How Can I Improve Sleeping Should Be Easy?

How can we improve Sleeping Should Be Easy?
With a parenting blog, I never seem to run out of ideas on what to write about. As my toddler continues to grow, I’m thrust into new experiences (how to encourage pretend play) as well as revisiting old ones (hello again, cranky naps). And my son isn’t the only one growing—this blog is, too. As it does, I vary the types of posts I write, whether they’re lists, infographics, thought-provoking topics, flashbacks into the earlier days of parenthood or interviews with experts and other bloggers.

I think I’ve done a decent job of covering topics that seem helpful or insightful (because I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who has dealt with tantrums or wondered about labeling our kids), but in an effort to ensure that you’re getting what you’re coming here for, I’d like to ask you explicitly:

What would you like to see here at Sleeping Should Be Easy?

To improve this blog, I’d like to know what topics and posts you like. While this blog covers my personal experiences and all that I’ve learned, a large part of its growth is because of you. That said, I want to make sure you like what you read and aren’t disappointed with what you take away from the posts. So I’d like to know:

  • What posts have you enjoyed in the past?
  • Are there types of posts you look forward to more than others?
  • Conversely, are there posts you skip over?
  • What topics would you like addressed more on the site?
  • What do you like about Sleeping Should Be Easy?

If you could even point to previous posts in the past, that would be helpful as well. Any input you can provide will help build a better blog and provide posts you’ll read and enjoy.

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(Belated) weekend links

In other news, I wanted to feature some interesting discussions around the blogosphere, including:

Nina

Nina is a working mom to three boys—a five-year-old and toddler twins. She blogs about parenting at Sleeping Should Be Easy, where she writes everything she's learning about being mom and all its joys and challenges. She also covers topics like how kids learn and play, family life, being a working mom and life with twins. Download her free ebook, "Time Management Strategies for the Overwhelmed Mom" for more tips.

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  1. Steph says

    Thanks for the link! :)

    I think it’s hard to give you specifics on what posts I particularly like versus what posts I skip over because it depends so much on my kiddo. And there’s really no way of predicting what experiences our kids will have in common. Since they’re about the same age much of what you say resonates and it’s always nice to hear your perspective. I particularly appreciate how intentionally you think through some issues. It’s encouraging and challenges me to be more intentional and sometimes to think through an issue I haven’t thought of before. Keep up the good work!

  2. says

    How I’ve missed reading your blog…my dad is still here (with his wife, who has a head cold) and my son caught a stomach bug this week. It will be nice to get back to normalcy soon.

    I wanted to share with you my thoughts on your blog and thank you for giving me the opportunity to do so:
    – I truly enjoy EVERY post. Your topic selection is diverse and relevant.
    – I love that you ask questions after you write, share your experiences, and provide ways to help the issue that is being discussed.
    – I like the topics about discipline and nutrition. Discipline because I am very new to how to discipline a toddler (mine is still pretty good at listening…except for the garbage can :) ) and I know his disobedient behavior will be coming soon. I love reading about how you and other parents handle specific situations. I like nutrition because I am an avid reader of the nutrition labels and I like sharing experiences and learning from others.
    – I am also intrigued by your communication topics, as I feel communication is right behind respect when it comes to teaching your child.

    I told my husband how lucky I am to have found your site because I feel I’m a giant step behind your experiences which helps me as we parent our son. My husband is definitely NOT a blogger; although, he reads your site religiously. You have so much to offer to parents (new and veterans).

    Your site is so professional. It remains positive and provides a wealth of information. It is a place to go for facts, resources, and anecdotes. I can’t say enough things about Sleeping Should Be Easy! You are really a rock star!

    • says

      To Patty’s husband: Thanks for reading SSBE! I love our readers, and not just bloggers or commenters (in fact the majority of SSBE readers don’t do either).

      • says

        Too funny…I just left a post on today’s topic, explaining how my hubby and I are in a constant disagreement with your #3. Showing him this message you just sent him will definitely help him to change his mind :)

  3. Teresa Cleveland Wendel says

    I enjoy the variety of info in your posts. You edit them well which makes me think that you are a professional who enjoys writing, and takes pride in how you express your thoughts.
    The #1 thing that keeps me reading your postings is the informative, concise brevity. I’m busy and impatient, and I don’t have time for rambling. I also like the touches of humor that move your writing along.
    Thanks for sharing your expertise.

    • says

      Teresa, thank you—I actually considered majoring in English in college! But alas… my profession isn’t actually writing-related.

      That said, I believe that anyone who wants to have a great blog or keep readers coming back for more is to improve their writing. I probably edit more than I write, and I write every day even though I don’t post every day. It’s just good to keep practicing and training yourself in whatever skill you want to improve.

      • Teresa Cleveland Wendel says

        Editing more than you write is a good thing. No matter how skilled we might be, the first draft is never good enough. I’m never satisfied until I redo an essay 50 times–or at least it seems like that many. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve arrived back at where I started when I finally push the PUBLISH button.

  4. Ana @ Mommyhood: From the Heart says

    I love all your posts. I like how they’re well-written, honest, and to the point. They’re also very informative. You should keep doing what you’re doing. It’s working :)

  5. says

    First of all, thank you for the link, I appreciate it.
    Secondly, to be honest, I wish I could skip over some of your posts because I have so little time as it is. But every time, I find myself compelled to read what you share.
    I especially appreciate the way you present your information. It is very relatable and you always make me think. Since I have started reading your posts, there hasn’t been one that I did not find helpful. I suppose part of it is that your concerns are very much in line with what I worry about and your solutions feel right and comfortable to me.
    Keep up the great work! :)

  6. Kerry @ Made For Real says

    I’m semi new to your site, but I’ve loved popping over and enjoy many of the topics you write about! Happy successes to you. Have fun revamping things. :)

  7. Sara says

    Funny – I think we are both reflecting this week.
    I agree that the discipline blogs are great, it is not my strength!

  8. says

    Since finding your blog I don’t think I’ve skipped over a single one of your posts. I don’t always comment because I don’t always have anything that will contribute to a particular conversation, but there is always something to take away. I find myself thinking back on the post I read in the morning as I go about my day. So keep doing what you are doing and we will keep benefitting from your wisdom, thought provocation, and the community of parents that have gathered here.

  9. says

    Thanks so much for linking to my post! (It’s nice to get some responses!) I appreciate your blog because you nicely balance practical advice with personal stories. I appreciate you all the more now knowing that you reflect on your writing and solicit input.

  10. says

    Everyone, thanks so much for the feedback. I’m truly elated to hear your positive responses, and trust me when I say I didn’t write this post to fish for compliments. Instead, I wanted to see if any of the posts weren’t going in the right direction and was curious to see which ones I should do less of and which ones I should keep going with.

    I’m glad to hear that what I’ve been writing has been working for you. I’ve also taken note on some specific topics that you mentioned and will highlight those in the future too.

    Again, thanks for the feedback, and know that I truly appreciate your readership!

  11. says

    I really like your detailed posts and visiting your blog as you have created such a good community here. I like reading about your personal experiences the best and appreciate how much research you do on the topic. I find it really helpful when you provide links to other articles/blogs as well.

  12. says

    I love your blog, I think every parent can relate to the topics you choose to write about and it still amazes me that even though you’re a working mom, you’re able to complete so many entries each week. Your personal experiences reassures mothers that you know what you’re talking about, rather than basing your stories on others.

    Also, I must thank you for visiting your readers’ sites too, your comments on mine are always delightful and it’s nice to know I’m not just writing for myself!

    Keep up the great work, I know I’ll be re-reading a lot of posts as my baby grows into a toddler!