
Both girls are interested in the benefits running a blog will have on their college applications. Hell they’re both reading my copy of 31 days to a better blog. They’re talking editorial calendar and delegating tasks to each other and organizing themselves.
Though we are all concerned about the safety of our kids online, does it apply in this case?
Should I continue to shelter teens who are mature enough to handle themselves online and have no problems with me monitoring their usage?
I should have mentioned this but really didn’t put it into words until I responded to a comment:
Personal details will definitely be left out, school info, location, etc. their last names are different from mine, so we won’t even consider using that and that makes me feel better though i don’t know how to get around Linkedin without a last name as oldest wants to connect with school’s alumni.
on facebook i can use their first name and website as last name, so that’s easy. i’m not sure about picture though. i have posted their pictures here and maybe their first names, but never their last names nor their school info or exactly where we live…blah it’s all so confusing.
They both want to write to help influence their peers when it comes to education and socializing and give them family life to relate to, like what it feels like being a middle child, how to cope with little sisters, etc. the thing is, they think big. they don’t want to “just write”, they want to influence.