grapefruit / 4475 posts
I miss the blogs! I'm loving all the ideas for big kid posts. Even though DS is 5 I still like reading about what moms are going through with younger kids.
I notice the Hellobee Facebook page is fairly active with sharing articles.
kiwi / 539 posts
@ALV91711: I had no idea there even was a Facebook page, going to check it out now!
wonderful apple seed / 16153 posts
@ALV91711: @Jennibenni: I didn’t know about FB HB either. See you all there too.
blogger / nectarine / 2931 posts
Agree with previous bloggers that its more of a struggle to find time/topics to blog about as kids get older. When I started blogging I was working part time, I've been full time for over 2 years now and its just so much harder to find time. The current active bloggers have much younger kids and it wasn't obvious to me if anything I could say would be of interest. I also have been making an effort to disconnect from my phone more and haven't been checking the boards regularly. I do love this community and will always be thankful for the support you all gave me when I was in the thick of it with D! I hope it doesnt die away but I guess I need to do my part to be sure that doesnt happen...
olive / 51 posts
@crazydoglady: Yes. I will post once and a while on Baby Center, but there is just too much craziness over there. I like how welcoming and drama free this forum is.
persimmon / 1395 posts
@Mrs. Tiger: I’d definitely be interested in hearing updates from you and other bloggers who we haven’t heard from in a while.
blogger / cherry / 201 posts
@mediagirl: I'm working on a post about that topic right now! Thanks so much for the feedback. I'm definitely one of the bloggers who needs to be more actively involved in the boards. Noted!!
This was a really helpful thread to read through - I've started (or at least brainstormed starting) posts on several things people mentioned wanting to see. I'll focus on those topics for my next posts :). I still have little ones, so it is easy to focus on the baby/ toddler stage, but my oldest is turning 5 this summer and I too have many of those topics on my mind. I'm also in the midst of deciding whether to transition from being a full time WOHM to potentially a part time WAHM or even a SAHM if that transition is of interest to anybody!
apricot / 292 posts
I thought it was just me! My twins are five now so I’d love to see older kid posts, moms re-entering full time WOH or re-careering, balancing work with school involvement, managing kids activities, chores, discipline...
cherry / 155 posts
To all the current bloggers who are asking if a certain topic seems relevant, that answer is yes! If you are questioning something, that means the rest of us moms are!
I don't care if the post is as simple as 'what cup should my LO use next?' to as complicated as 'dealing with mean girls in elementary school'
I also understand that there is an awareness of trying to keep your kids privacy. I thought that was why the bloggers used fictional names and the kids had nicknames? I suppose if over the years you have let to much information out and you are not comfortable knowing that many people know you in real life. Perhaps any new bloggers should be warned to not share full face pictures and other content.
I do not have any support (besides DH), this is my group of mom friends and I will not let it become obsolete!
persimmon / 1327 posts
@Mrs. Peas: Would love to see a post on WOHM to part-time or SAHM! I really struggle with wanting to do this for a while but worry about the impact on my career. Would be interested to hear if/when you plan to reenter the workforce and how that plays into your decision.
wonderful pomelo / 30083 posts
If nothing else, I'm kind of happy to see that this thread has been kept alive and still going!
@Mrs. Tiger: I would love love LOVE and update on how your family is doing these day!!!!
@Mrs. Starfish: Even though your kids are younger than mine, I still LOVE reading about the twinblings! Keep it up, please!!
wonderful persimmon / 25512 posts
@Mrs. Peas: @Mrs. Tiger: If you are active on the boards, you can see what's trending in terms of the questions the posters are asking. That could be an easy way to help you focus on content.
If you're not reading the boards, I'd love to know why....it seems like there's a disconnect between the blog and the boards.
wonderful apricot / 22474 posts
@Mrs. Tiger: Hi Mrs Tiger! I would love to see an update from you It already brings a smile to my face to see you pop up here! I guess I get really attached to the bloggers and their families, haha!!
@Kemma: Haha I really do not miss the drama though! But you are right, there used to be threads that are like 100 pages long in the span of a day
@Mrs. Starfish: I love reading your posts! I need to do a better job on commenting! I am so invested in the twins since I've been following along since the beginning!
@Mrs. Lion: Wow! I think the hard part is not being able to share!
I hope we can still keep the boards going without oversight!
nectarine / 2226 posts
@Mrs. Peas: I'd LOVE a post about going from WOHM to something else.. I am currently WOHM with hopes to transition to "something else" in the future. But I'm not sure what that something else will be so I'd def be interested to hear other's experiences/thought process and ultimate ending place.
cherry / 201 posts
@Mrs. Peas: I recently decided to leave my career and transition to being a SAHM (at least for now). It was a hard decision that I came to for a lot of reasons (and I’m still not sure it was the right one, I’m only a few weeks in and still have a newborn). Anyway, I’d love to read a post on the topic!
persimmon / 1399 posts
What do folks think of having some new volunteer hosts? One of the things I found really inviting when I first joined this community was that hosts reached out to wall me when I joined, and also replied to my comments and posts to welcome me and orient me to stuff I might not know. I know the Bees picked the hosts before...but in their absence could we give it a go ourselves?
pomegranate / 3610 posts
@looch: You're right! The hostesses! What happened to @chopsuey?! And @mrsjyw? I miss them!
coffee bean / 46 posts
@Mrs. Starfish: Just another person popping up to say that I love your posts! My DD is about a year behind your girls, so it's so much fun to look at what could be coming down our way.
pineapple / 12878 posts
@lilyofthewest: agree and also think we could use some guest blogger posts if anyone is interested
@lilyofthewest: I think I applied a few times to be a host before
@jennlin821: That is really helpful feedback. I too really appreciate posts with a singular focus - in fact I find them easier to digest and get value from. I'll definitely work on a few of those and also share the feedback w/the other bloggers, and please feel free to share any other specific ideas you have.
@Mrs. Starfish: Actually, a question, since you JUST posted a new blog post. Do you personally post them and publish them so the world can see them? Or is this something the Bees handle themselves?
@Ajsmommy: Awesome. I am in a very similar place right now, so I'll definitely work on one or more posts about this topic. I'll start a board conversation as well, so hopefully we can get a good conversation going on the boards about it as well.
@looch: Thank you! I will definitely start reading the boards more!! I'm not sure why I haven't done it until now but I'll also suggest the other bloggers start doing the same. I'm brainstorming some ideas to bridge the gap/ disconnect between what's being published on the blog and discussed on the boards. ALSO I made a big list of post ideas yesterday just from this thread and will read through the rest of the active conversations to hopefully add to it.
@peachykeen: Working on it now!!! And I'm going to start a conversation on the boards about this topic as well as I think this one where the more voices/ perspectives we can get, the better
* Just saw the active conversation about ideal work scenario! Will catch up/ contribute to that post :).
blogger / cherry / 151 posts
I noticed the slow down in blogs too, and was checking the boards to see how things were going here. Life was really busy, so I'm just now finding some time to write. I'll have to check out the boards more often. I tend to gravitate towards reading blog posts (that's how I found Hellobee). I find the big parenting decisions to be complex, and love reading about the thought process or all the factors considered when making parenting decisions. So reading longer blog posts is helpful for me, but I like how you can get multiple perspectives with a board post. I really do find this to be such a supportive and thoughtful community.
blogger / eggplant / 11471 posts
Just chiming in to say that as my kids have gotten older (5 & 7 now!), I've gotten more cautious/selective about what to post about them. Life has also just gotten busier. In between a full-time job, activities, homework, etc. it's harder to make time. It's definitely a time commitment to write blog posts. Each post takes me an hour or two minimum. It's kind of funny how blogging is - at least for me, once I get going on posts and get into a good rhythm, I want to keep posting and all these ideas come to mind, but once I let blogging go idle, it's hard to muster up the motivation to blog.
I'm still a regular on the boards though! I like popping in and interacting with this community. I am so thankful for this site and community, and how it got me through the new motherhood years.
It's so nice and encouraging to read that people want to step up and get involved on the boards and blogs!
@Adira: I know this question isn't directed to me, but we don't publish the posts ourselves. It goes into a queue, and Mrs. Bee will schedule them, so that topics are spread out.
@Mrs. High Heels: Thanks for chiming in! That's how I assumed it worked, based on how Weddingbee did it, but it's nice to have confirmation. So Mrs. Bee is still at least somewhat involved, since new blog posts do occasionally pop up - just not as involved as she used to be!
blogger / apricot / 438 posts
I can say that for me, I haven't been posting as much because of two reasons. One is that I started an amazing new job and I am soooo busy that it leaves little time for anything else. The second reason is that I am upset by so many things happening in the world right now and I am not even sure how to approach this. Or if it is even appropriate for this site. I guess I would like some feedback about how readers would feel about more serious topics being blogged about?
And as far as the boards, I try to post there, but I am also on baby center and that place is basically an inferno for meanness and being ridiculed for being a person, so I am a little hesitant to post on the boards. I can try to be more active there as well.
I do not want Hellobee to die. This has been a really positive place and experience for me and I feel like I want to keep going, I just don't know what my level of commitment can be.
hostess / wonderful grape / 20760 posts
I think the Bees have a lot on their plate since both of Mr. Bee's parents have passed away -- they are just busy running the resort?
I myself haven't been around very much because three kids is drowning me! Very very little downtime ever. And when I come to the boards it's like not much is happening, so then I don't come often...a cycle!
I don't want HB to fizzle out, either. It's been a huge support for me and a big part of my parenting over the last 6 years.
@Mrs. High Heels: just wanted to say that your blog posts were one of my faves! I remember I loved reading your monthly updates on your kids especially because your daughter is the same age as my oldest so it felt so relatable!
@dolphin: aw thank you!! I appreciate you saying that!
clementine / 973 posts
Can I just say where would I (and many others) be without the IVF thread?! I seriously went through some of the most difficult days of my life with help from my fellow IF bees.
I joined my due date FB group and was there mostly for the past year. Since January, I’ve gone on hiatus with my FB account...miss everyone there a ton...but I am back here more and happy to see many bees (though considerably fewer) still around. I hope there is a way for this great community of women to continue to be there for each other.
apricot / 385 posts
@Mrs. High Heels: I'm glad you're still active on the boards! I love your skincare recommendations on some of the posts. I ordered the Biore sunscreen a while back and am loving it!
@Mrs. Tiger: I miss your blog posts too but totally understand not having the time! I don't know how you managed writing with all you had going on. If you do have time tho I'd love an update on D and K. I had my own D who was a NICU baby but is doing much better now.
blogger / cherry / 202 posts
@Adira: Sorry for the delay - we are traveling right now with the twinblings and my hands are too full! As Mrs. High Heels said, yep, we write the posts, they then go into a queue and get all pretty and then scheduled to go up. The post that went up yesterday from me had been submitted over the weekend, for instance. So it’s not usually too long after we submit a post that it gets published...
nectarine / 2454 posts
I love the blog posts , even though I rarely comment. The ones about loss got me through some dark days when we were dealing with our own losses.
I struggle to post on hellobee.com because I think it's not relevant or that people will think I'm ridiculous. But it's been such an awesome resource for us in parenting - my DH always asks me to take something we disagree on to this site! - and i hate to think of it fading away.
pomegranate / 3789 posts
I think it's a little bit of a vicious cycle. Bloggers and community members don't post about topics related to older kids because they think of the site as more baby-centric. Then the people with older kids check-out because the site is so baby-centric. I'd love to see things about older kids. How people juggle work and kid activities, discussions about how to help kids navigate the social aspect of school, how to discipline older children, why does my 5 year old think vegetables are poison, how to handle tough topics of discussion at various ages, etc...
HB has been a huge part of my life since 2012, and I hate seeing how it seems to be dying.
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