Monday, April 4, 2011

Start your own Blog


Ever think about how to start your own blog?

One of the things I wish I had done was start my blog when my son was first born. I did journal but not as often as I should have..

In 2001 blogs were just beginning to get popular, and there wasn't easy access to wireless internet, especially in the hospitals, which meant I had to leave my babies side (who wants to do that!). The cell phones were flip phone, smartphones didn't do as much as they do now.

Being in the NICU day in and day out can be exhausting, both physically and emotionally (there is just something about those hospitals that just drain you emotionally and physically!).

The last thing you want to do when you get home is return phone calls/emailS Besides, how many times can you tell the same story?....

Today you can add a post and update your friends and family as you sit by the isolette!

So…where can you start your blog. Some of the sites I am familiar and like alot are sites like; CarePages and Blogger Both are free and user friendly.

If you’re interested in starting your own website check out Go Daddy.

So...where do you begin to start your own blog?

Just be yourself. Talk about your day in the NICU. Write about the ups...the downs, the frustrations! The milestones!! “hey, he gained an ounce today!” or “she tolerated 4 tablespoons of formula today” (huge accomplishment).

You also don’t have to use a blog as just a journal. Be as creative as you can, add pictures and videos of your baby. Show how s/he is growing. Are your creative? Write Poems.

Keep it up once you get home, follow your child as s/he grows.

Another reason to blog? When you have a medically fragile child, blogging could benefit you a great deal. For example, I know someone who looked back at what she wrote when her child started develop alot pneumonia’s she used the blog track how often he was sick, and what may have triggered his illness, what treatments worked.

I found by journaling (and now blogging) its not only therapeutic but it is a very good way to document medical information with out even knowing it!

There have been many times I had to refer back to when he was on medication, how he reacted, when he came off the medication, how often he got sick, how long it lasted etc... It helped doctors tremendously especially once we got home.

To get more viewers to you blog, join social media sites Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus....and attach them to your blog.

Check out this book on how to start a blog; The NICU Rollercoaster: How to Set Up and Use an Online Blog to Help Survive the Ups, Downs, Agonies, and Joys of Your Baby's Stay.

Happy Blogging!


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