Mother of the World had the honor, and privilege of having an inspiring conversation with Shanicia Boswell of Black Moms Blog. Yes, she is a Black mother but that’s not the main reason she is Mother of the World’s Featured September Blogger. She has spent years, creating a space for Black moms to discuss parenting, lifestyle, and culture from a Black Moms point of view. She recently opened up an extensive marketplace on her blog to have a one-stop shop, to create a major go-to site for Black mothers, at the same time Black Moms Blog serves as a brand influencer site for large and small companies as well. This empowered Mompreneur is focused on inclusion, uplifting, and strives to change the imagery of parenting in Black America.
Shanicia Boswell is a Georgia native currently living in Atlanta. She is a full-time mother and entrepreneur who strives to change the imagery of Black parenting in America. Shanicia created Black Moms Blog to discuss parenting, culture, and lifestyle from a Black mom’s point of view.
She focuses on uplifting, inclusion, and day-to-day norms that most parents go through in our community. Black Moms Blog also serves as a brand influencer site for large and small companies as well.
MW: What or who inspired you to create your blog?
SB: I was inspired to create Black Moms Blog because as a mother, I had a hard time finding mothers who looked like me talking about their experience as a mom. I felt that there was a large racial disparity in Black women blogging about motherhood.
MW: What is your favorite thing about blogging and why?
SB: My favorite thing about blogging is being able to connect with women who are able to see themselves in the topics that I write about. We can tend to isolate ourselves as mothers and assume that we are the only ones going through a particular situation. It is refreshing to hear that other women are just as confused about this motherhood thing as I am!
MW: What is the hardest thing that you have encountered since you started blogging?
SB: The hardest thing I have encountered since I started blogging is exposing my personal life. I am a private person but I realize that people want to hear those personal experiences. It is what makes each blogger unique. So, I am working on being a little more open.
MW: Where would you like to take your blog in 5 years?
SB: In the next 5 years, I would love for Black Moms Blog to be the “go to” site for Black mothers. I would like to have several books published and be able to travel to share my experiences with my audience.
MW: What main topics do you blog about?
SB: Main topics I blog about are parenthood of course but I also like to blog about self-care. I feel that most mom blogs forget about the mother. There are plenty of blogs discussing how to raise your child, what to do with your child, what to feed your child, but what about mom? We often tend to get left behind.
MW: Why did you decide to open up a market place along with your blog?
SB: I wanted to open a marketplace on the blog so that Black Moms Blog could be a one-stop shop for mothers. It would be a place where you could read on our latest topics and shop some of your favorite items we display on our news feeds. This is definitely a work in progress though.
MW: How do you balance motherhood, blogging, and self-care?
SB: I balance everything by creating goal lists and following a schedule. At the beginning of each day, I mentally give myself a minimum of three goals to complete before I can take a rest. If I get these things done quickly, then I have the rest of my day to do as I please. If I don’t it turns into a full work day. I schedule in self care nights too. Twice a month, I do a bath soak, with wine, music, everything. I try to stay off of my phone and just relax. I give myself manicures and pedicures. And there are days I dress up for no reason just to feel pretty. As far as motherhood, I try to have most of my work completed by time Kamryn gets out of school. The weekends belong to her too.
MW: From your experience what’s one tip that you would give to a new blogger?
SB: One tip I would give to a new blogger is to define your niche’. Don’t be afraid to get specific. When I started Black Moms Blog I received a small amount of backlash from those who felt they were not included in my blog. In reality, that wasn’t the case at all. My blog does not exclude anyone but the experiences that are discussed are told by the perspective of Black mothers. I actually have a large following of mothers who are not Black but can still find ways to relate to the experiences discussed on my platform.
MW: Do you blog as a hobby or is it your job?
SB: Blogging is my full-time job! My blog is monetized so with proper budgeting, I am able to survive off of sponsorships and ads. I am saving to buy a house next year so I am actively looking for part-time work.
MW: What is one word that will describe you for 2016?
SB: One word that describes me for 2016: Reliance. I am not able to accomplish any of these things on my own. I am putting my full reliance in God to allow me to move steadily through my goals and complete all tasks I have ahead of me. Without Him, there would be no me!