Rhody Blogger ~ Leah DeCesare

Blogger’s name: Leah DeCesare
Blog name: Mother’s Circle
Twitter: @leahdecesare
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MothersCircleLeah
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/leahdecesare/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leah.decesare/



1. Tell us about your blog.
Mother’s Circle is a positive high five site for moms (and dads, I even hear from grandparents) who are looking for encouragement, and new perspectives and ideas on parenting. I include posts packed with practical information as well as personal reflections and lighthearted, feel good posts.

2. Is there a story behind the name of your blog?
I love symbolism and the image of a circle is so beautiful to me. It’s an embrace, a connection through generations and across cultures, it’s a community and a link among mothers and women. I wrote a blog post a few years ago about the name: http://motherscircle.net/into-the-mothers-circle/

3. How did you get started?
It’s kind of funny, back in 2010 when blogging was becoming a buzz word, I was at a dinner party with my husband who had been trying to get me to start blogging for awhile by then. I didn’t really “get” what it was all about, it seemed like a lot of work (and it IS) but that night he and our host started talking me into it and before I knew it, they had a computer out, Wordpress pulled up and I was a blogger. :-)

4. Who is your target audience?
Mostly moms, moms of any stage - newly pregnant to a mother of teens to a grandmother looking for an activity to do with grandkids or new information to help out her own adult child who’s become a parent. My Naked Parenting books are very often purchased by new parents and grandparents alike, they’re simple to read and give practical actionable advice that people seem to really appreciate.

5. What do you love about what you do?
Writing. Since I was little, I always wanted to be a mom and a writer - and I’m blessed to be doing both! I like that blogging got me into a habit and regularity of writing and allows me a platform to share things that matter to me and to play with different topics in a short form post.

6. What’s your most popular type of post?
Two of my most viewed posts are very different - one is about Instagram that was actually written by my teen daughter, and the other is one of my favorites - a thank you note that all moms deserve to get. It’s funny and touching and brings out all the stuff that moms do that goes completely unacknowledged (until maybe our babies have their own babies!)

7. How long have you been in Rhode Island?
We just passed our official 10 year mark this March! We love it in the Ocean State and laugh that while neither my husband nor I are “real” Rhode Islanders, we are raising a few! Here’s a post I wrote on our 7 year anniversary called “Still Not Rhode Islanders.” http://motherscircle.net/still-not-rhode-islanders/

8. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?
The connections. I know this is what bothers people about our small state but I really love the community and how easy it is to find common links among friends and colleagues.

9. Any advice for people wanting to get started blogging?
Hmm, great question. I’d say be really truthful with yourself about why you’re blogging and what your goals are. If you plan to make a bunch of money, realistically, those big blogging days are past and it takes a lot to create a platform that reaches those grand levels now. You need to be disciplined and build a relationship with your readers, give them value so they want to read what you have to say. But really, while I have monetized my site, it truly doesn’t translate into much money or many sales of my books. I do it for the outlet, for the connections. I’ve met some great people through my blog - like you, Erika! People are constantly reaching out and most of it is spammy or not relevant to Mother’s Circle, but there have been start-ups and projects that have caught my eye and my heart that I’ve enjoyed sharing with my readers while also making a connection to someone I wouldn’t have otherwise. I’m all about relationships and love connecting with others and learning about what matters to them.

10. Favorite place to take out of towners?
Waterfire. I think we have such a fun and unique gem in Waterfire. I also love Federal Hill and our amazing restaurant selections, our beaches and Newport, of course, is a must visit when friends come to Little Rhody.

11. Please include anything else you’d like to add:
Thank you for inviting me to chat with you. Another thing to love about Rhode Island is our blogging community!



Comments

  1. Thank you for featuring Mother's Circle on I {heart} Rhody! Love your highlights of our little state!

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  2. Love the share for Rhody and bloggers too!

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