MiltownMoms.com turns two April 7th.
It's kind of like another baby to me. Like my two other children, maintaining the website takes an enormous amount of time and energy. And, similar to raising children, I am immensely gratified by the work I put into it.
But why do it if it takes up so much of my precious time? Three reasons, really.
1.) It's needed, dammit!
The website started because I was trying to organize a fun-filled summer for my son, but I couldn't find a useful, one-stop resource for family fun in Milwaukee.
After organizing my little calendar for us, I thought to myself, 'I can't be the only parent who would find this events calendar useful.' So I decided to share it!
It was thrilling to see an immediate response from local moms on social media. I was so excited each time the Facebook page got a new "like." I was giddy each time I saw on Google Analytics that there was a visitor on my website at this very moment!
Today, the website has grown to over 12,000 visits per month, and continues to grow each month. What an exciting testimony to the need for this kind of website!
I want parents to know that they are not alone. They don't have to come up with 12 craft projects a day, or create their own nature hike, or buy fancy new books for storytime. These events are already happening, and many of them are free!
It takes a village to raise a child, and what an amazing village we have in the metro-Milwaukee area.
2.) I use it.
When I'm looking for something to do with my kids, I use my own website.
I visit the Calendar. I check the Indoor Playground page. I remind myself which Farmer's Markets start on which dates. I give myself an idea for a day trip. I find a camp.
I haven't visited all of the places listed on the website, and that's part of the point. I do the research, and if it's a place I'd love to go with my kids, then I include it. It's like my own personal website, calender, scheduler. Except it's not. It's for everyone!
3.) It's fun!
I'm kind of obsessed with making the website super organized and endearing. I wish I could do it full-time, but I can't. There's, like, health insurance and stuff to think about.
But after the kids are in bed, I snuggle up on the couch, open my laptop, and start exploring. I respond to emails. I create Facebook posts. I write on the blog. I pin.
Three years later, the website is bursting with more information than I could ever have imagined.
I have been so energized by the response of other parents and caregivers. I am thrilled each time a parent tells me that they find the website useful, well-organized, and filled with helpful resources.
Please continue to send your good ideas, and happy exploring!
And, happy birthday to you, MiltownMoms.com!