Are you a grandma or grandparent who is thinking about starting a blog? You have years of knowledge! Would you like to share your advice and experience with others? There is so much you can help the world with through your blog.
I’m a millennial mom of three little ones and I started blogging because I wanted to reach more people without leaving my house. It’s a bit of a circus when I go out alone with all three of my kids. So I’d much rather prefer to help others from the comfort of my own home. And I bet you’d like that too?
Grandma Blog: Why It’s So Important to Start Your Blog as a Grandparent
Starting a blog as a grandma or grandparent enables you to share your years of knowledge and pass it along to the next generation. And instead of just reaching your family, you can reach a young mom on the other side of the world. Or you can help those that are just now entering the grandparent phase and help them embrace this new stage of life.
This may be secretly why I wrote this post. Because I miss my grandma dearly – and I would have loved to visit her blog and read it to my little ones now.
5 Reasons Why You Should Start a Grandma Blog
- You have years of knowledge to share with others.
- You can reach and help others all around the world.
- You can leave a legacy and wealth of knowledge online.
- You can make extra money to pay for all those cute outfits for your grand kids.
- You can start a blog in a day. The technology is easier than ever.
Families are busier than ever today, and using technology to stay connected is standard. Every day more research is being done to further help connect grandparents with their grandchildren through technology. I highly encourage grandparents to learn the basics of blogging and connecting online with their families.
I absolutely love Facebook messaging with my grandma in law. She’s 90 years old but as smart as a wiz and her advice is golden!
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How to Start a Blog as a Grandma or Grandparent
Starting a blog is not scary. Technology is simpler than ever and you can easily get your blog up in minutes.
Choose What You Want to Blog About
What topic can you talk about for hours? Is it passing along advice to younger moms on parenting? Or maybe how to cook easily family meals on a budget. Do you have life lessons you can share to help others who are going through a difficult marriage or has a special needs child?
Think of where your advice and expertise can help the most. This will also help you determine what audience your blog will help.
If choosing just one topic to blog about sounds difficult, remember, you can always start broad and refine over time. As long as your categories on your blog are loosely related, you can build a very successful blog.
Pick a Simple and Easy to Remember Blog Name
Many new bloggers get stuck on this step. Don’t make it harder than it is. Pick a simple and easy to spell blog name, and go with it.
Examples of great grandparent blog names include:
The last one is definitely my favorite!
Start Your Blog with a Reliable and Safe Host
You’ll need a few things to be able to start a blog. I’ll explain them at a high lever below.
To start a blog you’ll need:
- A Reliable Host
- This is where your blog files are stored on the internet. Your host loads all of your files onto their servers to make sure your blog never goes down. You own all of your blog files, but your host allows you to put them on the internet instead of just having them on your computer.
- Cost: $5/month
- A Blogging Platform
- More than 50% of the internet runs on WordPress. It’s the go to blogging platform for serious bloggers. Your blogging platform is all the fancy code that builds the backend of your blog. Don’t worry, you won’t need to know how to code!
- Cost: Free – included in your hosting package above.
- A Theme
- There are many powerful and free blog themes you can get directly on WordPress. A blog theme is the basic look of the blog on the internet. It’s the top menu bar, the sidebar and the footer.
- Cost: Free or Paid Options
Other items you may consider adding to your blog later. You can save this post so you can refer back to it once you’re ready to add more to your blog.
- A Professional Theme
- I use Divi
- $89 per year
- A Page Builder
- I use Elementor or Brizy
- Cost: Free or Paid Options
- Email Marketing Service
- I use MailerLite or Convertkit
- Cost: Free or Paid Options
- Shopping Cart
- I use Teachable or Woocommerce or ThriveCart
- Cost: Free or Paid Options
Start Your Grandma Blog with WordPress
For under $100 you can start a blog and get your message to everyone on the entire internet! That’s just phenomenal!
In the Blog by Number course I walk step by step how to setup every element of your blog. From your theme, to page builder, to images, to sharing on social media. It’s all covered in detail in Blog by Number. I would take me 50,000 words to explain it all in this post!
To setup WordPress on your blog, please see this tutorial for Step 5: Install WordPress.
Before this post turns into a library of information, I want to share Teresa’s story with you below. She is a grandma blogger at Nanahood.com. A few weeks ago she was so kind to have a chat with me and allow me to interview her. Below is her success story as a grandma blogger.
Personal Interview with a Grandma Blogger
1. Tell me a bit about yourself.
I’m Teresa Bell Kindred. I’m a Nana Blogger at NanaHood.com. NanaHood is also on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram. I’ve been married 38 years to Bill. We have 5 adult children (including a set of identical twins who came along when I was 36 and thought I was finished with babies….but I’m glad I wasn’t). We have 6 grandchildren and a whole passel of pets. I’m from Kentucky and we live on a big farm that belonged to my parents. I’m a former teacher with a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education. I love writing, reading and playing with the grands!
2. When did you start blogging?
I started blogging almost ten years ago. Time flies when you are having fun and it’s been a joy.
3. Why did you start blogging?
I started blogging because a magazine column I was writing at the time was canceled. I needed an outlet for my writing and decided to start a blog.
4. How often do you write new blog posts?
I post a minimum of 3 times a week.
5. How do you get traffic to your blog?
I use social media to drive traffic to my blog.
Note from Suzi: Pinterest is a great way to get traffic to a new blog!
6. What has worked for you over the years?
Hmmmm. What has worked for me….I guess persistence. I am like a dog with a bone. I will not give up!
7. Do you make money with your blog?
Yes, I make money but not a lot. However, the perks have been great. When I do product reviews I get to keep the products. Over the years I’ve gotten some really cool things!!! I have a brand new car seat in my car that I use to haul grandchildren that I just received a few weeks ago for a review. It’s super nice!
8. What has your blog enabled for you?
My blog has enabled me to go to Disney the last 3 years and take 3 of my children and 3 of my grandchildren and my husband.
I was chosen as a Disney Social Media Mom and I got to attend the conference (not free but at a big discount). The last two years we spent 2 or 3 days at Disney and then a 3 day cruise. There is no way I could have afforded that and they invited me because of NanaHood. I’ve written lots of posts about my Disney trips. I hope you will check them out on NanaHood.
9. Why is blogging a good idea for grandmothers?
Blogging is a good idea for any grandmother who loves to write and has the patience to learn how to blog. It’s fun and you meet some great people via your blog and social media accounts. I would like to encourage anyone who thinks they might enjoy it to give it a go.
10. Words of wisdom to new moms 🙂
Words of Wisdom to new moms. RELAX and ENJOY! I raised 5 and I was way too intense most of the time. Our list of things we have to do never ends and is always there. Keep your faith, family and friends as your priorities and evaluate yourself daily on how many things you are doing that aren’t connected to your priorities. Get rid of things in your life that are taking you away from them. Being busy isn’t nearly as important as enjoying life.
Blogs are fun, but they are also a LOT of work. Keep your priorities straight and take life one day at a time. Don’t let yourself get overwhelmed. Your blog will be there tomorrow (and so will the dirty laundry) Your kids will grow up in the blink of an eye….I promise cause mine did. Now I’m on the second half of the motherhood journey, NanaHood and it is so much fun!
More Wonderful Grandma Blogs
How to Start a Blog as a Grandma
Please let me know in the comments below why you’re thinking about starting a grandparent blog and how I can help you! I’m glad you’re here.