Part-Time Blogging Leads To Income For Mom

Chicago Sun-Times:

Lisa Martin, a die-hard Green Bay Packers fan and Wisconsinite whose fate is to live in Oak Lawn, is gaining a following and part-time income as a mom blogger by offering hints on saving money, finding useful household products and dealing with tough family situations.

“I started blogging as a way to keep in touch with my friends and family in Wisconsin,” said Martin, mom to 5-year-old daughter Madison and 2-year-old son Will.

Martin, who earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies with a minor in business administration at the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, had no writing experience when she started blogging three years ago.

“I taught myself. I started on Blogger, which is a free (software) platform,” said Martin, who has developed a 200-word-maximum writing style and now uses a WordPress software platform (

Martin writes four blogs, and cautions that blogging is hard work that requires constant, consistent updates, as well as posting Twitter and social-media links to generate buzz.

“You have to interact with people. That’s how you get people to come to your blog,” said Martin, whose blogs are,, and

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