So I’ve been home with my kids for a little over a year now. I have to admit, I’m a little amazed.
When I was working full-time, I had a few mom friends (and knew of several others) who quit to stay at home (in a big, showy way), while the rest of us glared angrily celebrated their good fortune. Then, within six months, before the jealousy sadness of their departure had even worn off, they were back at work again.
What? They had escaped the corporate rat race and came back? Why?
Some mentioned they had financial struggles that were too hard to overcome. Others missed the adult interaction and found it too challenging to be home with kids all day. Each had a heart-breaking story of why they chose to come back to work. And I’ve heard stories like these over and over again.
So you can probably understand why I was somewhat amazed that a year and four months after leaving my job I was still home. I don’t consider myself any better or smarter than any of the others who chose to return to work. Who knows…perhaps if I were in their exact same shoes, I might have chosen the same path that they did.
But what has helped me last as long as I have is that I was determined, I prayed (a lot) and I became a student of those who successfully made the transition from working mom to work at home mom. I watched them, followed them, did what they did, read what they read, interacted with them, and learned from them. And before I knew it, it had been a year and four months.
So who did I learn from and what did I learn?
There are a zillion (okay, maybe thousands) of great blogs for work at home moms out there, enough for you to find several that fit your work focus and your personality. But here are the top 10 blogs that I followed and learned from:
- The Mailbox Money Blog – I met Nicole Cooper (the site owner) on a moms networking site. She was one of the first to welcome me to the site when I joined. She invited me to check out her blog and videos and then I was hooked! She is so down to earth (even called me one evening to answer a question I had emailed her) and so willing to share her knowledge. She’s an internet marketing guru and a savvy mom.
- Jenn K May – Jenn and I used to work in the same direct sales company and she was a star recruiter and one of the team trainers. I participated in group coaching with Jenn and learned a lot about social media marketing and blogging. She is a work at home mom who truly understands the many demands that come with the title and she helps to equip moms with the tools to be successful.
- Social Media Examiner – A business colleague forwarded me an email from this site and I found the posts to be very relevant and easy to put into action. This site, created by Michael Stelzner, provides up-to-date information on how to best use social media tools… a must-have (in my opinion) for anyone working from home.
- Our Milk Money Blog Spot – Our Milk Money is a national directory for self-employed parents. It offers free listings in their directory and many other free resources to help parents grow their businesses. One of these resources is their blog, authored mainly by Julianne Wish, which provides valuable tips and techniques on managing, running and growing your home-based business.
- voiceBoks – Now, when it comes to networking with other moms, this is one of my all-time favorite sites. Lexie Lane, the brilliant mind behind this site, has created a warm, supporting community for wahms to network. In addition, there are groups dedicated to helping moms grow Facebook, Twitter, and blog fans/followers. top blogs for women
- Bloggy Moms – And yet another great site for wahms to network and get support with growing their businesses or blog followers. Site creator, Tiffany North, has created a savvy (and esthetically pleasing) platform for moms to network and offer support to fellow work at home moms.
- MomBloggersClub – The Mom Bloggers Club was founded by Jennifer James as a way to help mothers who blog to have “endless avenues to promote their writing, interests, and perspectives” (Jennifer’s words, but they’re true). This site also has groups to help you grow your followers and fans.
- Savor the Success – Savor is what I call a classy site. It’s a great educational place for women in business. The site creator, Angela Kim, does a fantastic job offering many different types of resources to help women be successful in what they do. I love her vlogs and her bite-size courses for busy entrepreneurs.
- Work At Home Mom Solution – I was introduced to Leanne and Cheryl when one of my business colleagues was featured on their site. I love how they promote other work at home moms and offer tools and resources to help them be better in their role.
- Traffic Generation Cafe – I must say that this woman (yes, she does have a name… Ana Hoffman) knows a lot about traffic generation. I’ve learned so much about where traffic comes from, how to generate it, what to do with it, everything! She also offers blog audits to help you fine-tune your blog.
So there you have it. My top 10 picks for the best blogs (other than , of course) for work at home moms. Check them out and let me know what you think. Is there another blog you would add to the list?