July 28th, 2008
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I’ve spent two weeks now covering the pros and cons of blogging as a birth parent. I’ve told my own positive and negative stories. And now I’m here offering birth parents a challenge (as I’m all about challenges!): start a blog! You heard me right: BLOG!

Trust me when I say that there are many more positive points than I was able to cover in five days when it comes to blogging as a birth parent. And, true, there are some other negative points as well. But, when it comes down to it, the positives far outweigh the negatives. When I think about my blogging experience, I have an overall positive feeling. I have made great friends, learned many things and generally had a great time. I’ve also pushed myself down a path towards healing when I might have otherwise been content to sit alongside that road and watch others pass me up.

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And I want you to benefit as well! So, start a blog and get blogging.

First, some technical tips. My favorite free blogging platform is, by far, WordPress.com. Their blogs are easy to use, easy for people to comment on and easy to make private if the mood strikes you to lock up for awhile. They’re also easy to customize and generally work better than other free platforms. Trust me. You won’t be disappointed with WordPress.

Second, some naming tips. Don’t just name your blog “Jenna’s Blog About Adoption.” Be inventive. In fact, don’t even put adoption in the title. While you will be blogging about adoption, you also want others who are untouched by adoption to click over. So spend some time thinking up a name that doesn’t scream adoption and makes people want to click in and read your words.

Third, write well and write often but remember its always quality of quantity. If you can’t write well everyday, well, don’t write everyday. On the same hand, you’ve got to write enough to keep people coming back. Start off with some general introductions to yourself and your story and then let your story begin to unfold on the blog. Other tips for stuff to cover: visit forums, other blogs and news stories and write your opinions on similar topics. There’s a wealth of information to cover if you only take a few minutes to look at it.

And finally, enjoy it. It’s no fun if you don’t enjoy it. You won’t learn anything if you don’t enjoy it. And you won’t find your way towards healing if you don’t enjoy it. SO ENJOY IT!

If you are currently blogging or decide to blog, please stop back and leave a comment with the link to your blog. I’d love to read about your birth parent experience.

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3 Responses to “A Challenge to Birth Parents: BLOG!”

  1. calirosie says:

    Jenna, I have long been a (lurking) fan of you and your writing, not just on adoptionblogs but your other two blogs as well.

    I have just started blogging and (hopefully) will get better as I progress in my writing and my grief…

    http://vires-acquirit-eundo.blogspot.com/

  2. djc0501 says:

    Can you give me some advice about blogging? I am kind of new to it and really have only used it on myspace.com. What I am trying to do is find a way to get some kind of blog/bulletin out there to try to help my soon to be 18 daughter that I put up for adoption find me. At the time of her adoption, the adoptive parents told me they would give her the information to find me when she turns 18 as long as I updated it. I know I can’t get into any of the adoption registries until she actually turns 18, but I don’t even know how they work once I can register. If her parents don’t give her any information, how easy will it be for her to locate me not knowing much more than a date of birth? Anyone with any advice can email me directly at faith123@charter.net

    Thanks in advance for any information anyone can provide me with.

  3. crystalsway says:

    You make a ggod case. I’m starting today!

    http://crystalsway.blogspot.com/
    Bare with me, I’m very new at this.

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