The cliche blog posts you just can’t help but write…

I truly believe that the internet is big enough for all of us parenting bloggers – the big, the small, the old, the new, the niche, the rambling, the beautiful and the truthful.

It does seem though, that there are a number of post titles (with familiar looking stock photos to boot) that crop up over  and over  (and over) again. Don’t get me wrong – I’m as guilty as the next person of churning these posts out. In fact, maybe this post is one of those posts in itself…but if we can’t laugh at ourselves, what can we laugh at eh?

1. Ten things I’ve learnt from blogging. Oh yes, this little gem which strangely enough is still one of my most popular posts. Between us all, we must have all covered these bullet points a kerjillion times over. Yet, to a new blogger they really are like gold dust. And don’t forget, we were all new bloggers once.

2. The soft play post. I firmly believe every parenting blogger has a soft play blog post inside them. There’s just so much scope isn’t there? The overpriced food, the smell of grease, the migraine inducing primary colours, the feral kids…it’s a classic for a reason.

3. An open letter to… Hmmm. Who are you going to write an open letter to? Your kids? Your Mum? Father Christmas? David Beckham? Heartfelt, political, funny…they’re a little bit like Marmite but guess what – I love Marmite.

4. My kid is starting school. Okay so you think that’s soooooo far away as you watch little bubsy bouncing in his jumperoo. Just you wait, you’ll be writing your ‘I can’t believe little Timmy is starting school’ post in the blink of an eye.

5. Swiftly followed by…the school run post. The stuff of dark legend, this will be sure to get some relatable content flowing in no time at all.

6. Review of a personalised cake / pencil / dishcloth…It’s a big deal when you get offered those first bits and bobs to review. Mentioning no names of course, I’m not really sure I’m convinced I want to eat one of those personalised cakes even after all the glowing blogger reviews. Does the value of those products exceed the value of the time you spent writing that review? Maybe not – but it’s an exciting milestone and a big deal. Plus, you gotta start somewhere…

7. My blog birthday. Happy Birthday to me! Well, my blog…where did that year go? I can’t believe how far I have come…I might eat some cake. I wonder if blog birthdays are like real birthdays, and become far less exciting the older you get?

Birthday cake representing blog birthday

8. My kids birthday. Given this annual highlight of any parents calendar, it’s a given that there has to be some inspired blog content right? The cake…the party…the open letter opportunity…it’d be rude not to.

9. I had a bad day / night / week. They say blogging is therapy, so you can be sure that over your blogging back catalogue there will be one or two ranty posts about what a tough time you’re having. I love a good old moan post – it reminds us we are all human, and in this together.

10. New Year Goals. So Christmas and all the festive posts have gone to the land of archived posts, only to be strangely resurrected by ‘revive old posts’ in the middle of summer. You’re limping along, fresh from a blog break of excessive booze and food. The blogging slump is real…there’s only one thing for it – a new year goals post.

It goes without saying though, that these post headers may be ‘popular’ but what lies within each post is as unique as you or I. So don’t be put off…get those creative juices flowing and show us how you’re going to spin it.

x MMT

 

This is a collaborative post 

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35 thoughts on “The cliche blog posts you just can’t help but write…

  1. Kim Carberry Reply

    hehehe! I may have written a few of these posts too. 😀 x

  2. itsmeanniebee Reply

    Totally not going to blog my bloggiversary on Friday then. A whole year #justsaying

  3. absolutely prabulous Reply

    OMG it’s only lunchtime but I might crack open the bubbly. Nope, none of them, not guilty. Took me 3 years to write about what I’ve learned from blogging and I still felt like a fraud doing it! Have to say, none of the typical linky circuit posts are on here though so you’re alright love, you’ll never be a blogging cliche lovely!

  4. simplegirl74 Reply

    Guilty of at least a few . LOL

  5. dadbloguk Reply

    I am guilty of 2,4,5,7 and 8. That said, I’e kinda put the “blogaversary” posts to bed. They do, after all, get a bit tedious after a few years. For a young blog, though, they make sense.

  6. Stephanie Reply

    As a new blogger, I do love those “What I’ve learned blogging posts”! #coolmumclub

  7. nowmynameismummy Reply

    This made me smile! I’m also guilty of a few! #coolmumclub

  8. bobsy's mum (@stressed_mummy_) Reply

    Haha yes, I’ve written a few of these, and I’m sure I will at some point complete the list! #coolmumclub

  9. Briony Reply

    I’ve never done a blogversary post but only because I’m so lame at blogging I forgot the first one and it never seemed with it after that! #coolmumclub

  10. franbackwithabump Reply

    I now feel really predictable!!! Made me chuckle in agreement. Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub

  11. beautybabyandme Reply

    Guilty as charged (those cakes weren’t that nice to be honest but I was a newbie then)! I love all these though especially the happy birthday blog and new year blog posts! You’ve put a positive spin on it so I don’t fee too embarrassed xxx #coolmumclub

  12. Lisa Pass The Prosecco Reply

    This is so true, there does seem to be a certain one of these that happens when dreaded bloggers block appears! #coolmumclub (from a fellow Kentish Lady) xx

  13. Becki Reply

    Oh yes, I’m guilty of most of these. Not got to the school run ones yet, although X starts Nursery in April so lets see how long that lasts… #coolmumclub

  14. Misa Reply

    I haven’t written any of these posts yet, but probably because my blog is so very young! Maybe I should come back in a year and see how many I can tick off. 😀 #coolmumclub

  15. Mrs Lighty Reply

    Ha! I’ve written four of these so far. Although one is a combined one: “5 things I’ve learnt in a year of blogging”, so should probably count as two. And as you say, there’s still potential for soft play and Baby Lighty starting school! I always think that I don’t do open letters, but actually I do occasionally, they’re just not called open letters…hmmm. Thanks for hosting #coolmumclub! xxx

  16. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Haha this is so true I think I’ve nailed nearly all of these at some point or other – #bloggerproblems! Sending lots of #coolmumclub love xoxo

  17. Sarah @tortoisehappy.com Reply

    I’ve only been blogging for a few months… Keep telling myself I won’t do a ‘my blog is a year old post’ but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to resist! Also, soooo tempted to do a ‘what I’ve learned from blogging’. Even though you’ve read it before, its like you don’t believe it until you try it. Some of those posts won’t feature, just cos I write about money (plus I don’t have any children so a post about Saturday soft play would be just weird ) but money blogs all have their own set of repeat articles too!

  18. Tubbs Reply

    Don’t look at my blog, my recent posts contain quite a few of these! Thing is, as you rightly say, everyone’s version is completely unique as we’re all different so they’re worth doing. I’m always fascinated to see how people work these things out. 🙂

  19. kerry Reply

    GUILTY!! although there’s a few I haven’t done and I have writers block at the moment so who knows, maybe a soft play post is overdue!!

    #coolmumclub

  20. justsayingmum Reply

    Oh HILARIOUS!! I was nodding away as I read through this! Arghhh I want to be unique but I really want to review a dishcloth too! Very funny lovely but, you’re right, everyone has a different story to tell – thank the lord!! #CoolMumClub

  21. The Greenwich Mummy Reply

    I’m 100% guilty of a few of these cliché posts hehe 🙂 Sometimes they are needed though… especially the ranting ones! #coolmumclub xxx

  22. Mrs Mummy Harris Reply

    hahaahaha these are so true! ive even got in my planner when to write up Ben’s first birthday post summary – and that personalised cake company? truly worth the review as i got to eat it all as Ben wasnt on solids and Hubby was busy working =]
    #coolmumclub

  23. Lindsay Reply

    Yep, fair few of these seem familiar…. You could probably add ‘everything that’s wrong with Donald Trump’ to the list pretty soon too…. #coolmumclub

  24. Aleena Brown Reply

    Hehe… guilt of one or two! But I do secretly love to read a good cliché post! x #coolmumclub

  25. Island Living 365 Reply

    Ahahahah, and cringe! I think I have done nearly all of these! I have just written a 20 things I learnt in 2016 and we are in February! Can you tell I have blogger’s block (that might be my next post 😉 )#CoolMumClub

  26. Nicole Reply

    (Chuckling away) You hit the nail straight on the head! I’m guilty as charged too…
    But I agree, these posts ARE popular and for a reason! And yes, unique to an extent too.
    Great insight:)
    #coolmumclub

  27. Louise Reply

    Lol, brilliant – think I’ve been guilty of most of these. I’ve yet to write a soft play post though so I’ve still got that one in reserve if I run out of ideas at any point! 🙂

  28. Savings 4 Savvy Mums Reply

    Yep pretty sure I’m guilty of all these! Loved the soft play one, mega funny!! #coolmumclub

  29. Rainbows are too beautiful Reply

    Letters to people would probably be the one I’m most guilty off – usually though it’s following a news item or article. Can’t seem to help it!

  30. Lucy At Home Reply

    Hehe yup I’ve ticked off a few of these already! This really made me chuckle 🙂 #coolmumclub

  31. Confessions of a working mum Reply

    Yep guilty of a few of these but like you say they are so personal and blogging is definitely my therapy so I’m probably going to tick off the rest of your list at some point! #coolmumclub

  32. Mummy Muckups (Anna) Reply

    Tick, tick, tick…..tick, tick, tick…! Pretty much all but one…and just started on the school ones…including my post this week! #coolmumclub

  33. Peachy Reply

    Even though I’ve seen most of these types of posts on numerous occasions, I still enjoy reading several of these categories. It may be the same concept but it’s a different perspective. And the reality is that it’s rare to come accross something completely unique. Unless you’ve had a breakthrough nobody has thought of before, or happen to be in a situation completely foreign to everyone else, it’s all going to be your take on something others have also experienced. Most people’s lives are not so unusual that they can create something completely unique and previously unheard of 3 times per week. #coolmumclub

  34. Helena Reply

    One or two stand out to me as something I may have done. Sometimes the only new comes from a unique voice. #coolmumclub

  35. Jo Reply

    Love this! There are lots of similar posts across the internet, but so from so many perspectives that a topic covered a million times over can still feel fresh 🙂 #coolmumclub

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