Mommy blogs have become a staple in the online parenting world. Turns out that all that virtual sharing about diaper changes, co-sleeping and breastfeeding dilemmas gives a boost to the writers. Researchers have found blogging helps reduce the social isolation that plagues many a new mother.
“It looks like blogging might be helping these women as they transition into motherhood because they may begin to feel more connected to their extended family and friends, which leads them to feel more supported,” says Brandon T. McDaniel, graduate student in human development and family studies at Penn State. “That potentially is going to spill out into other aspects of their well being, including their marital relationship with their partner, the ways that they’re feeling about their parenting stress, and eventually into their levels of depression.” So get writing, Mama!