HOW IT STARTED
A little less than 2.5 years ago, I decided to look up information on Babywise online. I have no idea why it never occurred to me to do this before that, but it never had. Kaitlyn was two months old. It started with me searching for information about reflux since she had reflux, but I found that none of it really was applicable to me since I did Babywise. I wasn't having problems like others did out there. So I started looking around for Babywise and reflux.
Boy was I surprised! I basically only found negative information out there! I didn't understand that; I had never had issues with Babywise before. Through all of my searching, however, I did find a Yahoo! group for Babywise moms with babies born about the time of Kaitlyn. I was excited to be able to talk to other moms who did Babywise.
I quickly discovered that I was one of only a few moms who had more than one child, so rather than asking questions, I was answering them. Over the next five months, I started to answer the same questions over and over and over again. Any of you who have spent time in an online community know that is common--whether Babywise or not. I started saving some of the "stock" answers on my computer and would just paste the answers as the questions got asked again.
In the meantime, several of my friends started getting into blogging. They were just doing it to stay connected and keep each other updated on their lives. I thought that looked fun and started doing it, too. I started a family blog. About a month and a half later, it occurred to me one night that I should just create a Babywise blog and publish my "stock" answers on there. That was November 20, 2007. I started with a post about me, then over the next few days compiled and posted basic, common answers. These included information about reflux, swaddling, CIO, consistent schedules, and waketime when baby wakes early.
I put a few posts up, then the holidays came and I got busy with all that entails. About a month later, I remembered about my new little blog and came to check on it. To my surprise, I had some comments on it! As I checked out the comments, I saw most were from a gal I now know to be a Babywise dissenter. She started asking innocent questions, which I answered, and soon discovered she had much to say :).
At that point, I decided I had better stick to this blog. I didn't want all of the information online to be negative. I wanted a positive place for parents to come and find answers to their difficulties. I wanted them to know they were not alone, and that they can get through it. I wanted to help people, because people like Tulipgirl were out there putting forth much energy into bashing Babywise.
So, I started publishing like crazy! I fell into a groove of publishing. At first, I tried to just publish things extremely pertinent to Babywise. I labeled any post that was not directly related to Babywise with "Not BW" in the title. Over time, the blog has grown into a one-stop location for parents who follow Babywise. I try to cover parenting in all its realms, from diapers, to gas pain, to educating children. The blog now attracts parents from various philosophies.
Before I started this blog, when you googled "babywise," you basically found nothing but negative information. Now when you google "babywise," this blog is on the first page!
MY PUBLISHING SCHEDULE
I, not surprisingly, follow a basic pattern to my publishing. I do deviate at times, but currently, here is my line-up:
- Monday: This is the day I write a post elaborating on a favorite -wise theory.
- Tuesday: This is the day I publish our weekly summaries for the children. I also write posts based on reader requests.
- Wednesday: This day alternates each week. Every other week, I publish poll results. I often also publish blog annoucements on this day. The other weeks, I publish whatever I feel like :)
- Thursday: This is the day I write a post inspired by a parenting book I like other than a book from the -wise series.
- Friday: I publish whatever I want to on this day. I usually post on topics that are reader requests, but I also throw posts in there I think will be helpful.
- Saturday: This is either "Help A Reader Out" day or "Product Review" day.
- Sunday: None