The good news

  • Blog, tweet, and express yourself online publicly if you have access, time and energy to do so. All women in my study said they benefitted personally, professionally, and in some cases, directly or indirectly financially, from putting their voice online. It is worth it! Make your voice heard online!
  • Think about why you want to write, what you want to write about and to whom you like to address your posts. It does not matter if you want to start a so-called filter blog, which mostly focuses on a couple of topics, or a blog about “this and that” – you do as you please in your space online. But knowing what you like to focus on will help you to be clear what you like to accomplish with your blog and from which position you like to write.
  • Almost all bloggers emphasized the many amazing opportunities they have had because of their blog and how they have gotten to know people they would have never met otherwise. Several bloggers said they have received offers for paid writing or speaking engagements due to their blog. One blogger found a free event venue for a conference she was planning. Several bloggers said they unexpectedly formed new, significant friendships due to their online writing. In at least two cases bloggers reported they surprisingly found family members because of a post they wrote. Some mothers said even in the middle of the night they can get support and advice from their blog network when an emergency situation arises with their child. One blogger reported she now receives a small stipend for her blog. Many bloggers said they would not have had those opportunities without blogging or writing online. Don’t miss out on these opportunities.
  • Be prepared for a range of experiences and start with an open mind.
  • Know that you are not alone but that fellow bloggers are out there who cherish solidarity and will support and help you.