Tuesday, March 18, 2008

5 Great Gifts for Mommy Bloggers

It’s true that not all moms would fancy a banner design for Mother’s Day, but there are a few thousand mommy Bloggers who just might be yearning for a special header of their own. In fact, there are a number of unique ways to show a mom blogger in your life that you love her dearly. Here are a few gifts to consider from small budget to a complete splurge:

1. A banner design: A quick Google search for custom banners or graphic designs such as through Etsy can yield a great number of artists waiting to customize the perfect design. Best bet here is to let the blogger pick and choose the design itself so offer up the cash or go ahead and purchase the design for her. Every blogger has their own style and some even like to change their banner for each season. Free templates and graphics are available as well. Price: Free to $25.

2. Her own domain: Truthfully, it only costs $10 for the entire year through a host like Go Daddy, but to give her her own URL will bring a bounty of smiles and laughter. Search for some possible names, including her blog title, or some other quirky thing she uses in her blog often. Or, better yet, let her decide let her know that you’ll pay for the charge. Price: $9.99 and up.

3. A blog souvenir: With the popularity of blogging comes along quirky T-shirts and other memorabilia that can make any blogger giggle. A coffee mug or T-shirt with a saying like, “My Mommy is blogging this,” just might be the laugh she needs this Mother’s Day. Or, for a cheaper alternative, a bumper sticker could work, too. Price: $4.95 to $36.

4. Books about blogging: There are a few good titles out about how to make money blogging and how to blog in general. A fun, light read could be The IT Girl's Guide to Blogging with Moxie, by Joelle Reeder and Katherine Scoleri or "No One Cares What You Had for Lunch: 100 Ideas for Your Blog," by Margaret Mason Price: From 13.50 to $16.50.

5. Blogging Conference: The ultimate splurge would be to pay for the Mom Blogger in your life to attend BlogHer ’08, which will be held in San Francisco this year. Of course, depending on location and season of life, some moms might want to forgo a trip this big, which would mean time away from her children. But, if she’s eager to network among other women Bloggers, this conference is truly the event of the year. A backup option here would be a local blog conference or perhaps just an e-course on blogging. Price: $50 to $348 until March 31, not counting transportation or accommodations.

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Joelle said...

Thanks for mentioning our book! :-)

bella said...

Great ideas.
Are you going to Blogher conference?

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

Great ideas -- I've been thinking of splurging on a domain name. And I have the same question Bella does -- blogher for you?

Jena Strong said...

I love this list. I'll take one banner and a round-trip ticket to SF!

Shawn said...

You know, I don't think BlogHer is in the cards for me this year. It was Chicago last year and California this year so I'm hoping for an East Coast location next year! I just don't think we can afford it. It would be fabulous, though!

Stephanie said...

Fabulous list! If you're looking for cute blog designs, I recommend DCR Design: http://www.dcrdesign.com/.

Lynn from organicmania.com said...

Great ideas! And they're all "green" to boot... not more "stuff." I love it! :)