Julia Kelly is the creator of Midwest Moms a blog about being a mother in the midwest. Her blog has lots of great tips and stories for moms. Scroll down for my exclusive interview with Julia. Cascia

HM: Where are you from?
Julia: I am from the place where the land is flat, the corn is plentiful and the dogs ride in the front seat.

Seriously, I am from the border between Illinois and Indiana.

HM: When did you start blogging?
Julia: I have always been a writer of letters and the family storyteller. So many people have said to me, "you should write
that down!" So, I thought I would. I started Midwest Moms in May of 2008.

HM: Why do you blog?
Julia: The transition from being an independent woman employed outside the home to being an at-home mom was tough for me. I felt like I was
reinventing the wheel when I parented my first child, and it was so tough to make connections with other moms. I started a playgroup (of all first-timers,
of course!) But I really felt like I was groping and grasping for anything that would make mothering sensible, smooth, and fun. As I grew into motherhood, I
came to know that there is a "Sisterhood of Moms" out there-- a wisdom-sharing network of amazing women. I started blogging as a way to
share what I have learned with moms who haven't discovered the 'Sisterhood' yet... to let them in on the secret.

HM: What is your blog about?
Julia:Midwest Moms is about the funny side of parenting, about lessons I learn from life, about what works and what doesn't. I've talked about potty training strategies, what to do when children
fight, sports, school, family relationships, holiday ideas, tips and tricks for saving money, how to make the most of your childrens' talents, and raising healthy, happy children. In a word, it's about motherhood.

HM: What are your ultimate goals for your blog?
Julia: My goals are to share what I know and to give moms (and dads)a boost to overcome some of their parenting hurdles. I hope I am creating both a resource for parents and a place where my readers can feel at home and share their own ideas.

HM: What do you want your readers to get out of your blog?
Julia: I want them to get a good read, sometimes a laugh or an idea or a different perspective that maybe they haven't thought about before.

HM: What do you do to get your readers to keep coming back?
Julia: I just try to write well about issues that are important to me. I hope they will come back because they are interested and because they have something important to contribute to
the discussion.

One thing I try to do is to respond to all the comments my readers leave and questions they have. It's good to keep the dialogue going.

HM: Do you have any favorite blogs or any blogs that you read regularly?
Julia: I am a news-hound, so I read
MSNBC FirstRead and the Caucus at the NY Times. I also read blogs through Blogcatalog and Blogher.

I have started a wiki-zine on Zimbio called All About Parenting, too. Because parenting bloggers can submit articles on their own, it has become a great place for me to see what other bloggers are

HM: Do you have any advice for other bloggers?
Julia: Write about what you know and make sure that you are really contributing something. I try only to write when I have something meaningful to say, and I try to do it in as thoughtful a way as

Also, if you belong to blogging communities, make the most of them by using them to make connections with other bloggers; you can learn so much and "meet" some truly wonderful people in the process.
Visit Julia at Midwest Moms.

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