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 (WordPress.org).
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 MyThoughtsIdeasAndRamblings.com, LisaReviews.com, LisaCooking.com and LisasTravels.com.
Screenshot from LisaReviews.com