Today I’m sharing 30 writing prompts for mom blogs! If you’re feeling stuck and in need of inspiration when you sit down to write, make sure you check out the ideas below!
Willpower and Motivation
Have you ever heard the idea that “willpower is a finite resource”? If you haven’t, then listen up.
You will run out of willpower.
You will not feel motivated every day.
You will procrastinate because it feels good in the moment.
If you’ve ever tried to do anything consistently (work out, get up early, WRITE), then you know what I’m talking about.
See this quote from Verywell:
Willpower is a limited resource.The idea behind this theory is that willpower is like a muscle in that it can be both strengthened and fatigued. For example, if you exhaust yourself doing sprints, you will be less able to perform other physical tasks.Kendra Cherry, Verywell, “What is Ego Depletion?”
So, it’s not just you.
It can be frustrating to have a goal but be unable to reach it due to a lack of willpower or energy.
The good news is there’s a way to hack it.
The answer lies in habits.
Creating small, daily habits will improve your blog. There’s no doubt that writing every day will add more content to your site. Creating a number of Pins for Pinterest or connecting with a few other bloggers on Instagram will bring in more traffic.
There’s no better way to build up your blog than to practice consistency.
In 2021, I found myself in a place with lots of time to blog and not a lot of direction. In the beginning of the year I was sporadically posting and I didn’t feel like I was getting anything out of it.
How I Get Over Writer’s Block
I created some new habits.
I started getting up early so that I could write, uninterrupted.
I learned how to shut out distractions and how to do writing sprints.
I stopped waiting for inspiration to hit.
I stopped waiting for the motivation to come.
I leaned into my habits and the results that I got were invaluable. Not only did I add dozens of articles to my site, but I got into a writing rhythm. Writing every single day made me a better writer.
I got better at transferring my thoughts and formatting my articles.
Having those habits made me more efficient and creative.
Now, writing and working on my blog is as natural as making my bed or feeding the cat.
Here’s my favorite way to build new habits. The Harvard Business Review refers to it as “Piggybacking on a daily task”.
The benefit of micro habits is that you should be able to perform it with minimal effort every day. It’s important to execute on a new ritual daily so it becomes second nature, and if it’s small enough, you won’t be as tempted to defer your task from one day to the next. However, no matter the size of the task, it’s easy to get distracted, make excuses, or forget. Perform your new action at the same time as (or right before) an action you do without thinking. Need to read a paragraph each night? You can do that while brushing your teeth. Meditating for 30 seconds each day? Check that off your list while waiting for your coffee to brew.Sabrina Nawaz, Harvard Business Review, “To Achieve Big Goals, Start with Small Habits”
A blogging challenge is an excellent way to create a writing rhythm.
In my experience, writing every day is what works best for me. Whether it’s an hour or just ten minutes, writing everyday enforces that habit.
Blogtober was my first writing challenge. To this day, October 2021 serves as my statistical inspiration for blogging. I added 31 new posts and I saw my traffic almost double. I loved having a challenge to keep me consistent, with a finish line in sight.
5 Blogging Lessons I Learned in 2021
You can choose an online blogging challenge or create your own! I love using prompts when I’m feeling “stuck” or uninspired.
I compiled 30 writing prompts for motherhood/early childhood blogs. If writing a whole post every day is too much right now, try keeping the posts short or spread them out over two months.
Another way to do this challenge is to set a word count objective and to tailor each post to meet that goal.
You can move these around or alter them to fit your blog’s niche.
These prompts are also excellent for Instagram pages, if you aren’t a fan of long form content.
30 Day Motherhood Blogging Challenge
- About Me
- What’s in My Diaper Bag
- My Thoughts on…(sleep training/cloth diapering/BLW, etc)
- 10 Things I Can’t Live Without
- Favorite Outdoor Family Activities
- Summer Bucket List
- 10 Things About Me
- How I Practice Self Care as a New Mom
- My Baby’s Birth Story
- The Best Baby Books
- My Baby’s Favorite Toys
- Baby Clothes We Can’t Live Without
- How to Stay Energized as a New Mom
- My Postpartum Experience
- How My Relationships Changed After Kids
- A Letter to My Baby
- My Thoughts on Screen Time
- Overrated Baby Advice
- How to Road Trip with a Baby
- What I Wish I Knew Before Having Kids
- What’s in My Labor & Delivery Bag
- How to Keep Your Marriage Strong After Kids
- Day in the Life of a SAHM or Working Mom
- 10 Baby Items You Didn’t End Up Using
- My Top Parenting Hacks
- 5 Facts About Me
- How to Find the Time to Blog
- DIY Baby Toys
- Apps that Help Me Parent
- Favorite Baby/Toddler Meals
Have you ever done a blogging challenge? Have you written about any of the topics on this list?
Let me know below!
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- How to Take Care of Your Baby When You’re Sick
- Little Things I Do To Make my Baby Feel Loved
- My Baby Knows What She Needs
- How I Get Over Writer’s Block
- Gift Guide for the Tired Mama in Your Life
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