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Grandma's Briefs Offers Irrepressible Fun

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By Lisa_GrandmasBriefs

Grandma's Briefs Offers Irrepressible Fun

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Grandma's Briefs Offers Irrepressible Fun

My Bubby and me!

The Name and Web Address of My Blog

Grandma's Briefs
http://www.grandmasbriefs.com/

How Long I've Been Blogging and How Often I Post

I started Grandma's Briefs July 25, 2009 and have posted daily since then.

Why I Decided to Become a Blogger

As a recently laid-off editor and writer, I needed a way to regularly flex my writing muscle. Writing advice often says to write on what you're passionate about, and my greatest passion is my one and only grandson, born in June of 2008. I'm a long-distance grandma, so writing about Bubby and other grandma-related things (plus a few diversions now and then) keeps Bubby top of mind despite the 819 miles between us.

My vision for Grandma's Briefs is to record my journey through the murky waters of grandparenting -- while still parenting my three adult daughters -- and to meet other grandmas along the way.

What I've Learned and What Rewards I Have Enjoyed

I've learned that grandmas everywhere are interested in how other grandmas approach this phase of life and how they make the most of it. Through my "Grilled Grandmas" feature, I've met lovely, amazing and vibrant women who do their best to cherish every moment with their grandchildren and encourage the development of the child's character, creativity ... and funny bone!

One of the more interesting things I've learned is that you don't have to be a grandma to enjoy Grandma's Briefs and to share your parenting/grandparenting memories and experiences. I've made wonderful friends along the way, some who are grandmas and some who are not.

Advice

  • Just dive in and learn along the way. The only way to figure it out is to try it.
  • Never hesitate to e-mail other bloggers for advice and assistance. We're all here to help one another blossom -- as bloggers AND as grandparents!

Susan Adcox, About.com Grandparents, says:

From the first time you click on Grandma's Briefs and see that string of knickers, you know you are in for a different experience. For one thing, you know you have found a blogger with a sense of fun.

Lisa has a writer's skills but her prowess doesn't stop there. She always follows a blog post with a Question of the Day, sometimes humorous but always thought-provoking. Following the question is a "You might also like" feature which suggests blog posts with a similar theme or tone, each represented by a clickable picture. (Lisa's no slouch in the technology department either.)The menu across the top highlights her Grilled Grandmas, quotations, recipes and links.

Another thing I like about Lisa's blog is that she groups her sponsored links (giveaways, reviews and items for which she gets paid) under a separate heading, The Back Room. Must be that journalism training kicking in--you should always separate the editorial side from the money side.

With a blog every day, there's always something new to see and read at Grandma's Briefs. When you have extra time, start on the archives. It will take you a while, but it's worth it.

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