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Top 100 Most Influential Parenting Blogs of 2015






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The fact that these amazing people even have or “make” time to write while being such amazing parents sets them apart and makes them among the most admired niche writers on the web. Every parent knows that it's not an easy job in itself. Now you've added in writing, promotions, sometimes media like pictures, posting, editing, and interacting with fans to the life of a parent? Kudos to all of you! It's the growing abundance of great parenting advice, tips, and tricks on the web that continues to make the life of a parent not necessarily easier (sometimes!), but without a doubt more consistently pleasant and rewarding. It's for each of you and parents around the world who are looking to become better for their kids that we've created this list and sincerely congratulate all the winners.

Stay tuned after the rankings to hear from the bloggers and website owners themselves about how they got started in parenting writing, what keeps them inspired, and their advice for up-and-coming bloggers or people looking to break into the industry.

How the Rankings Were Determined

Ranking the most influential parenting blogs has been a multi-month project with a ton of data being gathered using the best tools on the web. Our goal consisted of two parts:

  1. To rank and gather the best sites for all interested parenting readers and fans who are looking for new blogs to follow and get the best advice from.
  2. To give the bloggers and website owners a top-down view of their influence while potentially earning them new readers.

To do this, we chose statistics from the three biggest social media websites in our opinion: Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Although there are many networks to choose from, we felt this was the best sample to pull from to get a solid understanding of each website. We then used powerful tools like Majestic SEO, Alexa, SEM Rush, Moz, and more to analyze the websites themselves. We then divided each statistic by an appropriate base to level the playing field (shown at the bottom of the full statistics).

In Their Own Words

Reaching out to all the winners before this study went live has been one of the most fun parts about it. We've heard back from a ton of different bloggers, writers, and website owners who gave us some great insight into how they got started, what keeps them going, and how someone new might break into the niche. If you are on the winners list and we haven't heard from you, please email Ashlie Hendrix at admin@justtrampolines.com. We'd love to share your story here with all your peers! 

#15: MommyPoppins.com – Anna Fader - @mommypoppins

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I started Mommy Poppins because I really loved helping other parents discover all the amazing things to do in NYC that are mostly off the radar. Now we have nine sites in eight different cities and regions, plus family travel. All of our content is written by local moms sharing their experiences to help families create enriching, engaging experiences together, truly quality time.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

We hear from parents all the time how much we have helped them, and that is really rewarding. Some of the stories are really touching, like single parents who found free classes for their child that helped them through a hard time. Parenting is hard! I'm glad that we can help add some fun and wonderful experiences that everyone will remember.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

For me the focus is always on our content. I love coming up with new things to write about and sharing information with our readers. There's so much content online now it's hard to be original. Sometimes it's easy to get distracted by your stats, getting more followers, or trying to do things to make money. I think if you focus on creating great, useful, engaging, unique content, everything else will fall into place.

#25: Momblogsociety.com - LaDonna Maxwell Dennis - @momblogsociety

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

When I first started Mom Blog Society, my thought was to bring like-minded bloggers together. Joining forces and helping one another. Both in our professional lives, and our personal lives. The blog community is very tight-knit. In many ways, it’s like we’re a village raising our children together though continuous support from one another. We all have stories to tell. I wanted to share mine, and listen to others.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

My favorite part is meeting other bloggers offline. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel extensively, and connect with so many bloggers I’ve meet though the blogging community. It warms my heart each and every time I get the opportunity to meet another blogger.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

Whether you’re starting your blog as a personal or professional endeavor, consistency is the key. Join as many blogging communities as you can. Get to know the moms, dads, and non-parent bloggers out there. You’ll find friendship and support that will last a lifetime. a.. Or anything else that's important to you! :)

Be true to yourself. Write what's in your heart. Don’t follow the crowd, and you’ll find blogging much more enjoyable.

#27: amomstake.com – Janel - @amomstake.com

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

As a mom of 5 boys, raising kids consumes most every thought – writing about my parenting experiences and tips was a natural fit.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I really enjoy making new friends, connecting online, and seeing my creative projects take off on Pinterest!

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

Be authentic and use your own voice as much as you can. It’s okay to be uniquely you, that’s what makes reading your story interesting.

#30: ourkidsmom.com – Heather Smith - @ourkidsmom

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

OurKidsMom was started simply to share my children's milestones with family across the country. A few months into blogging I was offered the opportunity to review a children's product... and I was hooked. It has slowly transitioned from personal, to reviews and giveaways to a broad topic Lifestyle blog (but still offering reviews/giveaways) over the past 4 years.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

My favorite part about being in the Lifestyle niche is being able to cover several topics that I enjoy. I am always wanting to get my hands on the newest tech, try my hand at re-decorating a room, whip up a new recipe or travel to an exotic location. Now that my children are growing a bit older (now ages 6 through 23) I have a bit more time to devote to these areas.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

My advice for anyone considering starting a blog for themselves is write about what you love or love to do. When you do your readers can hear it in your words and your following will grow.

#31: familyfocusblog.com – Scarlet Paolicchi - @familyfocusblog

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I knew that I wanted to be a stay at home mom when I had kids but when I gave up my job as a retail store manager, I didn't know what to do besides be a mom. When I found blogging, through a friend that had a blog, I found that I loved it. I loved having a creative outlet to express myself and share family topics.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

My favorite part about writing is being able to open up and let it all pour out. Writing is cathartic but it can also be structured and fun to share your ideas.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

My advice is always that anyone CAN do it but you must have passion and drive to get past writing for no one in the beginning! It will be a lot of work so you will need to enjoy blogging and networking if you want to make it work for you.

#32: Momandmore.com – Cher Kachelmuss - @mamasmoney

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I started Mom and More when my second child was just born. I wanted something to share my expierences as a new mom of two kids under 2 featuring products that could help other moms.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I love helping other moms (and dads) make their lives easier through products and places that are family friendly.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

Starting a blog is a lot of work. Don't expect traffic overnight or even the first year, it takes a lot work and constant promotion.

#33: TheJennyEvolution.com – Jennifer Hughes - @JennyEvolution

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I started writing The Jenny Evolution as a way to share my experiences of having a kiddo with Sensory Processing Disorder. The blog has organically grown into a more general parenting blog over time.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

My favorite part about writing and being in my niche is reaching other parents and sharing in an a-ha moment! There’s nothing better than inspiring someone else and shedding new insight to becoming an even better parent.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

Find your tribe. Find other like-minded blogging parents out there and get to know them. A strong online community can significantly help you sort out the blogging world and navigate it.

#38: shopwithmemama.com – Kim Delatorre - @shopwithmemama

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I started writing when my daughter was born. I suddenly had two little kids under the age of 3 and I needed an outlet!

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I love sharing my stories with my readers. My favorite part is the interaction and getting to know my readers. I have met so many great people (and unfortunately, not-so-great people...)

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

Work hard, be consistent and do not give up!!! It is so worth it! Or anything else that's important to you! :) Always always always be true to yourself. Always be honest. I have also learned to not let things bother me. When you put your life out there, there is bound to be people who disagree with you and try to put you down, don't let them! Look the other way and move on!!

#41: 2wired2tired.com – Tésa Nicolanti - @2wired2tired

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I started writing about parenting because both my kids were under 2 and someone was always napping! I have a B.A. in English and when I discovered that a mom blog was a great way to share shenanigans of my 2 kiddows with my out-of-state family I jumped right in. Pretty soon I started getting readers other than my mom and it's grown from there.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

My favorite part is discovering all the new products, tech, gadgets, & travel destinations for families and sharing them with my readers. It's amazing how much is out there to make the lives of families easier, more memorable, and more fun!

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

My advice for beginner bloggers is be consistent. The more often you post the more often people will visit your blog because they'll be interested in what you have to say. If you blog once a month go for once a week, if you blog once a week try once a day. Also reach out and chat with other bloggers on social media the parenting blog world is a great place to connect with others like you and you'll be surprised by how many friends you'll make.

#44: Momstart.com – Louise Bishop - @momstart

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

My second child was six months old and I had post partum depression, so blogging was an outlet for me.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I love to share my opinion and advice and it comes easy to me to write my thoughts. I can write better than I speak with other people. I love to travel and blogging has taken me all kinds of places.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

Be you! Do what you love, that way you look forward to it every day.

#46: Jigsawparenting.com - Emma White - @therealsupermum

Well after spending 11 years in an abusive marriage, I found the courage to take my 3 children and leave. I was able to start my life over again and I was happy until life decided to come back for round two with me.

Bipolar disorder tried to strip me of everything I held dear and it almost did. I fought back. After losing my career and my friends to a mental disorder and even my health due to an eating disorder, I made a promise to myself that I didn't want any other woman to feel the way I did at that moment in my life.

I set up a support group for mothers suffering from parental mental health on Facebook and this is how the blog was created. I needed a larger platform to support them all. I turned my life around and I am helping others do the same.

I have met so many amazing and inspiring parents along the way, I have made lifelong friendships and the blog includes many of their real life stories and has given parents everywhere a voice, they are able to blog anonymously here.

Jigsaw Parenting highlights the real life problems facing today's parents and holds them above judgment.

If I was to offer anyone any tips when it comes to starting a blog, it would be - don't look at other blogs and wish you could be them. Your blog with grow as you do. We are all unique - that's what makes us all so beautiful. Dont follow the crowd, write about things that you are passionate about. Dont be afraid of upsetting others, you will always find a hater or two along the way, you have to grow a backbone when blogging as someone will always disagree with you. Stand tall and stand proud and remain true to yourself.

#48: busy-at-home.com – Glenda Embree - @busyathome

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I actually started my blog to have an online example of my writing for a prospective employer and to share recipes with my sister. After a short time, other people were reading my blog. Everything just sort of snowballed from there.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I write mostly about food and gardening, DIY and family. It's a pretty natural topic for me, since it's what I know and am passionate about. I love that my blog gives me an opportunity to help and serve others, even while I'm taking care of our family and home.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

My best advice about starting a blog is just do it. Jump in and write. Write what you love. Write what you know. If your desire is to help, teach, inspire and serve others it will come through in your writing and people will be drawn to your blog. Take one day, one post, at a time. Build a network of blogging friends and learn from one another's experiences.

#52: 4theloveofmommy.com - Jessica Terry - @4theloveofmommy

I appreciate you adding 4theloveofmommy.com to your top 100 list, I am humbled.

I started writing when baby number 4 was 3 months old. I was spending a lot of time reading other blogs and felt I had something to offer especially having 4 children. My favourite part about writing about my family, kids and parenting in general is that fact that maybe one day I will write something that moves another person or gives them information they were looking for and I was able to provide answers. I think that if you have a passion for writing and being a parent, there is no reason not to share. I am thankful everyday for the ability to stay home and raise my kids and enjoy doing something I am passionate about.

#73: rolemommy.com – Beth Feldman - @rolemommy

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

When my kids were little, I was working as an entertainment publicist at CBS and was busy juggling motherhood with red carpet events, set visits and difficult celebrity personalities. After an incredibly hectic television season, I found myself swapping hilarious parenting stories with my friend Yvette Corporon, an entertainment producer at "Extra." Over lunch one afternoon, we decided to sit down together and write a humorous book about our experiences and that was the day Role Mommy was born. At the time, our goal was simple…to inspire parents of young children to still find a way to pursue their passion while raising a family and to make them laugh. We wrote our book that summer and when we tried to sell it, book publishers didn't know who we were - while we were working moms, we weren't experts in the parenting market and so, we began to build our platform by hosting high profile events for working moms featuring women at the top of their game balancing work and family. From there, we launched a blog—Role Mommy which has since evolved to become both an online destination for parents and blogging network for parenting writers across the country. After we decided to self publish our book and eventually landed a real book deal, (Peeing in Peace: Tales & Tips for Type A Moms/Sourcebooks) Yvette decided to focus on her family and full time production job and I threw my passions into Role Mommy while building a boutique public relations agency at the same time.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I think starting a blog can be very cathartic for a first time mom who is trying to navigate her way through all the scary and exhilarating moments of parenthood. When my kids were little, I loved to share all the funny stories about what they did that day or the funny thing they said that made me laugh out loud. Of course, as they got older, I find that they ask me if I'm going to post something about them on my blog and oftentimes, they tell me not to do it. As a result, the blog has evolved to be more of a lifestyle destination for parents. We've got posts on our favorite TV shows, books and movies. Plus, we have travel stories, recipes and pet related posts too. I tend to write about things that resonate with me and I love having a place to share my thoughts for all these years.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

Don't start a blog if you think you're going to instantly turn it into a business. The key to being a successful blogger is write about the things that excite you. It could be your toddler taking their first steps, or a major issue in the news that has touched you personally. If food is your first love then share your recipes and the stories behind them. If you are a great photographer, then share your photos on Instagram. If videos are more your game, then build a YouTube page. And if you want to be the Queen of couponing and giveaways, there's a place for you too. That's the beauty of blogging, everyone who is successful in this space are doing well because they figured out the perfect formula that resonates with them and their readers.

#79: workingmommagic.com – Lauren Berger - @workingmommagic

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I work at a local news station and most of the on-air talent use blogs as a way to connect with their audience. Many of them don't have children, so they encouraged me to start a blog, based on activities they saw me doing with my family through social media.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

Since I already write for a living, I thought it would be fun to have my own place on the web to write about whatever I wanted. I have been consistently blogging more than a year now and I love it! I really enjoy connecting with other moms. When a fellow working mom sends me an e-mail telling me how she loves the tips on my blog, or that something I wrote really resonated with her... that makes me feel awesome!

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

I think the biggest tip I have for anyone starting a blog is really focus your blog about topics you are passionate about. If you are writing about something you love, it won't feel like work. Blogging takes a lot of time, but I enjoy it so much, that it doesn't feel like a sacrifice.

#81: Blondemomblog.com - Jamie Reeves - @blondemomblog

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I decided to start writing about parenting when I was on maternity leave with my younger daughter way back in 2005. I wanted to chronicle some of the more heartfelt, and humorous, moments of motherhood. I also found that the early blogging community at that time was very connected and it was a great way to reassure myself that I wasn't totally screwing up at this parenting gig.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I have always loved networking and connecting with people, so blogging and social media are a natural fit for me. I was a journalism major in college and I've been a writer for as long as I can recall. The parenting niche is fun because it is so diverse - there are soccer moms, work outside the home moms, single moms - and we are a supportive community.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

If you're interested in launching your own parenting website or blog, I'd first start by following local bloggers and writers in your city. There are many networking groups and blogger organizations out there and they are a fantastic resource for tips and troubleshooting ideas. I'm co-founder of the Nashville Women Who Blog Facebook group and we help encourage one another and build that sense of community that is so important to the "social" aspect of social media. I'd also think twice before you publish those embarrassingly cute photos or stories about your toddlers and preschoolers. One day they'll be in middle school and they won't appreciate their diaper chronicles going viral.

Lastly, don't get hung up on numbers and stats. Grow your blog authentically and get to know other bloggers in your community. And, have fun!

#94: unchartedparent.com– Tracy Hahn-Burkett - @unchartedparent.com

What made you decide to start writing about parenting?

I’m happy to tell you a bit about my journey into becoming a writer and in so doing, answer a few of those questions for you. Writing was something I’d always thought about, but given my career in politics, law and public policy, I never really had the time. I decided to leave that career when my first child was born, however, because the demanding requirements would have left little time for motherhood the way I planned to do it. But after nine months of my son’s infancy, my brain was turning to mush—parenting an infant, it turns out, is not a very intellectual exercise—and I took an online class on essay-writing. I was hooked, and I’ve been writing ever since.

What is your favorite part about writing and being in your niche?

I’ve been writing my parenting blog for nine(!) years, and it has grown with my kids. In the early days, it centered on toddlers; now, it’s primarily about life with a teen and a tween. It provides the discipline in my writing practice and has taught me to write on schedule. It’s taught me how to write the short essay, let me experiment and been my base in the online world. And although this wasn’t my intent when I began, it’s also become a chronicle of my kids’ childhoods that will be more comprehensive than any baby book could ever be. Since that first class, I’ve also taken my writing in directions I never could have imagined. I’ve published not only essays, but articles and reviews. I just published my first short story. I wrote a first draft of a literary novel, and I’m currently wrestling with its revision. Nothing compares with opening up a document and getting lost in a world that is of your own creation, spending time with people that you’ve invented but who feel real because you know their strengths and weaknesses, their loves and animosities. It’s like living more than one life at a time. And while it sometimes can be overwhelming to work on fiction while working on non-fiction parenting pieces in the same week, it also lets me have a break while still being productive if something is frustrating me in one area of my writing.

Do you have any advice for people hoping to start a parenting website or blog of their own?

For people who would like to start a parenting website or blog, I would advise them to find something to distinguish themselves from everyone else—if your goal is to get noticed. If you just want to create a way for family and friends to see what your family is doing, then you don’t need to worry about this. But if you are looking for something bigger than that, well, there are thousands of parenting blogs out there. Write well. If you’re good at photography (I’m not, unfortunately), that’s a big plus. Create something easy to read and graphically pleasing. Please, please don’t do light text on a black or dark background. Leave white space. And most important, find something special about yourself, your family and/or your perspective.

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